Hello all! Happy New Year!! As I reflect on 2013, I realize that I did not achieve my personal goals due to a lack of consistency. So, my mantra for 2014 is Consistency in All Things. I want to be consistent in: working out, eating healthy, preparing home-cooked meals, saving for a home, being a friend and most importantly, taking time for myself. I’ve been so wrapped up in everyone else, that I tend to forget about my own needs. I need to be in the gym – I’ve tried working out at home and I just don’t have enough self-motivation to keep at it when I get a little winded or tired. Being in the gym keeps me working. I feel I have to…strangers are helping me and they don’t even know it. I don’t want to appear weak or unable to do something, so I push myself, hard. Developing a routine and being consistent will be key for me this year. I also need to be present in the kitchen! It’s so easy just to swing by a fast food restaurant and pick up something and it’s what I’ve done most days that my daughter has gymnastics practices until 8 pm. But all of that is changing. Even before the new year, I purchased some new kitchen tools and items to help me be successful this coming year. In December, I started cooking more home meals than I have in almost 5 years. It seems insane to write that, but it is true. A home-cooked meal was the exception and not the rule. :( I’ve also recruited my daughter to eat more healthy too…we are exploring recipes together and she is helping me with picking out groceries. She feels a sense of responsibility now that she’s involved in the entire process.
We’re six days into the New Year and so far so good! I’m making myself a protein smoothie every morning for breakfast which is awesome because I would often skip breakfast and just drink some cream and sugar with a hint of coffee at work every morning. I use 8 oz. skim milk, 1 scoop ON double chocolate whey protein powder, handful of frozen blueberries, 1/2 tsp of flaxseed, plus 2-3 ice cubes in a blender. I thought it would taste gross putting these ingredients together, but it is actually is very tasty and the consistency is also appealing. I’m curious to see what it will taste like with vanilla protein powder. I know some people think you should skip milk all together in favor of almond or soy milk, but I like good ol’ cows milk, in the skim version.
Last year, my wonderful friend Christine embarked on 30-day challenges last year with great success and I would like to incorporate some 30-day challenges of my own this year. My first 30-day challenge is sponsored by the Spartan Race and it consists of walking/running one mile each day for 30 days. So, here’s to day one!! Since it has been some time since I actually ran, I think I will start with walking and work my way up to running. You can opt to do more than a mile, but the minimum is one mile per day. I’m excited about this challenge because it forces me to get my butt to the gym. The Spartan Race is running this through Facebook and is asking people to post pictures of their completed miles/times, which will keep me even more accountable.
Here’s to a great start into 2014!! Until next time…