Monthly Goals

February Review and March Goals

Happy Monday!! Last week in Philly was CRAZY busy. My goal was to workout twice while I was there, and I only ran once on Tuesday morning. It was just over 6 miles and felt great, but I literally didn’t have a second after that. Even though I didn’t work out, I was moving so much and walking a ton around the convention center, and I managed to earn between 5 and 6 activity points every day I was there!

Also, today marks the start of the Beth’s Journey Dietbet! I am so excited that I created the game because it made me snap right back into healthy mode when I got back from Philly on Friday night. OK, I didn’t snap out of it until Saturday morning, but still. I was SHOCKED to see how many people signed up for the game! As of this morning, the pot was at $7,725, which means 309 people have signed up already!! And it’s not too late to join if you are interested in participating! Good luck!!!

Soooo the month of February didn’t go as well as I had hoped in terms of my goals, but let’s take a look anyway.

February Goals

1.) Work up to running 10 miles.

Check! I managed to get one 10 miler in last month. That said, I wish I had gotten more long runs in during the month.

2.) Go on a cash-only spending policy.

Nope. Didn’t even get this one started, but the funny thing is I had a few people in my real life tell me they saw this goal and implemented it for themselves, so it’s not a total loss haha.

3.) Limit meals out to twice a week maximum.

I did OK with this one. Obviously last week in Philly I ate 100% of my meals out, but when I was in DC I did limit eating out quite a bit.

4.) Weigh in at least three Tuesdays this month.

Yup. I weighed in the first three Tuesdays of the month and managed to lose about 3 pounds during the month. That was, before my Philly trip…

5.) Keep up with studying Spanish.

Totally slacked on this one too. I probably used the app I’ve been doing once or twice during the month. Need to re-dedicate myself to this!

6.) Read at least two books.

Nope. I did read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and watched the movie, and then started the next one in the series but am not quite half way through it.

7.) Keep the TV of at least two nights during the week.

Yes! This one I actually accomplished. I still watched a good amount of TV but I managed to keep the TV off at least two nights during the week for the whole month.

So let’s hope March goes better…

March Goals

 

1.) Run a half marathon.

March 16, 2013 – half marathon #6 here I come!

2.) Win the Dietbet

I need to lose everything I gained in Philly and then some to meet the 4%, but I am committed to making this happen. It’s going to be hard because March is such a crazy month for me but I know if I stay focused I can do it.

3.) Keep up with studying Spanish.

Let’s give this one another goal and set a more concrete goal. I am on Day 13 right now of my Spanish app, so my goal is to be through at least day 30 by the end of the month.

4.) Post a meal plan at least twice this month.

I love doing them and people seem to like ‘em, so it’s a win-win.

What was the best thing you did in February?

February Goals

Last week was a tough one. As I mentioned previously, work has been totally crazy lately because we have a conference coming up at the end of this month, and I’ve been working my butt off every day since being back from the holidays. I”ve also been going pretty hard outside of work and not sleeping enough on the weekends, and I think it finally caught up with me.

This past Wednesday, my throat started feeling a bit sore, and then Thursday I woke up with the most severe pain I’ve had in a long time. (Definitely worse than the minor surgery I had!) My throat was so sore that I couldn’t speak, swallow, or eat and I was on the verge of tears from pain, so I went to Urgent Care and literally cried when they did a throat swab. Cried! Me! It was nuts. Urgent Care was… how do I put this lightly… useless? They told me my throat wasn’t red or irritated, sent me home and told me to drink tea.

So Friday I made an appointment with my PCP because I barely slept that night from being in so much pain and it was just as bad if not worse than the day before. When I saw my doctor, she couldn’t believe how swollen my neck/lymph nodes were and took one look at my throat and said it was extremely red and irritated and that I definitely had strep. So, long story short, I went on antibiotics and steroids to help with the swelling, and woke up feeling a bit better Saturday, and even better yesterday. Today I woke up and could swallow without pain for the first time in days! It’s crazy because I’ve never thought of sore throats as being that bad, but strep throat SUCKS.

I think that might have been my body’s way of telling me to slow down, because I feel like I was go-go-going for all of January and not taking much time to relax and take a step back. The reason I’m telling you all this is because that’s feeding heavily into the goals for this month, so here we go.

February Goals

1.) Work up to running 10 miles.

I feel like I can’t get a break when it comes to training for this half coming up in March! First, I had that surgery that put me out of commission for 10 days, then I got two good runs in (3 and 4 miles) and was hit with strep. The longest I’ve run so far in this training cycle is 8 miles, but that’s now been over 2 weeks ago, so I want to ease back into long distance. I’d like to do 8, 9, and 10 miles for long runs this month to see how my body handles it.

