This week, I'm going to try to start focusing on my nutrition a little better. I'm an atrocious eater, and I notice more and more that it's causing huge self-sabotage issues with my fitness and body image goals. Starting to pull my diet back in line ought to be a big step towards performing on the next level and matching my appearance to my fitness level a little more accurately.
- Drink a protein shake every day. Protein is chronically lacking in my diet, which is unfortunate - protein breaks down slower than the simple carbs I typically eat, so a higher protein consumption will help keep me fuller for longer. This can cut back on some of my needless snacking. Plus, protein is important for muscle building and recovery. More protein in my diet will only serve to augment my gym time.
- Pack a lunch for work. My office diet is either nothing at all (causing me to overeat when I get home) or whatever junk food is in the vending machine. Neither of those options are very healthy! Even if it's just a time-tested PB&J and a cup of yogurt, I believe packing a lunch will get me eating in a more timely fashion, and providing more nourishment than a candy bar when I DO eat.
- Get back into smoothies. While I'd love to say "make a smoothie every day", I know that's not going to happen quite yet. Instead, I'd like to try to consume at least three smoothies over the course of the week, either home-made or from a decent smoothie store (no McDonald's smoothies here). More smoothies equals more fruit and veggies, both of which are severely lacking in my normal diet.
Changing my diet habits will take a long time. I know this. That's why this week's goals are somewhat simple. If I can start small, and actually forge some habits, eventually I can stack bigger building blocks on the foundation I lay now. The biggest changes have to start small, or the shock of change will be unsustainable. I know if I make the commitment at the basic level, I will eventually be able to make the bigger commitment of A Healthy Diet!