Okay, so it's been slightly more than one week since I've set my goals. And here's the result......
Let's break it down, shall we?
*Prepare at least two meals a day AT HOME
This has been going so well. SO well! So well, in fact, that I've been planning all three meals because it's been such a breeze with a little planning ahead of time. I don't know why I never did actual meal planning before. I use this system primarily for dinner, but even then... seriously, it makes a huge difference in my life. I look forward to cooking again. I know what I'm making a week in advance, and I know I have all the ingredients. Bryan knows what's on the menu and chimes in with ideas for the week. (like the link suggests, we have a google calendar attached to our normal family/work calendar, so he knows every day what's for dinner) This is huge for us; before, it would always be a last-minute conversation of "what should I make? I don't know..." Food frustration abated!
I save money at the grocery store because I don't buy unnecessary/double items. Less food is wasted. More fresh ingredients are purchased and actually used. I would always buy a bunch of fruits and veggies because that's what healthy people did. But they had no purpose, no dish to be made into. NOW, my fruits and veggies have a home! :)
We sit down for dinner together, e v e r y n i g h t, and my kids actually eat what I make. Our meals are rounded and healthy. And we all clean up at the end of the meal! It's just like a scene from 'Leave is to Beaver'... I'm feeling like the best mother in the world during the dinner hour! Oh how the choirs of heaven are singing!
I do it a bit differently than the link suggests, though the principle is the same. I've started out doing just one week at a time. I actually prefer it this way for now, and I'm sure the better I get at it, the further out I will be able to plan. And for reals, I recommend this little change to everyone. EVERYONE! It is much simpler than it seems, and it saves a whole lotta time, energy, money, stress, and calories!
*Increase veggie intake in my meals
Just like I thought it would, this goal would be born of my previous goal. And how the marriage of these two goals are working seamlessly! Case in point: zuccini. Bryan can't stand the stuff unless it's made into bread. Which is fine every now and again, but it's much better without the extra sugar and carbs. Let me tell you, last week I snuck zuccini into two main dishes and he didn't bat an eyelash. He even noticed it in one of them (shephard's pie, which happens to be his fave), commented on it, and told me HE LIKED THE DISH BETTER! Points all around for moi!
We've also been having fresh green salads with each meal (not the nasty bagged junk), and I am loving the veggie increase. And yes, my 2 and 3 year old boys do eat their salad, sometimes without dressing. How awesome is that?
*Take a walk with the boys 4 times a week
I haven't done this AT ALL. Nada. Oh, wait! I have done some walking with them, but nothing too crazy. We've been to the Wild Animal Park twice in the last 5 days, so that's got to count for something. They have a collective weight of 75+ lbs, so with both of them in the stroller, I'm pushing close to 100lbs. That's not too shabby, right? But I'm not kidding myself too much. It's not consistent by any means. So this will be something to work on this week.
*Get as much sleep at night as possible
Also, not too good on this one. Well, I started out really good, but then fell back into my old habits again. The last two nights I stayed up, on purpose, several hours past midnight. I don't know why I do that; it's not necessarily insomnia. I think I have my internal clock kinda messed up. So time to reset it!
So now I know what I need to work on this week. But all in all, I'm VERY happy with my current results. Nothing is showing on the scale yet, but once I'm consistent with my workouts I'm sure that will come. What about you? How are you doing with your goals???