CUT THE CRAP CHALLENGE UPDATE:
- Milk/Dairy: I haven’t made the switch from 1% to skim milk. I foresee that to happen on the next visit to Marc’s. Not foreseeing any organic purchases to be made anytime soon.
- Artificial Sweeteners: Kicking this habit has been quite the battle. I’m struggling the most with the gum chewing, as I have realized during the challenge that I reach for a piece of gum when I am stressing, especially at work. On my next Whole Foods visit, I’m going to spend some significant time investigating natural sweeteners.
- Caffeine: I’ve cut way back on the caffeine consumption, for the most part sticking to one travel mug of coffee a day (except for Sunday mornings while chilling out at home). With the warmer weather, I’ve been craving more water, so my consumption of tea is way down.
- Bread: The “no white flour” goal has been going well. I’ve continued to buy whole wheat bread options, whole wheat pastas and other whole grains. In my recent recipe for beef stew, I used whole wheat flour to thicken the broth.
- Produce: I’m planning a visit to the West Side Market for next weekend when I have some to dedicate to the adventure. I cannot wait to pack my fridge with all sorts of good stuff.
- Product Goal: It’s amazing just how much STUFF goes into the packaged foods we buy. One of my favorite grocery store purchases are the Trader Joe’s pre-cooked chicken sausages. I was sure that I was going to be crushed when looking at the ingredient list. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I could pronounce every single ingredient! Pretty good for processed pre-cooked meat!
- Emotional: I wish that our brains had an “off” switch. Even when I have plenty of media sources (iPod, TVs & magazines) in front of me on the elliptical, I still find myself stressing about things that I cannot change. I need to hit up my local library for some mediation guides and breathing exercises to try out in times of anxiety and stressing.
2010 RESOLUTIONS UPDATE:
NOT GOING SO WELL:
- Become a runner: Remember that 5K I signed up for? It was this past Sunday the 11th. I didn’t stick to my training plan, never went for an outside run and talked myself out of racing that morning. I’m reassessing this resolution which will be SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO in the future.
- More yoga. Less kickboxing and elliptical: I’ve completely fell off this bandwagon, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY SILLY because I love yoga, but I tend to fall into my routine of what is comfortable. I love me a good sweat session on a crossramp. There’s no better way to get out some aggression than to throw a punch at a non-existent opponent. I think there are pros and cons to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mind set. I just need to remember that variety is the spice of life.
ON HIATUS: Make my house a home: My professional work life has been picking up in the past month, and it will only get crazier through mid-May. We’re still planning on redecorating the family room and kitchen, just putting them off until late May/June.
- Drink more water: As I mentioned above, I’m chugging water like there’s no tomorrow. I knew the warmer weather would set me straight. It does feel better to get more H2O in my body.
- Keep blogging: The online blog community is nothing short of phenomenal. From the recent Twitter #fitblog chat to our local blogger meetup, it’s amazing how much support is out there. I thank you all for that – bloggers and readers alike.
- Find happiness: 2010 is rockin’ my socks. I’m loving the new job, enjoying the small things in life and trying to stay away from my couch and getting into the community more. I can’t wait for the summer when I’ll have more time to enjoy this great town that I live in.
LONG STORY SHORT: I’ve learned from my shortcomings and am celebrating my successes in both of these challenges. It’s just important to remember to keep moving forward in the right direction – NO MATTER WHAT!