Well, the first quarter of the year is over (wow, my day job has clearly brainwashed me because I don’t think I used to think about a year broken up by quarters) and I’m reviewing the resolutions I made for 2014 (see my resolutions post here).
Let’s recap my original resolutions:
1. De-stress — mediate 10 mins every day
2. Get fit — move 30 mins every day
3. Eat healthy — eat 3 cups of veggies
4. Get more sleep — get ready for bed at 10 pm on weeknights
Wellllllll… life got in the way a bit on these. My January and February weren’t too bad, but March is the busiest month of the year at work and all of these took a backseat. I’m starting fresh again for April.
Four ways I will accomplish my goals:
Uhhh… I seriously have no idea how I’m going to do this. If anyone has any tips, I’m open to anything. When I think of meditation, I think of a bunch of monks, sitting in a circle, chanting. Can I really just sit there listening to my breath? What do I do if my mind is constantly thinking of my to-do list? How do I turn it off? Do I need to turn it off?
My goal is 10 minutes x 7 days per week
Oprah and Deepak Chopra are hosting a free 21-day meditation program that you can follow on your computer
3-Step Brain Hack for Happiness by the TV news anchor who had an on-air panic attack
Iris Higgins – Fairy Angel to women in need of magic
5 Things You Should Know About Meditation
Renew your body and your life healing guided meditation
How to tame your anxiety
Sit on a small wooden bench with yourself
Meditate on Koans
2. Move every day
My desk job might be the worst thing for my body. I sit down all day and I have very poor posture. I always feel better after I exercise, even if I’m only moving for 30 minutes. I stand taller. I sit taller. I feel good. And that’s what my plan is – I want to feel good.
But I’ve become really good at making excuses. My neighborhood has no sidewalks and the roads have really skinny shoulders, so I won’t walk outside. Running has never been my favorite thing, walking on the treadmill was never ideal for me and I feel uncoordinated on the elliptical. And when I run out of excuses? I realize I like the exercise bike, so my cardio will be on wheels. My goal is to do that for 30 minutes x 3 days per week.
For 2 days per week, I want to lift weights. And not 3 pound free weights – I want to push myself. Kettlebells, leg presses, overhead lifts, etc. I was always scared of weight machines in the gym because I didn’t know how to use them and I didn’t want people to think I didn’t know how to use them. NOT ANYMORE! I’m going to learn how to use these weights and machines and I’m going to ace them.
See my fitness pins on Pinterest
A 12-minute fitness program
Why should women lift weights?
10 yoga poses that promote cleansing
My favorite kettlebell – if you get it with Prime shipping, it’s free!
3. Eat healthy
The biggest difference in my diet over the last year has been fewer days cooking at home and more days eating out. Since eating out used to be a treat for me, I would pretty much get what I wanted to. But then I kept this same mindset when it was happening more frequently –
Yes, I’ll split that app with you
Sure, I’ll check out the dessert menu
I’d LOVE fries with that
And with no change to my exercise regimen (holding steady at zilch), my pants started to get a little tighter.
While I don’t imagine myself going all out with meal planning and cooking every single night, there are some smaller, manageable goals I can start doing.
No, I don’t want any apps (wow, an even harder goal for me: saying no. That’s a separate blog post!)
I’m full, I couldn’t possibly have dessert
I’ll have a side of steamed veggies (or small side salad) instead of fries
I really want to start using the ultimate work night savoir to its full potential: the crock pot!!! The Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is my favorite.
My boyfriend’s favorite meal: Best Pot Roast EVER
A big favorite in our house! Moroccan Chicken
Another favorite: Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken
These are definitely on my list to try
This looks so good!
When dinner can be ready as soon as I walk in the door (and when a side of rice and salad can be whipped up in 30 minutes), I won’t be eating at 8 pm and I won’t be doing dishes all night either. Win, win, win!
4. Get more sleep
This has been my toughest resolution to keep, by far. I have always struggled to get out of bed (just ask my former alarm clock – my mother). Then, I used to be someone who stayed up until at least midnight on work nights. And I would still struggle to get out of bed. Does this mean I need over 8 hours of sleep? Probably. But I didn’t want to go to bed at 10! There was so much to do! To read! To watch on TV! And my boyfriend doesn’t need that much sleep, so I want to stay up and hang out with him!
PS. This would never work for me – I would probably get up, turn it off and go back to bed.
I really need to make it a point to start getting ready for bed at 10 pm. I love to read before bed so if I can be in bed by 10:30, read for a little, lights off by 11, wake up at 8 — that’s NINE HOURS!! I know I may need more sometimes if I’m sick or didn’t get enough sleep the night before, but I know getting enough shut eye will improve my mood, my energy and my stress, so I need to make this a priority.
Looks like I’ll be setting an alarm to GO to bed.
A new resolution
In reevaluating my resolutions, I have a new one to add: get my health coaching business up and running.
I received a certificate in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (interested in attending? ask me how!!) and I want to help people overcome their struggles with chronic dieting. We are all players in the diet industry’s game to set unrealistic goals for us and to convince you to start the greatest, newest fad diet — eat this not that, lose 20 pounds in 2 days, get a 6 pack in 6 days.
IIN‘s curriculum is not based on one perfect diet for everyone – we are all different people, our bodies are all different, we shouldn’t be eating the same diet. But how many of us struggle with finding what is right for us? Maybe I shouldn’t eat carbs? Maybe I shouldn’t eat meat? How many diets have you tried and you don’t feel like any are helping you? (See how I rejected diets here)
That’s where I come in. I want to help you break out of the dieting mindset and get you focused on feeling good about yourself. Your diet doesn’t define you.
I need to break down this huge resolution into much smaller goals, but the larger goal is easier to explain. I want to blog more often (2 x per week) and set up a newsletter (1 x month). And I need to start networking to find clients. If you have any advice for that, I’m all ears – this will be my biggest challenge.
Did you check in on your resolutions after the first quarter of the year?
Do you need less than 8 hours of sleep each night? (Soooooo jealous!)
Do you have any networking advice for me??
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