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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:

Send snail mail. Along with a note to my original pen pal, I put together 8-days of Tea Snail Mail for another friend.  I went with a rainbow theme and had a lot of fun matching the colors on the tea bag packaging to a coordinating envelope and note card. I went a little over the top and matched my address labels and postage stamps, too. I then took every washi tape I have in the apartment in the appropriate color to over-secure the back of the envelope, too.  Operation use all the snail mail supplies is in full session!

Yoga Camp EVERY DAY. I did not do yoga camp every day, but I did practice yoga every day.  After shoveling for two days thanks to winter storm Stella, I took a serious “find what feels good” approach to my daily practice and instead of following a video, I following what my body was telling me and gave myself extra time in the stretches that felt most needed. A few times this week I flowed through favorite poses on repeat to help me wake up in the morning while listening to my iPod, which is a habit I’m a really digging.

I’m also 100% on par for the 30 Day “Butts and Guts Challenge” I’m doing and it’s helping me feel focused on strengthening my base before running REALLY starts over the next few weeks.

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Cut off caffeine at 1:00 PM. I didn’t even remember I had made this goal until I sat down to recap today.  Oops. I also found myself turning to caffeine a lot this week thanks to feeling a bit stretched focus-wise and sore body-wise.

Keep transcribing. I was off of work on Tuesday due to the snow and spent 70 minutes of my snow day transcribing Journal #3. This weekend I’ve spent another 20-30 minutes finishing #3 and starting #4.

I’m really happy with my progress this far and have been trying not to get too far ahead of myself in what I want to come from this project. I’ve been jotting down ideas and making notes along the way, but even if the only thing that happens is a digital copy of my writing from 2003-2009, I’ll be happy with that, too.

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Set Healthy Travel Intentions.  I head to New Orleans for a business trip on Monday and I’m planning to keep a #make1healthydecision attitude throughout my travels. We’re flying back on Thursday, and have just the right amount of work-meetings planned for Tuesday and Wednesday that will allow for quality tourism time, too. I am thrilled to be traveling with two of my favorite work travel buddies who are right in-line with where I am in terms of the balance of healthy choices and travel indulgences.  I love being with friends who don’t pressure me to over do it at meal time and want to meet to run the stairs in the morning, but also look forward to a celebratory dinner with cocktails and dessert at the end of the trip.   

I have five points of focus for my healthy decision making:

  • Choose Freggie-Heavy meals.  I know a food haven like New Orleans is bound to deliver delicious, flavorful, freggie-focused meals without difficulty.  I’m looking forward to eating giant salads in the warmth that is the Gulf Coast early Spring, specifically.
  • Hit my step goal daily.  Speaking of that early spring warmth, I’m taking advantage of it – along with the central time zone I’m easing into.  We’ve got a plan to log morning miles and I’m looking forward to soaking up the vitamin D. I’m on a mission to raise my step goal level by the end of the trip.
  • Don’t quit my morning pages. I’ve been rocking my March goal of spending at least 5 minutes writing in the mornings.  I don’t hold myself to any form or theme, letting whatever is on my mind translate to a Google doc through my fingers. 

    Instead of typing while I’m away, I’ll be bringing a journal and favorite pen for handwritten thoughts each morning.  I’ve also packed a selection of teas to help me relax, energize, or focus [depending on the variety] and plan to pair a cup of tea with my journal time for daily self care.

  • Hotel room yoga.  I’m not putting any restrictions on what this means other than what it says, simply: do yoga in my hotel room. I can yoga camp, I can free flow, I can go to my favorite Warrior Dance or slow it down with my favorite restorative practice after enjoying a NOLA night out. I also packed my Butts & Guts workout sheet so I can be sure not to skip a workout while I’m away.
  • Enjoy this trip! I want to enjoy the touristy bits, the media I consume during my travel time, the sunshine and warm air, the good food and company I’ll find at the dinner table, and the break away from my normal routine.

Seek calm. I’ve been fighting some anxiety the past several weeks and I’ve learned over time that one of the best things for me when I’m feeling this way is to seek out calmness. I’m keeping a list of “seek calm activities” in my bag this week. The list is a great reminder that I have the tools to find calmness in chaos.

Rest. Another key to feeling my best is getting rest.  I want to keep my desire for rest at the forefront of my mind as I head to party-central NOLA.

Plan. I’ve started writing out my running training plan for the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2017, looking forward to a 15K PR in mid-November. I hope to hit some other shorter distance PR’s along the way, too! I will be focusing on building a base in April and working on speed in late spring with my eyes on a 5K PR before building my endurance later this summer.  I want to flesh out my training plan and be ready to jump in at the start of April.

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]

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A review of last week’s goals:

Continue my daily habits. I’m awesome at checking in with my accountability partners during the Monday through Friday work week routine, but I almost always slack off at least one day during the weekend. This week was no exception.

My daily hydration tracking and ‘make time for writing’ goals were met without trouble, but I skipped out on yoga twice last week. I made up for it over the weekend, though, doubling up on videos both Saturday and Sunday to put me back on schedule to finish Yoga Camp by the end of March if I prioritize my practice.

