Health and Fitness Goals

September 5, 2014
As I mentioned previously, I will be participating in the Choose Your Own Adventure link up hosted by Steph,Steph, and Ashley. I wanted to go ahead and post my goals on here so that I'll feel more accountable which will make me more likely to stick to them! The theme is all about fitness, but I decided to add some food related goals because what you eat and working out go hand in hand, right?


* Take my roommate's dog Claude on a walk at least two times a week.  This will not only be good for me, but Claude also need to lose some weight.  My roommate is a teacher and leaves at about 6:30 AM for school and usually doesn't come home til 8 or 9 because he's doing stuff for his classes at the school...Needless to say, he doesn't have time to take Claude on walks during the week.  Claude needs to get out and move around, and so do I.    

* Cook a healthy, home-cooked meal twice a week for dinner.  Ever since my roommates both started making dinners at home, Everett lost about 10 pounds just from not eating fast-food!  I figure if we take turns cooking for each other it won't be too hard to have a nice meal every night.  I should prepare something soon because Jared made a couple of meals this week and offered me some, so it would be rude not to cook something for them in return.  Having a filling meal instead of something microwaveable (and processed) will help me feel fuller longer so that I will be less likely to snack later.

* Don't eat after 8 pm.  I really don't need to be eating stuff this late.  If I have three meals and a few snacks in between, there's no reason to be eating anything after dinner.

* Buy a new scale and monitor weight.  I think it's great if you're one of those people that doesn't have to look at a scale to lose weight, but I am very numbers-driven.  I find it encouraging to see the numbers go down, and right now I don't have an accurate way of weighing myself.  My roommates have a scale, but I don't trust it!  According to their scale, I gained 20 pounds one week.  Another time there was a ten pound difference after 24 hours.  No way!  The thing has to be busted, so I need to go out ASAP and  get a new one.

* Eat more fruits and vegetables.  I have been doing better with this because I've been making a lot of smoothies for lunch or breakfast and have been making them with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.  Like I said, one of my roommates has been preparing dinners and he will usually make one or two vegetable side dishes, but I need to do better with opting for healthier snacks like carrots or grapes.  

* Watch portions and limit desserts.  I am going to make a conscious effort to put less food on my plate to start out with.  If I'm still hungry, I'll go and get more, but, like most people I tend to eat more if I have a larger portion right in front of me.  As for the desserts...they are my weakness!!  I'm going to try to only have one every other day or less.  I really think I'm addicted to sugar and saying no to the sweets will be my biggest challenge.

* Start lifting 5lb weights and do arm exercises.  While I'll never have Madonna or Michelle Obama arms, I can at least try to tone them up a bit, right?  I'm going to use this video from PopSugar to help me out.  

* Lose 5-10 pounds.  I think a month is ample time to do this...Honestly, in the past I've done cleanses (aka starved) and lost 10 pounds in a week.  I'm definitely not going to diet or starve because I'll just gain it back, but I'm hoping that if I follow most of the other goals I have listed that at least some weight will come off.  

* Drink 8 full glasses of water a day.  I used to always accomplish this, but lately I've been getting in a bad habit of only having a few glasses of water.  Staying hydrated is always a good idea, especially in the South.

* Move around more.  I WAS doing a great job of walking at the pond with Everett, but ever since he went back to school I haven't had an exercise buddy.  I don't know if I really want to walk around the pond alone...just because I've seen some weirdos there and apparently one time I was there, there was a 5 foot snake (Ev and his brother swear by it, but I didn't see this snake myself.)  Just because I'm not out at the pond doesn't mean I can't go on walks in town.  When I'm watching Netflix, I could even lift weights WHILE watching shows instead of, you know, just lying there.

* Only go out to eat once per week.  When I go out to eat I usually eat more than I would if I stayed home.  Back in Ohio, I would at least get a take-away box for my extra food and bring it home so I could have it the next day.  In Savannah, I find myself trying to eat a lot more because I don't want to carry around a box with me all day/the food would go bad in the heat and from not being refrigerated for hours.  Also, I'm not working right now, so I really should be saving my money by cooking at home.  

* Only drink low-fat milk in small quantities, water, and coffee.  (Okay, and maybe add in just one or two alcoholic drinks/week.)  I don't need to be consuming my calories in liquid form unless it's a smoothie, but I'll have one of those instead of a meal or snack, not along with one.  Most drinks would just be full of a ton of sugar which I'm sure I already consume enough of.  Also, I just can't bring myself to drink skim milk anymore...Gotta agree with Ron Swanson on that one...

