July 10, 2016

Clean Eating Challenge Goals

This post is part of a 30 in 30 blog experiment, where I committed to writing 30 posts in 30 days with minimal planning between June 20, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

I'm starting a seven day clean eating challenge tomorrow. I'm having a fair amount of anxiety about this tonight, even after I've spent an hour prepping my snacks and making breakfast for a couple of days.

I've been slowly making progress towards taking better care of myself physically and mentally over the past few months along with gently working on my creativity issues. 2016 is turning out to be a year of big changes for me!

Our coach for the challenge has asked us to find a way to benchmark the beginning of our week and so I've decided to blog about it so I have something concrete to look back on and see my progress.

I decided to define a new goal that I can accomplish with moderate effort, a stretch goal that makes me a bit nervous and will require some effort, and an expansion goal that builds on something I am already doing.

New Goal -- Eat a homemade breakfast everyday. On work days, I typically run to McDonalds and have a Sausage McMuffin with Egg, two hashbrowns and a large Coke because, um, it's a really bad habit. And it's embarrassing to admit I do this. When it comes right down to it, I like hot food for breakfast and I'm kind of bribing myself with food to go to work because I hate starting things. Once I'm there and working, I'm totally fine. So. I am now bringing my own HOT breakfast to work. I might even take a different way to work so I don't have to drive by the McD's for a couple days. :) .

Stretch Goal -- I AM GIVING UP COCA-COLA FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK. It's possible my coach read this and fell off her chair. This is huge, you guys. Huge. I depend on my Coke to get me through the day. It's a crutch I've relied on too long and the reality is that it is very bad for me and it is a gateway beverage to other very bad things. So, no more Coke. I can do this. Right? Yes. I can.

Expansion Goal - I'm committing to move my body six days this week. This can be walking the dogs, doing yoga or the PiYo video I have. I've been consistently moving about 3-4 days a week, so I'm feeling confident in my ability to add a couple extra days.

Okay. That's it for what I plan to accomplish this week. Oh, and if you are interested in challenges like this one, clean eating tips and more, check out @freeheartfitmom on Instagram.

Do you make a list of goals at the beginning of each week? How do you keep yourself on track?

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