If you’re not familiar with my Year of Resolutions, getting “back on track” in terms of an overall healthy lifestyle is my goal for January. I normally aim to maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle, but the holiday season (basically Thanksgiving through New Year’s) was not my healthiest time. Don’t worry, I wasn’t downing boxes of Oreos or anything (but not far from it…), but my normal eating habits were out of whack to the point of making me feel tired, sluggish, and really only wanting to eat sweets. And so that’s why I set healthy eating in motion as the first goal of the New Year! The specific goals for January are…
With all these goals, I hope to accomplish a fun workout plan and get my love for healthy foods back. I really feel that the holidays did some damage to my palate, as I tend to crave sweets something fierce now! I’ve always had a big sweet tooth, but I don’t want it getting any bigger! But I know the more I eat healthy, the more I eat healthy. Duh. As for drinking more water, I seriously felt parched for most of December, probably because I was working a lot and didn’t bring enough water with me. I do always carry water with me, but this month, I’m going to track my water drinking by making sure I drink at least four water bottles full of water each day (64 oz. total). At the end of each week in January, I’ll be posting a recap of how my week went following this plan.
Week 1 Recap
I’m finally feeling the holiday sluggishness wear off. I feel that my energy levels have returned a bit, and I feel zippy when I’m eating whole foods. I made sure to incorporate a lot of healthy meals last week. Here’s a recap of some of last week’s favorites.
Homemade French Onion Soup: I love this soup – definitely one of my faves. It was really easy to make and delicious with fresh bagette and swiss broiled on top. Mmm!
I also really loved my breakfast and lunch from Thursday, which included peanut butter and banana on toast, and some lentil soup with a chicken avacado melt. Both of those meals were filling due to the fiber and protein and lasted with me through the day. I love the feeling of not being hungry while still sticking to a good diet 🙂
I did enjoy some healthy meals, but my “one dessert” for the week? Yeah, that turned into two. I found some leftover cookie dough to make more peanut butter blossoms. Good idea? No. How the heck can some people make cookies and not eat them all? Yeah, I ate them all (over the course of two days). Thankfully my batch only made 6 cookies. The plan for dessert in the coming weeks definitely needs to be single serving, and something more indulgent in my opinion.
My water drinking seems to be almost up to where I want it to be. I’ve been relying on tea a lot more than straight water this week though since the temps are so low. I think one reason I tend to not drink water right now is because its cold, so tea has been my solution (freshly brewed decaf tea, that is). Here you can see me with what I call my binkie, because it’s like a kid’s pacifier for me: goes everywhere with me and it’s always in my mouth.
As for my new workout, all is going as planned. I really enjoy the strength sessions. It’s quick but its tough, leaving me plenty sweaty afterward and sore the next day. I did get a little antsy this week with my cardio, though. All I really want to do is run, outside. I ran two miles on Monday… in the snow. Monday was the warmest day all week (of a mere 34 degrees!) so I decided if I was going to run outside, Monday was the day. I went to my favorite running trail, hoping it would be plowed by then. It was only about half plowed, so I ended up running on some compacted snow, deep fluffy snow, and ice. Not safe! And I was so slow because I was just trying not to fall. Not worth it.
Sad to say that the sun has not visited the North East this week, so I’ve ventured inside for cardio for now. I managed to come up with a fun elliptical workout that didn’t leave me bored. I have a feeling the elliptical and I will be meeting up quite often this winter! Overall, I did all my workouts, but so far this workout plan hasn’t left me super-impressed yet. I also think since I just came off of Insanity, everything feels a little more boring and easy now. Overall, I just felt like I wasn’t doing enough (or is that just the perfectionist in me?) But, I’m excited to ramp it up a bit more for next week.
As a part of January’s focus, I also thought it would be a good idea to start a workout log. So many other blogs I read have them, and I naturally love to track my progress and write everything down, so this works perfectly for me. I also feel really good about holding myself accountable to my workouts by being able to post them on the blog.
Overall, it was a good week, but left me feeling a little bored with my workout. Hoping that I can ramp it up for the rest of this week 🙂
- Question for you: What’s your favorite type of cardio? Do you have healthy goals for January? If so, how are they coming?