My goodness, you all had so many wonderful things to say on my last post about the new year diet craze. I'm glad to see that you agree with me and that I'm not the only one who is disheartened with the over exaggerated attempts from the media to establish "health" for the new year. Don't get me wrong, I do think that there are valid campaigns out there and I don't think that all of them are pointless, but I just wish there was more to it all than just to loose weight. Why would anyone be excited to start the new year by ruling out all of the foods they can no longer have? I always say, it's not what you ARE eating, it's what you're NOT eating.
Anyways, despite my rant, I want to emphasis that I do believe in setting goals and I think the new year is an ideal time to do this. If you have nothing to work for, then why bother?
That being said, I finally took some time to think and write out all of my goals for 2011. Not only my health and fitness goals, but my overall wellness goals.
My Goals for 2011
1.) Run my second ½ marathon- I ran my first ½ marathon last September and was signed up for my second one last year but due to my health and injuries, I was unable to carry it out. Next year, I’m ready for a new PR!
2.) Start using my Primary Fitness Instruction Certification and teach at my gym- I became certified by the AAAI/ISMA in October and have every intention of using this. I’m looking to start my own Bootcamp class at my gym; I just need to get the details in order.
3.) Get certified in Personal Training – I really want to go back to the AAAI/ISMA
Conference next year to get my PT certification.
4.) Swap out one cardio workout for yoga once a week- Every time I do yoga, I kick myself for not doing it more often. I know my body needs it (or at the very least, a good solid stretch at least once a week) Rather than try to fit in another workout (which would just be crazy for me at this point) I want to swap out one of my cardio days for a yoga day.
1.) Continue to remain in remission with my Ulcerative Colitis- No more hospital visits please!
2.) Gain 10+ pounds- I know this sounds backward but for me, it’s a personal goal that I’ve been working toward for years. Ever since I’ve gone through the health conditions I have, I’ve been on the journey of gaining weight. It has not been an easy or quick process, but since my diagnosis and the start of my treatment, the weight gain process has FINALLY started to take notice. In just a year, I’ve put on 15 solid pounds and after years of eating right and working my butt off with strength training and lifting, my body is finally starting to catch up. 15 pounds may seem like a lot, but for me, I know I’m not done. I hope to put on at least another 10 pounds this year. I know if I want to start a family in the next few years, I need to get my body to it’s healthiest state.
3.) Incorporate more protein into my diet- I don’t eat meat. Meat = protein. I need to find more ways to get protein into my diet other than just soy and Greek yogurt.
4.) Cut back on gum chewing- I have an addiction to chewing gum and probably go through 5 pieces a day or more. Now granted, ever since my tainted wisdom teeth surgery, I’ve lost all feeling on the right side of my mouth so chewing gum is actually painful. You’d think that would be enough for me to just nix the habit altogether, but it only caused me to chew more but less frequently. I can only chew a piece of gum for about 2 min, then I spit it out and pop in another piece 20 min later.
1.) Give more- Toly and I donate to St. Jude’s every month but I feel like we just do this to do it and I really want to find more creative and meaningful ways to give back.
2.) Shave at least $25 off our weekly grocery bill- I am constantly working on this one. I spend A LOT of money on groceries.
3.) Save for wants- I’ll admit, I’m not good at seeing the things that I want as an expense that I need to save and work for. If I see something that I want, I usually just get it because I know we have the money for it now. But this will not always be the case and is definitely not a good habit to endure.
4.) Start to understand our finances more- This is going to sound awful, but for a living, I am a Financial Education Coordinator meaning I teach students on the well being of personal finance and financial education. In real life, I have not the slightest clue about our own personal finances. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but really, I have a wonderful husband who is a Financial Manger and does EVERYTHING with our budget. He is so very good at it too. J I want to start to take more of an active role and supporter in this area of our lives. For example, know how much our monthly expenses cost us each month. At this point, I haven’t the slightest idea.
1.) Be more present in the moment: I tend to get so caught up in schedules and what is coming next, rather than learning how to appreciate the moment while I am living it. I think I may be a little too organized because when something doesn’t go as I planned, I have a hard time accepting the change.
2.) Be more aware of my relationships: My husband, my family and my friends are all such valued people in my life and I feel as though I need to spend more time finding ways to show them that.
3.) Pray- I don’t spend nearly enough time as I’d like focusing on my spiritual health. I want to start going to church routinely again and devote more time to my relationship with God.
4.) Embrace myself for who I am, not what I want to be: Sure there is still so much more I want to
accomplish and so much soul searching I want to conduct in order to be better as a human being, but I also
need to learn to let up on myself from time to time and recognize that who I am and how far I’ve come
should never go unnoticed. I need to celebrate my accomplishments more often rather than just look past
them and on to the next one.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with these goals. I don't intend to set out to accomplish them all in a day, but I do think it's a good idea to write out continual aspirations to work towards. I think I will print these out and place them somewhere that I can remind myself of them frequently. Accountability is just as important as motivation.
Now, let's move on shall we?
Breakfast this morning was something a bit different but extraordinary.
Cranberry Almond Oats with a few Kashi Harvest Nuggets, 1/2 diced Green Apple, Applesauce, Pom Seeds, Pumpkin Dip, sprinkled with Pom Granola
I just bought these Quaker Harvest Medley Cranberry Almond Oats with a coupon. I use 1/2 the packet and mix cereal into the bowl. Lately, I've really been into the creamy crunchy combo in my breakfast bowls. 1/2 cereal, 1/2 oats is the best of both worlds.
For lunch today, I called upon my sister for a visit. As much as I love spending time with her, the real purpose for my earning to go over was of course, for this….
I can't get enough and I don't think I ever will. Seriously, when this kid is 15, I still see myself invading his life every chance I get.
I graciously offered to bring lunch in exchange for some baby time.
Isaac's Deli Mediterranean Salad with Black Bean Burger and a little Broccoli Slaw. Served with a pickle and a pretzel roll
Delicious. The food and all the baby love I received. ;)
After work, I went to the gym to watch Ellen and do the run thing. I find that more of my motivation to run in the winter is to stay warm on the convenient treadmill and to watch Ellen on my own personal TV. I'm not even trying these days, it's more of a stress release. Gosh, I need to start training for something so I can actually run for a purpose.
When I got home, I was about to heat up soup for Toly and I when I was surprised with a few extra guests for dinner.
My parents had not eaten and then look who came back for round two!
Luckily, I had just enough soup to ration for the entire family.
I also put together a salad.
Still plenty of bread leftover from Christmas.
I finally remembered to take a picture of the Turkey Corn Chowder I made for Toly the other night. It's even better the next few days.
So I remembered to photograph Toly's dinner, but completely forgot to do mine, so I'm using a recycled picture from the other night. This Maryland Vegetable Crab Soup rocked!!!!
A nice impromptu family dinner was had. One of the perks of being at home is always having family around. I guess you could take that either way, but I really do appreciate being surrounded by loved ones so often.
That concludes today.
Have you set any goals for yourself in the new year? Do tell…..