Here are the New Year Goals I listed on Dec. 31, 2008 - first is the goal, then my one-month check in is in bold, and finally my half-way check in is in purple:
· Meet with a nutritionist (I believe I can do this through my health plan) and go over my food intake, which leads to: My health plan no longer employs a nutritionist, so any nutritional counseling would have to come from my regular family practitioner – and as dieting doesn’t seem to be his “thing” I don’t think I will bother with him. I no longer feel the need to check with a nutritionist - what with all of the reading I've done via books, magazines and blogs, I think I have a pretty good handle on my food. This one is DONE.
· Track my food intake and keep daily calories to 800 - 1000, with emphasis on protein and fiber (unless the nutritionist recommends otherwise). I’ve been pretty successful with this – some days I’ve gone as high as 1,200 to 1,400 calories, but overall it’s been right around 1,000. When I last tracked (about 5 weeks ago), my caloric intake was around 1,200 most days. I'm trying to eat intuitively, and I'm not tracking. So far I've lost weight. I'll have to revisit this one later in the year to see if it's still working for me.
· "Shake It Thursdays" - this means that I will drink my NutriMed 420 shakes and have my favorite 300 calorie garden veggie pita from Pita Pit for lunch, for a total intake on this day only of approx. 620 calories. Thursdays are my crazy busy days - I work from 9 to 6, then go to a meeting at 7:30, and I finally make it home for the night around 9 pm. It's just easier to not have to mess with trying to eat full meals on this day. This has worked well for me; I’ll continue doing it for the next month. Haven't done this in months - although I will admit to having a protein bar now and then for lunch when I'm super busy...but I usually have had a good breakfast and end up eating some fruit and almonds for a snack later on. I'm gonna call this one over - I'm done with relying on shakes for meal replacements.
· I will not eat baked goods - I have too many opportunities at work (hellooo, cakelady!) with receptions, open houses and fundraisers, and if I just mentally know that these are not an option, then there will be no opportunity for overindulgence. Excellent policy to have – we had one reception, one open house, one staff birthday party and two meetings with treats. I’m going to try and keep with this until my birthday in June. This worked great for me - and in June, I did have cake for my birthday and anniversary...and a couple of cookies as well, which I do believe was the direct result of starting that sugar craving back up after the cake(s). I am back on my "no baked goods" policy - it works for me, and helps to curb the mindless "just a bite" snacking that I am prone to.
· Get back to taking a multi-vitamin every day. Yep – I even had to buy a new bottle as I finally finished my old one. Still doing this!
· Increase my exercise, which won't be hard at this point, seeing as I have not been doing my Wii Fit or riding my bike lately, which also leads to: Not so much. Very little bike riding – it’s just been too cold for me. Very little Wii Fit as well. Must work harder at this for February. Well, I work out three days a week with Brad and Linda, and in late Spring I started riding my bike 4 - 5 evenings a week for a good five miles. I'm happy with the amount of exercise that I'm getting now - although if I never had to do box jumps or burpees ever again, that would be ok with me!
· Choosing a tiny bit of exercise (walking) over a great parking space. Yes – it’s funny how proud of myself I am when I park and walk a bit to a store! Still doing this - even when it's 105 degrees and the parking lot is burning hot! I look at it as not only exercise, but I get to work on my "parking lot tan."
· Read "Refuse to Regain" this month - even though I'm not at my goal weight, I don't want to go backwards at this point...which also leads to: Haven’t read it yet – got caught up in Dietgirl and other library books. I will read it this month. Done - great book, lots of motivation to stay at my goal weight (whenever I get there!).
· Get to my goal weight by my birthday (June 2) - oh, and finally figure out what my goal weight is...150? 130? I really don't know right now. I’m losing, so that is good. But I still don’t have a goal weight. Do I really need one at this point? Or can I just see how I feel when I weigh 150? Not there yet...although I still don't know where "there" is. I think I'm about 35 pounds away from being in the vicinity. I do think I will use the "favorite jeans" method of MizFit to stay at my right size, as opposed to a number on a scale. Or I might choose a range to stay in on the scale. But to do that, I'd have to *gulp* buy a scale! Will address this later on - no need to fret about it now.
This has been kind of fun to see where my mind was six months ago, and where it is now. Onward and downward!