Be healthy and fit, so my kids learn to be healthy and fit. (Updated)

Updated Jan, 24th 2013

Initial Impressions:

I want to learn to eat healthier. I don't want to "go on a diet" I want to change my diet. 

I want to become stronger. Losing my belly would be nice, but ultimately I just want to be capable. I want to retain strength into my old age. 

I want to wake up in the mornings and do a simple bodyweight routine. I'd like to include some flexibility. I just want to feel at home in my body. I don't want it to be my enemy anymore.

This is way too vague. This is why I never succeed. Man, I hope this class can help me find focus and set real goals.

Follow Up Plan:

OK, here's my plan

  1. Start logging my caloric intake with MyFitnessPal. I do this so I can better understand what foods are really holding back my progress.
  2. Devise a realstic change in diet. Maybe start with "lean days" where I follow a new diet more strictly, followed by easier days where I may slack off a little bit. Can't decide if "cheat days" are actually a good idea for me. Maybe I can use them as a reward for a solid couple of weeks of good work. (Maybe after a solid two weeks fo diet I won't WANT a cheat day)
  3. Find multiple ways to be more active. I want to start a daily workout routine, but more importantly I want to figure out more enjoyable ways to be active. Hike with the family, steal some time away to go for a bike ride...less sitting at the computer. I know that this activity will not likely effect my belly, but it will aid in me being more confortable and confident with my body. That's what all this is for, right? 

Plan in Action:

 - Update 01/24/13 - 

Here's what I've put into action so far.

  1. Logging my caloric intake. Using MyFitnessPal, I've started counting calories. My goal is to NOT start a diet, just change the way I think about food. In the past, I was not comfortable unless I had food in my belly. If I sat at my desk too long, I'd get up and grab 5 tiny snickers bars and drink a coke. Before I watched TV in the evening, I'd grab a snack to sit down with. Eating had become a part of resting. NOT GOOD. Now I'm focusing on the number of my caloric intake as an indicator of whether or not I need to eat. I can't trust my "hunger." The mental struggle I had on Monday night over a couple hours about whether or not to eat a piece of pizza from the fridge was eye opening.
  2. Working towards finding a way to track/log/organize my life. Not as far as Quantified Self, but something that will help me reflect daily on what I've done (so I can feel accomplished) and what I want to do (so I know WHAT to accomplish.)
  3. As far as exercise goes, I've decided to backburner that for a while. I try to do at least 10 push ups each morning, but I want to spend my energy focusing on caloric restriction.

Sidenote: I've decided cheat days are not a good idea for me. I already fetishize food as it is. Spending a week, or couple weeks thinking about the goal day where I'll eat X, Y, and Z, will most likely just end with me giving in early and eating poorly. I'm not on a diet. I'm changing the way I think about food.

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