Back when I first started Brown is the New Pink, I made a post about my confessions and goals. I figured that after 6 months it’s time for an update and some new goals.
The first time I wrote about my confessions, I set three goals for myself:
- Eat more whole foods.
- Exercise more.
- Identify my all-or-nothing thinking and come up with alternative thoughts.
Overall, I’ve been eating more whole foods and definitely exercising more. Up until 2.5 weeks ago I was running 4 days/week training for a half-marathon. Sadly, the half marathon didn’t pan out due to injuries, but I’m still happy with all of my exercising. I also think I did a good job of sharing my training plans and meal plans on the blog. Finally, I’m still working on my all-or-nothing thinking. While I mentally noted thoughts when they occurred, I never actually wrote them down. Something to keep working on!
Now that I’m keeping up with eating whole foods and exercising (most of the time), I want to make some more specific goals. With that said, these are my confessions . . . part II.
(Yes, it is necessary for me to post the corresponding Usher music video every time I write that.)
I let myself get way too hungry.
This is a big issue for me. I tend not to snack between meals, and I’m starving by the time I eat the next meal. I think that if I eat healthy snacks I will be less likely to overeat during meals or to get hangry.
I always choose cardio over strength training or yoga.
I’m pretty good at keeping up with cardio, but I am not nearly as consistent with strength training. Though I actually love the way I feel when I strength train regularly, I don’t enjoy it as much as cardio. I honestly just find it boring, but I probably just need to find something that works for me. I also enjoy yoga, but practicing it puts me out of my comfort zone. It’s a totally different kind of exercise for me, but I think I would definitely benefit from practicing it consistently, especially given my recent overuse injuries.
I often reward myself with food.
Survived a rough week of work? Celebrate with Mexican food. Finished everything on my to-do list? Wind down with a piece of chocolate. I love food, and I tend to associate it with joy, success, and love. While I will continue to enjoy food and cooking, especially as part of special celebrations like holidays, I need to find other ways to reward myself on a day-to-day basis that don’t involve empty calories.
So what am I going to do about these confessions?
- Eat 2 healthy snacks (with fiber and protein) everyday. I’ll post snack ideas on Brown is the New Pink and include snacks in my weekly meal plan posts.
- Strength train at least 2 times per week and do yoga 1 time per week. Instead of a half marathon training plan, I’ll post weekly workout recaps to keep myself accountable with this goal.
- Find new ways to reward myself that don’t involve food. I’ll post ideas on the blog and incorporate personal examples of new rewards in my future posts.