January was a struggle to start with my health because during Christmas and New Years, I was a little out of control with the lack of exercise and self-control. Well, I'm pleased to announce that during the month of January, I was pretty successful in a few areas.
- Each weekend, I sat down and planned out a weekly menu. Not only did it help with the additional snacking that takes place in between me getting home, figuring out what we'll eat for dinner and then cooking it but it also helped save some money at the grocery store. I went to the store for items that we needed for the menu, not additional items for our cravings. I LOVE this...this habit will continue on!
- Food labels were looked at before we cooked something or munched on our favorite yummy treats. Some things completely shocked us....who knew there is SO much salt in everything! Something that helped really helped open our eyes to the calories in some of our favorite foods was a new bill that was passed in California. EVERY restaurant that sells food to the public throughout the state has to list the calories of the item on the actual menu (not just in a separate nutritional guide).
Now for the few areas where I struggled with the past month and would like to improve on these areas.
- EXERCISE! I am still struggling with getting in a heart pounding, 30 minute workout, 4 times a week. On average, I probably worked out twice a week for the month and I hated every second of it. I love how good I feel afterwards but just making myself get out in the cold, after I've gotten home, is a struggle for me.
- Staying positive after a few steps in the wrong direction. I can stay so strict on a healthy diet for a week or two but then when something comes up (Sunday football games, birthday parties, baby showers) I lose all control. Once I splurge, then my mind starts thinking, "you better enjoy all you can, while you can, because tomorrow you start over again" and I become out of control. I beat myself up...not good for someone that is a stress eater.
I would say that by focusing on one area that I would like to improve on during this month made my goals more reachable and realistic. I had fun documenting my journey this month...I'm going to try and keep working on January's goals when I start working on February's goals.