This year, rather than focusing on the year end health goal, I am focusing on smaller monthly goals. I figure this makes actually achieving the goals a more realistic thing. Less far off. Less likely to fizzle when success doesn’t happen overnight.
In my mind, it’s a better way.
If I succeed in monthly goals, by the year end I will more than likely have reached the big main goal.
One of the things I want to do is blog my goals and how I am doing with them each week. I think this will help me stay on track, and it might just encourage someone else out there.
For January, I have three smaller health goals:
- Cut back on processed sugar
- Completely cut out fast food
- Lose 4.5 pounds
Let’s break those goals down a bit…
Cut Back on Processed Sugar
Why am I only “cutting back” and not “cutting out”? I’m glad you asked!
I am a sugar addict.
Cutting back on processed sugar is going to make a huge difference in my health.
But I drink coffee. And in my coffee, I use creamer. The taste of sugar-free creamer is absolutely disgusting to me. I do not like it at all. If I give up coffee at the same time I give up sugar, I believe I will have defeated myself right from the start. Caffeine withdrawal is no fun and I get headaches when I don’t have coffee.
So I am allowing myself a cup of coffee with a splash of creamer in the morning.
What I am not allowing are all those things like cookies, brownies, cake, jelly, jam, processed peanut butter, ice cream, yogurt (oh yes, that is loaded with sugar!), candy, soda, other sugary drinks, etc…
You get it.
I’m cutting out the garbage, but allowing for the coffee creamer. Balance.
Completely Cut out Fast Food
In addition to being a sugar addict, I am a fast food junkie. I love burgers and fries, tacos and burritos, chicken nuggets and nachos…. and really amazing grande, loaded with whipped cream, coffee drinks.
I love it all too much.
There is no just cutting back in this category. I need to completely cut it all out immediately.
It’s better to say goodbye and start saving my arteries now. I’m prepared to do this. I’m ready to get serious about meal planning so that I am not tempted to just pick up something from the drive through for dinner. I am ready to have weekend lunch items on hand so that I can make something yummy for my husband and not have him feel like he is missing out. He doesn’t have to cut fast food, but it’s easier if we just don’t go at all. And he is supportive enough to stay away with me.
I’m ready, and I’m doing it.
Lose 4.5 Pounds
You might be thinking that’s a weird number. But it’s not. The way the calendar works out for this month, there are four and a half weeks. Mathematically, it makes sense.
I’m never going to strive for more than one pound a week. This is done purposefully. If I lose weight too rapidly, the chances are I won’t keep it off. I’m looking for longterm lifestyle changes that will improve my overall health. I’m not looking for quick bandaid solutions.
For each month, I will be planning out a reward for my hard work. I believe that rewarding myself will help in motivating me to stick with it and make lasting changes. January’s reward for successful goal completion will be a haircut at a nice salon. I’m due one and shelling out a little extra for a nice salon is definitely something to look forward to.
Are you setting small monthly goals for 2018? If so, I’d love to hear about it.