Setting Small Goals To Accomplish Big Things

4 Sep

My Life In Mommyland

I know that I’ll never meet any goal I set for myself if I try to tackle it all at once. I need to break it down into manageable little pieces so that I can feel like I’m accomplishing something along the way.

This summer I got a little out of control with the eating habits. Ice cream straight out of the carton at ten o’clock at night. Half a box of cereal for breakfast. My lunches consisted of grazing through the pantry eating right out of boxes and bags. Soda instead of water. Really, it’s gotten pretty shameful.

Bad choices all day long.

So my goal is get back on track. Start making better choices. Start being more active. Start getting rid of those extra pounds.

This time I’m going to try a new goal each week and continue adding up the goals until I’m back where I need to be.

I started this little project two weeks ago and so far so good. I am definitely feeling better even though the scale isn’t moving the way I want to see it move…yet.

My Little Goals

Week one: Drink more water. I got myself a Camelbak Eddy water bottle (because it was on sale at Target) and made it my goal to drink at least three a day. It turns out that I’ve been drinking more like five or six a day (125-150 ounces). Before you jump on me and say I’m going to kill myself from water intoxication, I assure you I am fine. I drink water throughout the day as I feel I need it. In the two weeks I’ve been drinking (and tracking) my water I’ve seen a difference in my skin. Before it was dry and ashy and now it’t soft and supple.

Week two: Build a better breakfast. I said before that I’d easily eat half a box of cereal every morning and that’s no exaggeration. Even eating something healthy like Cheerios, the calories add up fast. Not to mention it made me sluggish in the morning and I was starving by midmorning and the grazing would commence. Last week I set out to eat a more balanced breakfast, while being mindful of portion size (which is something I struggle with). I’ve been staying satisfied longer and had more energy to get things done in the morning, which is necessary with school starting back up.

Week three: This week my goal is to not eat after 8pm. We go to bed fairly early around here and if I’m eating after eight it usually means either eating in bed or eating and then going to bed. The things I tend to eat at night are not really healthy choices so if I can avoid eating them before bed I’m sure I’ll see some positive changes.

My goals in the coming weeks will be to build a better lunch and not eat snack foods out of the container. I also would like to start tracking my food again, and be more consistent with getting those 10,000 steps in each day. Eventually maybe I’ll shoot to get some actual exercise in.

Do you have any goals to get your healthy back? Do you tackle them all at once or try and ease into things?


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