Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 Health Goals

I'm a generally healthy person. There are times when I fall off the healthy train like anyone else, but for the most part I eat right, workout, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep. However, there are a couple places I know I could improve to achieve the body I want. Don't get me wrong, I do love my body, but I am unhappy with some of the extra weight I have put on around my midsection last year from all the stress of moving and poor eating habits. When I get stressed or sick, all I want is sweets, sweets, sweets, and we know what those do to you!

This year I have three health goals:
     - Reduce Body Fat to 15%
     - Exercise 4+ Times per Week
     - Complete the I Quit Sugar Challenge

Reduce Body Fat to 15%
In reality, I am shooting for 18%. I am currently between 25 and 30% body fat and most of it is around my stomach and hips. Yes, I developed the dreaded muffin top for all the sweets I have been eating. Reducing my body fat is actually the all encompassing goal for the year. To do this I have to eat right, exercise, reduce stress, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep. To make sure I reach my goal I created the other two goals you see listed above and below:
     1. Exercise 4+ times per week
     2. Complete the I Quit Sugar Challenge

Right before our move I stopped working out like I normally do. I just had too much going on with packing, closing, and moving that the last thing I wanted to do was spend more time on my feet. Since moving, things really haven't slowed down. We've been doing renovations all while working full time and going to school. Since moving, my commute has doubled in the afternoon, meaning I get home even later every day. It has been hard to get into the swing of things, but at the end of December I began making an effort to workout 4 times a week. To help me achieve this goal I set it up in GoalTracker which allows me to check off the days I do and do not workout. This app also allows you to set an alarm, add additional information, and see charted results. It is an excellent goal tracking app to start new habits, especially those that require you to do something every day or most days.
To realign my taste buds toward a more savory palate, I decided to sign up for the I Quit Sugar 8-weeks program. For $150, you receive a detailed meal plan each week of the challenge, support from experts and dietitians, access to members only forums, and so much more. I considered saving the money and developing my own plan, but spending the $150 to have someone give me step-by-step instructions are more than likely going to increase my chances of success than doing it on my own with my hectic life. What's even better is they have a vegetarian option! This is not going to be an easy challenge, but I hope that I will not only kick the sugar habit, but also get back to my normal healthy eating again. We've been spending a lot of time eating out and getting quick meals because we have been so busy and that only makes things worse. The program officially begins February 4th, and I believe you may still be able to sign up if you are interested. I plan to document my journey here if you would like to see my results before jumping in yourself. To give you a brief look at the program, here is the average weekly schedule.

I have high expectations this year, but I think if I stick to it, it will be a breeze.

What are your health goals this year?

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