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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“How You Doin”…

Today is January 31st.  The first month of 2013 will be over this evening.  Where did those 31 days go?

I’m checking in today on my January resolution to take better care of my body.  How did I do?

Pure & Simple | January Resolutions

1. Drink more water.

Well I didn’t drink any soda.  And I had some but not a lot of tea.

I did better but some days went by with just a bottle of water downed.

I wasn’t at the computer desk every day all day this month.  I think it is easier to drink water when I’m home.  Must get better about drinking on the go.

2. Eat more fruits & veggies.

Yea, good on veggies, bad on fruits.  Aside from bananas and the occasional orange, I didn’t have much fruit intake.  Maybe I need to try different fruits.  Kiwi?  Pineapple?

Totally on board with the edammae snacks though.  Easy and delish!

3. Workout a minimum of 3 days per week.

I worked out a total of 7 times this month .. well 8 counting tonight.  Not exactly in line with the goal but better than nothing.  🙂

4. Don’t skip meals.

I did much better at this.  I went a few days without eating much for breakfast but am finding new ways to end this bad habit.  Overnight oats in a jar is one way!  I’m blogging out this tomorrow btw. 😉

5. *Bonus* Read one book.

March is the month that I plan to really focus on learning.  But I secretly made a promise to myself that I would read one book a month.  I chose, Life On The Wire, for the month of January.  I am happy to report that it will be finished this evening.  One chapter to go. 🙂

*That is not an affiliate link … I just really like the book. 

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Overall I think being aware of my goals and resolutions helped me make better decisions.  I will excuse some bad behavior on my big birthday.  All the eating out and desserts didn’t help my waistline, but I enjoyed every minute of it as I know it is not the norm around here.

And the cold weather snafus don’t help with eating fresh and less processed.  When I’m stuck inside because there is an inch of ice on my car, I can tell you I won’t be choosing an apple over a cookie. 😛

All resolutions are an ongoing process.  I plan to continue to work on these habits throughout February … and the rest of 2013.  I will be adding something new to the mix every month but will continue to work on the above.

Maybe if I make a cute graphic like the one above, then I can print it and add to the refrigerator.  Seeing it everyday might serve as a good reminder. 🙂

How are you doing on your monthly resolutions? 🙂

Until next time…

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