2.) Go on a cash-only spending policy.

One of my big goals for 2013 is to get my spending under control, and I feel like swiping plastic is not helping me with that at all. For the whole month of February, my goal is to withdraw cash each Friday to get me through groceries, gas, and all my spending money (dinners, drinks, going out, etc) and stick to just that. When it’s out, it’s out.

3.) Limit meals out to twice a week maximum.

This will help with my cut down on spending goal and getting my eating under control because I do so much better when I’m prepping meals at home. I haven’t gone off the deep end with this or anything, I just feel like I’ve been eating out/ordering in more than I’d like to.

4.) Weigh in at least three Tuesdays this month.

I have been slacking off about weighing in and haven’t weighed in since the first week in January. My Weight Watchers meetings have been a lot bigger this month so that has been part of it, but in reality I can weigh in before anyone else gets there so I just have to get back into the routine. Because I’m on steroids right now, my weight should be up a few pounds tomorrow so I’m not going to officially weigh in, but I imagine it’ll go right back down when I’m done with them because I’ve been tracking religiously while being sick.

5.) Keep up with studying Spanish.

Since I am going to Peru in June/July of this year (!!!) I really want to learn some Spanish so I don’t look like too much of an idiot. I was originally thinking of enrolling in a class, but I missed the deadlines for the one that works best with my schedule, so I did the next best thing and downloaded an app for my iPad. The app has words and phrases in flashcard form that you do each day, and it’s pretty awesome. I’ve been doing it for a little over a week and have learned a lot already, but it’s something I want to commit to doing daily (with an exception here or there). I know repetition is key for getting my head around the language, and if I complete the program I have they say I’ll be able to get around the country no problem. Also, it really feels great to be learning something just for me and not work related at all!

6.) Read at least two books.

In January I read Room, which I hiiiiiighly recommend if you haven’t read it yet. For February I ended up reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cover to cover this weekend while I was sick between naps, because I’ve decided to re-read the Harry Potter series and watch all the movies this year. Since that one is already checked off, getting through at least one more this month should be no problem. Always taking recommendations on this one!

7.) Keep the TV of at least two nights during the week.

I’ve gotten into the habit of watching a lot of shows that I like (hello Top Chef, Biggest Loser, Homeland, Californication, Girls, and Grey’s Anatomy), but sometimes it keeps me up later than I should be and it also means I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to. So, at least two days during the week, my goal is to just read and not put the TV on at all.

So I think 7 goals is plenty for one month! Of course I also want to keep up with healthy eating/tracking, documenting my workouts and meals, and kicking butt at my job (especially seeing as the conference is at the end of the month!), but these are the big things I want to focus on outside of all that. I’m excited to share my progress!

What is your biggest focus (or two) for the month of February?

And, what is your favorite TV show on right now?

Notable Margaritas and February Goals

So I just have to say first, I LOVE San Antonio. Since I was there for work, I didn’t get to do too too much, but I managed to eat a ton of tex-mex food and walk along the riverwalk quite a bit. There were two major margarita highlights worth mentioning, and I am not normally a big margarita drinker so you know they had to be good.

The drink that blew my mind the most was an avocado margarita.

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I couldn’t really get my head around it but I love avocado, and though I don’t have them often, love margaritas too. The avocado was really subtle and just added a smoothness to the drink that is so hard to articulate. When I asked the server about it, he said each (huge) margarita only had about 1/10 of an avocado in it, so it was definitely more background flavor and texture than anything. So good.

A close second was a prickly pear margarita.

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How pretty is that!? It had cactus juice (the pink part) throughout the margarita and after the picture I ended up mixing it all together so the drink was nauseatingly pink, but it was completely delicious. The one good part was that I limited myself to one margarita max anywhere we went, since they are so sugary and do not make for the most productive morning after for my body…

Now that I am back from my San Antonio induced food and drink coma, I am ready to get to it and really focus for the month of February. Without further ado, here’s what I need to do:

February Goals:

1.) Get back into the 160’s.

I lost 1.6lbs my first week back following WW to a T (yay!!!) so I have 6.8 more pounds to lose until I’m off probation (and back within 2 lbs of my goal weight). I want to stay focused and lose about 1 lb/week for the month, which will put me back into the 160s.

2.) Track Consistently Monday through Friday.

