Be Better! This Week’s Progress and Thoughts on Lofty Goals at Karla’s Making It
Hello Dear Readers,
How is it going in your part of the world? Here in California, we are having sunny days and I am enjoying them very much. Things are going well with my Be Better Plan. I have been walking 5-6 times a week! Yay for me. I have also been reading inspirational quotes daily and I am currently working on next week’s menu. I plan to add another meatless day and replace another high calorie meal with a healthier option.
How are you liking this week’s menu? We really loved our comfort food meal. I think that since the family knows that we have healthier meals coming our way, we savored every bite. However, I must say that the Minestrone Soup was really yummy too and the lowest calorie option! So yay for that.
Other changes we made are working as well. I notice that the fruit bowl has been being used! Sometimes when I walk by the dining table I will notice another piece gone. YES! I have even grabbed a nectarine out of there myself this week. Another idea would be to put fruits and veggies at eye level in the fridge. If we aren’t going through the fruit bowl fast enough, I may end up putting it in front of the milk!
I replaced my night time cookies and ice cream with a sort of trail mix type concoction. I got a big gallon sized bag and added packages of dried fruit, unsalted nuts, seeds, granola, and a small bag of yogurt raisins. It so far has been working to curb my sweet tooth, and is much healthier than those processed cookies. If you are watching calories, you may want to choose another option such a whole fruit or a smoothie.
How are you doing on your Be Better Plan? Have you made any changes this week?
I was thinking the other day about how many people make New Year’s Resolutions in January and for the majority they are long forgotten by now. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe I have once, but truly I have an aversion to the occasion. First of all, I feel pressured to make them really big! After all, it is only once a year, right? So I feel the need to do something monumental, like quit eating meat, or get into shape, or get my home organized.
Ew! Makes me tired just thinking about starting those goals. I can think of a thousand excuses to NOT do those things: I don’t have time to go to the gym everyday. I don’t have the energy to organize my entire house! I like meat!
Those lofty aspirations feel insurmountable to me every January. It is way easier to just shove those old sweaters to the back of the closet and close the door! So, every year I procrastinate. But then nothing changes. And I’m frustrated with myself all over again. I’m not getting into shape even though I want to. I’m not eating healthier because planning meals takes so much time than whipping something up on the fly. Many parts of my home are in disarray and when I have company, my closets are bulging to hide the clutter.
But what if I just made tiny changes daily or even weekly that would move me closer to those lofty goals? What if I went through one section of my closet a week? Or created a meal plan that could be reused every couple months? Or start having Meatless Monday’s? Or went to Yoga once a week? Or even just do 10 sit-ups a day?
This is the idea behind my Be Better plan! Making small changes more often to achieve a better body, better health, a better home, better relationships, anything you want to be better at. Right now, I can’t get in shape because my will and motivation is not strong enough. But I can certainly do 10 sit-ups a day!
What are you doing today to Be Better?
Make it a Beautiful Day,