It’s tempting to kick off Project 40 with an insanely inspirational game plan (Train for a Marathon! Stop Eating Sugar!).
But I’d last about six days. And I’ve got six months ahead of me.
Instead, I’m doing what I’ve always recommended to clients: Setting a few small, doable diet and fitness goals each month.
So here’s what I’m working on this month:
My diet’s already pretty healthy, but I’m not immune to falling into bad patterns. While I can’t tackle them all in this first month, I’m choosing three that will make a big impact.
1. Eat two pieces of fruit a day. This used to be easy for me, but I have a tendency to save the fruit for my kids as if I my own health didn’t matter (note to self: spend the few extra bucks each week and buy more).
2. Don’t eat while working at the computer, a terrible, nasty habit of mine. How nasty? I’ve gotten hummus stuck in the keyboards of my last two laptops.
3. Eliminate evening snacking (except fruit, if I haven’t met goal #1). I’m not convinced there’s anything metabolically magical about not eating at night. But it saves me a couple hundred calories, mostly in the form of sweet or salty snacks which don’t do me (or the aforementioned computer keyboard) any good.
1. Run or walk three days a week. Last month, I suddenly took up running (by which I mean “very slowly jogging”). I hadn’t run for more than 10 years, when my knees started protesting. But there’s something about being a mother of two that suddenly makes running away from the house seem like an awfully good idea. To keep me motivated, I signed up for a 5K near the end of the month, and I plan to raise some money for my friend’s wonderful non-profit, Donna’s Good Things (more on that in a future post).
3. Rest two days a week. In other words, wrestle a 35-pound preschooler into his clothes, haul laundry baskets up and down two flights of stairs, and work on my personal speed record for unloading the dishwasher.
If you’d like to join me and create your own Project, let me know in the Comments section–and maybe it goes without saying, but you don’t have to be turning 40 to do this with me (just pick an age or a time frame, set some goals, and get going!).
For those who are already following along, please share your own personal goals too so we can inspire each other.
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