Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Recap and March Goals

Or, as I should say "How February Sucked and Here's How I Plan to Make March Better."

You read that right. My February was an epic fail.

First off, EVERYONE in my house was sick! Started with my mom, then I wound up with a bad cold, followed by my sister's husband and my nephew with bronchitis and/or pneumonia, and finally, my dad was in the hospital last week with double pneumonia. How he pulled that one off, I can't say. Anyway, everyone is at least starting to feel better, and we're back to being as normal as things get here.

Second, the weather was awful. I know, I live in the Northeast and we can't have sunshine, 70+ degrees, and rainbows all year, but it just seemed to be a case of "Snow, snow, and a little more snow." Not as bad as New England, but it was enough to make everyone miserable. Spring is coming though! Rita's opens tomorrow, and the Yankees start training games on Tuesday! See, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! ;-)

Well, being sick and crappy weather put a damper on my February goals. Meh. Here's what I set out to accomplish on February 1:

Here's what actually happened:

1) Six days a week of at least 10,000 steps. FAIL! The one sick week I had sent this one down the toilet. I think I got 10,000 about 15 days. Well, at least it's something.

2) Meal prep one week. Another bust. I could have this earlier in the month. Did I? Nope. No one to blame here but me.

3) Three days a week of core work. Hit and miss here. I got it in two weeks of the four. Still trying to get back into a routine here.

4) Comment on five or more blog posts a week. Something I actually accomplished! This was the easiest thing to do, and it helped me enjoy reading blogs more! I think I'll stick with this!

5) Create a new weight training routine. Yes and no. I found some new workouts (Thank you, Pinterest), but haven't gotten a chance to do them. Eh, there's always next month.

So, needless to say, there will be no new workout skort for me. Oh well. Life happens.

Tomorrow's March 1, and that means a new set of goals to crush! Here's what I came up with for the month:

1) Meal plan one week. I didn't do this in February, so I'm going to make it happen in March! I may not get to prep food, but of I have a set menu, I'm at least going in the right direction.

2) Hit 10,000 steps 25 days. With 31 days in March, this is realistic! It allows me to have a few "off" days while making sure I stay moving most of the month!

3) Register for two 5K's. Spring is coming, people! With that means running season is almost here! Races will be popping up and I want to have at least two to work toward this season. I already have a few in mind, but I'm not telling until I register!

4) Drink 100 ounces of water daily. This needs to happen again! I've been slacking, and I feel it! Breaking out Plant Nanny again and tracking every drop. On a positive, I have been consistent with drinking 16 ounces before I drink coffee in the morning!

5) Complete a squat challenge. Just looking for something different to challenge myself. I found PopSugar's squat circuit challenge on Pinterest, and I think that's the one I'm going with. It has four different types of squats, a reasonable number of reps, plus rest days!

Okay, since I'm going to make this month rock, I guess I should get something, right? ;-) I decided on a "Run Far Girl" shirt. I've seen a few of the pieces and I love them all. Something new to wear for a race or in the gym? I'm going to make one mine this month!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@Tradledee85 on both) to see how I'm doing this month! If you don't see something, say something! I'm open to tough love!

How do you plan on making March rock?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Recap and February Goals

Happy February! Hope this month finds us less snow! For those in the Midwest and New England, I hope Winter Storm Linus isn't too harsh on y'all.

I set some goals in January. In case you missed them, here they are:

Here's how I did:

1) Go one social media free day a week. REALLY good with this. I did have one week where I was online every day (Damn you, Juno!), but I did find that going offline was nice. I might be taking an "offline" day every once in awhile now.

2) Place $40 into savings. Nailed it! $20 each paycheck, and I have an extra $40 saved up! It's nice to see that money grow. Not sure what I want to use it for, but it will be worth it!

3) Read one book. I am in the process of finishing Pat Conroy's My Losing Season. If you're a sports fan, especially basketball, check it out. It's Conroy's memoir with an emphasis on The Citadel men's basketball team's 1967-1968 season. So worth a read.

4) Try one new-to-me workout. Check! I tried a workout from the Nike Training Club app called "Perfect Score." From my initial look at it, I was expecting a strength training workout with a little bit of core work. What did I get? A core-heavy workout with a little bit of strength training. Still a good workout and something I would do again.

5) Bake something healthy AND from scratch. Did it! I baked Skinnytaste's Double Chocolate Walnut cookies! They weren't the softest ever, but they still didn't taste too bad! I call that a win!

As you can see, I wasn't perfect, but I still did awesome! I did order myself a Momentum bracelet yesterday, and even got it customized! You'll have to keep an eye on my socials to see the final product! ;-)

Well, since January's over, I guess I have to get some new goals for February, right?

Of course I do! Here they are:

1) Six days a week of at least 10,000 steps. I got a Fitbit on January 2, and hit 10,000 or more 20 days last month. Just looking to up the game!

2) Meal prep one week. This needs to happen big time. I slack on the planning and sometimes end up making not-so-good choices. I decided to plan my meals one week this month and see what happens. I might end up doing it more!

3) Three days a week of core work. Core work has been slacking. I found a few workouts on Pinterest to supplement my Core classes. A little planning, and this should rock!

4) Comment on five or more blog posts a week. I do a lot of reading, but not so much commenting. I want to change that this month. Hello, interaction!

5) Make a new weight training routine. I'm in a rut with my solo weight training. Just looking to change a few things to do when I'm on my own. Again, Pinterest will come in handy here!

As for a reward? New workout skort! I want something cute to wear in the gym for Power classes or solo workouts. Because, let's face it, capris get boring. ;-)

What about you? What are you planning on working on in February?