I am so happy to see the tail-end of 2011. We’ve been through many upheavals this past year, so I am really looking forward to all the positive things that 2012 has to offer. I’ve been thinking about different ways to make this happen. I have been mentally concocting a list of things that must be done (notice I said must and not should). I think it would be best if I wrote the list here as a visual for the world to see. So, without further adieu, here is my List of Things that Must Be Done – 2012 Edition:
1. Drink more water.
It seems like I never drink enough water. I can have coffee and tea all day, but when it comes to water, I get bored. Some people have suggested adding real lemon juice to my water to make it more palatable, but come on, who has time for that? Actually, I got kind of excited the other day when I thought I had discovered something revolutionary. We were at a friend’s house for dinner and we were sitting in the backyard. They had a cooler full of drinks on the patio; because it was dark out, I couldn’t really see what was what. I pulled out a plastic bottle and made out the words “Arwa”, then I saw a picture of a lemon. I thought “Great! Lemon water that’s pre-made! Perfect!” I cracked that baby open, only to guzzle what seemed to me to be some sort of Sprite or 7-Up. I took it inside the house to read the label more closely…Less that 1 calorie per 100 ml [OK…good so far]…Real lemon juice [goooood!]…No sugar added [huh? but it tastes so sweet]…Aspartame [aaaaaaagh!!] Did you know that aspartame turns into formaldehyde once it enters your body? Gross, right?? You know, instead of trying to find an alternative, I think I’ll just stick to the real H2O from now on.
2. Cut down on my coffee intake.
I’ve actually cut down quite a bit already, but I think I need to get it down to two cups a day, MAX! Certainly no coffee after 4pm…I find it really does mess with my sleep patterns.
3. Drink more green tea.
Right now, I drink about two cups of this soothing liquid every day. Dr. Oz says we should try to drink up to five…I don’t know about that, but I will certainly work my way up to three for now.
4. Drink a glass of red wine every day.
I’m going to have to look into just how much a “glass” is, but I usually have half a glass with dinner. I’ve also decided to cut out my nightly pint of beer (sigh!)
5. Increase my running distance.
I usually run five sets of two laps each around the track (two laps one way, two another, etc.) for a total of ten laps; this distance is approximately 4K. For the month of January, I want to increase this to four sets of three laps each (three one way, three another, etc.) for a total of twelve laps. This should be approximately 4.8K. I want to try to run this distance at least three times a week.
6. Eat more vegetables at both lunch and dinner.
This sounds funny coming from a vegetarian, but it’s very easy to fall into a complex-carb rut. Instead, I want to eat my veggies first before digging into my well-planned meal.
7. Make (and stick to!) a definite workout plan.
Right now, my plan is to alternate my run days with strength training days. My run days will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, while my strength training days will be Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. Thursdays are my “off” days.
8. Weigh myself (often!)
I do believe this will be the hardest part. Ugh!!
This is the list as I have it composed in my head thus far. Any further suggestions or words of encouragement are much appreciated. I hope 2012 turns out to be a healthy, positive, and meaningful year for all of us! 🙂