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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:

Daily lunch break away from my desk with a book. This was the goal I had the most success with throughout the week. I made a ton of progress in my book thanks to daily lunch break reading sessions, about 200 pages overall.  And I totally reaped the benefits of taking time away from desk mid-day, too. I even managed to sneak outside for a picnic table lunch break the one day it wasn’t raining.

Living room yoga sessions. I did yoga every day last week, but two of the days were not in the living room.  Instead I found myself taking a 5 minute neck/shoulder yoga break at my desk one day I was feeling especially sore at work and just so happened to skip living room yoga that particular evening.  Another evening I realized I hadn’t practiced yoga before getting into bed, so I slid onto the floor for 10 minutes of gentle stretching and slow, deep breathing, taking the opportunity to prepare my body for slumber.

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Limit sweet treats to 1 daily. I did a great job only eating one dessert/sugary treat a day, and even skipped out on my treat all together twice last week. Anytime I found myself wanting to reach into the candy dish at work, I chose a different snack instead, most often carrot sticks. I really want to carry this momentum into the week ahead, too.  

Complete 3 strength training workouts. I did manage to get three strength training workouts in, but it was a serious motivation struggle and I really had to talk myself into completing two of them. I also didn’t do all three workouts I had planned to do; the only workout from the list I shared last week that I managed to finish was the Focus on Arms & Abs. sets from just a one girl revolution.  I really dig this workout, which can be proven by the fact that I ended up doing it both Tuesday and Saturday last week.

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Track water intake. I’ve said this before and I’ll likely say it again, the simple act of tracking my hydration throughout the day always seems to encourage an increase in water intake. I’ve used all sorts of tracking methods – aps on my phone, adorable planner stickers, printables, and more. This time around I’m going with a small scrap of paper I’ve doodled individual spaces for each day’s tracking.

Walk home from work, no matter the weather. I’ve been on a mission to see how quickly I can tally up 100 walks home from the office in 2017. I’m currently just over 1/3 of the way to goal and I’m eager to add more tallies on my workspace white board where I’ve been keeping track.  To prepare I’ve packed my work bag with an umbrella and rain-approved outerwear, just in-case it’s needed.

Walking home from the office is one of my favorite weekly habits. I really love taking the 25 minutes of low impact exercise to decompress after work, often listening to a segment of a podcast as I make my way home. Last week I tried switching up the routine and took a different route, adding a couple of minutes to my commute.  It was well worth it to walk through a different part of the neighborhood for a change of scenery, which included lots of May flowers blooming throughout the village.

Finish reading one book and start another. I am so close to the end of Meg Wolitzer’s The Ten-Year Nap [thanks to last week’s M-F lunch time mission! BOOYAH!].  I’m enjoying the story, but it’s not my favorite of her works that I’ve read so far.  I am very excited to start my next book, which I received as a birthday gift from a work friend. This week I pledge to finish the novel and start the memoir! #MoreReadingIn2017

Hit 90% or higher on my fitness plan for the week. I’m trying something new this week, listing out my specific workouts for each day. My hope is that my love for completing tasks and crossing the to dos off of lists helps to motivate my lazy bum. Along with the walking commutes I’m planning for M-F, I’ve got a combo of yoga, strength, stretch, and the good ole B&G Challenge I do every other month with my boss-friend, Jennifer. Here’s what I’m planning on for the week ahead:

What healthy intentions are you setting for the week?  Tell me about them on twitter and show me the proof on Instagram by using the #Make1HealthyDecision hashtag!

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A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]

For the month-of-April I kept it simple with my mission to #make1healthydecision at a time. At the start of each week, instead of recapping my intention successes and setting a new list of goals for the week ahead, I simply shared a list of some of the healthy decisions I made the week prior.

It was a nice change to scale back and look at the big picture during a month when my 9-to-5 job takes on an especially high priority for me day to day.  Shifting my focus from mega-detailed tasks to complete and milestones to reach to a broader [and honestly easier] point of view was such a refreshing way to face days that may otherwise seem like a struggle. [Hello long office hours and thoughts like, “oh…I’m sore…this is what aging feels like.”]

But now that May is on the horizon, I’m ready to jump back in line with setting some ‘say it, do it’ intentions on a week to week basis to help me meet my month of May goals.

Speaking of, these are my May goals:

  • Read.
  • Practice yoga every day.
  • Make progress on #THSTheJesusYears transcription.
  • Cut back on sugary, sweet treats.
  • Do a simple strength training workout 3X a week.

I’m focusing in on these goals as I set my healthy intentions for this week.

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Daily lunch break away from my desk with a book. Lunch breaks and time for reading were both few and far between in April, and I’m eager to get back to both healthy habits in May.

Living room yoga sessions. No pressure on length or specific workouts to conquer, this week I want to prioritize time on my mat daily.  Maybe I’ll choose a Yoga with Adriene practice or I might play music and guide my own flow to find what feels good.

Limit sweets. Ideally I’m going for a “one sweet treat a day” attitude, but if I stepped it to 2 sweets a day it would be progress. My sweet tooth has been in full force the past several weeks and it’s time to reel it back.

Complete these strength training workouts. Focus on Arms & Abs. Total Body Bar Workout. and Garage Total Body Circuit.

What healthy intentions are you setting for the week?  Tell me about them on twitter and show me the proof on Instagram by using the #Make1HealthyDecision hashtag!

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This week I will continue on my month-of-April mission to #make1healthydecision at a time. And then make another.

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Healthy Decisions I Made Last Week:

I read my daily pep talk to myself each morning.

I stretched it out, yoga style. Just about every morning after I woke up and every evening before bed.

I shared my jelly beans.

I took 30 minutes to read a book before diving into my to do list Saturday.

I avoided excess time on a computer this weekend after spending 75+ hours at the office last week.