This is my working document of less-than-desirable habits I’m changing – in the form of healthy new habits that I’m developing – as part of my journey to drop 40 by 50.
1. Drink more water all day long.
2. When the calorie-rich snacks come out at the office, I will head for the Keurig and make myself a cup of iced green tea instead. It’s something I enjoy and it will give me something to do with my hands.
3. I will weigh in once a week and use the way my clothes fit as the guide for my progress in between weigh-ins.
4. Think like an adult. I’ll be focused on making more responsible, adult choices. I have big dreams for my family and they won’t happen if I don’t organize my life in a way that moves us closer to them.
5. Set a time limit on my personal Facebook use – 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the evening.
6. Set a time limit on Bejeweled – 15 minutes in the evening.
7. Stop beating myself up for my weight. Size doesn’t dictate character. Size doesn’t decide how “likable” you are. Size doesn’t determine if you’re loved or not. Size doesn’t determine your value as a human being.
8. Organize my personal paperwork so that it’s easier to manage and doesn’t take up one of my kitchen counters with a bunch of big crazy piles.
9. Put a system in place for my personal task management. There’s an excellent article on the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach here: 43 Folders. (Priority of this effort will be to do the weekly Sunday review and planning session. Continually and repeatedly!)
10. Cut out my nightly cookie, even if it is an organic, oatmeal cookie.
11. Cut down on bread – way down. No dinner rolls, no toast with breakfast and no sandwiches. My body doesn’t respond well to it so why eat it?
12. Make it a habit to paint (art on canvas) at least a few hours ever two weeks. It’s a great stress reliever and while my skills aren’t completely developed, it won’t happen if I don’t do it.
13. Become a better friend. Call my girlfriends. Make coffee dates, dinner dates and lunch dates. Call them. Email them. Reconnect.
14. Develop a meditation practice – at least 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes each time.
15. Be on time to commitments, engagements and appointments. Stop trying to squeeze in “one more thing” before I leave to drive somewhere.
16. Get all of my annual health maintenance check ups every year. No skipping years.