Wednesday, November 17, 2010

12 Healthy Habits

Hi there!  Just a quick note as I start my day.  I've recently started following Ann at "Twelve in Twelve" as she documents her quest to complete twelve 5K runs in 12 months.  She's completed 11 and just has one left in December.  What a fun goal!  It got me thinking...

Perhaps I should do 12 5Ks in 12 months!
What a great idea!
I'm already running, and could probably do this without a lot of extra effort.
What if I built on this idea and used the concept to meet other goals?
What if I adopted 12 new healthy habits?
What if I tried to incorporate a new healthy habit each month for the next year?
What healthy habits would I do?
Could I even come up with 12?
And so on....

So, instead of thinking, I got to writing.  Here's what I came up with in a few minutes the other night:

  • Get enough sleep!  Establish and adhere to a consistent bedtime.  10 pm on work nights; 11 pm on other nights.
  • Give up soda.
  • Bring lunches to work.
  • Exercise 12 times a month.
  • Take the stairs when going up/down 3 stories or less.  Always.
  • Track my food intake.
  • Try 1 new recipe (a week? a month?)
  • Read the Jillian Michaels "Master Your Metabolism" book recommended by Sara the trainer.  (Hmm, not really a habit.  More of a task.)
  • Train for a 5K/half-marathon.  (If a 5K, to meet a stretch goal time - not just to finish!)
  • Cross-train once a week.
  • Strength-train two times a week.
  • Lose 30 pounds (or more - 50?)  Again, not really a habit.  Perhaps I'll need to be liberal on my definition of habit.
  • Blog
  • Develop a household schedule for tasks, ongoing cleaning, etc.
An interesting brain dump.  I'll let it percolate for a while and see what else surfaces.

I do know that -- at age 40 -- I'm sort of "over" New Years Resolutions.  So, if I do anything about this, I won't call it a resolution.  And I don't even need to wait until January.  Could start in December.

Does anyone have other ideas I could add to the list -- either for me or for yourself?