Thanks for all of your advice in our transition to brown rice. It feels less traumatic when you have friends to encourage you. And thanks to my friend Jamie the Fitness Queen at Tri Harder for her great advice on setting fitness goals.
Our Healthy Habits Plan has been going well. It certainly helps when you have a partner who can keep you motivated and accountable.
Some of you might remember our Master Cleanse experiment. It was certainly an experience, but probably not one that I’d repeat. Sort of like that time we did New Years in Times Square, and stood for seven hours without food or bathroom options – glad we did it, but glad it’s over. Anyway, this new plan is more sustainable, and is meant to give us some better discipline in our daily lives.
Here’s the general plan:
- Exercise at the gym three times a week. This has worked for me for almost a year, particularly because I bought a membership to the gym, and am not one to waste $70. Also, the gym is one block away from our house, so no excuses.
- Whole wheat pasta and brown rice. I mentioned in my previous post that this will be hard because I’m Chinese, and was raised on white rice as a central part of every meal. But you all had some great ideas for how to make this more doable.
- Smaller meal portions. For our wedding, we received sets of dishes with two sizes of plates: mini and humongous (like wok-size humongous). We’ve decided to only use the mini plates, utilizing dish-space psychology to our full advantage.
- Snack on fruits and vegetables. This one is pretty straightforward – stop eating crap all day, and grab an apple instead.
- One dessert per week. That’s right – no more ice cream, cookies, or other goodies throughout the week except for one allotted day. This week we enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie at a friend’s house.
There you have it. Simple plan, right? I’m open to other ideas, so bring ’em on.
What I’m really frightened of is the upcoming holiday season, when my wonderful mother-in-law has the tradition of spending days upon days baking up a storm, and setting out an entire spread of cookies and pies for all to enjoy during the week of Christmas. I’ll probably need to steer clear of the dining room.