It might seem a little late in the year for goal-setting, but you know what? I've never been a slave to tradition so I'm not letting that get in my way. Besides, January is for resolutions and what I'm doing here is setting some achievable goals for myself on the anniversary of having given birth to my first baby. The last year has been a doozy, but I think twelve months is long enough to give myself a pass on getting fit. Now it's time to get back on the right track.
1. Eat a Salad Every Day
Not just a side-salad, mind you. I'm challenging myself to replace one full meal (lunch or dinner) with a salad every day of the week. I'm hoping this will be a simple way to reduce my intake of carbs while adding more veggies and greens to my diet. I'm going to do my best to track my progress on Instagram. You can follow #saladaday to see a bazillion other folks on the same mission.
2. Cut Out Added Sugar
I have been SO BAD about sugar lately. Every time I turn around I seem to be nibbling on a cookie or stress-gulping a milkshake. When I was pregnant with C I lost weight more effectively than ever before and the biggest change to my diet was completely cutting out added sugar. I tried to keep my sugar consumption down to 30g or less a day - and allowed myself one serving of fruit or berries every day to satisfy my sweet tooth.
3. Exercise Every Day
This is another thing that I was excellent about during my pregnancy but horrible about ever since. By the end of my pregnancy I was swimming twice a week and going for long walks every day. It felt wonderful, and I've actually missed the activity a lot. It's been really hard to find the time or motivation to get outside or to the pool, but I'm determined to change this as well. We're going to start going on trips with Hike It Baby and taking advantage of our family membership to the YMCA. The only problem now is my hair. I still haven't figured out a natural solution for getting chlorine out of my hair! I'm thinking about investing in a cute retro swim cap.
Do you have any health or fitness goals to meet this year?