Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to making 2014 a year filled with health and happiness! 🙂
And how are we going to do that? By setting goals! I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions because I feel like they have the connotation of being some vague goal like “get healthier” or “lose weight” that’s forgotten a few short weeks into the year. So instead of making resolutions, I’m going to set some goals for 2014.
My first, and largest, goal is hard to put into words – but I’m going to try. This year I’m going to find out what I can do with my life that is going to make me happy. I’m going to “figure out what I want to be when I grow up.” Whether this means leaving my current job entirely, transitioning to a part-time position so that I can pursue other interests, or sticking with my current job but adding in more meaningful extra activities – I’m not sure. But I’m going to take this year to figure it out. I think a big part of this will involve me moving back to my hometown this summer. My lease is up at the end of July and I’m hoping to finally make the move back home (this is VERY contingent on me finding a job in that area, so it sort of dovetails nicely with my search for work-life happiness). I also hope to train to become a Body Pump instructor early this year, which I think could lead to a “job” that I definitely enjoy more than my current one.
More specifically, I want to actually make time to read this year. I have a HUGE collection of books – it’s legitimately out of control – and books have always been a joy and a passion for me. I probably easily own a hundred books that I haven’t even read. So I stole my mother’s idea to read one chapter every night before bed. So far, I’ve already finished ‘Orange is the New Black’ doing this (which is already more progress than the rest of the year!). This allows me to set aside time to do something I truly enjoy – reading – as well as breaking my terrible habit of falling asleep to Netflix. Both of which will add health and happiness to my life! 🙂
What about you? What are your goals and/or resolutions?
August is here! I can’t believe the summer is almost at an end. Even though it will be hot and humid around here through September (and with our unpredictable weather, possibly later than that), I still think of the start of September as the end of summer. I guess it’s still the “school year” calendar at work even all these years after I’ve left school. The summer went by so quickly! I think it’s because of all the races, concerts, trips, and other fun that jam-packed my schedule. Luckily, the month of August is a little calmer so I’m going to try to take some time to relax and enjoy what is left of the warm weather and long days.
I’m also sad to change the month on my calendar. This month’s picture is pretty legit.
The month of August is also the last month before I officially start 10k/half marathon training. I’m going to keep my running to a minimum during this month, as I don’t want to burn myself out before I even start. I’m going to take this opportunity to enjoy going to Body Pump twice a week, as come September I’m going to have to give up one day (so sad!). I’m really nervous about starting training because I haven’t been feeling as “into” running lately. But running a half marathon is a goal that I’ve coveted for while – so I feel like it’s worth it to bite the bullet and spend some serious time training in order to do it right.
Waiting at the end of August is also Labor Day weekend – and my mom is coming up to visit me! 🙂 I’m super excited about this. I have been down to Chesapeake to visit my family several times over the summer, but my mom hasn’t been up to visit since sometime last year (or maybe early this year – I don’t remember exactly when, but it’s been too long!) This means we can visit all the restaurants we’ve been talking about, and finally take a trip to the National Zoo like we’ve been talking about since I moved to DC over four years ago. My mom and I are really close and I can’t wait to see her!
I’m also going to take the month of August to get my budget back on track. I notoriously spend too much money at the grocery store, which is why I always have way too much food in my house. To finally get my grocery budget out of the whole, and to lessen the sheer amount of food in my cabinets and fridge – I’m going to use the month of August to focus on eating what I already have on hand instead of buying more stuff at the store. I’m going to let myself buy the perishable necessities (i.e. milk, eggs, fresh greens for my daily smoothie) but I’m going to really cut back on everything else. Hopefully this will lead to some kitchen-creativity – which means new recipes for you! 🙂
Seriously, I’m going to deplete these “stocking up for the apocalypse” stores
What do you have planned for the month of August? Any races/vacations/big events coming up? Any new goals you’re setting for yourself this month?
Happy July everyone! And “rabbit rabbit”!
It’s funny the things that stick in your head. I vaguely remember hearing on Nickelodeon as a child that it was good luck to say “rabbit rabbit” on the first of a new month, and it’s always stuck with me. I find myself whispering “rabbit rabbit” to myself on the first of most months – after all, what can it hurt? 🙂
The month of June went by so fast. The summer months always seem to go by fast to me despite the longer days. I think it’s because summer is always so jam-packed with concerts, movies and vacations.
So how did I do with my June goals? Well my first goal was to eat more non-fruit snacks and I think I at least made a conscious effort to include more vegetables, nuts and seeds into my diet. It also helped that I found that I’m only eating a morning snack at work, and then having a second snack not in the afternoon – but later on, after my workout. Most of my favorite post-workout snacks don’t include fruit (sometimes a banana) so that has definitely helped.
