Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 Goals Check In - January

Are we already a week into February?  January flew by so quickly!  It may be partly due to the fact that I've been shoveling snow just about every weekend!  :)  Now that January is over, it's as good a time as any to check in with my 2015 goals.

  • My biggest goal was to just move more in general.  I am happy to report that I've walked to/from the train every work day.  This adds a little over a mile of walking each day. It doesn't sound like much, but at the end of the week, I've added about six miles of walking in addition to my workouts.
  • With the exception of one week, I've been getting in at least four workouts a week.  In addition to shoveling (yes, I count this as exercise!), I've been getting in runs and swims, as well as a few times on the elliptical.  I have to admit, with this snow I've been working from home at least once a week, which makes it much easier to get on the treadmill for a workout.  I've been extremely grateful for my treadmill this winter!
  • I'm hoping to continue my exercise streak and hopefully add in either an extra day or additional time to each workout.

  • For the most part, I have been sticking with my healthier eating plan.  I've been really good about prepping food on the weekends.  My favorite has been making breakfast burritos since they keep well in the fridge and they're so easy to heat and eat.  I just add some fruit and my breakfast is complete!
  • I did pretty well with no alcohol during the week.  I did make a few exceptions (work outings), but I made sure to limit myself to just two drinks.  This is an improvement, because I'd usually end up sipping three or more drinks while out with coworkers.  By limiting my alcohol intake, I also cut out the urge to snack on the greasy bar food that is usually ordered.

  • I think I did really well with this goal.  I barely spent any money over the past month and I really didn't notice I wasn't spending money!  I still had fun with my friends, but we opted for low cost, or free (swimming on a Friday night!) nights out, which definitely helped save money.
All in all, I think I have been doing really well with sticking with my goals.  I think it's because I didn't make huge, unattainable goals.  It's much easier to stick with small goals and personally, I feel like a champ when I am able to stick with my goals!

What about you?  Do you think it's easier to stick with your goals if they're small?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day!

Happy Tuesday!  For those of you in the Northeast, I hope you're all staying safe and warm during the blizzard.  Since the train and roads were shut down for the day, I ended up working from home.  A random Tuesday where I don't have to get out of my PJs?  Sign me up!  I am bummed I couldn't play outside like we did as kids on snow days, but I was still happy!
After working for about seven hours, it was definitely time for a break.  I hopped on the treadmill (so grateful I have one on days like this!) and got in 4.5 miles - 3.5 running and 1 walking at an incline.  It felt good to get in a midday sweat session!

Sadly, the roads and public transit will be open tomorrow, so that means I will be heading into the office.  I'm just going to relax for the rest of my night and enjoy what's left of the snow day.  I won't even think about the two + feet of snow covering my car until this weekend!

Hope you have a great night!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She's Alive and Goals for 2015

Oh hey there!  Happy (belated) 2015!  I hope you're enjoying the new year so far.  I've been in quite the rut the past few months, but I have decided that it's time to get out of it!  I decided 2015 would be the year for me to just get to a better place overall.  My only real goals for the year are to exercise more, eat a more balanced diet, and really make a dent in my debt.  Here are a few highlights on how I plan to meet these goals.

My big goal for the year is to get back into half marathon shape, but that is a long term goal and I want to focus on short term goals which will hopefully help me meet my long term goal.

  • Work out a minimum of four days a week, no less than 45 minutes each workout
  • Incorporate more strength training.  This has always been a goal of mine, and I really hope I can stick with it this year to make it a habit and not just a goal.
  • Move more in general.  Santa brought me a fitbit this past Christmas, and I've been trying really hard to get in my steps.  I've made a huge effort to make sure I wake up on time to walk to the train station, which helps meet both this goal as well as saves me money by not paying for parking.  Two goals achieved in one!

This is probably the easiest of my goals since I generally eat a healthy diet, but I've been really lax in portion control.  I want to make a bigger effort in meal planning as well as weekly prep.  I also need to cut out mindless eating!

  • Meal plan on Friday or Saturday; prep Sunday
  • Include more veggies
  • Have healthier snacks on hand for the nights I'm craving a little something extra
  • Limit alcohol intake to weekends only

I haven't quite made a plan for this yet, but I did spend the morning pouring over my credit report.  Unfortunately, my bank account was recently hacked, so this caused me to look at my report and realize that I really need to focus on paying off my debt and really stick to a budget.  I've recently paid off my car, so that will really help toward this goal.

  • Create a budget and stick to it
  • Use cash only
  • Wait to make large purchases - really think about whether or not I need the item vs just wanting it
  • Save more.  I already save a specified amount each pay period, but I'd like to increase that amount, even if it's only an extra $20 a month.  Every penny helps!
So, now that I have this posted, I suppose I have to stick with it!  :)  I plan to check in every few weeks or so just to keep me honest.  What's everyone's goals for the year?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh Hey!

