Geek Goals

This year is about getting my sanity back. Getting my health my house and my family into a better place by deliberate incremental changes in all areas of my life.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Being healthy without thinking about it

I'm trying a new thing, might not work but I'm trying it. I've read enough books about exercising and eating healthy in the past that I know what's good for me and what's not, I'm also learning a whole new set of information about the human body and food from the current book I'm reading - You On A Diet. In the past, I have written goals nightly for the next day and recorded all the foods I've had for the day and will have the next day. I've weighed myself when I was supposed to and wrote down recipes that are healthy. All these things, for some reason, make me feel that my world is revolving around dieting. I'm so hard on myself when I mess up once because I've put so much work into it...they (the pros) say not to worry if you mess up, just keep going, but that doesn't work for me. Also, when all I think about is eating healthy and working out, the temptation to avoid it grows immensely for me.

So my new thing is that I'm not going to keep track of my health, (just like I don't keep track of how many times a day I brush my teeth) this includes any goals, workouts, foods, etc. The reason I'm trying this approach is because I want to be healthy without thinking about it. I'm working out everyday, but I'm not patting myself in the back for it, because it's just part of my life...I don't pat myself on the back when I shower or brush my teeth. I've also been drinking lots of water and green tea everyday, not using salt at all, and eating lots of fruits and veggies, but I don't record it. I'm not going to weigh myself for at least 3 months - I know how I'm doing depending on how my clothes fit.

This might seem odd to you, and it's odd to me too, but I don't want to think about being healthy anymore because I have let myself down a lot in the past, I'm just going to make it second nature to me. This method goes against everything I've read, so I'm not saying it's going to work, I'm just saying that I'm going to try it.


ClickChic said...

Thats what I'm trying now as well. At least the parts I've read so far. So I don't think it is odd. :)

jmac said...

I'm only on the second chapter of the book and I feel I have learned so much already!

Danielle said...

Humm you will have to tell me more! I still feel like I need to complete Slim in 6 to get a headstart on it, but after this I definitely need something that can be maintained for a lifetime.

As far as food goes I really enjoyed the Readers Digest "Change One" diet. Lots of good looking recipes in there!