Tuesday, March 16, 2010

4 Weeks to 40

Shame on me for putting up a pic of delicious cake, but I couldn't help it!  It is exactly 4 weeks until my 40th birthday (gasp - now you know how *old* I am!)!  I am happy to have started off the year by focusing on healthy goals from the 10 in 2010 challenge and I want to continue.

It is generally thought that it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit (though I just read that that is actually a myth and research suggests that it could take an average of 60+ days).  I figure that 4 weeks is enough time to work on habits already established and improve upon them.  I'm making some new goals for the next 4 weeks and will post weekly on my progress.  You are welcome to join in with your own goals and post about it to help keep yourself accountable.  I recommend making realistic, attainable goals - success at smaller goals is a great motivator to go on to bigger goals!

4 to 40 Goals:

1.  Lose 5 lbs.
2.  Exercise 4 times a week for 30-60 minutes.
3.  Drink 4 (12 oz) glasses of water a day.
4.  Go to bed no later than 11:30 pm on weekdays.
5.  Make at least 2 breakfast and 2 lunch recipes each week.

So you can see that I'm building on what I accomplished during the last 10 weeks.  I'm increasing my workouts and water drinking and hoping that it will help me lose 5 lbs in 4 weeks (sounds like a small amount but it seems to be tough for me).  I've changed my bedtime goal from 11pm to 11:30 in hopes that I can have more success!  And I'm good about making great healthy dinner recipes, but I tend to just scrounge around for breakfast and lunch.  If I plan out recipes for those too and make things ahead of time, I (and my family) will be much more satisfied with my food.

I'll post again next week with my progress!  How about you?  Do you want to join me for the next 4 weeks?  C'mon - it's only 4 weeks - I know you can do it!  I'm putting up a MckLinky below.  If you want to post about your goals for 4 weeks on your blog, then you can come back any time the rest of the week and link up your post.  Or you can leave comments with what you're trying to achieve and comment each week with your progress.  This is very informal - it's just nice to join in and get some accountability and encouragement!

I look forward to hearing about your goals and appreciate you checking in on me!  4 to 40 - let's do it (hey it's OK if you're not turning 40, just make it 4 to anything you like)!!

Have a healthy day!
Lisa  :)


  1. Great goals! Looking forward to reading all about your accomplishments at the end of the 4 weeks :)

  2. I don't have a post for it but would love to change up my exercise routine for the next 30 days. I actually just borrowed the 30 day shred by Jillian and thought I would do that for the next 4 weeks. I'm always working on increasing our veg intake but that's an ongoing process so I'll for sure work on the exercise goal with you the next 4 weeks. Let see how we do!


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