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five February goals
I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year.  I'm bad at them anyway - a year is too long and I always make them too big.  So I'm trying something new.   I'm setting a list of goals for the month of February.  28 days seems doable and forces me to stay smaller.

These are all about health/weight.  Since the surgeries last summer I gave myself permission to not worry about food or exercise much.  Well, stepping on the scale this morning I'm up near the heaviest I've ever been and it's time to start paying attention again.  Especially given that according to the anecdotal evidence it's going to be harder for me to lose any weight now that I'm on hormone pills instead of having an active thyroid.

Here are the goals:
1) floss daily
2) stretch daily
3) move for at least 20 minutes daily
4) have at least one serving each of fruit and vegetables daily
5) No fast food restaurants

1) This one is sort of obvious.  I've tried and failed many times to add this to my routine.  But I have some issues with my gums and daily flossing would help.  Seriously this takes maybe a minute of time so it shouldn't be so hard.
2)  For a while in the mornings I was doing a few repetitions of a sun salutation with a dancing warrior sequence thrown in (yoga stuff).  Between the two all my muscles are engaged briefly and I find out where the kinks are.  So the goal is to do this every morning - it takes five minutes.  Ideally I'd also add in some of my physical therapy stretches.
3)  Obvious, right?  I would like to start running again, but I think moving every day is even more important.  The time can be broken up into smaller chunks.  However, it has to be movement with intent, ie. at the end of the day I can't add up the time I spend walking to the copier and back.
4)  I know how sad this is.  I've become better about fruits and veggies in general, but tend to focus on one or the other.  I'm aiming for more than two servings total a day, but if I go out of my way to get both hopefully that will happen.
5)  Yup, for a whole month.  Notice this isn't no french fries, or no cheeseburgers, it's about eating more mindfully and not sprinting through a drive through.  Also, if I'm going to eat a burger I'd rather spend a little more and get something that's so much better than McDs.  I'm defining fast food restaurants as any place that typically has a drive-thru.

I know the goals are almost ridiculously small.  But I decided that what I want to do is set habits that I can keep forever, instead of just changing something right now.  So I'm starting with baby steps.  

I'll report back on Mondays.  If anyone wants to join in or set some February goals of their own that would be awesome.  It's usually a little easier to follow through on things like this if you know someone else is doing it too.
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I use flosser sticks too, they're much easier than floss, with the exception of 2 spots in back where the floss always gets stuck because my teeth are so close together.

I've recently increased my tuna intake, mostly because it's been on sale lately.

I actually don't mind regular floss when I remember to do it. But I might pick up some of the sticks for work. We usually have spinach for salads around, I just have to eat it, but the Clementine tip is a good one. J has started making fruit smoothies for breakfast, enough for both of us, which are yummy and nutritious.

I'm impressed you managed to stop fast food entirely for a while, especially with kids. I usually have time to eat somewhere else, which is what I want this month to teach me. Besides the part where it's just healthier to avoid fast food whenever possible.

ooh, I like your February goals! I usually do resolutions of sorts in the Spring, that always feels like a "new year" to me. \

I'm going to join you in the flossing. I started keeping a toothbrush at work because I drink more coffee/tea there and brushing in the afternoon makes me feel like a better person.

I have cut out fast food, it's not too bad. I've become a big fan of sandwiches, and we have a toaster oven at work that makes hot sandwiches pretty easy. And sometimes I do frozen meals, but only when they're buy one/get one free or other crazy sale, because they're usually not worth $4, but $2 will work.

Also, I think I too concentrate on either fruits or veggies, and I need to focus more on both!

I decided a few weeks ago I needed to do something and February seemed like a good time. I was putting things off until after the surgery since anything I started beforehand I would have had to pause; the timing just worked out.

It kind of amuses me that I can't make flossing stick, it's not hard or time consuming. Hopefully this time I'll get better.

When I'm in rehearsals I'm pretty good at pre-planning meals to have some frozen dinners and some left overs and things, but I usually eat out several times as a treat. Hell, in tech I consider myself to be doing well if I only eat out once a day. I just need to get past the fast food thing and realize that even if I'm eating out there are tastier, better options, and that food from home will likely be the best.

I hate flossing, even with the flosser sticks. But I should make it one of my goals too, because it isn't just supposed to be good for the teeth.

I basically gave myself permission to eat what I liked the last month prior to my surgery (per doctor's orders, no exercise for me!), but now that I know I'm going to be doing this until it gets worse/or something better is found, I really, really want to be in physically better shape. So I've been working at it (the eating, since exercise is still pretty much out right now) fairly consistently, though I backslid somewhat after my birthday. I think joining in with you would really help.

Yeah, they say that folks who floss all the time are healthier I think. I don't know if it's to do with people who make this a habit take better care of themselves or what. I don't mind flossing I just forget.

After the surgeries this summer I ate whatever for a while, and then tried to be a little more careful of my food. But I let exercise fall apart completely. And really, in my case, it's been long enough that I shouldn't be using it as an excuse anymore.

The more the merrier, getting healthier is always a good thing.

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Heh that makes sense. It's not even so much the burgers as the fries and the soda and the sizing it up that catch me every time.

I hadn't heard of lesscushion, I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

I'm proud of you and I support you! These aren't small at all! Baby steps are where you should start! Go you!

Thanks so much! So far so good, though I've started craving fast food I think just because I told myself I can't have it. Figures.

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