Posts made in February 1st, 2012

february goals


Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in Motivation

Add another member to the “I can’t believe January’s over” club. Holy cow. But even though I can’t shake the feeling that life is shuttling by at warp speed, I’m excited for a freshly-minted month. I have some exciting stuff planned for my personal growth and I think February and I are going to get along quite well. Before I dig into February’s goals, let’s review how I did in January:

  • Complete 750 fitness minutes. Fail. I am really struggling on the fitness motivation front. I’m trying not to let it get me down because I know an upswing is in my future, but it’s frustrating to keep setting this goal and keep missing the mark. I’m disappointed in myself.
  • Clean up my food. Success! Processed sugar started to creep back into my diet toward the end of the month, but for the most part, our food was mega, spotless clean this month.
  • Clean out my closet. Success! It was a bit of a squeaker (I just cleaned out my closet this past weekend) but I got it done and it feels amazing!
  • Go on a budget blitz. Sorta. We started off really, really well with this. Within the first week of the month, we’d socked away almost half of our goal. Then things starting popping up. Like an incredible deal on a good treadmill (which we’d be thinking of buying anyway), a deductible to get tornado damage fixed on our car, and quickly, our goal was out of sight. I’m proud that we socked away as much as we did, but we could do better.
  • Take care of myself. Success! started off January with a doctor’s visit and some antibiotics and immediately kicked my sinus infection in the facehole. I made sure to get sleep, water and the right foods. I leave January feeling a lot better than I did when I left December.

I’m really pissed at myself for missing the fitness minutes mark (again), but I’m trying to see the big picture that I did well on the other goals for the month. Oh where, oh where did my motivation go?

Onto the next 29 days:

Goals for February 2012

  • Do 25 of my scheduled workouts. I just started training for a big fitness-y thing this summer (more on this later) and that means I now have a training schedule. I love having a schedule and having a big goal helps keep me motivated. I have something scheduled for everyday this month (that includes rest and stretch days) and I’d like to make sure I do at least 25 of those workouts.
  • Read before bed most nights.Winding down before bed helps me sleep so much more soundly, but I’ve gotten in a terrible habit of being in front of a computer or TV until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore and then stumbling into bed. I’d really like to get back in the habit of reading for 30 minutes or so before bed every night.
  • Balance my time well. So far, I’ve done a pretty good job of balancing my homework, my jobs and my family, but I can imagine it’s just going to get crazier and crazier as the semester goes on. I’d like to really focus this month on making time management a priority. No all-nighters here!
  • Do our taxes. This is my first year ever that I will probably have to pay Uncle Sam thanks to my freelance income. Me no likey. And it certainly doesn’t make my motivation to get the suckers done as high as it did when I was getting a hefty check back. But, I need to put on my big girl pants and do it this month. Hopefully, taxes in 2013 will be a little less painful thanks to some pre-planning we’re doing this year.

What are you goals for February?

what i ate wednesday: gettin’ snacky with it


Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in Food

Does anyone else operate on a totally different food schedule when they are at home versus at work? At work, I stick to very defined mealtimes. Chances are, if I don’t eat during 12-1pm, I might not get to eat thanks to meetings. But at home, my schedule is a lot more haphazard. Some days I have to remind myself to eat at all and some days you get what I’m showing you today, a string of snacks.  So let’s get snacky with it.

Started off this morning with a Babyface-made smoothie. I had a migraine (hence the staying home part) and he insisted I put something in my tummy. Not eating enough or enough of the right foods is a migraine trigger for me. Anywho, smoothie made with who knows what. I DO know that there was a packet of my new favorite protein powder, Spiru-Tein, in it. Expensive, but so tasty and not at all grainy. The banana one is my favorite flavor so far (tastes like banana Laffy Taffy).

Somewhat interesting anecdote: In college, I went to an Irish bar on St. Patrick’s Day. For every Guinness you ordered, you got a free pint glass. Needless to say, I have a lot of Guinness pint glasses in my cabinet.

A few hours later (and one dulled headache later, thanks drugs!) I whipped up what was supposed to be an omelet, but turned into a scrambled egg mess. Egg whites, green peppers, goat cheese, spinach and rosemary, plus a side of toast with some Earth Balance.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: Babyface does almost all of the baking in the house. Including making us a weekly loaf of bread. He’s excellent at it. I am not. I don’t do very well with following recipes and measuring.

A few hours later, I was delivered a bowl of fresh pineapple from the Babyface who was cleaning out the fridge and needed the room free. Apparently I’m a garbage disposal.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: Babyface actually does 99.9% of the cleaning in our house. I’ve never been very domestic on that front, but he’s kinda a cleaning rockstar. Yes, I know how fortunate I am.

I guess this was “lunch” but of the smaller variety. A small bowl of slow cooker ham ‘n’ beans plus a hunk of cornbread.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: They called me “The Cornbread Kid” growing up because I could demolish an entire pan on my own. There are photos of me in my high chair covered in cornbread crumbs.

Post “lunch” I craved something sweet, so I pulled together a sweet snack pack of sorts. Soy yogurt, a few Medjool sates and a handful of sweetened shredded wheat bites.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: I love anything Key Lime. Even though I’ve never been to the Keys.

Of course, after some sweet, my taste buds said, “Yo! Salty!” So I dug into some pretzels, hummus and a clementine (it was a guilt fruit, I felt I was lacking in the freggie department). I also had a glass of coconut water to wash it down.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: The first time I tried plain coconut water, I spit it out because I thought it was the most disgusting thing I’d ever tasted. Now, I love it. Acquired taste, indeed.

Finished out the day with a quesadilla for one. Whole wheat tortillas, low fat refried beans, salsa and some cheddar.

Somewhat interesting anecdote: I’d never (a) made a quesadilla or (b) knew how until my older sister showed me after one night of heavy drinking last year. We needed something in our system to soak up the booze and she came to the rescue. It’s amazing that I retained the knowledge considering my impaired state at the time.

What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?

Egg white scramble was awesome. Goat cheese, for the win!