Can you believe that 2011 is half over? I really can’t.
I think now would be a good time to review my resolutions. While I do think that I’ve stayed focused on the overall themes of my resolutions, I don’t really even remember the more specific goals that I made for myself at the beginning of the year.
Let’s see how I’m doing.
Exercise every day.
- Mix it up. Running is not the only thing out there.
- Continue with strength training 2-3 times per week.
- Schedule at least 2 “long” runs per week.
Big goal: run 3 miles in 27 minutes or under.
Due to my bum knee, I am no longer trying to become a faster runner. Every time I try to improve my speed, my knee gets extremely pissed off. I’ve decided that this is not the right way to push myself at this time.
Experiment in the kitchen.
- Try a new recipe at least once a week.
- Find delicious ways to prepare vegetables that I wouldn’t normally choose.
- Learn new skills (pie crusts, bread with yeast, etc.).
- Use new ingredients.
Eat good food.
- Planning ahead = better food choices. So plan ahead.
- Check ingredients on all labels. No corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.
- Listen to my body. Eat the foods that I know make me feel happy and energized.
- Drink at least 100 ounces of water every day.
- Big goal: eliminate artificial sweeteners. That means you, diet coke. I’m not sure I’m capable of kicking this, but I’m going to give it a try.
Checking food labels was not such a big deal, and I’ve stopped buying products that have any unnecessary ingredients. If the list of ingredients is so long that I get bored reading it, I really don’t think I want to eat it.
Listening to my body has probably brought the greatest changes in my way of eating so far this year. In March, I transitioned to a plant based diet of whole, unprocessed foods (about 98% of the time). I love this way of eating, and my body feels stronger and healthier than it ever has.
I STOPPED DRINKING DIET SODA! I has been almost 7 weeks now. Honestly, I am really proud of myself. It’s a small thing to conquer, but it’s still something I didn’t really think I’d do.
- Aim for 1 book per week.
- Learn a thing or two about history and geography (the two largest gaps in my education).
- Continue to update and improve this blog.
- Stop being so hard on myself. Believe that I’m alright as is.
- Develop an evening routine conducive to restful sleep.
- Meditate for 5 minutes per day. Increase if possible.