Many times we go through our days without focusing on what our goals are or what we want to accomplish. We might have an idea of what we would like to “be” or “do”, but don’t necessarily identify the steps needed to get there.
You don’t want to be goal driven all the time as that can be stressful! There are times to just relax and allow yourself to enjoy time doing whatever you feel like. The hardest thing is to find a balance between these two!
Last week I had a wonderful group of survivors and their family who met for an hour for our monthly healthy living group. This month we talked about setting fitness goals and I gave out 5k training plans for walking, walk/run or running. (Here is the website I found the training plans: www.halhigdon.com)
Here are some of the goals that were identified by members:
- Exercise one morning a week
- Eat one vegetable and one fruit per day
- Go to the gym 3 times a week
These are great goals because they are specific, easy to measure and most of all ACHIEVABLE!! [For more on setting goals, check out my post on goal setting part I and part II.]
The goals I set include a long run on Saturdays as well as running 1 morning a week. We were supposed to start these goals this week. Well, where I live it snowed 5 inches this week! So, instead of running in the morning, I ran yesterday evening. I do plan to run on Saturday.
I encourage you to think about your fitness or healthy eating goals. What would you like to see yourself improve? If you are interested in doing a 5k, think about joining the Cancer Services team for the NC Triad Komen for the Cure 5K on May 2nd this year.
[To sign up, go to http://race.komennctriad.org and click on ‘join an existing team’. Our team name is ‘Ribbons of Hope’ and company is ‘Cancer Services’].
This is slightly unrelated, but since people like recipes and this is one that I made this week on our snow day, I thought I would share! I like to call this a “Dirt Cup”. The dietitians at the hospital I used to work with loved this! Of course, my version is the healthy version:).
The Dietitian’s Dirt Cup
The Dietitian's Dirt Cup
This can be made to whatever servings you would like. One small box of pudding mix and 8 oz. of cool whip would provide 4 servings.
- Chocolate instant pudding mix (you can choose sugar free or regular)
- 1 % or skim milk
- 100 calorie packs of oreos
- Cool whip free or other low-fat whipped topping
- Toffee candy (1 medium candy bar or a few snack size ones)
- Make the pudding as directed on the box with milk.
- Crush toffee candy and mix in with pudding (1/4 crushed candy for 1 small box of pudding)
- Crush the 100 calorie packs of oreos
- Layer pudding, cool whip, and oreos in individual dishes (I like to use margarita glasses!). You can make as many layers as you like.
- Top with extra crushed toffee candy and crushed oreo
- Add a gummy worm for the dirt cup effect!
Enjoy! I did!!