This will help with goal #1 tremendously and I know it’s what I need to do to get myself to where I need to be. Ideally I’d track on the weekends too, but I want to be realistic and make the weekdays mandatory for tracking.

3.) Stretch after every run.

I have been really bad about this, though last night I did do the entire Yoga for Runners: Intermediate DVD (which was an intense 80 minutes!) and it involved a lot of stretching and strengthening postures. Even if I just stretch for 5 minutes, I want to make this a priority.

4.) Build up my long runs from 8 to 10 miles.

The long runs are always the most intimidating for me of my training plan, and I haven’t done a double digit run since I was training for (and consequently dropped out of) the marathon back in September. I want to focus on these and make them a priority, and am thinking about implementing a Friday night Movie Night so I do something, but it doesn’t involve alcohol and still has me in bed early.

5.) Limit Drinking Alcohol.

Being single and social is a tough balance if you’re trying to be healthy, and as I’ve watched the pounds creep back on, I know a good amount of that has to do with drinking too much and the careless eating that often follows. My goal is to go out only one night of the weekend for the month (Friday movie night should help!), and do at most one happy hour per week, hopefully less.

6.) Post at least 4 step-by-step recipes on here.

I haven’t been consistent about posting recipes, and I know that it’s one of people’s favorite parts about this blog, so I want to deliver! One recipe per week seems reasonable to me!

Six seems like a good number… here’s to a great February!

Are you a margarita fan? What kind is your favorite – flavor, frozen, on the rocks? Or, share your biggest goal for the month!

New Month, New Goals: December

I seriously cannot BELIEVE that today marks the first day of the last month of 2011! It’s true when they say time flies. A new month means it’s time to look back over the goals I set for the last month and how I did. Here goes:

November Goals

1.) Workout 4-5 times a week throughout the month. Half-Check. As you can see from this spreadsheet, I consistently worked out 3-4 times per week for the whole month of November, but not quite 4-5 times. I’m not beating myself up over it though because I consistently worked out every week even though it was a pretty busy month.

2.) Get back into morning workouts. Fail. I didn’t even workout ONCE in the morning for the whole month! The colder weather is making it harder for me to get out of bed in the morning!

3.) Try a Body Pump class. I’m going to give myself a check on this one even though I technically didn’t do Body Pump, because I did Club Strength every Monday for the last three weeks in a row and I think it’s quite similar. The Body Pump classes are at limited times, and they fill up really quickly so I had a hard time making one!

4.) Track my food consistently Monday – Friday. HalfCheck. I’ve been doing a good job tracking my food during the days, but struggling a little bit at night and on the weekends.

5.) Continue to meal plan weekly. Check. The one thing I actually did consistently throughout the month!

6.) Get back to my goal weight. No. I weighed in above my goal weight for my official Weight Watchers employee weigh in, and so I now really really need to focus on this one!

7.) Get more sleep. Check. I have tried to get in bed by 11pm almost every night during the week, which is a lot earlier for me. Last night I was in bed by 10:30!

8.) Have fun! The Foodbuzz Festival and Thanksgiving were both fun and I really enjoyed them both to the max, while still keeping my goals in mind!

I’d say I did OK with my goals for the month of November. I wish I had been a bit more consistent with tracking my food and working out a little bit more, which would help me get back to my goal weight. There’s no sense fretting on the past though, so onwards!

December Goals

1.) Weigh In Weekly. I really, really need to get back to my goal weight, and weighing monthly is not helping me with this goal. I’m not sure whether I’ll post my weigh ins on here or not, but I want to commit to weighing in (officially at a WW scale) every week for the month of December.

2.) Work out 3-4 times a week.  Maybe if I set the goal a little lower, I’ll actually work out more. We’ll see!

3.) Strength train AT LEAST once a week. I am noticing more definition in my arms and legs since I’ve been doing the Club Strength class on Mondays, and I want to keep that up!

4.) Try/Create a new recipe each week. I love trying and posting new recipes on here and haven’t done it in a while. I want to get back into it!

5.) Try one new-to-me class at the gym. Maybe Body Pump, Total Body Conditioning, or a yoga/pilates class. TBD!

6.) No shopping for myself! I went on a pretty big clothing spree last weekend, and am well stocked with everything I need for at least a month, but probably longer. Seeing as there is Christmas later this month (plus my mom and sister’s birthdays!) I need to limit my spending.

I’m hoping all these goals (minus #6) feed into my bigger goal, which is to get back to my goal weight of 164 pounds. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it completely during the month of December, but I really want to make some progress and lose at least a few pounds.

