Monday, April 16, 2012

Time for a Change

So, I wasn't going to post anything on here as I didn't want to jinx myself, but...

I've gradually started making some lifestyle changes and so far they seem to be helping. Nothing drastic right now as I know that if I try to go whole hog into something I will never make it. My goal is to make it through 12 weeks (through two already) making small, but consistent changes at a slow pace and giving myself a chance to adjust.

What I've done so far:

1) Exercise five nights a week. This is either a two mile walk (not as far as I thought it would be!), an hour of cardio, or some combination of the two. I'm not going for exhausting, fat-melting exercise, but more focused on trying to develop a habit. So far, it's working. I'm enjoying my time set aside from the rest of my day to just disconnect and go.

2) Change my work schedule. This is something I've been meaning to do for a while. I, fortunately, have the luxury of changing my schedule to fit my life for the most part. As of this week, I've switched to 7:30am-4:30pm. It may not sound like that much, but getting out that extra half hour or hour earlier feels like I get an extra half day. It also means I have time to find a decent dinner, exercise, and still get stuff done after I get home.

3) Cutting down on the processed crap. This has been a few weeks in the making as I've been slowly weaning myself off of processed foods. This includes the bagels I always bought at the cafe in my office for breakfast, and grabbing fast food for lunch and/or dinner.  I've also cut down on dairy, wheat, and (most of all) sugar. Even when it comes to snacking, I've cut out the majority of my sugary snacks and switched to savory.

4) Try to eat dinner earlier. This one is the toughest for me. I am so used to eating dinner after 9pm that I get hung up on it. I'm trying to be more proactive about it, keeping things on hand that are easy and healthy to make or something that I can drop in the crockpot in the morning and come home to a cooked meal.

Again I don't normally advertise this type of stuff, but I guess I'm looking for accountability. So far, I've had a couple people ask if I've lost weight (which, I haven't, but here's hoping) or ask if I've changed something. I'm not really doing it for the weight loss (though that would be a nice plus), but more just trying to improve my overall wellness.

Well, Happy Monday to you all! Here's hoping the workweek goes quickly and that time stands still over the weekend.
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