This is the first meme I ever used on my blog...I figured I had better make it a good one.
* Don't consume any fast-food.  I've actually been doing great with this one already, but want to keep up with it.  If I'm desperately starving/feeling too lazy to cook, I'll go to Subway and get a turkey sub...so I guess Subway would be the exception to this rule.  

Okay, so I did kind of make a lot of rules for myself, but I don't think I made anything too hard to where I would instantly set myself up for failure.  It's not like I cut off sweets altogether or said I needed to be walking Claude 6 days a week.

What are your fitness goals? Will you be participating in this link up?  

29 comments on "Health and Fitness Goals"
  1. the key to success in all of this is PLANNING in advance. for real. if you know you're going to cook dinner on monday, figure out what you need today, make a list and then shop for it. there are so many great easy to make recipes - hit up skinnytaste.com for great ideas that are healthy and easy to make :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. These are great goals and I know that you can do them! Good luck!

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  3. Great goals! Whenever I am watching my weight drinking more water and upping my veggie intake is one of the first places I start!

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  4. Moving around more is definitely one of my goals. I can eat better no problem, but the exercise is what seems to be difficult to do!

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  5. Thanks for letting me know about Skinnytaste! I'm not that great of a cook and can't just whip stuff up on a whim without a recipe, so I'm sure I'll find it useful!

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  6. I hope that I can!! Good luck with your goals as well! :)

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  7. I need to look for some cooked veggie recipes because I get so sick of eating raw ones (even though it's good for you.)

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  8. Thanks--I hope that I'm successful this month!

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  9. The biggest challenges for me will be to cut back on desserts and to stay moving. I hope that you're able to accomplish your goal of becoming more active!

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  10. Water is a huge help trust me! I am down almost 20 pounds still 60 to go but water helps a lot. It is very filling when you drink a lot of it so you don't go for extra snacks.

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  11. Yes, I think that I've been having more snacks lately because I've been having less water. That has got to change! Way to go on losing 20 lbs!!

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  12. Thanks still a long way to go. But water really does help. You go to the bathroom a lot at first but you body will get used to it and now I drink a gallon or more a day.

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  13. I agree- skim milk is worse than a lie, hahahaha! I love your goals! I really found the 5 lb weights 2-3 times a week did wonders for me in addition to my 3-4 daily walks. You so have this in the bag. I can't wait to see your progress.

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  14. Lifting weights is the best fitness related thing I've ever started - I love it! :)

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  15. lol that meme is hilarious! good luck with all of your goals girly :)

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  16. All very sensible goals! I don't know how you feel about vegetarian food, but lentil and bean soups are basically the best thing ever because (a) they're cheap to make, (b) they're low calorie but still good for fiber/protein, and (c) easy to freeze for leftovers! I'd be happy to point you to some recipes I like if that sounds appealing at all. Just send me an email :) I've used the recipe calculators in SparkPeople or MyFitnessPal before to figure out the nutrition per serving.

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  17. Ha, great first meme, Lisa! Love your goal list - they all sound super sensible and things I should probably be doing too :)

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  18. Great goals all really achievable. I recently posted my weight loss/fitness goals over on my blog. I think having goals is a great way to stick to things.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  19. These are great doable goals!! Good luck girl!

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  20. I need to cook at home more often too. And of course drinking more water is ALWAYS on my list of things to work on!

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  21. Good to know that making small changes helped you, too!

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  22. My upper arms have always been an area of concern!! I'm hoping lifting weights will help.

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  23. Ron Swanson is so funny...and thanks--I hope all these small adjustments will make a difference!

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  24. I would be interested in having the soups every now and then! I used to be a vegetarian for 3.5 years and still don't eat that much meat. Nutritious and cheap sounds perfect!

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  25. Going out to eat a lot is a big temptation for me. I think I've gotten slightly better at cooking since I moved here, though!

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  26. Thanks--I've been sticking to them so far...but it's still early, haha. I think I can do it!

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  27. I think it will help that I have to report back on my progress!

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  28. Hopefully I can stick to them. I was so tempted to get fast-food the other day and didn't!

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  29. I saved that video! Weights incorporation is one of my goals too.

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