Start, Stop, Keep

For one of my nutrition courses we are learning about helping people (and yourself) lose weight in a healthy way. I really love that the approach is realistic. Yesterday I read about Start, Stop & Keep. This is where you identify a habit you want to start, one you want to stop and one you want to keep. I figure after a few weeks you can build on it with new habits to start, stop and keep :)

My first week of Start, Stop, Keep:

Start: Brushing my teeth after dinner (still haven’t done this even though I keep talking about it)

Stop: Snacking while I’m cooking

Keep: Coming home and unwinding for 30 minutes before going into the kitchen

Today’s training run called for some speed work. I did 1 mile warm-up, 4x800s that were supposed to be fast, but were only really fast when I was going downhill, 1 mile cool down.

Breakfast: Overnight oats with cottage cheese. Instead of yogurt I used cottage cheese in my oats last night. I guesstimated my measurements: 1/2c oats, 1/2 cottage cheese, 1/3c soy milk, salt, cinnamon, super ripe naner. Topped with raisin bran and PB.IMG_1216

Happy Monday! I have a lot to do, see you later :)

Question: Do you  have any habits that you want to  Stop, Start and Keep?

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  1. says

    Start: Making more girlfriends (most of my friends have moved out of state and I’m a lonely Sally).

    Stop: Chewing gum. I chew a pack a day.

    Keep: Taking naps when I need them. I recently started napping on Sunday afternoons and it’s helped in my running recovery. I never get a full nights sleep, so I’ll take sleep when I can get it!

    Great idea!

  2. says

    start eating 6x a day instead of 3 or 4, i have already begun this and am making progress!!!!
    stop eating too many vegtables, becoming bloated and binging, and being scared to eat dense snacks like a cliff bar
    keep up with my running. i jsut started back and am LOVING it!!! i can’t keep running if i don’t get my nutrition under control!

  3. Niki says

    Hey Monica, I never really comment on blogs but i do read everyday and I just really related to your post yesterday about being sad and homesick. I am in the same boat except I still live a little closer to my family. I would love to meet new people and try new things in my current town but it is hard with school and work…anyways i just wanted you to know your not the only one!! and hopefully you and i can try getting out once a week to meet new people of at least get out there in the community

  4. says

    I love the start, stop keep!

    I want to start paying more attention to my body’s hunger cues, stop feeling like I have to have a dessert, even when I’m not hungry. I’d like to keep my habit of eating big salads with tons of good stuff in it.

  5. says

    Start: hanging out with friends other than my bf-not that i don’t love him, i’ve come to the point i’ve noone to hang out with during college cos i don’t keep in contact! Lol
    Also start losing the 6 kg i put on.

    Stop: too much processed and deep fried foods.. and also to much nuts

    keep: exercising

  6. Rachel says

    I love the blog and I am injured this year and cannot run the Baltimore Half Marathon. Let me know if you still are looking for a bib!

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