Posts Tagged ‘Goal Setting’

Your Partner: The Sloth

January 13, 2011

So far so good in 2011:  your workouts are on-track, eating is pretty clean and you’ve lost a pound (or 2!).  However, your significant other is definitely NOT.  He/she sits around eating bonbons, flipping between The Simpsons and Cops .  Sometimes the love of your life may be unintentionally sabotaging your plans: change can be a scary thing!  How do you get him/her to join your team so you can succeed well into the future?  Chances are, they’re already halfway convinced because you’re lookin’ so fine.

  • “Let’s have pizza for dinner tonight,” he/she says.  Offer to help and cut calories in half:  pizza doesn’t have to be a calorie-bomb.  Use organic, thin whole wheat crust, 1/3 less cheese (at least on your side of the pie), lots of veggies, and make a big salad to go along with it.
  • He/She loves beer.  If you too are tempted, replace it with lite beer or sparkling water!
  • You’re heading out to the gym and they are glued to the computer.  Communicate with him/her:  Say, “when I see you work out it’s an aphrodesiac.  Will you please join me?”  You don’t get anything if you don’t ask!  You can also gift a fitness magazine to them ‘just because’ or suggest a trip to the beach.  With the pressure of exposing him/herself to the public, new motivation may ignite!
  • You’ve paid for their gym membership, but it’s unused!  (The nerve!)  Schedule a personal training session with a trainer.  Most gyms give a session or two with a trainer when you first join; upgrade it to a 3-5 pack!  Be sure you drive home the message that they do expire and you don’t want to waste your money!
  • At the beginning of my relationship, my now-husband and I used to run together.  Since then, he’s developed a knee problem that hinders him from the sport.  Our solution?  I bought him a bike and have him pedal alongside!  A couple that exercises together stays together.  (Plus, keeping our bodies in shape does wonders for our, um, intimacy levels!)  Find a sport you both like and do it once/week together!
  • Your spouse has ‘baby fat’ and the baby is over a year old.   Suggest that you both consult with a nutritionist or take a nutrition course together so “you” can get healthy.  Chances are, he/she will love the idea of having more energy-efficient foods!

If none of these strategies work, continue staying strong and putting up resistance as needed.  Don’t give up hope!  If you have other ideas or strategies that have worked, email me and share!

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What a treat!

December 13, 2010

So much of what I write about these days is about holding back, practicing restraint and staying motivated.  But every now and then I do indulge, and when I do, I plan for it.  By consistently eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting proper rest, I earn the occasional free-for-all and enjoy every last bite!  I don’t worry about gaining an ounce because I just hop right back on the wagon when reality hits.

I escaped to Montreal this past weekend with one of my best friends for a little gluttonous girls’ weekend.  For the past 6 weeks, I planned my workouts and food log accordingly and used this trip as my ‘carrot’ to stay on-track.  I limited my treats to 1/week (down from 3) and increased the intensity of my workouts.  I knew croissants, cappuccinos and decadent desserts would be calling my name. It was so much fun to let go and indulge!

It wasn’t all insanity, however.  My friend is as athletic as I, so we strolled the streets and planned a hotel workout, hitting the major muscles of the body and enjoying every minute.  I think we burned more calories with our flapping jaws than anything else but movement helped get us through the next meal of fois gras and steak frites.

Now that I’m back to reality, it’s back on the clean-eating wagon.  My next reward comes in two months when my husband and I take off to the beaches of  Southeast Asia.  I’m hanging up my teeny bikini where I can see it for extra motivation!   Eggnog can wait:  I’ll be sipping Mai Thais on the beach in no time!

Quit Smoking. Now.

December 7, 2010

When I take a yoga class, I truly try to shut off and focus on my breathing, posture, alignment and sense of self.  Today, I had the most frustrating experience.  Most of you know that I have a big nose.  And it works.  Really well.  After we said our initial “Om’s” and were inhaling/exhaling into downward facing dog, I noticed the rank stench of stale cigarette breath.  Oof.  The woman next to me must have puffed down a cigarette right before class!  I couldn’t believe  how distracting it was for me!

Nevermind, I made it through class by digging really deep to find my concentration…especially during warrior 3 pose.  I was reminded of a dear Facebook friend who has taken it upon herself to quit smoking.  I have to hand it to her for tackling such an arduous task during these (what can be) stressful weeks leading up to the holidays and not waiting for New Year’s to resolve to it!  Check out this awesome link …a recovery timetable of what happens to the body in the hours, days, weeks and years after butting out!

My Facebook friend is a week into her accomplishment, now trying to decide how to reward herself by polling her supporting friends.  Someone suggested taking up running, which really helped me when I quit smoking. I ran the Reservoir in Central Park every day:  the more time that passed between me and my last cigarette, the further, longer and harder I could run…8 years later I’m running marathons!

Below are some great ways to reward yourself when you take that brave step forward to ‘healthy living’:

  • Put the money you’d have spent each day into a ‘rewards account’.  Buy yourself something enviable, like a Louis Vuitton bag, a weekend trip to NYC or a day at the spa.
  • Join the Couch to 5K running phenomenon!  It could be the beginning of a new addiction!
  • Volunteer to help others quit!
  • Join the fight against tobacco lobbyists.
  • Donate money to the American Cancer Society every year you’re smoke-free.

Be like me and my Facebook friend.  Quit smoking today.