feb recap, march goals & fitness updates #PCB

The month of February was BEAUTIFUL around here. I mean sure it was cold some days, but we really had no snow compared to most winters. I think we had 2 snow days in the whole of February, maybe even one??? That’s a huge drop from last year, when they stopped giving us snow days because it was so crappy all the time that they couldn’t keep the city shut down for so long.

I enjoyed friends and family, as well as the outdoors & started on my fitness and health journey in February. One of my goals for February was to enjoy the outdoors and not let the winter weather / sunset times get me down and I think I was most successful in this.

Here’s a little Snapchat recap of the past month… I think this could become a thing.

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Every Sunday night, since 2016 started, I’ve journalled before bed. On the Sunday closest to the start of the next month, I write out goals for the upcoming month. The “goals” can include things that should be on my to-do list, appointments I need to make, projects I need to complete, fitness / health things I want to achieve or overarching goals as a theme for the whole month.

Some of my March Goals are:

Time management:

Often I leave everything until the last minute and this leaves me panicked and unable to do other things, besides the things that I have to do.. For example, I am currently in 2 classes and all of my assignments for each class are always due the same week, usually within a few days of each other. I leave all assignments until as late as possible because I get lazy and enjoy doing whatever it is I want to do instead of being smart and spreading things over a longer period of time. This leaves me feeling unbalanced and uneasy in the days that I have to accomplish things I NEED to do. This month I want to be better at balancing my time and managing it better.

Continue working out ( incorporate outside cardio as often as possible ):

I’ve been loving working out and have quickly fallen back in love with fitness and being active. I have been following workouts from Tone It Up and loving how they are making me feel. Also, this morning I went for a run outside because it was 7 degrees Celsius at 9 am. We have been having this BEAUTY weather and I really want to enjoy it as much as I can.

Stick to a sleep schedule:

I work best when I get at least 8 hours of sleep. I am not motivated to do anything past like 10:00pm except watch tv and this is a waste of my time. I could be heading to bed earlier in the night and waking up bright and early and accomplishing things as I work best in the morning. I’ve been trying to go to bed before 11:30pm / 12:00am each night and waking up around 8:30am every day but I want to shift this. I am aiming to go to sleep earlier and wake up around 7:30am so that I can make the most out of my mornings.

Eat meatless 2 days a week:

I don’t plan on becoming a vegetarian / vegan because I LOVE chicken wings, cheese, eggs, milk, etc. but I know that I feel better and less bloated when I am not eating a lot of meat that’s heavy on my stomach. I really only eat chicken anyway as I don’t like how steak tastes when it is cooked at home ( and I’m wayyyy too cheap to order it at a restaurant ) and I’m not a huge fan of like beef ( hamburgers ) or pork. So basically I’m going to aim to do this 2 days a week and enjoy feeling lighter.

Drink more green juice / smoothies:

I have the BEST blender and it doesn’t get enough use. I love all things green in my smoothies – kale, spinach, celery, cucumber. I need to drink more! I’m aiming for 3 a week.

See friends more often:

My friends and I all have different schedules and things that we must do, so it’s hard to see each other as often as we’d like. If I do hang out with some friends, it’s a work only thing, and while working with some of my friends is a huge blessing, it sucks that we only see each other at work / meetings. This month I’m making it a top priority to see at least 2 different friends, ones that I don’t see often. As well as making it a point to see the ones I see on a daily / weekly basis through work, on different occassions & not just at work!

Make doctor and eye appointment:

This has seriously been on my to-do list / goals for months now and I haven’t done it. I need to do both of these this month or at least book appointments for the upcoming months when school winds down and I have more free time.

Wear my bite plate:

I have the worst jaw clenching problem and lately I haven’t been having as many jaw-related headaches, so I’ve slacked on wearing my bite plate. At a previous appointment with my dentist, they said if I stop wearing my bite plate I can mess up my jaw and neck, so I need to wear it regardless of if I have headaches or not!

