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?

16 Comments on February Review and March Goals

  1. Jennifer
    March 4, 2013 at 9:41 am (8 years ago)

    Which app do you use for Spanish? I am looking for a good app! I frequently listen to Coffee Break Spanish which is a decent free podcast.

    • Beth
      March 4, 2013 at 9:49 am (8 years ago)

      Hey Jennifer! I actually don’t know what it’s called off the top of my head, but it uses the Spacing Effect and is an audio one. It cost $5.99 and is AWESOME. I’m learning a lot. I’ll look tonight when I get home.


  2. Corrie
    March 4, 2013 at 11:56 am (8 years ago)

    The best thing I did in February was to find Dietbetdotcom. I have been following your blog for over a year, since we moved to Virginia. I also follow you on Facebook. When you posted about dietbet starting in March, I decided I didn’t want to wait that long and started another bet that ends March 6. I signed up for your dietbet this morning to keep me going for the next 4 weeks. I have been able to lose 10 pounds in the first dietbet buy just monitoring my eating. This month I plan to start exercising. My nearly-50 year old joints are telling me to get with it and let this be my year to finally get healthy. I have a long road ahead of me–100 – 120 pounds to lose, but I’m ready to go. Thank you for all of your inspiration, food ideas, exercise ideas, and even sharing your struggles with your readers.

    • Beth
      March 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

      10 pounds in 4 weeks!?!! Holy crap!!! That is amazing. I’m so glad you signed up for another one when you saw that I posted it. I absolutely LOVE the concept, and based on how much interest there was for this one, maybe I’ll do a few more later this year if people want me to. It’s such a great sense of community and so nice to have a forum to talk to other people going through the same thing. Thanks for being a part of my blog!! And I am sure 100 – 120 lbs feels like a TON, so I would definitely say to think of it in smaller goals. At WW, we focus on 5 lb increments, and then 5% and 10% of your starting weight as the first two big milestones. It always feels more attainable when I think about it like that rather than the big picture. Good luck to you and thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. Anne
    March 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm (8 years ago)

    Are you running the Rock n’ Roll DC Half-Marathon ?! 😀
    I love your blog 🙂
    Good luck with March !!

    • Beth
      March 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm (8 years ago)

      Hi Anne! Thank you!! And yes, I am running it. Are you!?

      • Anne
        March 5, 2013 at 8:45 am (8 years ago)

        YES ! I’m so excited. First half-marathon ! It’s very exciting/motivating/energizing to know that you’re doing it too 🙂 I also signed up for the Alexandria running festival Half-marathon in May, to keep me going on this running/fitness streak ! Good luck with everything !

    • Beth
      March 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm (8 years ago)

      That’s why there’s just 4! haha

  4. Amanda Silverman
    March 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth!
    This is my 3rd time doing WW and I am finally 15 pounds from goal! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of nights. You’ve inspired me to start running for the 1st time in my life. Tonight I downloaded the app couch to 5k to my phone. Wish me luck! Thanks so much for your inspiration.

    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 9:33 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment and so glad you found my blog and are inspired. It’s hearing things like that that keeps me going! Good luck with your running. I PROMISE you if I can do it, so can you! 🙂

  5. Debbie
    March 5, 2013 at 6:15 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth! Just found your site and have read through many of your posts. Great blog! Congrats on your healthy lifestyle! I live in the DC area and I’m a half marathon runner as well. In 2002 I lost 40 pounds with WW and was at a weight I was comfortable with for many years. That said, I would now like to lose the final 15-20 pounds and signed up for the WW 360 online. It seems as if I get more points now and I weigh much less. Also, I’m not sure if I should use the activity points I get (especially from running…I get so many from a long run). Can you point me toward some posts that speak to these topics? Thanks!

  6. Robin
    March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am (8 years ago)

    I found a WW based meal planner / spreadsheet at everydaymaven.com and used it for all of February.


    It was the switch up I needed and lost a bit over 4 pounds; it definitely helped me feel like I broke through my plateau of the last 5 months. Rather than planning what I’m going to eat tomorrow the planner prompted me to really look ahead at the whole week. I tweek it a bit as I go, but make a good effort to stick to what I’ve written down.

    Beth, thanks for your blog! I love it (and your zucchini burgers!)

  7. Tosh
    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 am (8 years ago)

    Beth, didn’t you also have limiting alcohol to 2 drinks/2 nights a week as a goal? I am wondering how this went since it is my biggest road block. Anything you can share on this would be helpful. Great job otherwise!

    • Beth
      March 5, 2013 at 11:25 am (8 years ago)

      Hey Tosh! I remember having something like that as a goal at some point, but it wasn’t one for February. Limiting myself to just two drinks when I go out is def something I struggle with, though I’ve gotten better about making good eating decisions even when I do have more than that just through practice. Some tips for drinking less when you’re out:
      – Start with seltzer or water when you first get there and are making the rounds or saying hello. Waiting to start helps!
      – Drink wine spritzers – this doubles the volume but keeps the same amount of alcohol/PPs values if you’re a volume drinker (/eater) like I am.
      – The common suggestion to alternate water/seltzer between each alcoholic drink.
      – If you’re going out to a party where you’re going to be standing, bring a clutch with you so one hand is automatically occupied.
      – Make an exercise plan for the morning after with a buddy so you have to stick with it. Having that in mind can help you stick to your goal of two drinks.
      – If you don’t feel like drinking, order something that will still satisfy you – like a virgin mojito. Those are usually 1-2 PP each, depending on the size, and are totally delicious.

      • Tosh
        March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm (8 years ago)

        Thanks for these hints and please if this is ever an issue that disrupts your WW goals I would love to hear more.


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