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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Blogging about lunch right after breakfast worked so well yesterday, I might start doing it from now on– during the work week, that is. I always pack my lunch the night before, so snapping a few photos and blogging in the morning should work pretty well with my schedule. Plus, you guys won’t have to wait until 4:30 to see what I had for lunch. It’s a win-win, right? 😉

Lunch

For lunch today, I packed a very similar salad to the one I ate for dinner last night. If I’m going to cut up the veggies, I might as well throw together a lunch salad for today.

In the mix: romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red and green bell peppers, crumbled Gorgonzola, and a chopped-up Quorn Turk’y Burger.

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I also packed a yellow apple from my stash of reduced produce.

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And, finally, I packed a Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bar. Hopefully, the chocolate is better than the flavor that I ate the other day! 😕

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Lose the Dough: What Are Your Goals?

Last night, I spent a good part of the evening thinking about my goals for Lose the Dough. With a long-term challenge like this, I’ve been tempted to make a whole slew of life-changing goals in order to “lose the dough.” But, trying to achieve these aspirations all at once might be a bit overwhelming for me– how and where would I focus my attention? Plus, if I don’t see results, I’ll probably get frustrated and want to quit. Instead, I’m planning to split my goals into two categories: measurable and non-measurable/lifestyle changes.

Measurable goals, like losing 5 pounds, are great and I understand why they are important. But, what about the goals that I want to incorporate into my lifestyle for good, like adding more veggies to my meals? Of course, I could put a number on this goal, like “eat X servings of vegetables everyday,” but I just don’t work that way. I have a much more laid-back approach to food! 😉

So, I came to this conclusion: if I am going to make long-lasting changes in my life, they need to make sense for my current lifestyle. I don’t want to totally change how I live. I just want to enhance my life by incorporating new healthy habits that work best for me. (I can always reassess my goals down the road.) I think some of my lifestyle goals will be just as (or even more) important to my success than the ones I can measure.

I’ll detail all of my goals (both measurable and non-measurable) as well as my game plan for the challenge on Monday morning. I just wanted to give those of you on board a heads-up to start thinking about what you want to achieve in the next 5 months. So, write ’em down or blog about them! 😉

Lose the Doughers: What are some of your goals?

My game plan for the rest of the afternoon:

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57 Comments

  1. Good for you for making goals that are exactly for you! My goal started on January 4th with 55 pounds to lose in the next year. I have already lost 6 pounds (probably water weight). I have type 2 diabetes and I really want to get that under control by losing weight.

    Good luck on your lose the dough challenge Tina!

  2. I started my “lose the dough” challenge right after Christmas. I want to run/walk a 5K for my 25th b-day (Feb 6th) and do a few other 5K’s in March/April. Maybe next year I will do the half marathon for my b-day — it’s still too far away to say 🙂
    Basically, I have always wanted to *try* running so I’m going to try. I am also trying to keep eat healthier and get away from measuring, counting, etc and just eat normally with moderation.

  3. Since I’m veg and a pretty healthy eater, I want to focus on exercise. I want to make working out a priority. Usually for me, I’ll have a few “good” weeks then fall off the wagon. I want to find consistent motivation and stick with it for more than a month at a time!

  4. Tina,
    I am so down for this challenge! I have been meaning to post something for the longest time but have been so preoccupied with school…
    Last summer I lived in Germany for three months just learning German and experiencing the culture. At home I am a vegan but I decided not to hold myself back from tasting and experiencing new things while abroad. By just about the midpoint of the trip I really started to feel myself gaining weight and psychologically, I felt like I had lost control over what went in my mouth! By some stroke of fate, I discovered your blog and I can honestly say: you saved me! Your optimistic, realistic attitude about food and fitness are inspiring and brought me some much needed motivation. Since coming home I have embraced my healthy lifestyle again and now my room mate and I are avid readers of yours and a few other health inspiring blogs. (Jenna’s Eat, Live, Run and Kath Eats Real Food are some of our favorites!)
    As a busy college student, I get stressed out easily about everything that’s going on and am often side tracked from my fitness goals. I know that building healthy habits now will help them stick around for good. If I had to choose some top goals for this Lose the Dough challenge I would say:
    – stop over analyzing everything I eat, feeling guilty when I mess up and just do better next time
    – better portion control, create some sort of routine that will help the mental aspect of satiation
    – consistent activity, fitness that’s fun!
    – lose 3 lbs. I know that’s doable!!

    Thank you again and I know this challenge will be a good one!
    Claire

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