Check in 2 and 3

September 7
September has started on a low note as far as goals.
Last week, I outlined my objectives for this check in as:

-Work out for at least 30 minutes at least 4 times a week

-Incorporate a healthy breakfast into my diet

-eat 2,000 calories maximum in one day

While I met two of the three goals I set, I did not meet the most important one: Working out 4 times a week. Now, I can use any number of excuses – I was sick one week; I was really busy the next; and shouldn’t dancing count as exercise? However, excuses are only excuses. Every time I use one, I’m just fooling myself, and every time someone tries some diet food or attempts to use a quick-fix fat-burning something-or-other, they’re doing the same. This week, as a way to bring attention to the problem of quick fixes, I’ll be blogging about the problems of quick fixes. I’ll also focus more on my own mindset and attitude towards exercise, and hopefully, meet that basic goal this time.


  • Work out for at least 30 minutes at least 4 times a week.
  • Maintain my new dietary habits, even when it’s easy to pig out.
September 20
Well, slow going seems to be the name of the game this month. Over the past two weeks, I’ve inched my way towards the goals I set:
-To work out at least four times a week, 30 minutes a session
-To maintain my dietary habits
However, while I made progress on the first goal and managed to exercise four times total, I regressed a bit on the second.
I partly blame my homecoming dinner — and I partly blame my total ignorance about good dietary habits. Until now, my main plan has been to lay off the chips — and maybe, if it’s been a good day, look at a vegetable once in a while.
It’s time to rework that rather childish approach.
This week, and for the rest of September, watch out for links to healthy-and-delicious foods, a Q&A with Dietican Kara Friel about the right way to change your eating habits, and other blogs on my favorite subject: food.Goals for the week:

  • Learn more about dietary health
  • Work on reaching my exercise goal (30 minutes, 4 times a week)

Getting Started:
Check out USDA’s MyPlate to see the new MyPlate model for recommended daily intake of all the basic food groups. It’s a good starting point for making healthy dietary choices, and the plate model makes much more sense than the pyramid did.