A good start on some new habits

Finally, the holidays are behind me and I can get back to my routine...even though it's going to be nothing like my old routine! I only put on 3 pounds over the holidays which is less than I was expecting but at this weight 3 pounds doesn't matter much. I can probably lose that this week. Other than my boss being a complete jackass, I'm off to a good start.

I got up at 6 this morning and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, had a scrambled egg, a piece of Canadian bacon and a V8. 2 things I never do in the morning. Workout and eat breakfast. I did both and I'm very proud of myself.

I packed a good lunch for both of us and dinner, which is mini turkey meatloaf muffins, is ready to go in the oven. I found a great recipe in Eating Well that uses whole wheat couscous instead of breadcrumbs and it sounds delicious.

My plan going forward really consists of 2 parts.

Being prepared. Planning and prepping meals on Sunday for the whole week.
*Note to self: this includes work travel days and the weekends which are indeed part of the

New Habits. I'm planning on it taking me about a month to make getting up early and exercising a habit. I've also been working on a "do something else" strategy when I'm having weak moments. I just have to distract myself by reading a book or doing my toes or something other than snacking and watching TV.

My husband was really quiet and sad on Saturday night and I asked him what was wrong. He said his friend had just posted some pictures on the website from a party we were at earlier in the day and that they were very unflattering pictures of both of us. I didn't even want to look. I blame myself for the both of us gaining so much weight and I have the power to change that.

I feel like I have a different attitude now. If I don't do this this year I never will. If WE don't do this now, one of us will be dead before we're 50. The new year has once again reminded me of how quickly time passes and we haven't gotten any younger in the mean time.

I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2009!