and that's okay.
i think there are a few things that are important to remember when setting goals for yourself, be it at new year's or any other time of the year: intention, action, and being realistic. among my goals are to adopt habits to make myself healthier and lose weight. i'm putting these into action by making changes in how i eat, how much i eat, how i move, and how much i move. i'm not saying 10 pounds in the first month or 20 pounds by summer. every time i've done that in the past, i've gotten exceedingly nervous as the deadline approached, and then just pushed it back, or given up on it all together. yes, i would like to fit in a smaller size dress for a friends' wedding in april so i look better in the pictures, but i'm looking to adopt healthier habits so i change my life. i am aware change takes time, and gradual changes are far more likely to sick. i know myself, my habits, and my schedule. i know i'm not going to get up at 5am everyday to run a few miles. i hate running. some people like it, but it is not my thing. i enjoy cycling, so i'll be getting a bike trainer this weekend for my Giant Avail road bike, and i'll be riding inside after work and on the weekends (there is over a foot of snow on the ground here right now so outdoor cycling is not an option). i'm also looking to pick yoga back up. i used to go a few times a week but since moving far away from my favorite (and affordable!) studio, i have to find a new one.
i'm making efforts in my eating habits as well. i know i can't give up salty foods, so i've switched out doritos and kettle chips for smaller portions of flavored golfish crackers (also on the lookout for healthy popcorn toppings!). instead of ordering greasy pad thai and depending on it for leftovers, i'm making healthy salads with ingredients i know i'll enjoy. to me kale + dressing = boring, and i'd rather go hungry than eat something that doesn't taste good, no matter how good it is for me. that's why i combined kale with sauteed chicken breast, chow mein noodles, and lite asian toasted sesame dressing for my lunch today. healthy and delicious? i'm down.
in addition to my upcoming cycling regime, i've been adding nightly Just Dance-offs (with myself) on my wii to burn off my energy. my boyfriend usually leaves the room when these start... they need to get on adding "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston to their next edition!
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p.s. here is the link to the salad that served as my inspiration for my lunch salad (i used fresh baby kale instead of wilted):
what are you doing achieve your goals?