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?

10 Comments on February Goals

  1. Lauren
    February 4, 2013 at 9:41 am (8 years ago)

    I am with you 110% on February being cash/getting spending under control. My goal is to spend only $10 or less when I go out, to pay for groceries and incidentals in cash and really get a grip on how much mondy I have been spending!!

    • Beth
      February 5, 2013 at 9:59 am (8 years ago)

      That’s a good one! I should really set a limit on the amount I spend, but I feel like that’s harder for me to stick to than just a weekly allowance. Kind of like how WW works with the extra points – I can use it until it’s gone!

  2. Jennifer
    February 4, 2013 at 9:53 am (8 years ago)

    Strep is awful! I had it at the beginning of the January so I feel your pain!

  3. Gwen
    February 4, 2013 at 9:56 am (8 years ago)

    Ugh, sore throats are the WORSE! I can’t believe urgent care was so crappy. Glad you’re feeling better. And it’s okay to cry 😉 <3 the goals – Go Beth! xo

  4. kalli
    February 4, 2013 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)

    i am with you on the spending-yikes i have lost control and i am so mad at myself. i also need to commit to some running races. i keep bailing out at the last minute and i am not happy with myself.

  5. Sarah
    February 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Cash spending is soo smart! It really makes you realize how much things cost when you can see the money diminish from your pocket.

    This is the month I travel for work for an extended period of time. My one goal is to not overdo it with food and do some sort of workout 4 mornings a week.

  6. Roz@weightingfor50
    February 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm (8 years ago)

    UG, strep throat is AWFUL!!!! Glad the meds are starting to work already. Great February goals Beth. I’m sure you’ll check them ALL off at month end! Have a good Monday, take care!

  7. Kate
    February 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Age of Miracles by Karen Walker was one of my favorites last year (and it’s a breeze to read). Health wise, Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes was fascinating (not as fascinating as NRLFW, but worth reading for sure). I have a book a week goal this year, weekly weigh in, run a half, and floss twice a day- woohoo!

  8. Caitlin
    February 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh that is terrible that you had to deal with Strep! That is seriously one of the worst sicknesses…not being able to swallow, when we swallow so much in a day. Glad that you’re getting better.

    Nice list of goals. I recommend reading The Game of Thrones. It’s the first book in A Song of Fire and Ice series, and it’s amazing! Especially if you like Harry Potter, you’ll like them. A litt more adult, but great nonetheless.

  9. Beth
    February 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Strep is brutal as an adult – kids don’t get it nearly as bad! Hope you feel better soon. I just read Defending Jacob and would very much recommend it!


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