You may remember last week I talked about getting a handle on my eating – for health’s sake, for the sake of my pants fitting, and for the sake of my running prowess. It just so happens that Princess Lisa over at Prairie Princess Runners is also looking to clean up her act and get healthier before her next big race. So of course, we did the logical blogger thing and decided to team up to keep each other accountable. Of course, we’re techno-challenged, so we were unable to come up with an actual link-up, but never mind that! If you’re interested in joining in and eating better, let me know in the comments below!
I definitely need a partner. Every time I decide to “clean up” my diet (approximately 30 times a year), I think to myself, “OK, this is it. This time, it’s gonna be different. This time, I’m gonna stick with it.” And I’m super committed for about 3 hours, and then 2pm hits and I REAAALLLY want some candy, and it all goes to hell. I tend to have an all or nothing mindset, so if I “ruin” my day by having some sugar, I tend to just go all out and eat whatever I want the rest of the day/week/month. And then a few weeks later I get fed up and decide to start all over again.
No more. I can’t keep doing this to myself. I know I run better, sleep better, and generally feel better when I eat less sugar and more fruits and vegetables. I want to commit to a healthier diet at least until after my half, so essentially, the entire month of June. I’m hoping that after a month, the habits will be sort of ingrained and I’ll just continue them afterwards anyway. I would also like to clarify that when I use the word “diet,” I simply mean the combination of all the things I eat, rather than a restrictive plan like South Beach or Paleo.
In the interest of S.M.A.R.T. goal-making, I’m going to lay out some specific guidelines to help me eat better.
- Only one serving of “treat” per day (whatever the recommended serving size is), preferably after dinner, to avoid a mid-afternoon sugar slump
- Fruit or veggies with EVERY meal. This is still something I struggle with, but I’m getting a lot better and learning to
liketolerate a lot of different veggies
- Plan meals–including lunch. Ben and I have been great about planning dinners, and he’s totally on board with helping me make better choices. The problem is lunches. If we don’t have leftovers, I don’t have lunch. Which usually leads to me going to Chipotle. Mmmm, Chipotle.
- Lean protein at every meal. This is not hard. Eggs for breakfast, almonds for snacks, chicken, beans, chickpeas, tofu…The list goes on and on. I’m not good about this, and that’s usually why I’m hungry all the time and end up eating too much.
- Snack better. I’ve been relying pretty heavily on Clif Builder Bars lately, and while they have lots of protein, they also have tons of sugar. I need to rely more on whole food options–cottage cheese, yogurt, almonds, fruits and veggies.
- No booze on work nights. Not only are alcoholic drinks full of empty calories, booze tends to mess up my sleep patterns, which is exactly what I don’t need when I’m trying to get up at 5:30 am and run. Even one drink can have adverse affects, so I just need to stop those occasional after-work beers.
Seeing this stuff written down seems pretty simple and common sense, and I’m hoping that will be the case. I feel pretty good about this, but I’ve got a lot of challenging situations coming up over the next few weeks. I’m going on vacation with my family starting on Friday, which is almost always an excuse to throw over healthy eating in favor of sweet, boozy drinks and delicious, fatty foods and sugary treats. The weekend after that, we’re going to a wedding, which is basically an excuse to drink free booze and eat free food. And two weeks after that is the Catamount Half Marathon. I don’t really have a lot of time left for making excuses, so I’m hoping that by publicly committing myself to this plan, I stick with it.
I’ll be adding an “Operation: Diet Clean-Up” check-in to my Friday Free-For-All posts so that I stay accountable, and you can follow my progress.
Do you have an “accountabilibuddy” for your healthy eating or workouts? Do you find it helps you to stay accountable?
What’s your favorite healthy eating tip or trick?