Sharing something a little different this week!
At the beginning of each month, I try to set a few goals that I’d like to accomplish before the start of the next one. I like seeing big picture, but it’s more attainable for me to break it down into smaller things – and a month gives me enough chunk of time to work on something without overdoing it.
This year, instead of just setting goals, I decided I wanted to do monthly “themes.” Things I need to improve, new activities to explore, dedicate more time to something I want to learn about.
Granted there have only been three months in 2017, but at the end of each – I like to reevaluate how I felt personally, physically, mentally, etc. and then set the theme for next month based off that.
During the month of March, Erick and I decided together that we wanted to eliminate some foods from our day, put the semi-slugglish lifestyle that we had fallen into to a stop, and overall just hit the reset button.
After the holidays we never felt like we got back on track – and we knew March was going to be a very low-key one socially, with no travel plans or happy hours to sidetrack us, so we decided that we needed to do something.
I like to think that 85% of the time, I do well. I drink a ton of water, I pack lunches and good snack options to bring with me when I head out each day, I incorporate veggies and fruits in anywhere I can. We eat good dinners, and I treat myself to dessert when I crave it. Blah, blah, blah, right?
I wanted to share my March experience with y’all because it’s food-related, and as a blogger constantly surrounded by food, food, and more food – it can be hard. Food is my love language, it represents me in the best possible way. Every dish I think up or crave comes from how I’m feeling at that given time.
Before March, I could tell I was just getting bored with my food choices. I was off track, I was feeling lethargic and rushed, and lacking creativity in the kitchen (which I confessed to y’all back in February). Winter is rough, and this particular winter I had a lot going on so some meals became an afterthought. It’s hard to gravitate towards salads and fresh ingredients when it’s cold out and all you want is a big comforting bowl of carbs and a batch of Sunday night cookies.
And being around kids most hours of the day I found myself snacking more, thinking less. Not that I think every bite of food needs to be eaten with intention, but after I’d eat a thousand and one goldfish and a girl scout cookie (three) – I’d ask myself why? Were you even hungry?
I’ll be honest, I truly can say I don’t think I’ve ever gone on a “diet”. Diet just isn’t a word I like to put in my – or anyone’s – vocabulary, I think it does a lot more harm than good. So step one for me was not looking at it as a “diet.” Because honestly it wasn’t. But there were some habits I knew I could cut back on, some I should incorporate more, and I really just wanted to challenge myself to try something different.
I’m breaking this up into two parts because it’s a really wordy post and we don’t need 2,000 words at once. So tomorrow I plan to share a bit more about our month. What we ate, some of the major things I’ve taken away, how I’ll continue to practice everything I did last month because I feel a thousand times more like myself again, and how tweaking just the smallest things have made a difference.
I just wanted to set the tone a bit (ok a lot – I kept writing and writing!) because I think it’s really important to listen to bodies when it’s telling us to ease up or give more. Until tomorrow!