Monday, September 17, 2012

My 6 Fitness Rules

Okay, okay, so in the list I made on my iPod I called them fitness "goals." Whatevs. Whatever you want to call them, last night I finally narrowed them down and came up with six that I think will help me keep a well-balanced and healthy (fitness-oriented) life.

Here they are:

1. No treats except on holidays and birthdays.

2. Run, go on a walk, go on the exercise bike, or do the exercise video every day, 7 days a week. 3 of those days need to be the exercise video. (Sundays optional when a quiet walk isn't an option.)

3. Eat a serving of fruits and/or veggies at lunch and dinner.

4. Drink a full glass of water before having a snack. Go for fruits and veggies before other stuff.

5. Eat another serving of fruits and/or veggies before having seconds of a main dish.

6. Start getting ready for bed at 10:30 pm. Get in bed no later than 11:00 pm.

I've put a lot of thought into each of these rules and I have personal reasons for each of them. My intention is for these goals to last me through the beginning of the new year and then reevaluate and see whether I want to keep them as they are or change them at that point.

I know I won't be able to keep all of these rules 100% of the time, but the one I intend to be a sticky sticky stickler about is the no-treats rule. I've learned that I basically have no self-restraint when it comes to the good stuff, so putting a general ban on them is, in many ways, much easier for me than putting amount limits on things.

Also, I just have to say, I'm pretty darn proud of myself for deciding to make and implement these goals at the beginning of the holiday season, rather than at the end. I know it'll be hard to turn down all of the seasonal goodies that pop up over and over and over again throughout the holidays, but I know that if I can just hold strong I'll be able to come out of the holiday season feeling happy and in control, rather than in sugar shock.

So what do you guys think? Good rules? Are they something you could keep up throughout the holiday season?

Anyone out there thinking about making some holiday fitness rules of your own?


Kristie said...

I always try to do #5. And a couple of years ago, that is the way I lost the last little bit of baby weight. I also try to park far away at the grocery store, or wherever. A few more steps never killed anyone. And it might just help with a pound or two here and there! Love the list. Need to print it to put up for me to use! Thanks!

Aleatha Shannon said...

some really great advice i got from a book is: when you do eat a treat, do it mindfully. eat it slowly and think about how good it tastes the whole time. thoroughly enjoy it. don't feel guilty.

this helped me a lot since i tend to overeat/binge on sweets (mindless eating) and never feel satisfied. eating mindfully helps me feel satisfied with less, instead of scarfing one and instantly reaching for more and more, then going through agony as i will myself not to reach for yet another treat. it's way more fun to enjoy the treat thoroughly, slowly, without guilt, and that results in feeling satisfied. i still really like treats but if i eat mindfully i feel satisfied much sooner. like, after two or three cookies instead of six or more. :) maybe try it on your holidays?

Josh and Alice said...

I totally think the no treats (except on special occasions) and drinking water will be super helpful. That's what helped me loose the baby weight from Josiah that was still sticking around even after having Micah. And those exercise videos really are nice since you can do it at home. I often did it with Brittany and that helped to push me to work even harder.

Kathy Haynie said...

I'd be up for a family challenge with these rules. :) I think they're great.

Emily said...

Goooo you! You can do it! :)

Tiffany said...

They look like great goals! And I will say "Good for you!" for making goals before the holiday season. :) You're an inspiration to us all.

BTW: If you hate the workout video, my feelings will not be hurt in any way. :)

Mariko said...

I like your rules. Unfortunately it seems like I have to be obsessed if I want to actually keep a diet plan. I hate that. :) but I like your fat free sugar free pudding.

Mariko said...

I like your rules. Unfortunately it seems like I have to be obsessed if I want to actually keep a diet plan. I hate that. :) but I like your fat free sugar free pudding.

BeccaMarie said...

Oh Katie! I haven't been to read your blog for a while and the day I hop on I see that you are working on the exact things I'm struggling with! I LOVE your fitness goals. And I can't tell you how REFRESHING it is to hear someone else say that they are banning all treats except on holiday. I hear from everyone that banning treats is dumb, they aren't bad for you, just eat in moderation, blah blah blah. I CAN'T eat a treat in moderation. I remember the day when I realized I breathed a sigh of relief as I stuck a piece of chocolate in my mouth and realized I was using it as a stress reducer. This made me very sad. I don't want to depend on chocolate, or sugar, I want to be IN CONTROL of things. Of myself. I can't let myself snitch one cookie, because that's not bad for you, because if I eat one, I WILL eat seven. Or, ten. Truly. I want so badly, so badly, to be in control of myself.
Thank you for the posts! I'll have to go in and finish reading all of them!