Specific explanation of diet goals
Be realistic. I don't like to consume more than 2000 calories, but I end up doing so. Why? It is because I have cravings light later in the day or even in the afternoons. I am not a patient person, so have to learn to be patient with setting up a meal plan for a day or week. I have tried to write out a monthly plan, but that is not for me. It is not easy for me to follow. In fact, it could be difficult because it is time consuming. I also have to consider the fact that I don't live alone. Forming a meal plan would be much, much easier if I did live alone. I have to form a grocery list then I make a realistic plan according to what I have purchased. It also helps to write down an inventory of the foods that I will consume and then discuss what I will buy. I do admit to having trigger foods such as ice cream, crackers, and some potato and tortilla chips. Whenever I have the time, I actually plan to prepare meals. I have cut down on foods that are fried and I have decided to consume those that are high calories, processed, high in sodium, high in sugar, and high in unhealthy fat content. I do not consume enough foods in potassium and calcium, yet I consume way too much sodium. I do add too much salt to my foods. I sometimes even add too much sugar to drinks as well. However, I have managed to cut out those sweet drinks. I have also decided to be more specific with my plans; that will go a long way into losing weight and eating healthy.
Specific explanation of exercise goals
Right now, I am most able to walk. I do walk on an average of 15-20 minutes per day, but is that the only exercise I should do? How much time should I really exercise and should I exercise everyday? The truth is, I exercise at least 5 days a week; however, I have to write things down. I really don't exercise on Sundays or Tuesdays. Why is that? Sundays and Tuesdays are days that I have planned on in the past. I unfortunately have taken the time to measure out that plan. It started off well, but in the end I weened myself off of exercise completely. I ended up procrastinating because of a fear of quitting. I have decided that one day, if I wanted to lose weight and get healthy for life, I have to deal with my fears and just do it. I have finally made the decision to exercise almost every single day. I have made the decision not to feel guilty about exercising or not to exercise. Because of finally owning up to my fears, I have decided to no longer be anxious about exercise. Ironically, my anxiety has waned and I don't feel like a failure whose mind wasn't so clear. My days were filled with anxiety, dread, and a feeling of failing health. The truth is, my health was failing. I am still overweight and I am still diabetic, but my goal is to be healthy by losing weight, staying active, and eating right. Exercise has cleared my mind to the point where I want to exercise. If only I had done this earlier.