Good morning! It’s been pretty uneventful since we caught up yesterday, but a couple good things happened, including this chocolate-filled croissant that I got from work during my 4:00 desperate hunger streak:
It was completely necessary and worth the calories. For dinner, Riley and I ordered Chinese takeout cause we were too lazy to cook. I ordered wonton soup and a dinner of steamed shrimp, chicken, and veggies on steamed rice.
Ordering Chinese food can be tricky and there are a lot of dishes out there that are total calorie bombs. By ordering the steamed platter I was able to top it with some low-sodium soy sauce and sriracha to add flavor and keep it healthy. I also could feed a small army with the amount of food they gave us, so it looks like I’ll be eating Chinese leftovers for the rest of the week!
Now on to my whining of the morning:
I know to many of you up north this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. I live in Southeastern VA for a reason: it should never get this cold! I’m bundled up in every article of clothing I have, so I hope I don’t see anyone important at work today. Because of this miserable weather, I was too scared to get up at 4:30 to work out, so we’ll have to talk about my New Year’s goals instead this morning!
I know last week the internet was filled with people’s resolutions and how to stick to them, so I figured I’d share mine. It’s not a long list, but I think it’s important not to overload yourself with huge and lofty goals all at once. Little changes add up!
1) Plan ahead more.
Why: I always see people prepping food on Sundays and writing out their workout plans. I’ve never really done this much, but I want to try moving forward because I think it’ll help me step up my workouts and meals.
How: I can’t be productive on Sundays. It’s my lazy day! To stay on top of this goal, I’m going to do most of my planning on Friday before I leave work for the weekend, because that way I’ll still be in a “planning” state of mind. Heading into the weekend, I want to have a grocery list, meal ideas, and workout plan already set.
2) Go to a yoga class once a week.
Why: I loved taking classes over the break and remembered how much I love those types of workouts. While running and circuit workouts are still my favorites, there are a ton of benefits to practicing yoga and I want to make it part of my weekly routine.
How: This is where my pre-planning comes in! I’ll schedule my yoga workout ahead of time so that I’ll stick to it. Yoga at the studio I like is pretty expensive, so I’m going to rotate taking class there with taking some of the yoga at my own gym.
3) Save more money
Why: I haven’t been much of a saver in the past few years because we couldn’t really afford to. Now that my car is paid off (I made my last payment in December!) I want to make a concrete plan to set aside more money every month.
How: Every time I get a paycheck, I’ll transfer a set amount of money to savings before I do anything else. I also found some great ideas from this article about easy ways to save, such as shopping around for insurance. I already called my cable company and got $40 off my monthly bill just by asking!
4) Make 1 healthy food swap a month
Why: I have a pretty healthy diet overall, but there’s always room for improvement. I’d like to clean up my diet just a little bit more this year.
How: I think one swap a month is totally reasonable without completely overhauling things. A couple examples of swaps I made last year are buying almond milk instead of dairy, trading white bread for Ezekiel bread, and regular yogurt for Greek. My strategy for remembering this is to use my day planner. I’m putting in a note for the beginning of every month to evaluate what’s in my kitchen and finding one swap that I can make permanently moving forward.
And that’s it! I’m really happy with these goals and I know I can manage them because they’re not too lofty.
Now I’m off to brave the cold for the day. Hope you all stay warm and safe!
Name one of your goals for the new year
How cold is it where you are?