A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]
A review of last week’s goals:
Monday through Wednesday Meal Plan. This wasn’t too bad, thanks to my semi-flexible plan being prepped and ready. I had a really rough day on Wednesday, so my planned dinner plans got scrapped the moment Nick suggested we order in from my favorite place as a dinner idea. I was eager to start the long-weekend celebrations and totally allowed my crappy day to justify my desire for bar food.
Gratitude Yoga. Fail. I did spend some time with a Gratitude List in my journal, but I never made time to yoga with the intention of thankfulness over the weekend.
Take it Easy. As I mentioned last week, t’s not always easy for me, but I really think that this is a goal I mastered this time around! I did a lot of watching “in the background” television while being lazily productive with tasks like folding laundry, wrapping gifts, and editing photos.
I was all about the puzzles this weekend, thanks in-part to a few newer-to-me mobile game downloads – Make 7!, Two Dots, and Colors United. I also bought a few new jigsaw puzzles, including a “Color Your Own Puzzle” design. Nick and I put the puzzle together Friday Night after dinner and I started coloring Saturday evening. I spent random sessions of time adding color to the puzzle throughout today and finally finished after dinner.
I put off writing this post in order to finish coloring my puzzle, which is basically 100% TAKE IT EASY form, so again – I’m counting this one a win!
Keep the long weekend meal plan fluid. This was a total win. I barely thought ahead to the next meal when it came to eating this weekend, and went by what sounded good and what I had on-hand when it came to my weekend eats. I mostly went with a caffeinated, liquid breakfast around 6 every morning, an early lunch/brunch of leftovers, and whatever I could throw together for dinner whenever we got hungry.
Even the one plan I did have – frozen pizza and brownies on Thanksgiving – was fluid and moved to Friday. We were invited to our friend’s house for their Thanksgiving dinner and it was a lot of fun, and delicious to boot!
This Week I Will
At-Least 15 Minutes Focused Fitness Daily. It could be the combination of “vacation mode” and cold weather, but I have been hiding from the very idea of exercise for the past few days. Today I could feel myself getting so antsy that I layered up and left the house for the 20 minute walk.
I need to continue to make activity a priority in my day-to-day and I need to remind myself that it doesn’t need to be a 90 minute heavy-sweat session to be worth my time. Exercise is good for my heart, my muscles, my mind and my overall happiness. 15 minutes is only 1.04% of my day and I can commit 1% of my day to my heart, my muscles, my mind and my overall happiness.
And I’m not holding myself to short workouts either – I’ve been known to set out for 15 minutes and come home an hour later, so it’s not out of the question to reach a longer workout down the line. The goal is a no-pressure plan: at least 15 minutes of focused fitness every day. It can be as simple as a speedy walk through the neighborhood or a living room Zumba session. No pressure – just do it.
Hydrate something MAJOR. Another enjoyment of vacation was a lot of liquid in the form of juices, fancy coffee beverages, and ciders. This is way outside the norm for me and I can feel a difference. This week I want to focus on lots of water and tea and avoid sugary beverages. Once I’m feeling more like myself, I need to remember to make these more of a treat and not a habit, even when I’m on vacation or celebration-mode.
Upper Body Sculpt Finale and Do-Over. This week I will complete the last workout in the 21 Day Upper Body Sculpt Challenge, which I have LOVED doing. I want to try to run through the program again upping my weights a little since I originally dropped down for two of the movements I was struggling with in the beginning. Later in the week [Monday is my scheduled final workout of the challenge] I want to adjust the weights and start day 1 all over again.
Freggie Focus. I’m listening to my body, which seems to be craving lots of fruits and veggies lately. I’m all about apples for between-meal snacks these days, and I’ve got veggirific lunches packed for Tuesday through Friday [once I get back to the office!] I spent 90 minutes on food prep today to set me up for success: I roasted pieces of butternut squash and chopped apples for this old favorite soup recipe and baked 4 medium sweet potatoes. [I also hard boiled a dozen eggs for breakfasts while in multi-task food prep mode.]