Here’s an update on my January health goals and how will be addressing my health needs because in December, for my physical, I got the news that my cholesterol is a bit high and that I need to eat more plant food and exercise more.
I’ve also been displeased with my weight and struggle to not eat the foods I like because part of me doesn’t really believe in “not” eating foods we love. But here I am, 5’2 at 140 lbs not all that happy with my well-being.
So below are my health goals for this year:
- Walk 3 to 6 miles a day – I need to get close to 168 miles a month to achieve my 2023 mile goal for the year – last year I did 1107 miles.
- Hike every other week – I live by the Blue Ridge Parkway with plenty of trails to choose from!
- Annual Physical – since I just had one this will be in December.
- Mammogram – already scheduled
- Change diet – no I am not going on a specific diet but instead will be focusing on making better choices – instead of a bag of chips go for the clementine
I am using the Lost it! app to track my food and its going, sorta. While I am keeping it right at the 1200-calorie mark, there’s been no weight loss to record.
The first part was and is to get into the habit of tracking and then tweaking as needed for the change.
The walking is hit or miss, there are weeks where I am on it and then I go a week or so with nothing and I can’t get myself motivated. I think for the first time in my life, I am having a tough time with it all. If this is what burnout feels like, I don’t want it.
And so I keep trying. I asked my partner to nudge me and be supportive but that gets tricky too because as a non-conformist at heart, I find something that justifies why I am not doing it. Like I can’t help myself.
I’ve tried in the past to cut food out and it went okay, I mean I love potatoes and pasta, and saying no to those is painful, let’s add in that my partner loves to buy me snacks that are yummy but perhaps not the best choice and my willpower isn’t in it’s best shape right now… it’s a disaster ya’ll.
Other things that have happened is that I had a colonoscopy at the beginning of the year and I am pleased to say that those results came back fine and I probably won’t need to do that again for another 10 years. Whew.
This is what I have so far for my January Health Goals! I plan on making this an ongoing series so I can track what is or isn’t working for me.