Tomorrow is March 1st. Can you even believe that? Where does the time go?
First off, I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my aunt Shari (aka Struggling Law Student – she’s that person who comments all the time on the blog). She is no longer a “Struggling Law Student” – she is graduating from Law School this weekend! Woohoo!! Congrats! My mom is on her way out to California right now to attend the ceremony. Wish I was coming too! So, YAY SHAR!!!
|Ker and Shar - circa 2008 (pre-Disneyland Half Marathon)|
Because a new month starts tomorrow, it means a clean slate, and new way of thinking, a time to capitalize on some things that I have been meaning to do, but I just haven’t done yet. Yeah, I know that every day can be a “clean slate” and that you don’t have to wait until the 1st of the month/week/year to make changes, but just go with me on this.
So here are some things I want to do this month.
EXERCISE COMEBACK #348685
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am going to be making a triumphant return to regular, daily exercise this month. It’s been too long since I have had a daily sweat session (my own lazy fault) so starting tomorrow, it’s back to morning exercise. Morning exercise has always been the best for me – you get up, you do it, it’s done and you can party the rest of the day. I’ve had such a problem lately with getting up in the morning (I blame the cold weather, my comfy bed, my schedule, etc etc etc) and I am going to nix this starting tomorrow. And because I need something regimented to kick me into gear, I’m starting T25 from scratch.
POUND THE PAVEMENT
As I mentioned long ago, my company started a healthy living program where they give us pedometers and we track our steps daily through a website (Virgin Pulse) and you get rewards for taking a certain number of steps (and getting a certain number of points) throughout the quarter. The reward: reimbursement of your gym membership fees. This is a huge reward (especially since I pay for a gym that I haven’t visited since August 2013, hee). The site gives you 20 points per day just for strapping on your pedometer. And you get more points the more steps you go. So at 7,000 steps you get 60 points and for 12,000 you get 80 points and for anything above 20,000 steps you get 100 points. (Fun fact: I wore my pedometer to the half marathon on Sunday – 30,000ish steps!)
Since I haven’t been working out regularly, I’m getting less than 7,000 steps a day (some days way less). This is sad, especially when everything you read out there says that you need to be walking at least 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. So this month I’m vowing to take a walk (or run, or walk/run) a day. Whether it’s a mile or 4 miles, I’m going to try and get outside every single day to walk (and get my points). On weekends this is easy to do (hello Disney). On weekdays, especially days in the office where I am tethered to my desk, it’s a little harder, but I’m going to make myself do it. Plus it’s good training for whatever race I have coming up.
BRING YOUR LUNCH
I used to be so good about packing a lunch and bringing it to work. But back then I also had a bunch of friends at work that I lunched with. I still have friends, but they’ve either gone to full work at home status or they are too busy to go down to the cafeteria and eat, so I’m all alone. Lately I’ve been using my lunch hour to run errands and I always pick up some sort of sandwich on the way back to the office (Subway, Jimmy John’s, Firehouse). I need to stop this. It’s expensive and I make bad choices to go with my sub (cookies at Subway, chips at JJ’s and FH). So this month I vow to bring my lunch to work the days I’m in the office. Maybe I should kill two birds with one stone and take a walk during lunch and then eat my lunch at my desk. Novel idea!
Alright, I’m leaving it at three goals for the month – that’s doable. I know I do this a lot – say I’m going to do this, this and this and then I don’t. But I guess everyone does that right? Life gets in the way, things happen, but just sitting down and making a plan is always a step in the right direction, right? Right.
So, what about you … What are your goals for March?