Has it really been two months since I've posted?  Yikes! Truth be told, I've thought about posting quite a few times, but I just didn't have the words. I *hope* to get back to blogging regularly because I know y'all miss me!  Also, I start another round of half marathon training this weekend and I think blogging regularly will help keep me on track.

Just a few quick updates from the past two months:

1. I rode the PMC the first weekend in August. It was the hardest thing I've had to physically do, yet it was the most rewarding!  Saturday was cold and rainy all day - it poured at times.  I even got a touch of hypothermia!  Sunday's weather was, thankfully much nicer.

2. I participated in my first swim race. I decided to swim the half mile race to get a feel for an open water swim with others and to prepare for my triathlon. I had no expectations other than finishing, and I ended up placing 2nd (there were five of us, even though there are only two in the photo) in my age group!

3. I spent a long weekend with my family up at Lake Winnipesaukee.  The weather was less than ideal, but with views like this, I can't complain!

4. I completed my first triathlon last weekend. I didn't break any records, but I finished in less time than I had hoped. That's a win in my book!

What have you been up to?  Have you been enjoying your summer?  Speaking of which, I can't believe Labor Day is next weekend!  See you soon!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Put the Lime in the Coconut Smoothie

Hi there.  Just popping in with a quick smoothie recipe!  Summer is finally here and not much else helps you beat the heat like an ice cold smoothie!  This one combines two of my favorite summer flavors and is around 250 calories, so it makes a great post workout snack.

I hope you enjoy it!

Put the Lime in the Coconut Smoothie
Serves: 1

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup diced pineapple, fresh or frozen
1 scoop protein powder, plain or vanilla
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/2 - 1 t. coconut extract (coconut extract can be strong, so start with a 1/2 t. and add more if needed)
Ice (about six cubes)

Add all ingredients to a blender and combine well.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work to Do

How is this week half over already?  I'm not complaining, but I feel like time is flying!  Before I know it, PMC weekend will be here and I am far from ready!

Yesterday afternoon I went on a training ride along the Minuteman Bikeway.  I parked at my friend Alison's house as she's right near the start of the bike path.  Out and back totals about 22 miles.  I started out a bit late and it was already in the 80s plus what felt like 100% humidity.  Luckily, the path is fairly shaded, but there are some open areas that offer no protection from the sun.  The heat didn't bother me too much until around mile 18.
 I stopped at the Bedford Depot for a short rest.  I felt good on the ride, but it just made me realize how much work I have to do over the next five and a half weeks so that I can finish my 192-mile trek from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown, MA.  After about 15 minutes and a quick snack, I got back on my bike and headed back to Alison's.  On the way back, I passed a woman walking her llama!  I'll be sure add that to my list of "strange things seen while biking".
I was almost finished with my ride when I bumped into Alison and her dog, Roy!  I ended up going to the dog park with them and I was perfectly okay walking my bike home the rest of the way.  I opted to take today as my rest day as it's just too hot and humid to do anything where I am not constantly cooled by the AC.  I'm looking forward to getting in a long ride tomorrow when the weather will be much cooler and less humid.

Enjoy your evening!

What's the strangest thing you've seen while out exercising?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beach Day

What a beautiful Tuesday we're having!  We've been having some great weather lately, and I couldn't be happier!  I hope you all had some nice weather this weekend and were able to enjoy it.

This weekend went by so quickly.  Here's the CliffsNotes version - I babysat my niece on Friday and my nephews Saturday and Sunday.  Since I watched my nephews at my parent's house, we all had Father's Day pancakes with my dad.  I was totally exhausted from watching them - I really don't know how parents do it!

Yesterday, I had a busy day ahead of me, so I headed out for about a two mile walk/run at my favorite park.  
I quickly came home to shower and pack a cooler since I was headed north of Boston to go strawberry picking then head to the beach!  My friend had called on Sunday to confirm there would be strawberries available, but when we arrived, we were told the berries weren't quite ready for picking.  Bummer!  I ended up buying a quart of berries because I can't pass up local strawberries.  They're so sweet and delicious and nothing like the ones we import year round.
Since we weren't able to pick strawberries, we headed right to the beach.  I'd never been to Crane Beach before and it was beautiful!  We arrived around 11 and stayed until after 4.  It was the perfect day - not too hot with a slight breeze.  Although the water was cold, it wasn't numbing like the Atlantic Ocean can be this early in the season!  I can't wait for another beach day!

I have a few things I need to do around the house, then I'm off for a bike ride!  What are you up to today?