March Resolution {Learn}…

It is now March 4th, and I hope that spring is right around the corner.  I woke up Saturday, opened the blinds, scratched my eyes and said, “Is that snow?!”  Yep, it was snow … again.  I’m kinda over it.  Night night old man winter.  😉

Reminder of my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions or what I like to refer to as my Yearly Goals.

Pure & Simple 2013 ResolutionsSo new month which means a new set of goals. 🙂  I love setting goals for myself personally and professionally.  I also love having them broken down by month.  Much easier to swallow and tackle!

To recap, I blogged about my January progress here and February progress here.

March Resolutions

To expand on #2 a little more.  I have moved my wake up time back to 7:15am for the next 2 weeks.  I plan to work my way up to 6:30am … or earlier if I am ambitious. 😉

March is the month to learn! 🙂  I love reading books and I love those “self-improvement” style of books.

January I read “Life on the Wire” and loved it!  February I started “Getting Things Done“.  GTD is a little dated and a harder read.  I’m not flying right through it which is a bummer.

I plan to finish GTD this month and read Rhinoceros Success.

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

What is your favorite “self-improvement” book?  I would love to add it to my list!

I’m crazy weird when it comes to reading.  I just have to type up a book review after each book that I read love.  It is the student in me.  😉  I plan to type up book reviews for books that I have read in the past few months and for any new books going forward.

Still to be typed:

Life on the Wire; Rich Dad, Poor Dad; Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

I plan to achieve this goal by reading in the mornings (you know that new found time I have by getting up earlier), and typing out the book reviews at night.  I tend to veg in front of the tv in the evenings.  Typing up a book review doesn’t require silence like reading, so I plan to multi-task.

I have less than 31 days to complete so here I go! 🙂

What are your goals for this month?  Didn’t make any?  Maybe you should!  Spring can revitalize that energy within us all! 🙂

Until next time…

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Checking In On Those Goals…

Well as the calendar would have it — it is February 28th.  How is it that tomorrow is the first day of March?  Since I have made you all my unofficial accountability partners when it comes to my New Year’s Resolutions (aka Yearly Goals), it is time to discuss February.

I blogged about my recap of January’s goals here.  So February’s goals looked something like this:

Pure & Simple | February Resolutions

Let’s start with #1 shall we: Continue with January Goals.

Drink more water.  Not a good report here.  I drank maybe a bottle a day.  Reason?  I stopped infusing in the Mason Jar.  Tricks of the trade — must start that back up.

Eat more fruits & veggies.  Still trucking along on this one and finally making progress on the fruit front.  (ha, that sounds funny).

Workout a minimum of 3 days per week.  I worked out a total of 7 times this month.  Pretty much the same as last month.  :/ Workout classes are awesome but when something comes up on one of those nights, I just skip working out all together.  Not to mention I have let the bi-polar nature of the weather keep me from working out outside.  Excuses?  Probably.

Don’t skip meals.  Good on breakfast and dinner.  Bad on lunch.  When I’m organizing with clients, I tend to eat a protein bar for lunch.  Not exactly well balanced.  I’m starving by the time I get home.

Now the February goals:

2. Read one new book.

I’m on chapter 7 of 13.  Getting Things Done is a great book but that first section of 100 pages totally tripped me up.  The chapters were long and … well not fun to read.  Now I’m in the good part and flying through! 🙂

3.  Get up earlier.  

I consistently woke up at 7:30 or earlier most days (17 days to be exact).  New month coming up and I will move it back to 7:15am for a 2 weeks, then 7am for 2 more.  I will make it to 6:30am!

Going to bed at or near 10:30pm has been really helpful.  It is just making it a habit and sticking with it.

Goals aside, I’m ready for spring!  I’m tired of wearing sweaters and boots and ready for flip flops and sundresses.

How are you doing on goals you set waaaaay back when 2 months ago?  Don’t tell me the bandwagon left you standing alone in it’s dust!  😉

Until next time…

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Resolve to Get Healthier…

Yesterday I shared my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions.  I plan to blog about my January resolution shortly.  You know … the why and how. 🙂

But I also promised that I would blog about ways to keep New Year’s Resolutions.

If you resolved to make 2013 your year of health, then keep reading. 🙂

What does “healthy” mean to you?  Eating better for your body.  Working out and moving more often.  Taking better care of yourself.

One reason this resolution is so easily left by the wayside is the enormity of it.  The responsibility is too large and too vague.  Break it down and define it.

Eat better for your body

When you feed your body what it wants, it thanks you.  When you drink a lot of water, your kidneys are happier.  When you eat fruits and vegetables, then you have more energy than when you eat greasy burgers and fries.

  • Eat less sugar
    • Sugar is a sneaky thing.  A lot like salt.  It is hidden in everything.
    • Virtually all processed foods have sugar
    • A serving of spaghetti sauce can have as much sugar as 2 chocolate chip cookies!
    • The AMA recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar per day for the average American woman.
      • Comes out to roughly 6 teaspoons.
      • That ain’t much!
    • Read labels and eat fresh!
  • Eat what is in season
    • This is a good way to eat those fruits and veggies
    • It is also a great way to try out new dishes and recipes
  • Don’t skip meals
    • Going hungry does nothing for you.
    • I can attest to this.  When I skip breakfast, it is a rough morning for me.  I barely make it to lunch and then when I do … I feel horrible as my body tries to break down the food for nutrients.
  • Pack your lunch

Lose some L.B.s

  • Weigh yourself regularly
    • Knowing your weight could help you manage it.
    • What is that old saying, “You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you are.”
  • Write down what you eat
    • It is all about the accountability
    • When you see … in writing … what you put in your body, then you can know what to change and improve upon.
  • Sweat less
    • 30 minutes is enough time to burn calories and rev metabolism without getting either too hungry or too exhausted to stay active after
    • I try to keep my cardio at 30 minutes.  I do add strength training and stretching before and after, but cardio?  30 minutes! 🙂

Take better care of yourself

  • Sleep will help my mood
    • Do you feel underrested?
    • Most people I would imagine get around 6 hours.
    • Did you know that sleeping can help boost your mood and outtake on life?
    • Give yourself a bedtime every night and wake up call every morning
    • Stick with it!
    • Don’t forget about the weekends either — sleeping in is a no-no.
  • I will be selfish
    • Remember to take care of yourself.
    • You are your top priority.  Not your job.  Not your kids.  Not your husband.
    • Take care of you first!
    • Whatever that might mean — pedicures, massages, spa days, girls night out, some alone time in the morning to read.
    • Get really disciplined about how you handle your stress through exercise
  • Download the life coach app called Bloom
    • Free iPhone app
    • It reminds you to start living better
    • 1st:  Use the app to establish your priorities
      • Drink more water
      • Save for European vacay
    • 2nd: Attach visual motivators like music and pictures
    • Throughout the day, it creates and sends you little pop-up reminders of the things that you are working toward! 🙂 Fun!

Research shows that the keys to keeping resolutions are achievability and specificity.  Can you do it?  What is it that you want to do?

Until next time…

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