At the beginning of each week for the month of December, I’m going to post weekly goals, my meal plan, and my workout plan, and then check back in on it either at the end of the week or the following week to hold myself accountable.  I really need to focus!

What are you looking forward to most about December, or, what is the biggest thing you want to accomplish during the month?

New Month, New Goals: November

Somehow, it’s that time again… Here we go!

October Goal Review

1.) Get back to my goal weight. Not so much. I have been having a really hard time with maintaining my weight lately, and am still up a few pounds from where I need/want to be.

2.) Join a gym. Check! I joined Washington Sports Club and am VERY happy with my decision to do so! I found a great discounted rate for GWU alumni, and I am able to go to any gym in the area. So far I’ve already used 3 different locations!

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3.) With that, take at least one spin class. Check! I took not one, but TWO spin classes this month! I also tried Total Body Conditioning for the first time ever, and am looking forward to trying a few more this month. I looooved spinning and found it to be such a great, intense workout!

4.) Organize a reader/blogger get together. Check! This month was at Sweet Green, and it was so much fun! You can read all about it here in case you missed it.

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5.) Make the most out of Weight Watchers Leader Training. Check! I absolutely loved going to BLS and am so excited about becoming a Leader for WW. I’m in the final stages of making that happen… I still need to conduct a meeting in front of my Leader Coach, and then another one in front of my Coach and Territory Manager. Once those are done, I should be good to go!

November Goals

So with that, it is clear that getting my weight in check needs to be the focus of next month’s goals. My pants are feeling a little tight, I can notice the gain in photos, and we are just about to approach the holiday season which is normally a time for gaining for me anyways. I know what I need to do to get there, and it’s really just getting back to the basics. I need to get this in check before it gets out of hand!

1.) Workout 4-5 times a week throughout the month. I am going to continue using this spreadsheet to keep track of my workouts, and know this is an essential part of weight loss/maintenance for me. I’ve been slipping a little bit on this lately and tend to have a hard time when I’m not training for anything, so I need to make this a priority.

2.) Get back into morning workouts. I have been doing REALLY bad at working out in the mornings lately. It starts my day off on the right foot and helps me to make sure I get my workouts in even if I have a busy day/night ahead.

3.) Try a Body Pump class. I’ve always wanted to try one but never have!

4.) Track my food consistently Monday – Friday. This can be tough with traveling (seeing as I leave for almost a week tomorrow), but I need to try my best even when I’m away.

5.) Continue to meal plan weekly. I am much better about being on track when I have a plan in place for meals. It also helps me save a lot of money, and since I’ve been so busy lately this has gone to the back burner. I have to get back into it!

6.) Get back to my goal weight. All the mini goals above will feed into this one. I can do this!

7.) Get more sleep. I’ve been staying up wayyy too late watching Lost and putzing around on the computer. My goal is to try to be in bed before 11pm whenever possible!

8.) Have fun! The Foodbuzz Festival and Thanksgiving are two big things coming up later this month and I don’t want to let my weight goals get in the way of enjoying myself a bit. I know that I can still have a good time and balance that with healthy living – I just have to be mindful of it!

What was the highlight of your October?

This past weekend was definitely a highlight for me, as well as going to BLS to train to be a Leader for Weight Watchers!

October: New Month, New Goals

Hi guys! This weekend was a chilly and rainy one here in DC, but you know what? I loved it!! I’m so ready for cool weather, boots, scarves, sweaters, sweating less, squash, Halloween, apple cider, and everything else that fall brings. Bring it on October!

September Goals

So goal-wise, September was pretty much a fail on several fronts. I’m not making excuses, but I just had an extremely busy month with moving, traveling for work a lot, adjusting to living alone, etc. That said, let’s take a look at the goals I set for the month.

1.) Focus on my long runs, working up from my current longest run ever of 14 miles all the way to 18. Fail. I did work up to 16 miles, on the treadmill no less, but I didn’t make it to 18. More on that tomorrow.

2.) Focus on cross training 1-2 times a week. Fail. I did start commuting to work on bike a few days a week, but that’s only 1.3 miles each way so it doesn’t exactly qualify as cross-training.

3.) Start scoping out gyms to join. That I did! I’ve been looking into gyms to join and am planning on doing so this week.

4.) Unpack ALL of the boxes within one week of moving in. Check! I had all of my boxes unpacked within 24 hours of moving in! Thank God my parents came and helped me get settled.

5.) Maintain my weight throughout the month. Fail. I am up a few pounds, and am back to 29 pts+ a day and trying to get back to my goal weight, yet again. It’s nothing major, but about 4-5 pounds.

