It’s time for my monthly health goal update. If you are just joining me today, rather than making 654 new years resolutions in January, and failing every single one of them miserably, I decided to tackle one every month. I kicked off the month of January by giving up the nasty chemical filled coffee creamer. You can read why here. February’s goal was all about working out and drinking ALL OF THE WATER. I let you know each month how my previous goals have been working out for me and then add a new one.
Don’t they say that after three weeks of doing something, it becomes a habit? Well, that seems to be what’s going on. Because there are 28-31 days each month, that’s how long I focus on each change. By the end of the month, it is so much easier than it was in the beginning.
The first month coffee creamer sitch is still going strong. I haven’t had a drop of creamer to my coffee since I gave it up. I used Nutpods for a few weeks when I unexpectedly ran out. We happened to have some 1% milk in our fridge and I used that for a few weeks, and now I am 100% all black. I have actually developed a taste for black coffee that I never thought I could ever do. I think by weaning myself slowly off of the sugary creamer, it was easier for me. So a big pat on the back for me on January’s goal.
February brought lots and lots of water consuming and workouts. And, so far, that’s going great, too. I found an easy way for me to keep track of the water I am supposed to drink and it’s working. All of the water consumption has brought about a few changes that are worth mentioning. Along with finally getting used to it and not spending most of my day in the bathroom, I noticed I don’t have much bloating anymore. And, the regular puffiness under my eyes is gone. I drank ALL of my water every day but two days in February and that was because I ran errands half of the day and hate public restrooms. Oh… and the workouts are getting easier or I’m getting stronger. I actually don’t thing I am dying during them anymore. ????
Don’t think I’ve gone all cray on you. When people hear macros and intermittent fasting, they immediately think of the Keto diet…. and when I say “people”… I’m talking about myself, too. To tell you the truth, I don’t even have a clue what the Keto diet is. ???? All I know is what Gym Boy, our trainer, told us to eat. He gave us a calorie amount he wanted us to stay under and a percentage of fat vs protein vs carbs and called it macros and told us to down load an app to track it all. ???? Truly, I don’t want to be educated on a specific diet like Keto, because I don’t care all that much. All I know is what I personally am trying to accomplish with my diet and that is it.
We listened to Gym Boy and recently started entering some of our meals in our My Fitness Pal app, which breaks everything down for you. We realized we have been eating a diet VERY high in carbs. Because I followed a strict vegetarian lifestyle for nearly 18 years, it consisted of fruits, vegetables, beans, etc. While all of those foods are very healthy, they are full of carbs. With all of the working out we are doing, my body needed WAY more protein. Therefore, I decided to start adding meat back into my diet a few weeks ago. The main thing I noticed with that change was that I rarely need a snack between my meals and that I stay full way longer.
This month I will be focused on every single bite that goes into my pie hole. Yummy. I love pie. ???? Seeeeee how easy it is to get off track. Carbs are my favorite macro. LOL I love anything sweet and I love the sugar buzz I get from them. However, we will also be focusing on the proteins, carbs, and fats that we consume daily, by weighing and measuring everything. We picked up a food scale so we can be exact. I, also, found this most awesome meal planner which I want to start messing with. I would love to have an entire month’s worth of meals to refer back to. That would be a huge time saver.
Along with the tracking, I’ve heard so much about intermittent fasting and the success some people have had on it, so I’m adding this, also. Due to different circumstances and schedules, I think a 9am-5pm time schedule of eating and then fasting from 5pm-9am will work best for us. We will see how it all goes and I will for sure keep you posted on my progress next month.
I have talked to several of you who have started your own journey of focusing on one change a month. Let me know how you are doing in the comments below, or chat with me over on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from you!
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