A “friend” once told me that losing a pound was, for me, like Mt. Everest loosing a pebble. He may be right. But that’s no reason to delay health improvement. We don’t have to do it all in one day. Sure, the looks of a movie star and the stamina of an Ironman might be nice but it is not necessary. At least it is not necessary today. Start with small, achievable goals and build from there.
My Goal #1
My first goal is very simple and very fast. I am surrounded by fast food establishments. Within a short distance of my office I find every imaginable fast food and plenty of decent restaurants. While they are diverse in their character they all share one thing in common: They are bad for my health.
Oh, I know, many have “healthy choices” on the menu but I simply cannot eat there. I will end up with a truck load of trans fats and sodium. I have no more business in a fast food establishment than an alcoholic in a liquor store.
They also have a second characteristic which I just don’t understand. They all want my money! I can eat lunch on less than $10 a day which sounds acceptable. But multiply that by 20 work days a month and now you are up to $200 for calorie dense, nutrient poor food.
These two factors, unhealthy products and economics make this first goal pretty easy:
I will not eat at a fast food restaurant for one week. For the next 7 days I will not darken the door of McDonalds or cross the threshold of Burger King. The chickens of Chik-Fil-A are safe,
One week isn’t long I know, but it is an achievable goal for me. Of course after one week I can aim for a second and then a third.
To help me along I have down two important things. One, I told my two young sons about it. They will ask and pester me about it all week. They make me accountable. Second, I have told you and I will report my success or failure to you so stay tuned!
I wonder, what do you think about this goal?