April Resolution: MOVE!

This month’s resolution is purely physical: move my body more. I spend six days a week at barre3 instructing and taking classes. There’s no question that I’m getting great workouts in. However, like many others, I’m not moving at all for a good portion of most days at a desk for eight hours. 

I need to make a commitment to move in other ways. Go for a 10 minutes jog now that the weather is warm. Hit up that neighborhood yoga class. Re-implement the standing desk. Take a walk during lunch. Little “movements” for big results (one of my favorite barre3 mantras!)

Every day I will make an effort to move a little more than usual. Mostly because:



Engagement vs. Existence – March Resolution

I had such a fun time with my February resolution. I’ll be sharing some new restaurants and coffee shops I discovered in addition to healthy recipes in my next post! Right  now I want to focus on getting in the right mindset for March.

This month’s resolution is simple: to engage more with the world around me.  A lot of people, including myself, go through their day-to-day activities without much thought. Getting dressed, going to work, studying, cooking dinner, watching TV, social commitments. It’s all so routine.

I want to learn to be grateful for each moment and appreciate those around me. My action steps for this month include:

  1. Making the effort to call more friends and family members just to say hello.
    We’ll shoot for two each weekend. I hate talking on the phone, but it’s an important part of keeping any healthy long distance relationship going. I still don’t understand WHY this is so hard for me.
  2. Skyping with at least three friends this month.
    Who wants to volunteer?
  3. Looking people in the eye on the street.
    Smiling at them. Making small talk while waiting in line. At worst, I’ll become the creepy, talkative girl in the elevator. At best, I’ll brighten someone’s day a little.
  4. Mystery date night-ing with Rob.
    I have to give my friend Sara and her boyfriend, Michael, credit for this one. It’s such a good idea I’m implementing it. Rob and I will take a turn making secret date plans for each other. 
  5. Finding some peace in the outdoors.
    When it’s above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, of course. I spend so much time in front of a computer during the day that I need to get out more. Even if it’s just for a five minute walk around the block. I’ll really see what nature has to offer me!

Although simple, this short list will give me some places to focus. I often neglect friends that mean so much to me for absolutely no reason. I’m excited to get started and do more than just simply exist in the world around me.

Update: 28 to Great and January Resolutions

After being knocked on my butt by some not-quite-the-flu-but-still-pretty-bad illness, it’s been quite the week! I took yesterday as my rest day for the 28 to Great Challenge instead of today- hoping that was the worst of it. After a quick trip to the doctor, however, I’ve been ordered to stay home, away from the public, and to not exercise until my fever is gone. Not ideal.

After reading up on illnesses and exercise, it turns out his advice is in line. Plus, my muscles are so achy and I feel so fatigued I probably wouldn’t last very long. Hopefully my prescription kicks in and I’m all better for tomorrow’s 8:45 a.m. class with Kevlin at barre3 Columbus. FINGERS CROSSED!

Otherwise, my 28 to Great challenge is going awesome! While I can’t control what my body temperature is doing, I can control what I’m eating. These past few days it’s been a lot of soup. I’ve also been sure to add as many veggies to it as possible and to snack on fruit to make sure I’m getting enough nutrients… even though my appetite is non-existent. When I feel like I’m dragging, it’s been really helpful reading blog posts from my fellow barre3 challengers like Missy and Jenn. While there’s only 16 days left, I actually plan to incorporate a lot of these food changes into regular life.

Next update: January resolutions. My progress so far:

  1. Donate used books to a local library
  2. Hold the door open for others whenever the occasion arises
  3. Pay the Starbucks’ tab for the person behind me in the drive-thru
  4. Send birthday cards to family/friends
  5. Donate blood
  6. Comment on three blogs/week
  7. Be polite on the road
  8. Leave five recommendations on LinkedIn
  9. Bring coworkers a special treat
  10. Send flowers to a local nursing home

The ones that are crossed out are either in progress or complete. Feeling good! This weekend will be a great time to go through my old books… and I’m definitely planning a Starbucks run. Hoping to cross of a few more! And as soon as I’m feeling better I’ll be scheduling a blood donation appointment. Wish me luck and keep sending those positive vibes. I definitely need them today!