I am really lucky that where I work has a full gym with personal trainers available whenever we want them. I've been a sporadic user of the gym over the past year and it's time to stop coming up with excuses. It's free and My Boys prefer that I pick them up a bit later from their afterschool program so that buys me an hour of workout time most days of the week. So, no more excuses I will be hitting the gym at the end of the workday at least 3-4 times a week. I have to allow myself a little bit of leeway due to kids activities, so I'll also be working out on Saturday and Sunday when we are home.
I'm already feeling better after being more active over the past week while I was home with My Boys. I am realistic and know that it will take time to get to where I want to be. The other piece is really watching portion sizes. I know when I stick to reasonable portion sizes I feel better and walk away from the table feeling satisfied rather than stuffed.
We went out to lunch today to a restaurant I love, but rather than order my usual cheese enchiladas I opted for a steak and bleu cheese salad with dressing on the side. When I order the enchiladas, I tend to get carried away and eat every last bite because they are so good. The salad was probably 4 cups of lettuce with maybe 1/2 cup of bleu cheese scattered throughout. Restaurant portions are beyond huge and as soon as I got my salad I mentally noted how much I intended to eat and then had the rest packaged up.
So, while I wasn't over-joyed by what the scale showed this morning, I know I am making some healthy changes that will have a positive impact on me in the coming weeks and months. Slow and steady will win the race as they say.
I'm planning my week ahead of time so that I will know where my calories are going to be "spent" ahead of time. That will make it so much easier to stay on track throughout the week.
What healthy changes are you making in 2010?
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