6+4 Week 3: Apple Snacks

Week 3? Week 4? Let's just call it week 3, shall we?

Last weeks' goals permalink

  • Get up at 6am This is going well. I've not yet gotten up at 6am on the weekends. I'm always up around 8 o'clock, though. I don't really think this is a bad thing. I'm getting a bit tired and grumpy around 10 at night. Still, I'm really liking getting up at six. I've tried to get up a bit earlier, but this has proved difficult. To work the gym in in the morning, I may need to push this back to 5:45 or 5:30. We'll see how that goes.

  • Drink 3L of water a day This is also going well. Even better since a lovely, blue Sigg bottle arrived at my door (thanks Mike!).

  • The ankle is healing. It's not nearly as purple as it was last week, and I'm no longer taking tons of Ibuprofen. For those of you in the know, I was convinced by the doctor to try Ibuprofen. It seems that I'm not allergic to it, after all. I wonder if I'm still allergic to asparin.

This week's goal permalink

Replace all junk food snacks with fruit, nuts or vegetables.

Why? permalink

This has to be one of my worst habits. Both in terms of health (now that I've quit smoking) and finances. At home, I eat very well, mostly thanks to Joanne, though I'm trying to help with the cooking these days. When I'm working or out a meetings, however, I'm like a ten year old kid. I'll walk into a corner shop and come out with a soda, crisps / chips or the moral equivalent of a Snickers bar. This isn't just once a day. There have been some days when I'll "grab a quick snack" three times. The fact is, I just don't handle between meal snacking very well.

I suspect that I'm also using this junk / comfort food as a substitute for cigarettes. It has been over five months since I last had a cigarette, so there's no need for a junk food crutch any more.

How? permalink

I need to make fruit or vegetables more convenient than a Snickers bar. In order to do that, this is what I'm going to do:

  1. Bring enough fruit for the week to work on Monday. At least ten pieces of fruit. Two pieces a day.

  2. Always have at least one piece of fruit with me.

  3. Bring more fruit when I go out on the weekends.

Joanne has made this easier for me. We have a big bowl of fruit that sits on our kitchen counter. All I need to do is remember to grab some fruit when I'm on my way out into the world.