Thank you all for your very sweet words, thoughts, and prayers in response to my nana’s passing yesterday. I felt like I had a support system spanning the globe. Thank you.
Despite the obvious difficulty that yesterday brought it was a lovely day. Tate was a content birthday boy and we both felt very welcomed into Charlottesville with a great turn-out for his dinner party at South Street Brewery.
As regular readers know, I am all about goal-setting these days. Regular readers also may have noticed that I rarely actually achieve my goals 100%. I used to find this discouraging but lately I actually find it motivating to set my sights slightly higher than I will actually accomplish.
On that note, February wrap-up
My goals were
- get health insurance (I know, I know, it’s preposterous that I don’t have it but I was out of the country and I am a procrastinator!)
- walk 100 miles (anyone care to join me? It’s only 3.5 miles a day!)
- run 30 miles
- start teaching exercise classes
- practice lots of yoga
- begin choreographing my dance for May (more on this soon)
- start my garden
- eat lots of amazing food with amazing people
Let’s see how I did
- health insurance is in process
10080 miles walked!
- I ran 33.5 miles!
- I started classes at my studio but there were no students the first week…I am still going to call this goal reached.
- I totally dropped the yoga ball! 🙁
- the music is chosen, a few minutes are mapped out, and I am excited!
- we still need to buy some topsoil to fill our raised beds but I got started on organizing, cleaning up the hibernating herbs, and drooling over seed catalogs.
- this was perhaps to most successfully accomplished goal ;)!
I also achieved some unwritten, unplanned goals last month.
- I started foam rolling regularly! I have owned a foam roller for nearly 10 years but have only used it intermittently until now. Daily rolling does the body good!
- I started meditating. 3 minutes a day, most days, and I am loving it. I fell for yoga long ago but was not interested in meditating beyond the mat until recently.
- I have jumped on the kettlebell bandwagon! What started as a cautious and skeptical affair has grown into a full blown infatuation. I will be purchasing my second ‘bell soon!
And now it’s time for a new set of goals for MARCH!
- run at least 10 miles a week
- 3 strength training sessions a week (two Core Four, one kettlebell)
- walk 100 miles
- work up to 5 minutes of meditation most days of the week
- use my car less (I don’t drive that much but lately I’ve gotten a little lazy about driving to the clinic)
- practice yoga 5 days a week
I also have a long list of “Spring Cleaning” type projects for this month that I am excited about, I’ll let you in on them as they happen.
Set goals my friends! Big or small, epic or trivial, clarify what you want and how to accomplish it!
There are so many foam rollers. Which one do you recommend?
Not the one I have! Haha, no really, it’s cheap and not dense enough. I don’t have a particular brand to recommend but you should look for one that is solid rather than actually looking foamy. The ones with marbled coloring fit this criteria. It’s not that much more$$ to buy the better quality and it will pay off in the long run. Happy rolling!
I love your goals and the flexibility you have with them. That’s something I’m working towards. (aka not making myself neurotic if I don’t meet a self-imposed goal)
Thanks! I definitely used to see it as a waste if I didn’t meet goals 100% but now I find it motivating instead. I doubt that I will actually walk 100 miles this week (great attitude, eh? :)) but by setting it that high I will probably walk at least 80 in my effort to reach 100.
Good luck not making yourself neurotic! 😉
Nice work on your goals! I’m hoping to start our garden this month. Last year I started tomatoes in February (in our little green house) but it was way too early.
I love my foam roller as well. I have also started massaging my hips/glutes/TFL with a tennis ball which seems to help a lot too.
Tennis balls are great! Especially for the muscles along the spine.
Good luck with your garden!
Oh, I *really* want to get into kettlebell training, especially after reading the 4 Hour Body recently. Which weight did you start off with? I’m pretty lost about where to begin. Also, have you just been training on your own, or can one take kettlebell training classes?
I’m excited to jump on this bandwagon!
I bought a 10 pounder so that’s what I use. It’s a little light for a few exercises and just right for others. My ‘bell came with a Gaiam workout video that I did a few times and then I bought Jillian M.’s Shred It with Weights and use that regularly.
Kettlebells have the potential to provide an amazing workout but they also have the potential to cause real damage to your body, especially your shoulders. I highly recommend seeking out a class at your local gym or through a trainer to get started using them.
Can’t believe you have a walking date with Kath in this freezing-cold weather. Just plain stupid idea.
???? It’s 43 degrees and sunny, that’s far from freezing my friend!
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