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Goal Setting

September 5, 2009

Happy Saturday – it’s finally here! I’m almost always excited for Saturdays – the start of the weekend, wandering the Farmer’s Market, and lots of lots of time to get things done.

 

But that wasn’t why I was excited for Saturday this week. Today marked the conclusion of my – go one week without artificial sweeteners – challenge.

 

It was really hard! I have been craving a diet pop all week. Never having artificial sweeteners – ever – is just not going to work for me. However, I do think I should, and can, consume less. How?

  • Drink coffee with just milk. No splenda necessary! This will be the single biggest reduction of artificial sweeteners for me – I used to have some with my coffee every morning.
  • Once I finish the protein powder I have, I’m going to look for an artificial sweetener-free version.
  • No baking with artificial sweeteners. I haven’t done this in a long time, but it’s still worth mentioning!

I am however, going to have a diet pop every once in awhile. And I’m not going to worry about it.

 

But the fact that I’ve been craving a pop all week, when I told myself I wasn’t allowed it, really made me think. I set one other goal for myself this week: run three times. I did, and I can’t wait to run again.

 

There is a huge difference in positive and negative goal setting!

It’s definitely a mind trick, but setting a negative goal, ie: I can’t have ______ made me want it more. Setting a positive goal, ie: I will _____ made me feel so accomplished when I completed it!

 

From now on, I am going to set positive goals for myself! 😀

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Eats today included a bowl of granola with yogurt:

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A sample of hemp seeds at the Farmer’s Market (delicious, tasted like toasted pumpkin seeds!)

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My favorite non-coffee Starbucks drink: a nonfat vanilla Awake tea misto. As a bonus, it’s way cheaper than a latte! 🙂

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My Starbucks cup also had my favourite quote on it (it finishes with ‘lock you in forever’). I have the quote hanging on my bulletin board to remind me why I went to grad school!

 

Lunch was fabulous – I decided to combine sweet (blueberry) with savory (hummus) on a pita, based on Brandi’s wrap the other day! I also added spinach + onion + goat cheese (I’m halfway through the Costco brick!)

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Dinner was not fabulous. It was some leftover pasta in the freezer, topped with (what else?) some goat cheese. The pasta was all mushy – gross.  P1030090

So I settled on some PB+J toast. Much better!  P1030092 

I’m off to watch my favorite movie ever: BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!

 

How do you phrase goals you set for yourself?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 11:25 pm

    There’s no way I could go a whole week without diet soda. I can’t even go a day. I think that takes a lot of will to do that!

  2. September 6, 2009 7:20 am

    Great job on your challenge! I don’t ever eat artificial sweeteners. Good thing I’m not a soda drinker. I used to take sweet n low in my coffee, but after a while, it did weird thigns to my stomach. Now I use cane sugar or Stevia.

  3. September 6, 2009 7:38 am

    That’s an awesome challenge and I’m glad you got through it. I’ve been using stevia for the past couple months. I like it better than spenda and it’s better for you.

  4. lowandbhold permalink
    September 7, 2009 7:58 pm

    That’s a good point about setting positive goals. I usually don’t “give things up” but I make goals to do something everyday, and even that sometimes sets me up for failure. But I think it’s good to always be striving for new goals.

    Nothing wrong with a diet pop every now and then 🙂

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