I'm used to a pretty rigid reporting structure and having things fall under neat packages, so this structure is going to work well for me. I have different priorities outlined for each of the categories, and a 6 month goal for everything. I'll be checking in every two months on my progress.
This week I'm just outlining what my goals are and what I plan on doing to achieve them. Today, Get Healthy. Wednesday will be about Get Organized, and Friday for Get Creative.
This is my number one priority. This is a pretty broad goal to achieve, so I've decided that the measure of success here is dropping some weight. My goal is to drop 20 pounds in 6 months, and to do that, I need to work on a few things.
Drink less beer.I think this is the number one thing on the list holding me back from losing weight. I curl three times a week, and I end up having at least 1-2 beers each game. I need to limit this to one night.
I haven't bothered to look into all the research, but I've heard that getting proper sleep is important to keeping healthy. There are two things I want to do with this: 1) Stop hitting the snooze button; and 2) Go to sleep at a more consistent time.
Be mindful of coffee consumption.
I wouldn't say that this is a problem, or is contributing to my lack of progress, but a recent discussion with a friend reminded me that restaurant portion sizes for coffee are, to put it mildly, out of whack. The solution here is that I'm not going to drink a cup size larger than what my Keurig machine can brew (which is about 10 ounces; by contrast, a McDonald's large coffee is ~19 ounces).
Notably missing from this list is the usual "exercise more" option. I purposefully left it out, because I feel like I already get enough exercise. The issues I'm having are more in the diet and lifestyle areas, rather than exercising. I'm too quick to be lazy and grab a fast food dinner rather than taking the time to prepare something at home on the weekend. It's easy to grab 6 new beers to try from the LCBO.
For exercising, I frequently choose walks at lunch time instead of reading. I've conditioned myself to a point where I want to go out walking, even in winter. I curl three nights a week. I play lead, which means a ton of sweeping (especially on night we only play with three - I do a LOT of sweeping). Generally I try to stay active, so that's not the problem I'm having.
Get Organized is coming up Wednesday.