Monday, February 18, 2008

My Goal

I've been inspired (by fellow bloggers, my sister-in-law Chelsea who looks absolutely amazing after running a marathon and the recent Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated) to get into shape...and stay that way. I've been wanting to do something for a long time, to change my lifestyle that is, and I think by saying that I'm going to do it on here will help me keep it up. I'm not down on myself or anything, I just know how I can be and the fact that I'm so far from it is irritating to me. Anyway...I'm making a game plan. I know I can do it! Here's some things I'm going to work on from
*Take a moment. Settle down in a place where you can enjoy a relaxing meal without distraction. Not on a TV tray. Not at your work desk. Instead, sit at a table in a pleasant, quiet atmosphere--whether that's in your dining room or outdoors on a deck.
Make each mouthful an event.
*Pay attention to every sensation: what the food looks like, what it smells like, the texture of each bite, and, of course, the taste.
*Turn off the distractions. No TV, newspaper, or magazine. Only soothing music or light conversation.
*Lose track of time. When we eat mindfully, we appreciate what we eat, it usually takes longer, and we may eat less. A bowl of ice cream can take 20 minutes to eat!
*Find opportunities for movement--they're everywhere. Whenever possible, take advantage of chances to be more active. Always park at the back of parking lots, and seek out stairwells. Instead of making lunch plans with a friend, plan a walk. When you invite friends over for a visit, invite them to play outdoor games instead of only to eat dinner. If you work in an office, take a two-minute break every hour--climb stairs, do jumping jacks, try pushups or sit-ups, or just walk briskly around the perimeter of your office area. Do any activity to get your body moving and your blood flowing.


  1. Good for you! I'll cheer you on! So are you going to do any physical activity with it? (Just wondering since you mentioned Chelsea's marathon-ing) Good luck!

  2. those are awesome ideas! i decided after failing at the south beach diet, [it made me horribly sick for some reason] to count my calories! so as of today, i have started to carry a small notebook in my purse, and anything that goes in my mouth, goes in the book. calories and all! i have passed up alot of nonsense food today knowing if i ate it, i would have to record it.. so its not some insane diet, its just a way to keep you aware of everything you're eating! you look great by the way!

  3. Sounds like a great plan (says the person who has been eating like a pig =) )! I need to get back on track too, ever since the marathon I have lost my mojo. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. You have just inspired me! Cindel told me about her trip to the Mountains...I wish I could have come. Good luck with your work out! I know you can do it!

  5. Good for you for making a plan and deciding to stick to it! These are some good ideas. Although parking in the back of the parking lot with a 18 month old and a newborn, and carrying them myself scares me a bit ;) But maybe I should try it!