Better habits for the new year

Can you believe its almost 1/2 way through the month already?! It’s true what they say – time does fly by!

Like most, I’m trying to start off 2013 with some better habits. Really just getting back to habits I had adopted in 2011-2012: meal planning and tracking & regular exercise. My hope is for these things to translate into me loosing the last 11 lbs of my initial weight loss goal.

This is the first week that I’ve done a complete meal plan. I actually got it done by Sunday morning, got about 90% of the shopping done AND prepped food! The refrigerator is packed, but the week is looking good! (other than the fact that I left my nicely packed cooler at home this morning! Heading home at lunch to retrieve it. The joys of working semi-close to home)

My goal is to just get a plan done for the rest of January, then in February really start taking a close look at the nutrition of that plan. Baby steps to change, right?!

Meal Plan

Meal Plan

And for all you other list junkies out there, all of my scribbles including the grocery list on the back:

Grocery list

Grocery list

If you have any desire to plan either on a monthly or weekly basis feel free to utilize either of these calendars:

MealPlanningCalendar_Monthly
MealPlanningCalendar_Weekly

I’m working hard to do a minimum of 3 hours of cardio and 3 strength training sessions per week. I think I’ve found a schedule that works for me:

Monday – cardio kickboxing class; 1 hour strength
Wednesday – 1 hour strength; spinning class
Saturday – 1 hour strength; 1 hour cardio (elliptical or walking/running)

I’m still debating on the Saturday morning workout (vs. Friday evening) but I’m going to try and stick to it. Mainly as a ploy to get the hubs to get to the gym on the weekend! 😉

Do you do a monthly or weekly meal plan? Does it help you stick to your nutrition or weight management goals?

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