6.) Embrace my downtime. I think I’ve done a really good job with this one. I was initially a little worried about adjusting to living alone and wasn’t sure I’d love having so many nights to myself, but truth be told, I am LOVING it. It’s so nice to do what I want, when I want, and just stay in and go to bed early anytime I feel like it. I also have been reading a good amount, and am about half way through the last book in the Hunger Games series. So good!

October Goals

October should be quite a bit less hectic for me than September was. For one, I’ve already moved which is obviously really stressful, and I am only traveling once this month – to Chicago the third weekend in October for Weight Watchers Leader Training!! I’m obviously really excited about that trip, but also grateful to be able to relax a bit this month!

1.) Get back to my goal weight. I know what to do to get there, just have to do it.

2.) Join a gym. I’m heavily leaning towards Washington Sports Club, but am having a little trouble justifying the expense to myself. I know it’s worth it though.

3.) With that, take at least one spin class. I’ve never taken spinning in my life but have heard such great things. I can’t wait to give it a go!

4.) Organize a reader/blogger get together. I’ve gotten several requests to do a meet-up in DC, and this finally feels like a good month to do it! Just something low key like dinner, happy hour, coffee, fro yo (in October? Why not!), etc. Email me if you want to join at bethsjourneyblog@gmail.com and please don’t hesitate to suggest something if you have a good idea for something fun to do!

5.) Make the most out of Weight Watchers Leader Training (it’s called BLS – basic leadership skills). I’ve heard the training is AWESOME, and so I’m excited not just because it means I can start leading meetings, but because I think it’ll be great leadership/public speaking training in general. I’m excited!

What are you looking forward to most about October?

New Month, New Goals

Somehow today is August 1 already… insane. That’s all I’ll say to keep from sounding like a broken record yet again!

July was a BUSY month for me. I felt like I had commitments almost every night of the week, plus plans every single weekend, including a bachelorette party in Boston that I just got back from last night! Despite that, I did manage to do alright with the goals I set for July. Here they are listed below, along with a status update about how I did with each of them.

July Goals

1.) Stick with my training plan for my marathon, especially focusing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday runs – easy, speed, and long. I did pretty good with this one for most of the month, as you can see by looking at the second page of that spread sheet (the ACTUAL things I did rather than the plan). I did end up missing my long run this past weekend due to traveling to Boston, but I plan to make up for it this month and not let one missed run bring me down.

2.) Get to free outdoor yoga AT LEAST one Monday morning this month! Check! I ended up going only once which I’m sad about, but even getting out one morning and doing yoga with the fresh air was worth it.

3.) Really do a giveaway on the blog this month. Check! I did the Larabar Giveaway, and it was such a hit that the people over at Larabar let me pick not one, but TWO winners!

4.) Maintain my weight throughout the month. Check! I weighed in at exactly 164 (my goal weight) last week. Having to submit my weight monthly since I work for Weight Watchers really helps keep me on track.

5.) Read at least one book. Yup! I read Julie and Julia in its entirety, and just started The Hunger Games on the plane home yesterday which is SO good I can tell it’s going to go by quick!

So all-in-all, despite the one missed long run, this month went pretty well. Outside of the goals I set, I also went through a blog redesign, and two photoshoots for two different magazines coming out this year – all big things to have under my belt!

August Plans

Now that July’s out of the way, I’m pretty excited to not have TOO many plans for August. The only weekend I’ll be traveling (for now) is the third weekend to Philly for the Healthy Living Summit where I’ll be speaking! That said, I still have quite a busy month because I’m moving the first weekend of September into DC proper (I live in Arlington right now which is just outside of the District). More details to come on that, but it is going to be a big change for me! So with all that said, here’s what I’d like to do:

1.) REALLY focus on the long runs for marathon training, working my way up towards 14 (!!!) miles (which will be my longest run ever).

2.) Try to go to outdoor yoga at least twice this month, while I’m still living in Crystal City and can take advantage of it!

3.) Continue to work my way through anything open in the pantry in preparation for the move. Stick to $35 weekly budget for groceries throughout the month!

4.) Pack slowly but efficiently throughout the month, so that it’s not a big PITA come September 2 (September 3 is move day).

5.) Enjoy time relaxing at the pool and reading while I still can (no pool at the new place!).

6.) Do a kick ass job on the presentation at the Healthy Living Summit!

I think that’s it! I tend to do well when I focus on a few attainable goals rather than have a long list of them, so let’s keep it to six!

What would you say your biggest accomplishment in July was?