IfItPlugsIn Posted November 4, 2013 Report Share Posted November 4, 2013 Building Solid Habits ProblemSo I've fallen off the challenge train a few times. Normally, when I hop back on, I end up with the same goals, and don't seem to be moving forward. At this point in my life, I don't feel like the challenge format is working for me. I can't structure my life in 6-week increments. When I slip up mid-challenge, I give up until the challenge is over. When there's a break between challenges, I lose focus and have a hard time getting back in gear. Right now I need to build some solid habits that will keep me going. GoalsI do have some fitness goals to work towards, and a busy life that I need to stay on top of. Obviously, I feel my best when I get 3+ workouts in each week and eat right, but working full time and handling 3 boys (1, 3 and 5 years old) tend to drain my energy and I skip working out and take the easy way out of meals unless I do some planning. Solution: HabitI think that a little bit of planning will go a long way. I need to plan workouts and meals each weekend, so I these things become habit for me (and expected by my family), and I don't fall into old ways. I am able to focus on each day individually, short-term goals to work towards, and no real end in sight (making this a lifestyle change, and not just a 6-week challenge). FitnessI enjoy both cardio and weightlifting. I'm setting my goal at 4 workouts per week, 2 cardio, 2 weights. This may get skewed, depending on how many workouts I actually get in, and what goals I have in mind at the time. A friend suggested we run a half marathon together this spring, and I all-too-eagerly agreed. I need at least 12 weeks of training to get ready for the event in May 2014. A co-worker has been hinting at wanting to participate in "Rumble on the Ranch," a local obstacle course race in August 2014, so I have a feeling I'll agree to participate with her. Stuffing my FaceI feel good when I eat limited amounts of gluten and sugar. I don't feel the need to completely eliminate either, but I do need to cut back. I like the idea of mostly Paleo/gluten-free, but I don't want to restrict macros or certain foods entirely. I try to stay in a calorie range, give myself some leniency for special events/mood swings, and am learning to listen to my body. I use MyFitnessPal to track, when I feel like I need to. Any comments on this will be totally subjective. One habit that will help immensely will be meal planning. On the weekend, I do my grocery shopping for the week, and then plan out meals. Hopefully, this will curb spontaneous eating-out, and quick fixes (like frozen pizza and sandwiches). SanityLiving in a testosterone-filled house, with 3 little ones is interesting to say the least, and I need to find a few ways for me to keep my sanity. I'm not putting a quantified goal to these, but laying them out so I remember that I need to take care of myself in balancing my active life with some relaxation. Take an Epsom salt bath (goal is 2-3 times per week).Read a book.Salon services (You would not believe how much this falls to the wayside. It's honestly become a once a year occurrence).Continue making my own beauty supplies (currently I make my own face wash, body/face lotion and lip gloss).Girls only events. Are you sick of reading my babbling yet? Me too. Time to get to work. 1 Quote IfItPlugsIn (Jenna)Current ChallengeBattle LogMy MFP Page Link to comment
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