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March Goals

I did pretty well in February with the goals I set out for myself. I am going to continue the squats (modified) and organizing the house. I recently spent a few hours going through stuff in the garage and sorting stuff, getting rid of things, recycling a bunch of empty boxes we were hoarding for some reason…they weren’t even good boxes! So I am slowly and surely making my life at home a little more cleaner and simplified.

There’s a bunch of stuff I still need to go through to figure out if we are going to donate or sell it. For example, cleaning the garage I found two giant boxes of puppy pads from when we got Bella (ahem, a few years ago now) and never used because she was potty trained! Why do we still have these?!? So I sold them! I took an entire carload full of stuff to Goodwill to donate. Usually I give stuff to the Vietnam Veterans but I wanted the stuff gone asap so I just drove it to Goodwill. It felt so good to get rid of things!

We have other stuff to donate but I think we need to call Habitat for Humanity. We have an old medicine cabinet that is still pretty nice, some other house construction stuff…it seems better to donate that stuff there.

Now, on to March:

1 ) No Desserts Monday – Thursday Nights

This one is going to be HARD. I have such a sweet tooth. But I really need to reign it in. I was under so much stress with some stuff that’s been going lately that I was really out of control with eating chocolate at home. It was bad. I gained a few pounds in the last two months as a result (2 since December). DAMMIT.

So I am going to make a valiant effort to not eat sweets during the week. Wish me luck!

 

2) Register for a few 5k Races

There are two 5k races I want to sign up for with the Portland Parks & Rec $5 5K series.I want to register for those and I may look at some other races for this fall. I think it would be fun to do the Halloween Run Like Hell 5k. That was my first race ever (many years ago). It might be cool to do it again!

 

3) Drink 80 ounces of water every day.

I’m hoping this will help me with some of the issues I’ve been having: dry winter skin, feeling dehydrated, maybe it will help curb my appetite a bit.

I currently drink somewhere between 24 ounces and 40 ounces at work and I drink a sparkling water with lunch and dinner. But I can definitely be doing better.

 

4 ) Learn how to use my new Pressure Cooker!

I am SO excited about this. I have a bunch of recipes I’ve been saving to try once I got one. I am especially excited about making hard boiled eggs. I’m also curious about making soups and stews. If you have a favorite recipe, let me know!

 

QUESTION: What are your goals for this month?

5 Health Changes You Can Do Today

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is the idea of losing weight too big in your mind? I’ve been there.  Trying to change a lifetime of bad habits isn’t going to happen overnight, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself.  If you missed my series on how to lose weight, you can catch up on it here:

How to Lose Weight Series: 

Week OneWeek One Check In

Week Two , Week Two Check In

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

If you’re not quite ready to take on a huge undertaking like losing a lot of weight, why not try doing something small? Instead of overwhelming yourself with a huge goal, try doing one or two things each day or each week to get you started on your path to better health.

5 Health Changes You Can Do Today

1) Stop drinking your calories. 

Are you aware of how many liquid calories you consume in one day? Before I decided to lose the weight I had no idea. Tallying up those liquid calories was shocking to me. It’s so easy to grab a soda several times a day and before you know it, you’ve consumed hundreds of calories.

If you drink your calories on a frequent basis, try swapping the calorie-laden fluids with something else. Start transitioning to diet soda. Try sparkling water with lemon (my favorite). What about Crystal Lite? It tastes pretty good and is only 5 calories or so. Unsweetened iced tea is also good. Find what works for you.

2) Go for a walk. Just move your body in any way. Walk, yoga, do some squats in your cubicle at work.

Don’t put such high expectations on yourself. If you haven’t exercised in years, you’re not going to be able to run a marathon in a month. When I started swimming I was slow and always out of breathe. I had to rest after each length of the pool and there were times when I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the other side. It took time and perseverance but it got easier.

3) Drink more water.

I’ve been making a conscious choice to drink more water than I have been drinking because I know I do not drink enough. Water also helps curb the hunger.

4) Have a snack of fruits or veggies. You can make them fun!

Maybe try growing your own fruits and veggies. I have to say that having my own veggie garden last summer was a huge motivator for eating more veggies. I had so much stuff that I couldn’t even eat it all!

5) Smile.

I firmly believe that a lot of sadness, grumpiness and unhappiness can be reversed with positive thinking. Kind of a “fake it til you make it” thing. Don’t get sucked into that black hole of depression–try smiling until it gets better.

QUESTION: What do you think? What is one small change you can do to get yourself on the path to healthy change?