This is my 101 post. Can you believe it?
Thank-you for everyone for your kind words in the my last blog about my eating. It truly means a lot that there are so many people willing to listen to me. Sometimes that is all you need-someone talk too, vent too and to understand what it is exactly you are going through.
I couldn’t have posted that blog at a better time because in sports psychology the hour after I posted it, we learned about goal setting and how to follow through with goals. I love sports psychology because we learn so much information that can be in any other aspect of your life (such as now).
So here is what I learned. In order to succeed and achieve goals, you need to set three different types of goals.
1. An outcome goal-This could be something such as winning a race or a long term goal like living binge free.
2. Performance goals-This is a goal that you either do or you don’t. You either break twenty minutes running a 5k or you don’t. For my purposes this is going to be avoiding binging for the next month. It will either happen or it won’t.
3. Process goals- These are individual aspects of your performance. In swimming a good process goal for me would be to hold my streamlines longer, in running to always look up. (I look at my feet too much)
For this purpose though, I will have two process goals. My first process goal is to be more active when I get an urge to just keep eating and remove myself from the situation. My other performance goal is too not eat the same things every single day. To not make pancakes every day of my life, to not have a Panini for lunch and then go crazy at dinner.
We also learned about common problems of goal setting such as not providing follow-up, failing to set specific goals and setting too many goals too soon. A major problem I have is the all of nothing technique where I set too many goals too soon. It is unrealistic for me to say-no eating sweets, not eating at the dining hall, no going out to eat, only eat this and that because quite frankly I’ll be overwhelmed with one of the goals. That is why I am taking the slow and steady wins the race.
The meet this weekend-I didn’t eat at the dining hall on Friday or Saturday which was good for me.
What are your goals in swimming, running, eating, working out, life in general?
Yesterday Aram suggested we go try that diner that I was not a fan of a while ago. I must search around for the post but anyways-long story short we went and they were out of pancakes. Then there were out of steak…and so I had a not tasty chicken parmesan.
Today we went for breakfast and I had oatmeal pancakes. They came with seriously a half cup of butter on top. I am not a fan of that much or really any butter on my pancakes so I pushed it away. The texture of butter reminds me of mayonnaise and I just cannot eat it. Don’t ask me how I put two and two together.
They were pretty good-not my favorite but not awful by any stretch. I think I have honestly become a bit biased and just love my Foxy Roxy diner and judge everything based on them. It is kind of like that boyfriend you had that judge everyone else on. What a bad idea. Anywho-they were good so don’t let me convince you otherwise. I would recommend going for breakfast but nothing else ha. They made me wonder why I haven’t cooked oatmeal pancakes in a while.
I also went to the gym (but it was only because Aram guilted me into going…) I needed to run, I did, but it was so chilly out I wasn’t in the mood to leave my house. I am glad he decided to go and I ended up running for 7 miles on the treadmill and doing some core exercises.
We went to the dining hall right after. Today, they had (of course) my two favorite foods…besides pancakes. Steak and gnocchi. I had two bowls of gnocchi and two pieces of steak. As much as that sounds like, it is an improvement for me. I would normally just keep eating the gnocchi and steak until my belly was completely full and uncomfortable and then go for dessert (which they had about 10 different types of yummy looking pie). But I avoided the dessert all together. So I consider it a success.
Questions for you.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe and tell me your goals!