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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Resolution {Take Better Care of Myself}…

So January is in full swing!  Three days into it and I’m already feeling the resolutions fall off the wagon.  Why?  Because life happens.  We are busy people.  Busyness takes over and we forget about those promises we made to ourselves .. just 3 days ago.

I’m glad I resolved to work on one thing per month instead of everything at once. 😉

Here is my attempt to quantify and specify how I plan to achieve my January resolution of   taking better care of myself.

Drink more water.  

I don’t drink soda or tea very often.  I understand the negative side effects that soda, diet or not, can have on your body so I generally stay away.  I love a good glass of sweet tea, but I rarely make any.  All that to say, I do realize that water is super important to how we feel and our internal health.

My trick to drinking more water?   Infuse with cucumbers and lemon.  Always have a glass by the computer.

I infuse my water in a mason jar.  When the day starts, I simply add a straw and 3 cups are down in no time!  🙂

If I’m short on infused water, then I just add a straw to a bottle of water and it too is gone in no time.  Something about the straw I guess. 🙂

Eat more fruits & veggies.

I’m pretty good with the veggies part.  I love a good salad.  I love avocados with my eggs.  For some reason I’m really bad about eating fruit.  I love sugar, so I’m not exactly sure why this is.

Trick to getting in more fruits and veggies?  Add a piece of fruit to breakfast and lunch.  Eat a crunchy snack while at the desk working.  Edammae is my new favorite find thanks to the Steamfresh bags!  {Thanks Katy for introducing me to it!}  Carrots are an option too.

I’m digging these flavored greek yogurts as well.  I prefer to add my own fruit and honey to plain nonfat greek yogurt.  I’ll get there. 🙂

Workout

Workout (minimum 3 days/week)

Anything that I enjoy doing that works up a sweat will count as a workout.  The workouts don’t have to be perfect.  They don’t have to work every single muscle group.  I just need to get my heart rate up to rev that metabolism! 🙂

Since my resolution is to “take better care of myself” and not “lose weight”, I don’t feel nearly as bad about cutting myself some slack on what each workout should look like.

Don’t skip meals.

If I workout in the morning, then there is no doubt that I will get in all 3 meals plus snacks for the day.  BUT if I go from bed, to coffee, to office then it is likely that I will skip breakfast and barely eat lunch.  Awful awful habit!  Must change!

What I am not doing?

I’m not keeping a food journal.  I tried this over and over.  I really stink at it.  I’m either all in or not in at all.

Trying to lose weight.  Could I stand to lose a few l.b.s?  Sure.  But I’m not focused on the scale or the outward appearance.  I want to feel better and stack the odds in my favor by taking care of myself.

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Will you help keep me on track?  Will you be my accountability partner? 🙂