Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resolution No. 3 - Get back on track with nutrition

December is officially over. I had hoped that once Christmas got past I'd be done with eating all the bad stuff but it's been hit and miss over the last couple of days.

Regardless, I need to meet my nutritional goals a lot more consistently. I'd say about six days a week at the following levels would be good.

No more than 1,800 calories a day
Minimum 25 grams of fiber per day
Minimum 80 ounces of water per day

Why six and not seven days? I like to have a cheat day once a week. I found that you need it, you have to have a day where you can not worry about the calories so much and just enjoy the moment. It's quite difficult going to a get-together, for instance, where there is a lot of food and you're there for a while. It's tough to stay away from the food - particularly if you are hungry.

Cheat days are a must and one day a week is okay.

Logging your food also helps meet the caloric goals you've set for yourself. If you have to account for everything you put in your mouth, you are going to think twice about stuffing that cookie down your throat as you walk out the kitchen or past the cookie tray. So I reserve the right to log my food here. I don't want to make that a part of this resolution because I'm bad with things like that but I thought I'd throw that out there anyway... I may do it on occasion to check myself.

With that, I'm done with my own New Year's Resolutions. Three resolutions, one in each major part of my wellness: nutrition (meeting my own caloric standards), fitness (run outdoors twice a week) and health (wear CPAP 6-7 nights a week).

I think I may check in on these after a week, maybe sooner. Like you do with weight loss, it's better to check in after a stretch of time as opposed to after a day or two. You see more progress and spot more trends if you look at things from a distance. But that doesn't mean that if I get my two outdoor runs a week in I won't come in and blog about having met the goal.

1 comment:

thrasherswife said...

I couldn't agree with you more, you NEED a cheat day, then you don't feel deprived... Good goals, LB.. Good way to start the new year.