Unfrippery Friday!

So checking in on how the goal setting is going.  Remember my long-term goal is to be using preplanned menus by 3/31/12 for at least 5 of my weekly meals.  I will eat breakfast Monday through Friday and have quick snacks on hand for daily pick-me-ups as needed. I will select one day every week or two to plan my weekly meals, make a grocery list and shop.

So to that end – my first short-term goal was to have my coupons in order and first week menu planned and grocery list written by Monday, 1/16/2012.

I didn’t quite make that goal.   However, I’m not giving upLet’s look at what I did accomplish.  I got all my coupons cut.  I did go to the grocery and pick up a few things.  I didn’t plan the week’s menu, but I did plan the breakfasts and snacks.  I thought ahead on each meal also so that I wasn’t rushing around trying to figure out what to do for supper. 

We ate much healthier this week. The highlight of the week was when I made poached tuna with spinach and tomatoes.  It turned out great and was nutritious to boot!  Even my daughter cleaned her plate!  I didn’t follow a recipe, but if you are interested I will post something!   I gave up microwave popcorn and now use air-popped with a little salt and butter (can’t totally give up the fat!).  I also keep clementines on hand for quick snacks.

So what can you take away from this post? 

If you do not immediately reach your short-term goal – DON’T GIVE UP!!!  Find your achievements.  You made progress.  I know you did.  Sometimes you have to look hard, but they are there.  Pick back up and reset.  Break your goal down even smaller.  You can do it and so can I.

So my new short-term goal is to finish my coupons, see what I have in stock and plan two meals for next week.  I’m also going to get some more healthy food to have on hand for a snack.  Have a great weekend and I will update you next week on my progress.

Nutrition and Goal Setting

In the last couple of days I have been working on how to properly write my medical notes. The first thing I do is write down the potential client’s issues, assets and what he or she wants to accomplish. From there we develop long-term goals and short terms goals.  The short-term goals must pertain to the long-term goals. It suddenly dawned on me that I could use this same process! (I am just a little slow sometimes! Lol) I cannot tell you how many times I have taken classes on goal setting, taught goal setting and set goals! But yet somehow I forgot to do that in my quest to begin a better eating life style.

So – rewind – start over –  here goes.

What are the problems?

I feel that I eat too much fast food, too much processed food and not enough veggies and other healthy food! I am concerned about things in my food that shouldn’t be and other stuff like that.

So the who, what, where, when and how of my first long(ish) term goal:

By the end of the first quarter (3/31/12), I will be using preplanned menus for at least 5 of my meals weekly. I will eat breakfast Monday through Friday and have quick snacks on hand for daily pick-me-ups as needed. I will select one day every week or two to plan my weekly meals, make a grocery list and shop.

My first short-term goal will be to have my coupons in order and first week menu planned and grocery list written by this Monday, 1/16/2012.

Doable? What do you think?

I Still Love Food!

Ok, so I have tracked my food intake for the last few days and have discovered a few things. The first thing is that I eat a lot of sugar! I knew that I wasn’t eating all that great, but when I started tracking my food I thought that I was eating better. The results show that even though I raised my fiber intake significantly I was taking in a lot of sugar.

The second thing I noticed was that the first few days I was very diligent about tracking what I ate. When I jump into a new project I jump in with both feet! So I created an excel spreadsheet and entered simple formulas to keep a total of my calories, my sugar grams, fiber grams and protein.  It was so exciting!  But soon I became “too busy” to keep up with what I was eating.  And I started eating more.

The last thing I noticed was that I was feeling desperate to eat more sugar as I tried to eat healthier. I didn’t have that problem the last time I tried this so I am researching what to do about those cravings. Every morning I drink a pot of white or green tea. I am going to start drinking a cup of hot water and lemon before that to try to help speed the sugar detox along.

So – what now? Well back to the drawing board. I am going to simplify my tracking to just a pocket-size notebook and pen to have a complete idea of what I eat. Then I am going to ruminate on why I feel a desperate need to grab food and eat. Is it sugar withdraw, is it stress, is it???? We will see.

Stay tuned.

Did you set any new year’s resolutions? How are they going? Don’t give up. Tomorrow is another day!

Suzanne

New Year New Start

I love food – all kinds of food!

(originally written 5 January 2012)

Around the holidays, which for me start around Halloween and end sometime into the New Year – I become a food hog! I eat and eat and eat.

I have always been aware of nutrition and the part it plays in our health. As a matter of fact, I teach others about nutrition and health. So this year I decided to change things up a little. I’m keeping a log of what I eat. I am also tracking how many fruits and vegetables I eat per day along with fiber. The one thing I want to do is start planning my meals. With my and my daughter’s schedules, we often eat fast food because it is easy and – well – fast! I want to change that.

As a real estate agent, I often told my clients that what people do for a living, they usually do not do at home so well. I am a prime example. I teach others about eating & nutrition and diet & exercise, but I do not follow my own teachings. Come along with me as I begin to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. This is not a blog about denying myself what I want to eat, nor is it about a strict diet. Neither of those ideas will help reach my goals. What this blog is about is being more aware of what I eat and drink.

If you have any questions, comments or want to know about a specific topic, let me know. I am just learning, but have several experts that I can go to for help. I am pretty excited about my new career and my self-improvement project. I find that a person is more likely to stay on task with support. So I hope you will support me as I stroll along my new path and I will support you.

Suzanne