Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Resolutions

Good morning!

Today is the first day of December, the month where I am so busy that my healthier eating habits usually fly out the window and running time gets replaced by last minute tasks. 

I want this year to be different…well, sort of.  I would love to say that I will only eat 1200 calories a day, but let's be real, I don’t have the ability say no to a Christmas cookie.  So, instead of restricting myself from what I can eat and ultimately failing, I plan to make sure I stay healthy this month.  So I decided to make some December resolutions.

Here they are: 

  1. Eat 8 servings of fruits and veggies per day.  Hopefully this will make me not as hungry for the above mentioned Christmas cookies.
  2. Drink 80 oz. of water per day.  I am really good at this during the summer, but when the colder weather rolls around all I want is hot coffee or hot tea, which aren't all that great for my hydration status. 
  3. Run 6 days a week.  I am already doing this, but I want to keep it up.  It is so easy to exchange my “running time” for “present wrapping time” or “online shopping time” or “cookie baking time.” 
  4. Stop watching TV.  Wow, a part of me can’t believe I just typed that.  I LOVE watching TV.  Every morning I wake up, pop a K-cup in the Keurig, and watch at least an hour’s worth of TV on the DVR (shows that Dan doesn't like).  Then, before I go to bed, Dan and I watch TV for at least an hour.  As my days get busier I realize this is a huge waste of my time.  It doesn't help me in anyway and that time could be better spent.  Also, in college I met a girl who grew up without any TVs in her house and it was interesting to hear what her family did to entertain themselves.  This rule does have a few exceptions: I can watch TV shows on my ipad while I run, Chiefs football games on TV, and a few Christmas movies (they are absolutely necessary).
There you have it.  If I pull these off I will have to think of a whole new set of resolutions for January. 

Today was a sprint day.  I have decided that I can't call these runs "sprints", because it is the same speed that many people jog!  So, how does "bursts" work?  I did the 5-1-4-1-3-1-2-1-1-1-10 thang with the one minute "bursts" at a speed of 7.5 mph.  At the end I had run 3.1 miles in 30 minutes.  Tomorrow is a 7 miler...I better get my Hulu que ready!

Yesterday I promised the recipe for my veggie loaded, protein packed, flavorful lunch: Thai chicken salad.  Here ya go:

  • However much you want of broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, sliced red onion and diced cucumber
  • 3 oz cooked chicken breast
  • 1 oz whole wheat spaghetti (cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons of peanuts
  • ¼ cup edamame
  • 2 tablespoons of TJ’s Spicy Peanut salad dressing (if you don’t shop at Trader Joe’s I have heard that Litehouse also make a good version).
I swear I could drink this stuff...

This salad was bigger and better than the store bought version with less calories (~370 versus 490)!  

Today I am off to a good start on my December resolutions with a breakfast cookie (which has an entire banana in it), my Bubba Keg of water....

my Thai chicken salad for lunch, and one of my favorite Christmas songs on the radio...

Thought for the day: 

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