Since it’s already the third day of August, I guess it’s about time I posted some goals, eh? I have been thinking about them all weekend and trying to decide what my goals should be, and I came to the conclusion that I don’t think I want to have 8 goals like last month. That might have been a little too ambitious, and by focusing on so many things, I ended up doing very few of them very well, so I’m cutting back a bit. With that said, some of these are definitely repeat goals with perhaps a slight twist, but there are some new ones as well.
1. Exercise 250 minutes a week, with at least 100 of those minutes consisting of running. I am going to focus on just running and running often and not worry about distance necessarily (which was advice I got from the running book I read). It’s a lot easier to just run a certain amount of time instead of tracing distance, and I might even find that easier to wrap my mind around, so I’m going to see how it goes! Speaking of running, I ran 4 miles on Saturday! It took me 50 minutes, but I did it, and I didn’t feel like dying halfway through it! Woohoo!
2. Eliminate nighttime snacking. I have fallen prey to this practice recently, and I need to nip it in the bud. Part of the problem is that I’ve been staying up later because I am a night owl at heart but only when I don’t have to get up in the morning, and when I’m up later I tend to get hungry. The problem with eating at night is that more often than not I’ve already met my calorie limit for the day and so eating at night encourages me to eat more than I need, and I also am often not hungry as much as I am just wanting something to do, which is silly. So no more eating after 8 p.m.
3. Stay within my calorie range 6 out of 7 days. I keep setting this as a goal, and I keep failing to meet it. I was tempted to just leave it off and consider it an impossible endeavor, but once upon a time it wasn’t impossible for me. I used to be very good about staying in my range for most of the week, but somehow over time I started giving myself a little more leeway, which led to increased calorie intake. I think that’s largely why my weight loss has stalled, so if I really want to lose this weight, I need to reign in the eating. No more excuses!
4. Compile and organize recipes. I currently have a file on my computer devoted to recipes I find on blogs and other places on the web, but I also have printed recipes that I have gotten from my fabulous mother-in-law, who makes all sorts of yummy deliciousness, and I need one central location for all of these things. I’m thinking a binder and some sheet protectors should do the trick.
5. Read 3 books. I have no idea what I will read except that I MUST read that book about worry! It’s ridiculous that I’m still talking about reading the book but haven’t actually gotten past page 120.
That’s it! Only 5 goals for the month, and I think they are challenging but also manageable. Time will tell! I did not set a weight loss goal, as I want to focus on living healthily instead of worrying about the scale. I will weigh in on the 15th and at the end of the month, but that is all.
What are your goals for the month?