Finish my current book and read three articles from pocket. Reading barely happened this week for a variety of reasons all boiling down to not being a priority for me.  Work urgencies equated to shorter lunch breaks several days in a row, and after working hard and fighting stress while at the office when I came home I wanted to avoid anything that felt like it took effort.

I’m not ready to quit this book.  I’m not hating it, but I’m not loving it either so making time to read it isn’t coming as naturally to my choices as it has early this year.  I did manage to read 17 pages during one lunch break later in the week, and I’m still WAY ahead in my “Read 12 books in 2017” goal, so I’m accepting my slower speed for this read and continuing to take things one page at a time.

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Walk home three times. Booyah! The weather cooperated and I ended up walking home four times this week, Monday through Thursday. My currently tally for days walked home from the office in 2017: 11!

Log at least 1 hour of #THSTheJesusYears transcription time. I did a handful of small work sessions throughout the week, spending 2-5 minutes adding blurbs to the Google doc.  On Saturday morning I spent about 70 minutes listening to music referenced on the pages of the current journal I am transcribing while making so much progress.  I’m nearing both the 20K words and 100 document pages celebratory marks and I’m using that as momentum moving into this week.

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Send snail mail. I adore keeping in touch with long distance friends and family via the magic of the USPS.  Time to break out the washi and other #THSSnailMail supplies!

Yoga Camp EVERY DAY. Last week I skipped my Yoga session on Wednesday because of an unexpected late night.  I chose not to stay up later and sacrifice sleep.  On Friday it was simply me giving in to the thought that I didn’t want to do yoga.  I’m thrilled I took the time to double up videos on Saturday and Sunday to catch myself up to my schedule, but I know that taking time each and every day has lots of benefits.

This week I intend to make it to the mat every. single. day.

Cut off caffeine at 1:00 PM. I rocked this goal for the month of February, but due to busy and stressful work days have been rather lax about it since March came around.  I’ve noticed a difference in my sleep quality AND quantity [hello, insomnia!] and want to cut it back on the caffeine intake in an effort to self-correct that.

Keep transcribing. I’d love to keep the momentum and finish the current book I’m working on, but I think dedicating amounts of time is a much better goal setting technique for me in these sort of projects. This week I want to hit 90 minutes of transcription time.

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]

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A review of last week’s goals:

Last week I set one goal: Get prepped for my March 2017 goals and start STRONG.
It may only be the fifth of March, but I’ve already begun to feel like this month has knocked February out of the water in terms of motivation and focus.

MARCH GOALS: [and last week’s progress report.]

FITNESS
-Walk home as often as possible. [added 3 tallies to the board this week.]
-Build and begin a running plan. [researched races and wrote out current distance PRs]
-Complete Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga Camp 30 Day Home Practice and Tone and Tighten’s Butts & Guts challenge. [100% on track for Yoga Camp; B&G accountability challenge starts 3/9]

NUTRITION
-Get back on hydration track.
#make1healthydecision in terms of snacks and meal planning. [B+ overall.]

WORK
-Get organized for pre-inventory prep. [this could use some attention.]
-Have an awesome work trip to New Orleans. [spent time reading content from HLB members about NOLA vacation favorites to prepare!]
-Spend time transcribing #THSTheJesusYears journals each week. [two short sessions and a twitter update of progress this weekend.]
-Pitch strong pitches. [I’ve sent a couple of emails and have spent A LOT of time on the creative planning/building side of the process.]

WELLNESS
-Write in the morning. [so far I’m 5 for 5 on morning pages entries this month.]
-Read daily. [A+; I finished one book and began another on Friday.]

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Continue my daily habits.  Everyday I try to complete a healthy intention to do list which starts with setting my healthy intentions aloud to my accountability partners via video.  Other daily goals include tracking my hydration, getting to the mat for Yoga Camp, making time to write and to read. 

Finish my current book and read three articles from Pocket. It’s not that I’m not interested in my current read, but it hasn’t really picked up speed yet.  I am choosing to make it a priority to finish reading it this week.

I’ve done an amazing job at saving articles to pocket this year, but haven’t read that many yet. Small progress is better than no progress, so I am committing to reading 3 articles before the week is over, too.

Walk home three times. This could get tricky if the weather decides not to cooperate, but as of right this moment it looks like I can DEFINITELY get two days of walking home in the books, and if precipitation is goes in my favor, a third shouldn’t been too hard to manage. [You may remember that I’m on a mission to see how quickly I get to 100 tally marks for days I walked home from the office. As of today, I’ve got 7.] 

I love walking home from the office for several reasons.  It gives me time to decompress between work and home.  It gets my heart rate up and energizes me when I could otherwise be hitting a late afternoon slump.  It stretches my legs and gets me to my step goal more easily.  It gives me time to be reminded I am solar powered and that even on overcast days vitamin D and outdoor air can do wonders for my body and mind and mood.  It allows me 25 minutes to listen to podcasts, laughing to myself every trip or answering, sometimes out loud, when trivia games are the show of choice. It opens me up to my neighborhood and my community and helps me become more familiar with the world around me.

Log at least 1 hour of #THSTheJesusYears transcription time. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but in order to make progress on this goal I need to make time for that progress.  And that starts continues this week.

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!