Thursday, February 2, 2012

Work in progress

I've noticed a lot of monthly goals going on in the blogosphere and, what can I say? I'm inspired! Blogging what you want to do is such a great way to hold yourself accountable, so I figured, why not? There's a lot I can work and since January was a miserable fail, this is a good idea.

January was kind of rough for me health-wise. I started off strong, then I had a weekend getaway in Chicago and I just couldn't get back into working out regularly and eating healthy.

Well, no more! 

So, for February here are my goals. Not all health goals, but there are definitely some in there!

  • Drink a minimum of 75 oz of water a day - this would be filling up my water bottle three times a day. That's the easiest way for me to measure how much water I drink. I would also like to stick with my "one pop a day" rule and not break it as much as I have been lately. I can get out of control with the diet coke and diet coke is like a gateway drug to worse stuff for me. It's like it GIVES me an appetite. No. Bueno. 
  • Work out 4 times a week - whether it's the C25K or just heading to the gym for a little. Just SOMETHING. 
  • Finish C25K - I have been loosely following it as a running plan for ... a long time. Right now I'm on week 5, and honestly when I ran on Tuesday it wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard either. I'd say that's good, but I can probably push myself harder!
  • Sign up for the Red Flannel Run - I better get on this, it's on February 11th. Last year I said I wanted to run 12 races in 2012. Considering January is over, I better at least get a couple out of the way before spring otherwise achieving this goal might not be possible. Unless I travel...  Hmmmmm... <> Did I just come up with a good idea?!
  • Consume less than 2 alcoholic drinks per week - like diet coke, drinking can get out of hand easily as well. I need to get better at reminding myself to slow down, and that I don't need to have a drink in front of me while out to have a good time! 
  • Substitute teach at least 10 days - I'm only available to teacher on MWF, and on Wednesdays it's an early out. Even though it's an early out subs still get paid for a full day. Getting an assignment on Wednesdays is sometimes harder than getting tickets to a Packers game (ok, not quite that hard). Luckily, the past three Wednesdays I have completely lucked out. 
  • Work 40 hours at the agency - I know some of you are new, so you might know that I work at a local non-profit agency that serves adults with intellectual disabilities. I'm on call staff, but sometimes I just can't seem to squeeze the hours into my schedule, or the hours they have available are when I'm not available. Technically I am supposed to work 15 hours a week, lately I have only been work 5. Oops :/ My goal this month is to get in at least 40.
  • Enter all meals into My Fitness Pal - are you on MFP? If so, be my friend! My username is AmberWDM. I really like MFP, it helps me stay on track, but I tend to quit entering my meals once I have gone over. I must think, "Oh, well. Day's shot. I don't want to know how bad it is..." Again, no bueno.
How are you doing with your goals this year? 

15 comments:

Miss Oakley @ Observations by Miss Oakley said...

These are great goals! Celebrate your successes this month. Don't focus on what you didn't do. That's what works for me. It's taken me years to get to this point.

For example: last month, I worked out 10 times. Is it enough? No. But it's a start, and I choose to be happy vs beat myself up.

Good luck! Anything I can do to help, I will! Love ya.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think that is a great set of goals! I am trying to drink more water, too!

I am doing well on my goals. I have been really diligent about studying and I haven't bought a book yet! I have also been really mindful of my spending. I haven't bought a latte since Chicago, which is pretty good for me, and I have barely ate out this month (besides when I was in Chicago)!

Ashley said...

Great goals! I'm kind of unintentionally drinking more water and less alcohol as well. I guess that happens when you're training for a half-marathon though. :)

Becky said...

"Getting an assignment on Wednesdays is sometimes harder than getting tickets to a Packers game..." HAHAHAHA!

These are great goals - and you can always do a mid-month check in to help keep you accountable! Yesterday was the first day of February and I had a packed night so I knew I probably wouldn't make my "bedtime" and I didn't - but today is a new day!

AllyRae said...

Great goals! Good luck with all of them! :)

Stephany said...

You have some great, measurable goals right there! Soda is a huge weakness of mine and I'm trying my hardest to "quit" it. I'm seriously like an addict!

Allison said...

I was the biggest fan of MFP last year and now I'm like "Please don't make me log my calories..." I don't know. I just can't seem to get into it anymore! Ugh.

P said...

My overall goal was to get healthier. It hasn't really been working so far...

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I don't use MFP; I use LoseIt to track my food and fitness though! I think it is a great way to remain accountable and to better understand what eating a cookie or running a mile means to you!

Wiz said...

I will NEVER make a resolution to drink less :) Drinking gets me through having two kids, ha!

MK said...

I love your goals! I need to drink more water too. That definitely needs to get on my list for March.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Those are great goals! I hope people will continue to request you on Wednesdays :)

I'm doing well with my goals so far- at least my January ones. I have to go back and look at my February goals to make sure I am on track so far!

Jen said...

Well I want to tell you. A few years ago someone told me that diet soda DOES increase your appetite. And I feel it is true.
Since we are friends on myfitnesspal I want to say 'props to you' for all those workouts I see on your feed. My workouts = 0. Don't get frustrated if you go over your calorie goal. Still log it. That is my advice.

Emmy said...

Ooooh! Did you sign up for Red Flannel? I just did yesterday. Wanna run together???

Also, tried to get you to sub for me today, but the system said you were unavailable. BOO.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I need to figure out how to get working out back into my schedule. It's so hard to balance everything and get it on a schedule.