March Goals

March Goals

Boy am I glad February is over with. Luckily it was a short month as well. I really am just over the whole winter thing. The rain, the sort-of snow, the darkness. It was also a stressful month personally. I did a lot of stress eating and as a result I am NOT looking forward to this week’s weigh in.

How did I do on my goals for February? Pretty much a Fail all around.

February Goals

1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Pata-Negra

2. Continue training for the Portland Century. SORT OF.

3. Try running outside (after 5 months of treadmill running). NOPE.

4. Take a Body Pump class at the gym. NOPE.

5. Pay attention to portion sizes! NOT REALLY.

In retrospect perhaps trying to run outside was not a realistic goal. The weather did not cooperate for any outside activities. Plus being sick for over a week meant that I did not try the Body Pump class and I ate a lot of comfort food.

I didn’t try Pata-Negra but Michael and I did go to Nuestra Cocina for the first time, so in a round-about way I did try one new restaurant.



1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Pata-Negra

2. Attempt running outside on the track at least once.

3. Really hunker down on portion sizes.

4. Learn how to use the new Kitchenaid Mixer.

I think those goals are achievable. I think…!

Over the weekend a fellow blogger posted a comment on a post kind of criticizing my food choices. I took offense to the comment because while my blog IS about weight loss–it’s not really about my trying to lose weight right now. Sure I have those “last 4 pounds” I want to lose but I have no problems with where I’m currently at. I’m well below my Goal Weight and my blog is more about maintenance than weight loss.

I feel like I do the right amount of indulging, healthy eating and exercise that proves to people that once they lose the weight they CAN enjoy things in life. It’s not ALWAYS about limitations and “dieting.” I’m not on a diet.

Everyone’s story is different. My story has changed since I first started this journey. At 250 pounds I was limiting my caloric intake in order to lose weight. Now? I’m 144 pounds and trying to maintain it. I eat around 2,000 calories a day and I’ve kept the weight off for 3 years now.

Sure if it was REALLY important to me to lose those 4 pounds I’d go back to restricting my calories like I did in the beginning. I’d cut out sugar, I wouldn’t drink alcohol at all, I’d skip eating out, and I would try to eat less calories than 2,000 a day.

Thank you again Julie for delurking and commenting on my blog. Your comment really made my day. 🙂

Monday I met some friends at Oaks Bottom Pub for happy hour. One friend I hadn’t seen for years–we’d worked together back in the day. It was a nice time. I ordered a side salad (which ended up being pretty large) and a bowl of chili.


Chili is a good pub food choice. Sure it might be a little higher in calories than some foods but when faced with deep fried treats (mozzarella sticks) or nachos chili is a good choice. It’s packed full of protein and fiber from the beans.

For me chili sits heavy in my stomach too. It’s very filling.

Despite it being happy hour I limited my drinks to only one beer. I enjoyed the hoppy Centennial India Pale Ale.  It was floral and fruity with a strong after taste. Tasty!


QUESTION: What are your goals for March? How did you do for February?