Given that caveat you might be expecting me to report that February was a complete disaster! But that's not the case. It's just that I can tell things are starting to fray around the edges. I'm not eating quite as well or getting quite enough sleep. I missed a couple workouts. I'm not quite a patient or mindful or budget-conscious as I'd like to be.
This is my ninth busy season so none of this is unexpected. My strategy is: HOLD ON. Don't panic. Do the best you can. Realize that things will slide but don't give up entirely.
Moving on the February report - The four categories I'm planning to check in monthly on are: Exercise, Mood, Books, & Budget.
But first... Just because I love this sweet face so much!
The Goal: My official goal for 2017 is to PR the half marathon, but aside from that I like to exercise most days to be healthy and feel like my best self. I try to run 3x/week and do 21 Day Fix workouts 3x/week.
The Reality: I ran 59 miles in February (up from 53 miles in January) and I started my official training for the Shiprock Half Marathon on May 13th. I realized that the 21DF workouts have become a little rote after six months so I poked around on YouTube and found some similar but different (and free!) workouts by FitnessBlender (Thanks Leigh!) and BodyFit by Amy. I did 10 total cross-training workouts in February.
The Goal: My goal is to be more mindful, to be more present, to single-task, and to spend less time on my phone. The word of the year is REST.
The Reality: It'll probably come as no surprise that this is the area that has suffered the most as I've gotten busier at work. I'm still trying to present, especially when I'm with the kids, and single-tasking has become even more important as I try to be as efficient as possible, but I've definitely been more anxious and tense. I have been successful at decreasing my phone use to <30 minutes per day though!
The Goal: I decided to try to read one non-fiction book per month this year.
The Reality: Yes! I read two non-fiction books this month - I'll tell you more about them in the next Show Us Your Books link-up on March 14th. Here's my TBR for March:
I'm half-way through The Hating Game and it's super cute.
The Goal: My goals here are a) Don't buy any clothes for myself until May, and b) Be more careful with random discretionary spending.
The Reality: I have been successful at (a) for FOUR months now, which is probably a record, although I did buy new running shoes. For (b) - I kept track of things I bought that we didn't exactly need, all of which are for Swede this month: 1) a couple new puzzles as I mentioned in my February Favorites, 2) Boden gave me $10 for my half-birthday so I bought two short-sleeve t-shirts for summer, and 3) I decided to try a three month subscription to Lillypost to get some fun new books.
Swede picked out this dog t-shirt herself and it's a new favorite.
Also! I have been keeping the Food page updated with new recipes we've been trying for dinner and weekend baking projects, and the first month of the Pen Pal Project was really fun! [Anyone who is interested in that should message Steph the Bookworm on Facebook and she can get your hooked up!]
That's all! Are you still holding strong to your goals for 2017?