If you haven't already, read the post below this for my weight and workout stuff. I wanted to post a list of goals for the coming month, seeing as I haven't done very well this month. I feel like I haven't been as motivated recently, and I don't know why. As far as exercising goes I've been doing awesome, having a great time with CrossFit, getting stronger and feeling better. But my diet has definitely been sub-optimal. I mean, it hasn't gone off the rails or anything; I still make my lunch every day, avoid fast food if at all possible, cook dinner almost every night, and limit myself to whole grains, eggs, nuts, meats, and a little dairy. But I have had a few too many cheat meals, and a few too many beers and cocktails. But February is a new month, with new goals, and a new drive.
1) Weigh 210 lbs. by March 1st - This involves losing 8 pounds this month. It's a stretch for me, since I don't lose weight all that fast, but I want a goal that I will have to push myself to achieve.
2) No alcohol - This means none. I did this in the last 2 weeks of 2007 and the weight came off quicker than ever. This is also going to be one of my harder goals to stick with, because there's so much temptation around me. When you're hanging out on a Saturday night, you just want a couple of cold ones, but I need to stick to my guns here, and find other things to do.
3) Be in the gym 5 days a week - This is actually not that hard. I've been doing this pretty decently, but I want to keep it up. Going in the mornings has made it much easier, and I feel so much better as a result, and I want that to stick.
4) Be fully aware of what I put in my mouth, and also of what triggers cravings - This one delves into the mental rather than the physical. I haven't touched on this very much, except for changing my habits from "terrible" to "decent." I still don't have a handle on weekend eating, and when I get home after work I always have cravings for crap food. I need to figure out the root of these issues, and how to alleviate them. One thing I've already noticed is that if I sit down to watch TV, I will get cravings instantly, so I'm going to cut my TV time down considerably. Maybe next month I'll cut it out completely to see if that helps.
That's what I've come up with for this month. I will attempt to be as honest as possible on this blog with regards to how well I am sticking to these goals, and I would like if you guys could help me out with encouragement (or beratement) if I screw up. Without this blog I would not be where I am now, and I owe it to you guys to at least be honest.