Tuesday, January 18, 2011

#healthmonth: planning for february

rules ... i am all ready to choose my february rules - my month 3 of healthmonth. proud to be part of team CDWL@edi and excited about doing well, i have incorporated several healthier choices as part of my lifestyle. as a result, i'm changing up my rules. i am deleting 7 rules, adding 3, and keeping others around.

new team member(s)? ... meanwhile, we also may have new team members. we had 3 in december, 5 for february, and perhaps we'll grow to 7. we shall see! sponsorship possibilities afoot.

deleting a couple of rules ... i am ready to delete the following rule -
  • alcoholic drinks - have been at 1/wk; i'm okay with quite moderate to low-key drinking.
  • eat raw fruit - have been at 7 days/wk; it's a habit!
  • eat whole grains - have been at 6 days/wk; it's a daily habit! (thanks milton's bread.)
  • eat breakfast - have been at 7 days/wk; it's a habit!
  • track meals - have been at 7 days/wk; i started this in january, and with the myfitnesspal app, it's a habit, already!
  • eat raw nuts, legumes, beans, seeds - have been at 7 days/wk; it's a habit!
  • allow white rice - have been at 1 day/wk; although not necessarily a habit, turns out i am not craving rice. and more so, i miss my mehfil lunch moments near cubeopolis.
adding a couple of rules ... i am ready to add a couple more rules; so far, i have the following - all with are relatively in the herculean effort kind of activity for me.
  • limit high-fructose corn syrup ... i likely have this 7 days/wk in some form or fashion; i've never really thought about it. it's time to be more watchful and limit this - starting off with reducing to 5 days/wk.
  • limit processed food ... i have at least one item each day that is considered processed food, so my goal is to limit this to 5 days/wk. in healthmonth language - a herculean effort.
  • eat bright vegetables ... i am going from ZERO to 2 days/wk. i dislike bright vegetables; in healthmonth language - they suck. time for me to deal - i plan to learn to un-dislike bright vegetables. if i have to juice them, then i will! another herculean effort.
side note: it is NOT necessary to have bajillions of rules ... my team members' rules number as 3, 10, 14, 16, and 37. my goal is to eliminate paying the pharmaceutical companies and making wholesale changes in my lifestyle, and the rules really help me, esp. with those that are dramatic changes.
other existing rules ... i am keeping many of my rules on the book because i still have not quite sustained the habit and/or mindset. having healthmonth accountability keeps me in check with various diet, exercise, mental health, and miscellaneous activities, and my goal is to whittle down more in the coming months -
  • keeping (or likely keeping) the same allowance as january ...
    • allow coffee or tea - have been at 4 cups/wk; likely to keep at same allowance.
    • allow fried food - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to keep at same allowance.
    • allow pasta - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to keep at same allowance as my comfort food.
    • allow red meat and pork - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to keep at same allowance.
    • allow sodas - have been at 3 sodas/wk; will keep at the same allowance.
    • drink water - have been at 56 glasses/wk; will keep at the same amount.
    • eat greens - have been at 6 days/wk; will keep at the same frequency.
    • cook dinner - have been at 4 days/wk; likely to keep at same frequency because i like socializing over dinner.
    • allow dairy - have been at 5 days/wk; will keep at same allowance.
    • floss - have been at 7 days/wk; will keep at the same frequency.
    • private journal writing - have been at 2 pages each day; will keep at the same frequency.
    • television watching - have been at 28 hours/wk; will keep at same allowance.
    • allow white flour - have been at 4 days/wk; will keep at same allowance.
    • grateful list - have been at 7 days/wk; will keep at same allowance.
    • friend dates - have been at 3 friend dates/wk; will keep at same frequency.
    • bring lunch to work - have been at 2 days/wk; will keep at same frequency.
    • study a topic - have been at 2 days/wk; will keep at same frequency and same topic (e.g., psychographics, ignorance, tolerance, ethnic topic and may cross over with blogs and book reading)
    • limit gluten - have been at 6 days/wk; will keep at same frequency to better learn about gluten.
    • custom don't rule, unchecked mail - have been at not more than 2 days/wk; believe it or not, i need to keep this rule around and likely to keep at same frequency. (i know.)
  • change in the allowance ...
    • exercise - have been at 20 minutes for each day; likely to increase duration and reduce frequency per week.
    • save money in a jar - have been at $10/day; will increase to $12/day.
    • think tiny thing to improve my health - have been at 5 days/wk; will increase this to 7 days/wk.
    • custom do rule, record my blood pressure reading - have been at least 3 days/wk; will increase to 5 days/wk.
    • daily calories - have been at staying below my recommended daily calories at least 2 days/wk; likely to increase to 3 days/wk given i am more regular at exercising.
    • meditate - have been at 20 minutes for 5 days/wk; likely to increase duration and reduce frequency.
    • book reading - have been at 30 minutes 6 days/wk; likely to increase duration and reduce frequency.
    • weight training - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to increase to 2 day/wk.
    • eat locally grown produce - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to increase to 3 days/wk.
    • eat organic produce - have been at least 1 day/wk with my modified all organic produce in a day; likely to increase to 2 days/wk.
    • weight training - have been at 1 day/wk; likely to increase to 2 days/wk.
    • go out and be social - have been at 5 days/wk; likely to decrease to 4 days/wk, mainly to accommodate other activities, however, my guess is i'll still be social 5 days/wk.
DRAFT rules ... from the above, i have until february 1 midnight to change my rules.
looking forward to
february healthmonth blogging
for our team!



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