One of Husband's chief complaints about my behaviors includes my need for instant gratification (ie, overnight weight loss from "insert crazy diet here") and my lack of follow through. Apparently I start a whole lot of stuff that I never finish. I can think of a few things (like working out) that I do with full enthusiasm for 3 days, and then I forget to even look at a treadmill for 3 months.
These personality flaws wouldn't be so bad if I didn't carry around so many terrible habits with me. While I don't smoke, sunbake in a cancer coffin, do drugs or have an unhealthy level of stress, I do have a myriad of other problems. I really like wine, a lot. Oh, and beer. I'm not going to say I'm an alcoholic, because I can go weeks without a drop and not feel any pain. But when I do drink, I don't drink a glass of wine, rather, I drink a bottle of wine. Catch my drift? I guess that would tie more into portion control, lol.
Another habit I'm sure is slowly killing me is my consumption of Low Carb Rockstar and Diet Mountain Dew. I think I read that when heated above 96 F., aspartame converts to formaldehyde. Isn't that gross?? I am slowly embalming myself, lol. Now, if I could enjoy a can of diet soda a day, this might not be so terrible, but instead I enjoy 2 liters of diet mountain dew a day. I guess that brings me back to my problem with portion control. Portion Control is the bane of my existence! What am I missing in my life that I so fervently try and fill myself up with everything else??
It is hard to change bad habits overnight. It is even harder to do it over a long period of time. Because I apparently lack the gene that allows people to just do the responsible and healthy thing, I figured a 30 day health challenge would be a better method. 30 days is not indefinite, there is an end, thus this gives me an opportunity to follow through and complete my challenge. My company issues a "Health By Numbers" challenge at the beginning of each year to encourage their employees to improve their healthy by adhering to the numbers 0-5-10-25.
- 0- Zero tobacco Products
- 5- Five servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- 10- Ten Thousands steps walked per day
- 25- Achieve a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25 or less
Finally, I am going to add a few numbers of my own.
- 30 - Minutes of exercise daily
- 1 - Multivitamin Daily
- 8 - Glasses of Water Daily