My second goal was to make yoga a priority and between classes at my gym and my new yoga DVD I have been very successful.
Finally, I set myself the lofty goal of running 2 whole miles without stopping. I think this may have been a little ambitious as I did not achieve this goal. However, on my run this past Friday, which was ”powered by bits”, I ran two miles while only stopping for two 1/10th mile breaks. I’m definitely getting closer! Maybe it was those protein-packed ENERGYbits that helped me out! Speaking of, the giveaway I’m hosting for a free sample of ENERGYbits is still open through midnight tonight, so click here to read my review and enter to win!
Today is June 14th, so since I’m terrible at blogging on the weekends, I’m calling this the mid-way point of June. Time to check in with my June goals! Can you believe we’re halfway through June already? Where does the time go? Every year seems to go by faster and faster and I find myself wishing I could hit the brakes.
1. Eat at least one non-fruit snack per day.
I would say I’ve done this just about half of the time. Problem being that I forgot that a lot of my go-to snacks (granola or Lara bar, Greek yogurt with nuts and dried fruit, etc) have fruit in them. I have switched to snacking on Greek yogurt with nuts and sunflower seeds, so that has helped. The main thing I’ve learned is that veggie snacks require planning, and this month has been a blur so far and I haven’t had that opportunity to plan. I’m still on the look-out for a veggie snack that will keep so I have it around when it’s needed. Suggestions welcome!
2. Make time for yoga at least once a week.
I very nearly messed up on this goal the very first week! But on Sunday I went to a yoga class at my gym and it was much-needed. It was a new teacher for me, and I loved her emphasis on hand balances (something I haven’t worked up to quite yet). Typically, I’ve been using Sunday as an all-out rest day but I think I may change that to a yoga day. Yoga on a Sunday afternoon just feels right. Of course, I fly out this Monday for a business trip and won’t be back until late at night the following Sunday so I have a feeling my workouts are going to be very improvised this week – and I definitely won’t be able to make it to my beloved gym. Grrr real life. I did order a Yoga for Runners DVD off of Amazon a few days ago so I’m hoping that it will help me do yoga more often, like when I can’t get to class or when there isn’t a class available. I’ll let you all know how it is!
3. Run two miles without stopping.
This goal may have been a little ambitious. So far, I’ve managed to repeat the amazing (to me) feat of running a mile without stopping – and I’ve worked up to about 1.2 miles but I seriously feel like I’m going to die by the end of it. I still have half a month left, so I’m going to give it a good try – but I’m not feeling too optimistic at this point. On a more positive note, I did run my first official 5k and that went very well (with another 5k on the docket for this weekend). I signed up for an actual timed 5k in July (countdown in the side bar) which I’m very excited for and I think that running my first real race, and finishing strong is going to be more important than how far I can run without walking.
So that’s where I’m at with my June goals. How are your goals going? Can you believe the month of June is already halfway done?
So I borrowed this idea for tons of other bloggers out there – and decided to set myself some monthly goals, starting with June. I’ve found that my blog is a great way to track things and to hold myself accountable – because I know I’ll be reporting about it to you all! 🙂
Once upon a time I heard that goals are most beneficial when they are very specific. For example, “Eat three servings of fruits and vegetables every day” is a better goal than “eat healthier.” It makes sense, because then you have a measurable way to track your progress. I tried to incorporate this idea into my goals below, and I’ll report on my progress at the end of the month!
Goals for June
1. Eat at least non-fruit snack per day.
I’m really good at eating lots of fruit in my diet, but I’m not as good at incorporating vegetables and other healthy foods (i.e. nuts, seeds). Sometimes both of my snacks in a day are fruit, and fruit is high in sugar – so I definitely need to diversify my diet. I’m hoping this goal will help 🙂
2. Make time for yoga at least once a week.
For the most part, I’ve been doing this – but there was a week or two stretch where I was doing two days of strength training with 3-4 days of running instead of taking time for yoga. When I went back to it, I was reminded of the feeling of peace yoga gives me – and that it’s an important part of my fitness routine.
3. Run two miles without stopping
I haven’t shared this with you all yet – but last week at the gym I ran a mile without stopping for the first time in my life. I literally almost started crying at the gym I was so happy. As someone who struggled through high school gym class just trying to get by without attracting attention, it was a big deal for me. So why not try for two? This goal may be a little ambitious, and I debated setting the goal at 1.5 miles, but I figure – go big or go home!
Your turn! What are some of your goals?
What are your favorite healthy (non-fruit) snacks? I could really use ideas for this one!