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OOOoookay, so I thought I’d post a little bit each week and re-cap my workouts for the past week. I have dubbed the next 2.5 months #ProjectCubaBody ( #PCB ). I am determined to love my body and be proud of it and spend the whole week in nothing more than a bikini because helloooo, girl needs a tan.

I feel like I’m sitting here writing this on the last day of February and the next weeks are going to fly by and I’m going to be on a plane to Cuba thinking ‘where the hell did the time go?’… so I need to make these next weeks COUNT. Because where the hell did February go? January? Wasn’t it JUST Christmas???!!

I need to kill it. Give it my all. Go hard.

Because the next few weeks / months are going to fly by.

Monday:

Ok, so on Monday, I kicked my booty in to high gear and ran for 35 minutes. I loved running last year, me and the treadmill were basically in an exclusive relationship but then I kind of got bored of it / wasn’t seeing any more results after the initial 6 or so months so I stopped. I finally got my treadmill put down in the basement again ( thanks to Daniel! ) and so on Monday I ran again and I remembered why I loved it so much. I’m definitely looking to up my time / distance in running in the upcoming weeks & months but for now I’m going to aim for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the day. I also did a quick arm routine from TIU because I am a huge fan of their workouts and called it quits for the day… It was my first day back at it and I was a little slower than normal / had a hard time getting out of bed / ended up being late for work anyway, oops. It can only go up from here right!?

Tuesday:

I woke up bright & early Tuesday morning and was itching to run on the treadmill again. I know that starting out I’m not going to be able to run every day and will probably have to incorporate walking some days but getting up and moving is so great. On Tuesday I alternated between walking, jogging and sprinting. I started out walking ( at a quick pace ) for about 3:00 and then jogged for 2:00 and sprinted 10 times for 0:30. I repeated this jog / sprint pattern 10 times because I just couldn’t stop. There is something so invigorating about sprinting and giving it your all. Then I did a KILLER abs routine from TIU because again I love these workouts. Also it’s super fitting that it’s called Bikini Abs right? #ProjectCubaBody is in full swing.

After this intense morning workout, I could barely walk, but there was a family VS team game with my brother’s basketball game. I ended up running and playing basketball for 2 hours this night. #hurtinhunni

Wednesday:

I took Wednesday as a little rest day because seriously guys, I could NOT walk. I had a working meeting and I had to get up to go to the bathroom, and I COULD NOT MOVE haha it was pathetic. I taught dance for about 3 hours and that just about did me in. I did stretch for about 20-30 minutes after dance classes and I felt much better.

Thursday:

Waking up Thursday morning, I felt ready to tackle another workout. I ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes and I incorporated in 5 0:30 sprints throughout my run. I then did another TIU workout and it kicked my booty. I did this one on Thursday in case you are wondering. The girls at TIU post a weekly workout schedule each Sunday and I am going to try to start following them more closely, but for now I’ve just been picking random workouts and doing them.

Friday:

So, I woke up on Friday and realized that I had an essay to write on a novel I had yet to read, so I had to make a choice between working out or reading the novel before I worked from 11:30-9:30 that day. I decided to do both, but just walk on the treadmill while reading the novel. I walked at a pretty steady pace for about an hour. I missed my jogs and sprints but when you forget you have a paper due and have no time to read a novel and write it after work, you have to make some sacrifices. I didn’t do any other workouts this day because I had to eat and pack my meals + get ready and go to work. It sucked booo.

Saturday & Sunday:

To be quite honest, Saturday and Sunday I basically did nothing. I mean I still hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit but that was only because of the endless hours my mom, aunt and I spent at the mall. I read somewhere that if you don’t work out on weekends consistently than it can inhibit your progress so I’m trying to still get in some sort of workout… but I didn’t do that this weekend. I spent the time with my family and I’m not going to beat myself up over this. I’m not going to make it a habit, but I’m also not going to look down on myself because it happened.

Happy Monday! I hope you guys have a great week & a happy start to March. Do you have any March goals? Let me know!

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