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:
Eat according to meal plan. I didn’t eat “off-plan” at all throughout the week, and even spent time Friday evening planning out our meals for the weekend. I was on a mission to not buy ANY groceries before Tampa, and thanks to a pretty well stocked freezer and pantry I was able to pull meals together through the weekend. We are definitely low on freggies, though. We need a freezer and canned goods stock up, STAT!
Finish the book I’m reading. DONE! I highly recommend scheduling in self-care to your weekend like you would an appointment or event. I was serious about setting aside an hour on Saturday, even though my day felt especially busy, to read the last 50 pages of my book. It ended up I only needed about 40 minutes, and I think that the break to relax and read in the middle of the day helped to recharge my motivation before facing the rest of my productivity for the day. I’m currently on track for reading 1 book a week this year, even though the I the goal I set was 1 book a month this year [yes, I know it’s still very early!]
Keep a fitness focus forward. I’m trying this new-to-me concept of listening to my body in terms of what kind of activity would be good for me, and this week I enjoyed this awareness in practice.
I naturally woke up early Monday morning and spent the bonus minutes moving through a “find what feels good” yoga flow. When I was feeling lethargic and frustrated, a quick dose of high-speed cardio intervals one night, and a long walk in the fresh air and winter sunshine another, both brought their endorphin powers to my rescue. After an especially long day at the office, extra time on my yoga mat gently stretching and breathing into my motion was necessary. When snow fell overnight twice this week, a full-body workout arrived literally outside my doorstep via shoveling before getting ready for work. Fitness focus met!
Keep tracking. Towards the end of the week I didn’t rock at this goal in practice, but I was consistent in measuring servings and following the food and fitness intentions I sent every day. I didn’t use my tracking app, but I still wrote out my food choices every day and listed off my workouts in my healthy intention Polos every morning.
Tomorrow I’m leaving for Tampa, and I’ve got consistency on the brain! I did well keeping the momentum and engaging further forward motion this week and I would HATE for that motivation to dissipate just because I leave my home-zone. The mission this week is simple [and familiar] #Make1HealthyDecision at a time. Then make another.
This Week I Will
Set daily healthy intentions. I’ve been successfully reporting my intentions each morning via the Marco Polo app to some friends. I truly believe this #SayItDoIt habit is helping to keep me focused as I work towards weight loss and health goals. Keeping up with my daily out-loud intention setting is sure to be a great tool to keeping my out-of-office head in the #make1healthydecision game.
Drink all the water. Lead with protein. Eat all the freggies. Business trips like these always mean dining out, celebratory dinners with friends we only see a couple of times a year, and lots of free alcohol. Rather than focus on cutting OUT all those delicious but not good for weight-loss things, I want to focus my intentions on getting MORE water and MORE freggies instead. I’ve already scoped out some promising salad locations, one of our groups favorite lunch meal options which should definitely point me in the right direction.
Starting my mornings with a healthy dose of protein is also important to keep me moving through our busy schedules satisfied and with energy. Knowing this going into the week will hopefully help me make smart choices for my “most important meal” of each day.
Do yoga in my hotel room every day. Tomorrow I’ll complete the #30DaysofYoga home practice series from Yoga with Adriene and I plan on keeping this habit going strong. For at least the next couple of weeks, I plan to continue making daily yoga a priority but I’m not going to be working through a program. Some days I may create a music playlist to flow my way through. Others I may choose a favorite video from the 30 Days series, or another from Adriene’s YouTube series. I’ve collected a few videos I think will come in handy in a “Hotel Room Workouts” playlist.
And do something more, too. Boss-Friend Jennifer and I have plans to fit in long cardio walks together as many days as our schedule/the weather allows. It’s one of our favorite ways to scope out the local sights, and in this case, the sunshine and warmer-than-home weather! On days we don’t make on a long walk, or I’m feeling like I may want to give myself more workout points for the day, I’ve added some non-yoga Hotel Room Workout videos to my playlist, too. We’ve also got the last few days of the Butts & Guts Challenge to complete, too.