A December Goal Check-In

Hello and happy Waffle Wednesday friends!

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I have a non-protein version to share with you today. Whipping up waffle/pancake batters are easy peasy. All you need is a flour-like substance, baking powder to fluff it up, egg to hold it together and a liquid to get the right consistency!

A Whole-Wheat Waffle For One:

  • 6 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stevia packet (if you like it sweet)
  • 3 tbsp egg whites (double the recipe and use a whole egg)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk

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One waffle is 255 calories, 2g fat, 42g carbs, 4g fibre and 13g protein. Not bad for a decadent breakfast, no?

I topped mine with smoked salmon cream cheese, scrambled eggs and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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My first time buying the Philadelphia smoked salmon cream cheese flavour and I really like it! It’s a great way to add that smoky flavour to things. It was a fabulous pairing with the waffle, eggs and syrup. Definitely a winning combo :)

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We are now officially halfway through the month of December. That means it’s time to check in on that December goal I set two weeks ago:

So instead, I am entering the month of December with one important goal. One that will take a lot concentrated effort to accomplish. Something I will have to nag myself about several times daily, but also help me end the month feeling like I’ve done a lot to better myself.

For me, December will be all about ending fat talk.

Ha. I can’t believe I just quoted myself :P

I wasn’t joking when I said this was a very important goal to me. That’s why I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it as a reminder to stick to it!

One thing I forgot to mention in the original post is that I don’t participate in fat talk vocally. For me, it’s all about the inner dialogue that is always going on in my brain.

I’ve never been one of those girls who turns to people and complains about my chubby tummy or most recent face breakout. But I am one of those girls who will look in the mirror and think to myself “Susan, you look awful today.”

These thoughts are not okay. I can exercise and eat as well as I want, but internally berating myself like this is probably the least healthy thing I could do.

After setting this goal two weeks ago, I made a concerted effort to tell myself I looked good every time I looked in the mirror. It wasn’t easy. It often felt contrived. But at least I was doing it and that was progress.

Towards the end of Week 1 I lost it. I forgot to consistently make the effort and I found myself looking down at my body and critiquing it.

In Week 2 I managed to snap out of it. I recognized that it would take more than just saying good things to myself. I had to do things that made me feel better too.

1. Wearing flattering clothing. My work uniforms are not flattering at all. This is a big contributing factor to my always thinking I look like poo. But I’m working on it! Wearing nice shirts underneath or cute jackets. My legs are my best quality, so showing them off in leggings or shorts at the gym.

2. Dressing up when I’m not at work. This is probably the opposite situation from most people. But I purposely have to dress down for my jobs. I essentially live in yoga pants. Mega comfy, but leaves me feeling like a shlump a lot. I don’t care if I’m overdressed on my days off – I wear my nice jeans, nice tops, do my hair and make-up. It leaves me feeling like a million bucks.

3. Eating fruits and veggies. Even when I’m chowing down on the world’s best pancake, surrounding it with snacks filled with fresh produce leave me feeling better about my indulgences. When I put good things in my body, I subsequently feel, well, good about my body!

4. Being active and not working out. Wearing a pedometer woke me up to the fact that while I may spend an hour working out 5 days a week, I don’t move my body much outside of those allotted 60 minutes. In the past two weeks I’ve been thinking more in terms of “what did I do to move my body today?” Sometimes it’s a sweaty cardio sesh, other times it’s a heavy lifting workout. But most of the time it’s walking, light elliptical, yoga. I feel better about my body when I move it consistency over the course of the day, rather than just killing it in one small chunk of time.

So that is where I’m at! Still a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Especially seeing as I’m going home TOMORROW and will be facing a whole new set of challenges. I can already say I feel way better about myself than I did two weeks ago. This December goal couldn’t have come at a better time for me :)

 

Question of the Day:

1) How are you doing on your December goals?
2) What sort of things do you like to do to feel good about yourself?

