In the educational world we talk a lot about assessing. You can assess for knowledge, for growth and for skills learned. You can pre-assess, to determine where the student is before you start a new unit. You can formatively assess, little check-ins along the way. And you can post-assess, or find out what they learned.
After a post-assessment of 2010 I can tell you I have a lot to learn. I am going to rewind, slow down and re-teach myself how to be healthy.
I kind of consider myself to be a lospert (losing expert). I’m definitely not a maintaining expert, or I wouldn’t be going on this journey for the 4th time. Yep, 4th time.
During my Freshman year I went a little crazy and gained the Freshman 15 in just one semester. The second semester I lost it all, and 5 more.
I slowly let quite a few pounds come back, and the summer between my Junior and Senior year of college I lost 25 pounds.
Then after I graduated I lost the 5 that crept back on, plus a total of 13 more.
So now here I am, trying again to lose the weight. (The aforementioned 21 pounds.)
I attribute my lospert status to knowing how to diet well. I know which foods to avoid, which to stock my pantry with, and how to exercise. But what I don’t know is how to just be healthy all the time.
So my first goal for 2011 is to clean up my eating. Meaning 80% of the time my food consumption should come from natural foods, not processed boxes. How do I pre-assess this? Take stock of my pantry and fridge.
Yes, those would be crackers falling out of the pantry…
A mess! A total mess!
To formatively assess I will check in with myfitnesspal food log once a week. (The blog will help with this too, although I don’t think I’ll have time to post everything I eat).
And my post-assessment will come at the end of 2011. Hopefully I will be able to stick to the 80% rule.
I spent 3 1/2 hours cleaning and organizing my pantry, cupboard and fridge. Holy moly!
I am pretty pleased with what I accomplished, even if it doesn’t look like much. I’m working with a small 1942 kitchen here people.
top shelf: treats
2nd from top: dry goods/bulk items (lentils, dry soup mix, kodiak cake mix, spaghetti noodles and the like)
3rd from top: oils & vinegars
4th from top: canned goods & condiments
5th from top: snackies (chips – hubs & libbs, almonds, and animal treats too)
Bottom: bulk items too big to fit on other shelves, cereal (the Lucky Charms are NOT mine!), and other breakfast items (Bob’s hot cereal, oatmeal and mix-ins).
Top: baking supplies
Middle: Coffee& grinder, cooking sprays and spices too tall to fit on the bottom shelf.
Bottom: Grilling rubs, butter dish and spices (alphabetically organized)
The fridge was a whole ‘nother story.
Packed the the brim! Our fridge is only 25.5 cubic feet 😦
Which means we can only buy certain sized containers of items, making Costco a whole lot less fun, and we often put things where they don’t belong. (Like pizza dough in the veggie drawer [droor, drore, drawer? What a funny looking word])
I took everything out. We have WAY too many condiments.
Who needs 2 almost full containers of ketchup? Us, obviously.
And 4 different kinds of mustard? Don’t worry, we’ve got your burger covered.
7 different kinds of hot sauce? Well, you never know what kind of mood you’ll be in.
And clearly, clearly, we need 3 different containers of caesar dressing.
I don’t have an after picture of the fridge, because, sadly, it looks an awful lot like the before picture. There just isn’t much you can do with 25.5 cubic feet. But, at least it is clean and I threw away all expired items and combined as many doubles as I could 🙂
Now I have no desire to take down the tree…anyone want to do that for me? I’ll pay you in Jello and pudding!
Other goals for 2011:
1. Sign up to run a 5K.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day!
3. Allot 20% of our income to savings.
What are your goals/resolutions for the New Year?