My 2012 Fitness and Healthy Eating Goals

by Melody on January 11, 2012

Recently, I posted my final fitness update of 2011 and I wanted to share my goals for 2012.  Our main goals for last year were to incorporate healthier eating habits and make exercise a priority.  We almost completely eliminated all fast food, incorporated more whole and unprocessed foods into our diet, joined a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and started a small backyard garden.  About half way through the year, I was finally able to make exercise a serious priority and made some great strides.

My husband and I have started our first round of P90X2 together at the beginning of the year.  It’s already been wonderful having a workout partner, but we’ve been holding each other accountable as far as our eating habits go as well.  We really made some fantastic changes in 2011, cutting WAY back on processed foods and just not having junk in the house.  It’s nice to have both of us on board the healthy eating train, makes having zero willpower manageable.

Our goals for 2012 are to basically fine-tune what we have already started working on.  I feel like we have a solid base to build on now.  There is no way that we would have been able to make these specific goals without first having a foundation to build on.  Just  committing to exercise and healthy eating was our first step.

Our Healthy Eating Goals for 2012

  • Scale back on white sugar/flour – We made strides towards this goal in 2011, but would like to continue to do more.  I have been substituting whole wheat flour for half the amount of white flour in all recipes and frankly, haven’t noticed a difference.  My plan is to make the full switch whenever possible.
  • Educate ourselves about our food choices – Luckily for me, I have Emilie who loves to do research and knows just about everything about everything.  She is really committed to eating whole foods and has helped me make some great changes.  Since some of these changes are definitely more expensive, I’d like to educate myself about why they are necessary, how certain foods will affect our bodies and what changes are the most important for my children.
  • Meal Planning – I’ve had to officially admit to myself that I’m not very good at meal planning.  I get all gung-ho, but can’t seem to stick with it.  This is why freezer cooking is such a viable option for me, I love being able to pull something pre-made out of the freezer a few times per week.  I’d like to plan a few meals each week and add them to my planner, especially during super busy weeks.  Even something as simple as pulling some chicken out of the freezer and planning a grilled chicken salad.
  • Lose 3-5 pounds – I truthfully haven’t lost much weight since about May of 2011.  It seems I lost the majority of the weight in the beginning and have since been maintaining and gaining muscle.  I do still have a few extra pounds hanging around the midsection that I am going to target this year.
  • Start a new class or activity – I really do love our P90X workouts.  Going through these workouts however, has taught me so much about what my body can endure and how strong it’s become.  I’d love to try something new this year, whether it be a new class at the gym or getting our family out hiking.  My husband doesn’t know this yet.

What are your goals for this coming year?  I’m looking forward to keeping you updated and doing some kind of a monthly check-in.

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Emilie January 12, 2012 at 5:13 am

Yeah! I can’t wait to hear more about what you learn about food. I’m quick to jump on new bandwagons and don’t always put all the research I need in so I’ll be glad to have somebody searching with me! I also have felt convicted that I sometimes spend too much time/energy focused on healthy food. For example, this week I panicked when my husband bough regular instead of organic celery. Probably not panic worthy. My goal this year is to strive for more balance on this subject. And not cry over celery. Just kidding, I didn’t cry.

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Emilie January 12, 2012 at 5:14 am

Oh, and there is a reason you aren’t losing weight! 1) You don’t need to. 2) You are gaining a ton of muscle!

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Melody January 12, 2012 at 5:24 am

I hope it didn’t come across that I was bummed I haven’t lost weight since May. I’m totally fine with it as I feel great and am definitely gaining muscle. I just want to get rid of the pesky little belly from my dear sweet kiddos.

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Melody January 12, 2012 at 5:25 am

So maybe I should say I want to lose inches around my waist instead of pounds. That would probably be a more legitimate goal.

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Miss Jay January 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

You two are so cute. :)

My goal is to work out more consistantly. I tend to to great for a few weeks, then poorly, then I get back on the wagon for a couple months, then off again. My husband and I bought “Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012″ which some friends have raved about. I’m really looking forward to the way it helps you track your workouts.

My husband is also planning on using it to work out, so I am excited about that since he currently is not doing any sort of workout.

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Lora January 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I’m going to finish the Couch to 5K program I stared and run a 5K in February with a friend. I’m also going to keep going to Yoga every Saturday, and possibly add a class during the week if we can afford it. You might think Yoga is serene and low key, but this girl absolutely kicks my butt! She trained in LA and Bali, so it’s the real deal. So fun.

I’m also going to do better at meal planning and planning more healthy meals for my family. Last year with the baby and the Fibromyalgia that hit afterward, I was lucky to get anything at all on the table. I’m also going to keep going to acupuncture and working on feeling better….including a juice fast or two for as long as I can stand it!

One last thing. My husband and I are going to build a house this year (YEAAAAA!!!!!! Sorry, just a little excited to get out of our 2 bedroom apartment with 3 kids…) and after it’s finished, we’re going to host a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our home. FUN!

That was good. These have all been in my head and it’s nice to get them down somewhere in actual words. Where’s a pen??

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