Saturday, March 10, 2012

Baby Steps to Better Health.

Earlier in the week, I had mentioned that I had joined Bloggers for Health. Since I made the decision to run the 5K (donate here, if you'd like), I decided joining would be a good way to keep myself on track, plus, I can help motivate others to achieve their goals. 

Now, what exactly are my goals?

 - Run the 5K, with a decent time. The actual time? Unsure, thus far. But I've done some research, and for my first 5K, I'd like to come in under 31 minutes, which is around a ten minute mile.
- Get into a better exercise routine. I'm running three times a week, but I'd like to incorporate additional activities into the mix. Yoga, Pilates, weights, workout DVDs - whatever.
- Lose twenty pounds before my 30th birthday. I have eight months to do this, so its totally doable. No, I don't want to be a waif (that is genetically impossible for me - I came out of the womb with curves), but I want to be strong and toned. 
- Prepare healthier meals and snacks throughout the week. Of course I will splurge, because if I don't indulge in decadent treats, I will be cranky (and my inner fat child will throw a hissy fit).
- Not only take care of myself physically, but mentally, too. Like many gal pals of mine, we aren't 100% happy with our bodies, which affects our self-esteem. I love myself, but sometimes not enough. 

These are totally realistic goals, but they won't happen unless I work toward them. Luckily, I have lots of people to motivate me and make sure I don't turn into a lazy bum. 

This morning, I joined Weight Watchers. A handful of friends and family members use the program, and they really seem to enjoy it. They've also gotten results - without starving themselves. You can eat what you want, but in moderation. Diets and I don't really get along, so I figured I'd give this a shot. 

I don't want to "go on a diet" - I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Developing healthy habits now will help me later on in life. I often see elderly people who are extremely overweight with various health conditions - they can't walk more than ten steps without being out of breath. I truly feel bad for these people, and my heart goes out to them, but I also don't want to end up in the same situation. I want to live a long, healthy life.

What are some health-related goals you would like to achieve? 


  1. I think these are great goals! I would also like to be able to do a 5k (the "run for your lives" zombie 5k haha) next October. So glad to have you with us as we make the journey to healthier, more-in-shape people!
    much love dear,
    lauren xoxo

    1. One of my friends is doing the zombie 5K in Boston this year. Maybe I'll do that one next year! Thanks for having me, I think what you + Callie are doing is really awesome.

  2. Really love all of these goals, Michele. I definitely agree with you on preparing healthier meals and snacks throughout the week. It's way too easy to pick up something unhealthy when you're in a hurry. This is something I'm going to focus on, like planning out my meals beforehand to help me avoid the "bad" foods. So excited to have you aboard for BFH!