A few of my favorite bloggers have recently committed to getting back on track. Caitlin declared the whole month of November as a time to get back on track; Angela is doing it for the first week of November, starting today (the 2nd). I’m feeling it too: I haven’t been doing that much yoga, I haven’t been walking as much as I like to, and, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been eating a lot of crap. I haven’t been practicing mindfulness either, and I find myself munching through the day instead of eating proper meals.
This challenge might be hard for a few reasons – 1) Bobby and I are driving across the country next week; 2) the holidays and lots of decadent foods are coming up; 3) due to the move, I don’t know what my new routine will be (we’re moving to Manhattan btw). But I’m going to try. I’m synthesizing their goals and mine, and this is what I came up with. I’m going to try to do this for as long as I can. These aren’t arbitrary; these goals are what my ideal lifestyle would be so I want to keep up with them.
- Go to bed early (by 11:30pm) and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Cut out artificial sweeteners. I’ve been on a diet coke kick recently and it’s time to stop.
- More veggies, less fruit.
- More cooked foods, fewer raw.
- Lots of water and tea.
- Cook and plan more (or at least eat out at cheap-yet-healthy places).
- Sit down for every meal.
- Do something relaxing for 30 minutes every day (yoga, a bath, these exercises).
- 30+ minutes of cardio each day (walking, running, yoga).
- Give myself credit. Even if I don’t do all of these things perfectly, I’m going to give myself credit for the attempts and partial successes.
Because we’re moving, I’m trying to use up the groceries we have and I don’t plan on buying more. This week I’ll be eating out a lot but I’m not too worried about that; I love eating out and I can always find something healthy on the menu. The only thing that worries me about eating out is the money issue. I wish I was less frugal 😛
The other issue I might have is that this weekend is the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival. I plan on eating well, but I doubt that I’m going to get much sleep because two of my favorite bloggers are coming to stay with me and we’re all going together. I am so excited to meet them.
Some of the yummy dishes I plan on making and eating during this November challenge are…
a healthy Thanksgiving meal, like last year’s
fresh delicious salads
lots of squash fries…
this fun Indian mushroom recipe
… and lots more. You should check out my recipes page for more inspiration. This bread recipe was one of the first things I ever posted (December 2007).
Anyway, back to the “back on track” plan. Today has been a good day so far. I did a yoga class this morning at my studio and I went to bed early last night (crashed on the couch at 9:30pm). I wanted to go to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner, but Bobby has band practice… so maybe not.
And now this post is getting epic. Happy November! Are you challenging yourself this month?