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Posted on December 15, 2010, in Goals and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. It sounds like you are doing GREAT! I like the way you put it into action more to feel it. I know I could probably use some of that myself. Like dressing nice. I notice I don’t feel as uncomfortably huge pregnant when I’m dressed nicely. Too bad I only have like 2 pairs of pants and 4 shirts for cold weather and maternity.

  2. your goals are going well. i love that your trying to dress up when your out of work. i’ve just recently started doing that, i feel better in a dress!

  3. You rock your goals! That is awesome. I really want to end my fat talk as well. I think it would do me so much good.

    And I love how easy waffles are too mix up. I always add protein powder to mine as well. I can’t decide if I want to make waffles or pancakes tomorrow hehe.

  4. Nice job, girl!
    I swear, a cute outfit, make up, and taking time to do my hair can make me feel SO much better about myself – esp after being in gym clothes for work.

  5. I haven’t been exercising vigorously lately, but I have been doing yoga, walking, and stretching throughout the day. It has been making my body feel nice a flexible and supple. Part of me thins that my body is getting too “suishy” and soft because I am not burning off as much. But to tell you the truth, my blod sugar is so much better in chec now that I am not beating my body up. I don’t get dizzy, and my mood is more stable. So my way to take care of myself needs to be consistent activity. Not exhaustion, just movement!

  6. I think the dressing thing really can help out. Maybe you can buy some special Victoria’s Secret things to wear under your workout clothes and see if that doesn’t make you feel a little sassier :D

    I don’t like that inner dialogue either. As soon as I hear it in my head, I turn it around and say something positive.

  7. to make myself feel good about myself i usually allow myself a total sloth day. just rolling out of bed the next day makes me feel really accomplished in comparison!

    i may just need to get a waffle iron…

  8. You’re right. Pancakes and waffles are so easy! Not just for Sunday morning.

    Good job on your goals! I definitely think looking “put together” helps me feel more confident during the day. So does smiling! Lots of that!

  9. It’s pretty comforting to know I’m not the only active person who still struggles with inner turmoil and negative self-talk when it comes to appearance. There is at least one incidence daily of looking at my stomach and thinking “Gosh, I wish that pooch would just go away.” I spend far too little time focusing on the good things – but since you’ve provoked it, I suppose I should.
    I am definitely more proud of my arms since I began strength training. I just wish it weren’t so cold and I could actually show them off in other places than just the gym! Good luck with your goal during the rest of the month.. heck, how about forever!? And thanks so much for the reminder that we are so much more amazing than we think or tell ourselves!

  10. Great job on keeping up with your goal! I definitely think having someone in my life (specifically my fiance) to tell me how great and appreciated I am helps me feel good about myself!

  11. I am happy for you, Susan, that you were a little off with the goals, but caught yourself, and are back on track and rocking it out!

    Dressing up on your days off…hey, whatever makes YOU feel better about you!

    For me, that would be mandatory alone and/or unstructured and/or zoning out time each day. This is next to impossible to get in more than 5 min blocks some days, but those are the best 5 mins of my day :)

  12. First, that waffle looks awesome.
    I loved hearing your updates about ending fat talk and what is working for you. I struggle with this (internal, too) and I’m going to try to make an effort to tell myself something positive when I look in the mirror:)

  13. Waffles are always the way to my heart and stomach! I blame my dad who is Belgian, so I guess its in my genes.

    Your doing great I think as far as goals. I notice I give myself the “fat talk” whenI’m just sad or mad about something totally unrelated. Its an easy “punching bag” to kick around when other stuff bothers us in our mind.
    To give myself a “pick-me-up” to feel better about myself, I pull out a picture that I look really good in! Even if I have loads of awful ones, theres always one in the bunch where I look hot. And believe me, you have several!!!!

  14. As always your waffle looks so so good! Mine have never turned out well but I’m determined to try again after seeing how good yours looks! x x

  15. I love “for one” recipes, means I don’t have to worry about my hubby complaining about eating my “healthy breakfasts” :P

    You’re doing awesome with your goal! And those are great tips for helping others :)

    I like to dress up, if for no one than myself, treat myself to a really healthy lunch, just to remind myself how decadent healthy food can be, go for long walks- very similar things to what you do! They all make me feel good :)

    As for my goals… they’re going! I’ve been doing fairly well on all of them which is an accomplishment with all that has been going on with the holidays!

    xo

  16. And now I’m going to quote you…

    One thing I forgot to mention in the original post is that I don’t participate in fat talk vocally. For me, it’s all about the inner dialogue that is always going on in my brain.

