At long last (and I guess this tells you how well I did on one of my items so far, right? My bad, #12)…I wanted to take a look back at the last 5 weeks and do a little self-evaluation/check-in on how things are going.
My original list is here.
The most important thing I’ve done for myself in the past five weeks is worked on accepting the concept of “enough.” Perfection is not the thing. Doing the best with with circumstances you can control is the path to success - as is doing the thing CONSISTENTLY. I guess “consistency” is the theme of January.
No-Netflix January: I cancelled my Netflix, but definitely ended up watching some things on nights that were particularly draining. I’d say that I watched about 95% less tv than I usually do in January. I definitely didn’t have any days lost to mindless movie/show binges, and I feel like I got a ton of stuff done. I’m inviting things back into my life for February - but I’ll probably come back around to this for Lent. It’s a good one, and really not too hard.
Continuing education: Take and complete at least one class of any sort, unrelated to nutrition. Additionally, form a concrete plan for the next phase of nutrition related continuing education. I started a Human Physiology course through Coursera (rereading this I realize that I’m supposed to take something UNRELATED to Nutrition, and this is pretty related, but it’s allowing me to focus my mind in a different way so I’ll take it). It’s also so, so difficult. I didn’t like chemistry in high school, and I’m not loving it now. But I’m determined to get through it, even though I’m about a week behind in coursework.
Climb to the highest point at Go Vertical. Made it to the SECOND highest point at my last visit on February 1st. The highest wall is PRETTY tough-looking, though. Lots of overhangs…I’ll need to get my grip strength straightened out.
Run a charity 5K. Planning to do the Dash for Organ/Tissue Donation Awareness in April AND the Back on My Feet Halfway to Broad 5 miler in April. Oy. The running.
180 blog posts (at minimum).I’d like to do more, but this is every other day. We’ll see how it goes. Well, I’ve done about three. Hah!
Keep a daily gratitude journal and explore The Artist’s Way 12-week creativity program later in the year (might be a summer project). I completed a full guided meditation/gratitude program in January and LOVED the concept, although I could take or leave the actual book I used. Angel and I did this together and I felt a huge change in my general outlook despite the month itself being super winter-y and depressing. I love the nightly gratitude journal - I’ll definitely be keeping up with it going forward. I’m reading through the Artist’s Way right now but I don’t think I have the capacity to do it at the same time as this Human Phys course, so I’ll definitely come back to it in a few months.
Read one new book each month. I read The Paleo Manifesto in January (among many other easy reads/repeat old friends) and actually really liked it. It was a really interesting approach to the human history/anthropology/sociological aspect how humans developed and what we’re doing wrong in our modern world. The most interesting part? How the rituals of organized religion developed based on the health needs of its people (aka ritual cleansing in Judaism).
Pay off my credit card. Just about to throw $1000 at this bad boy.
Donate blood four times. My first time was in January! I’ll be able to go back in March. I felt so good about this.
Mail 4 cards each month - birthday, thinking-of-you, holiday, whatever…they just have to go in the real mail. Done and done for January! And I loved doing ‘em!
Go to a therapist or life coach. I found a cool therapist in January and went a few times. I haven’t quite fleshed out all of my thoughts on therapy, but the verdict so far is that it’s at least giving me a direction when it comes to self-improvement, and I’ll keep going for the foreseeable future.
In other, more general news (because I very specifically did NOT set goals relating to either of these things for 2014)…my exercise/movement and eating have been really consistent and I’m feeling amazing. I’m doing the nutrition program I designed (which seems like the obvious situation, right?) and I’m feeling GREAT. I’ve lost 8-10 pounds depending on the day and time I weigh myself - and yes, I’m fully aware that this is mostly holiday bloat, but it still feels good to be without it. My sleeping has been incredible, and my training has been going really well. I just bested my mile time by a minute after four weeks of eating this way. All of my lifts are improving exponentially, and my metcon is coming back (such that it ever was).
Anyway, moar posts with feelz coming later, I’m aware this one is kind of a clinical follow-up on how I’ve been doing, but I need the accountability! Onward and upward.
Coaches Aid - Watch the 2014 National Junior Championships LIVE from Aurora Colorado - B Platform
Let’s talk about how this livestream is about 10,000 times better than the American Open one was in December.
These kids. So proud of Ricky Beaver!
I’m passionate about organ donation awareness, so it’s pretty silly that I was scared to donate blood til yesterday. But I did it! My dad was a huge advocate for this without even realizing it. By the time he died he’d donated something like 14 GALLONS of blood over the years. This is definitely something I’ll keep doing - I spend so much time curating a healthy body and life, seems stupid not to use it for good!
Kettlebell goblet squats (35-lb)
I saw the WOD on the board and thought, “Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy,” but then I noticed two things:
10-burpee penalty after the metcon for every time you put the kettlebell down during it