Last night, as I rang in the New Year by drinking an entire bottle of wine and going to bed at 10:30 (after all, it was already 2013 on the East Coast). This morning, I awoke with intentions of going to the gym. And a pounding headache, thanks to my friend, Malbec.
While I do enjoy my wine, I realize that if I’m really going to be serious about what I put into my body, I need to limit my imbibing inhibitions. I LOVE having a glass of wine with dinner. When I was teaching, this was an essential part of my day, being that I was super stressed-out by dinnertime; the wine took the edge off.
Since moving to San Francisco, my job is less stressful (and more fun), but the commute to and from work is long, which makes me angry and stressed. Usually, I run home from the train as a way to “relax,” so that by the time I arrive home, I’m not grazing the cupboards for a bottle of red.
Also, a lack of a social circle has kept me from weeknight binges. Although I drink less now, I also miss the comraderie of my friends. Neghar Fonooni’s post gives great advice on how to socialize without boozing it up all the time, which is just the inspiration I need in 2013.
While intoxication often comes in the form of alcohol, I put a host of other toxins in my body with the food I eat each day. I’ve been better about watching what I eat, and I know that I’m motivated to do so (remember the juice cleanse?!)
What I need is a guideline to follow. Luckily, Girls Gone Strong is having a 30 Day Nutritional Challenge. The awesome thing about this challenge is that you can choose your level. Since I do a fair amount of running (and will only increase that this year), I am choosing Level 2, Carb Cycling. In order to help me stick to my challenge, I will keep a food journal. I’ll probably just get a notebook and track everything there where I can see my progress daily. Using a format like this one from FitWatch is a great way to ensure that I’m not eating too many carbs.
What are your nutritional goals for 2013? Are there any online food journals or food journal apps that you use?