    I’ve never been one of those girls who turns to people and complains about my chubby tummy or most recent face breakout. But I am one of those girls who will look in the mirror and think to myself “Susan, you look awful today.”

    That’s me exactly. So I’m kind of late on this, but I think I am going to join you in your December goal!

    <3 <3

  17. I agree with getting dressed up or just to the point where you feel super cute and done up on days that you might not have to….always makes me feel good and have a more positive outlook.
    Also, when I started wearing my bodybugg THAT woke me up to how active or non-active I was when not working out! Since I have a desk job and sit for a lot of the day, I make sure to get up a lot and power walk to the furthest bathroom for me and it REALLY made a difference in how many calories I was burning throughout the day and I don’t feel as slugglish at the end of the day!

  18. Great work on making that main goal for Decemeber (which was a good one – I think everyone who has commented so far relates to it!) more manageable and specific (I won’t go quote the “SMART” acronym b/c I do that enough with clients at work! lol)…

    I’m with you on the dressing UP part of down time…I spend all day in workout clothes, which is great on the one hand but sometimes I feel kinda blah and even wearing jeans and boots will make me feel good to go and make me stand a bit taller. Thanks for that reminder!

    Another thing I do is think about the other things in my life – how can I focus on a few extra pounds when there are so many bigger things going on and so much I have to be thankful for? There are so many other serious, huge things going on in the world too, and that makes me realize that I’m blowing things out of proportion and am making my weight (or broken-out face or sluggish feelings) too important a matter. It’s good to be reminded of what’s truly important and this actually helps me.

    Keep it up throughout Decemeber – and into the New Year. :)

  19. Oh – and my husband is so patient with me! Always reminds me of the truth – that I am beautiful because I am me. Man alive, I’m grateful for that guy! ;)

  20. Sounds like you are doing awesome at meeting your goal! :)

    When I am feeling down about myself I think to do the whole mud mask, mani/pedi, hair, and make-up thing. It usually cheers me up! I also like to dress up. I feel slouchy when I go out in clothes without a waistband! lol

  21. I think you’re doing great.

    I definitely notice a difference when I put on some mascara and blow dry my hair, even if I’m just running errand and won’t see a soul that I know. I just feel prettier looking more ‘put together.’

    December goals. Well, my every month goal is to eat healthfully and work out. And since I’ve been back from my last trip, it’s gone well. That is rather unusual, so I’m pretty happy while it lasts.

    Have a WONDERFUL time at home!

  22. Loved this post, Susan!
    Specially those “steps” you’ve been following in order to end fat talk.
    They’re really awesome and inspiring!
    Oh, and those waffles…
    No comments.
    I mean, no, scratch that.
    HOLY YUUUUUUUUUUUM!
    ;)

  23. i think we should ALL make this our goal!

    i have a 2010 goals recap coming up too – surprisingly, i did pretty well!!!

  24. I hear ya on work uniforms. When you’re at work a ton and you always feel shitty because your work uniforms are unflattering, self-esteem goes way down. I’ve found that it gets better the more comfortable I’m at my job (weirdly)…and I just have to work with what I’ve got. Good luck :)

  25. Oh – and my husband is so patient with me! Always reminds me of the truth – that I am beautiful because I am me. Man alive, I’m grateful for that guy! ;)

  26. I agree with getting dressed up or just to the point where you feel super cute and done up on days that you might not have to….always makes me feel good and have a more positive outlook. Also, when I started wearing my bodybugg THAT woke me up to how active or non-active I was when not working out! Since I have a desk job and sit for a lot of the day, I make sure to get up a lot and power walk to the furthest bathroom for me and it REALLY made a difference in how many calories I was burning throughout the day and I don’t feel as slugglish at the end of the day!

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