Friday, December 07, 2012

Daily checklist

I was reading Shauna and Julia's HAM Plan blog posts and was really impressed with the idea. Each of them has set three goals to meet every day during December. I realized that one thing that has been missing from my repertoire is an idea of what success looks like on a daily basis for me. If I don't have any markers of how well I'm doing besides the scale, obviously that can be discouraging.

And then I remembered that the one thing that really worked for me, consistently, when I was doing Weight Watchers was to focus on their Healthy Habits/Good Health Guidelines or whatever they were called at the time.  When I worked them consistently, the program worked for me. I think the main reason was that if I ate my fruits and veggies, drank my water, and all that, I didn't have the points to munch on junk food.

So here's my daily checklist:

  • Get 20 minutes or more of exercise or intentional activity
  • Eat at least 4 servings of vegetables and 3 fruit servings
  • Log all food within 10 minutes of eating it 
  • Stay within my calorie goals
  • Take my supplements (multivitamin, fish oil, flaxseed oil)
  • Drink at least 6 16-ounce glasses of water 
  • Meditate for 5 minutes
That last one is a new thing for me but I was just listening to part of The Willpower Instinct again, and Dr. McGonigal says that meditation is like willpower training.  I'm going to try it out and see if it helps. I did it today and I can tell you that a few minutes of meditating feels like an hour and a half.

So far today, I am right on target with the other goals. I didn't make the Spin class so I went for a run instead.  It is still pretty warm for December so I might as well get outside while I can.  I just finished a carrot and an apple because I realized I was a little short on my produce.  All my food is logged and I'm under my calorie goal. I will need to have one more glass of water before bed.

The nice thing is, I can track all of this with LoseIt.  I created a 0-calorie food called Supplements, and an exercise that burns 0 calories called Meditation.  I just have to go through and count veggies, and remember to log my water, which is also 0 calories.  I can go through and count veggies and fruit in the log. 

1 comment:

  1. Write more about your meditation practice when you have time please. I am curious how you are doing it. Please talk about it feeling long to you or did you mean you felt refreshed as if you had napped for an hour and a half? Interested to know about your relationship with time/clocks too.


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