Thursday, March 01, 2012

I’m so ready for spring already! It’s actually been an easy winter – especially in comparison to last year! – so I don’t have much to complain about, but I’m thrilled that it’s light when I get home from work in the afternoon. This means the return of afternoon runs – YAAAY!!! – so I can focus on strength training at the gym. Exciting stuff!

I’m challenging myself to get 1000 fitness minutes in March, in preparation for all of the races that will be starting up in April and May. I know I can do it, even if it means getting creative (a walk on my lunch break, yoga after putting DD to bed, etc.) if the schedule falls through for any reason. I need to make exercise a priority!

My general exercise plan for March is:

* Run 3x per week, with a long(ish) run on Saturdays

* Strength training 2x per week (I REALLY need to work on this!!!)

* Zumba!

* Maybe a little yoga or a nice long walk with DD on Sundays. ☺

My second challenge for March is NO TAKE-OUT FOOD. The beginning of February was nutty, and we fell back on ordering dinner waaaaaay too much. It’s expensive and not even good half the time. We’ve been doing really well the last couple of weeks, and I’m going to continue that trend by planning out the week’s meals ahead of time and sticking to it. Slow cooker meals, in particular, have been huge successes.

I just purchased the SparkPeople Cookbook, and I’m excited to add some new healthy meals to the mix. I also ordered “Bean by Bean,” and I’m psyched to add more meatless dinners to our rotation. I think I could be perfectly happy as a vegetarian… something to think about down the road!
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    Looks great! Longer days are just heavenly. I too have been waiting for this!!! I love all of the details in your new plan. 1000 minutes a month is a push but totally doable, especially with active lunches and weekend fun. We share that goal in common and I'm a little behind this month due to unforeseen craaazies, but just yesterday I went for a two-hour walk and voila 120 minutes down. How are the recipes working out? After 20+ years I have found that vegetarian/vegan recipes can provide 3-7 servings of vegetables in one sitting. Sure makes it easier to be healthy!

    3392 days ago
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    Wow, sounds like a great plan! I like the Sunday idea, as well as the no take-out. You seem like you really have it together, so I'm sure 1,000 fitness minutes will come easily for you. I have the SP Cookbook, as well. Have you seen the smoothie recipe? YUMMM!
    3396 days ago
    I have been using a different cookbook every week and blogging about it. The kids have been having fun voting on the recipes.
    3396 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Great plan! It is easy to fall into the take out routine. Your right though its not even good lol! You feel stuffed after and you know its not what you needed so it just snowballs into guilt for many reasons. Good to hear you want to add more meatless meals to your week! I try to make my family meals mostly vegetarian or vegan during the week at least and if I do include meats for them I just make sure the portions are smaller than the veggie portion and that the meats I buy are organic. Since it is more expensive I automatically have to plan more meatless!

    3398 days ago
    I love vegetarian meals, actually love all food but prefer vegetarian.
    3399 days ago
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