To keep my focus OFF of the scale, I set 3 mini-goals each month in terms of trying NEW things in the way of 1) activity or a class at the gym, 2) new food or recipe, and 3) behavior or read a self-improvement book. Also adding "miscellaneous" as 4).
I’ve been doing this the past couple of years and it really has kept me motivated to just keep on pushing towards my goal and truly enjoy the journey. The scale is just a measurement of my weight, but I like to keep track of all the ways I’ve stepped OUTSIDE of my comfort zone and give myself a pat on the back for all the ways I’ve GROWN.
Food - ?
Activity - ?
Behavior or Book read: 30 day journaling challenge with Keisean Raines, "Becoming" (Michelle Obama's journal prompts based off of her book with the same title)
Misc - began teaching Kids Yoga (WITHOUT training
; my "supervisor" insisted that I did not need to spend $ on training because I was going to "learn as I go"
. He was NOT a yoga teacher and did not understand that "not knowing what I should or should not be teaching children as far as yoga poses COULD have presented a liability issue if a child injured themselves or someone else. And that liability could have jeopardized my teaching license. Teaching adults is completely different than teaching children.
Food - vegan omelette made with chickpea flour
Activity - ?
Behavior or Book read - ?
Misc - Kidding Around Yoga 40 hour training in Chillicothe, OH (4 hr drive). There was so MUCH I learned in this training & it really EMPOWERED me to do my job BETTER! The first two months teaching elementary students left me so stressed (and I contemplated "quitting" because I felt I was "in way over my head."
However, after the training, I was excited to implement what I learned, and was actually looking forward to writing "lesson plans" each week!
So glad I didn't listen to my supervisor!
a) 22 day Vegan challenge (and considered extending it until the end of Lent)
b) 30 class Yoga challenge with PurYoga (however, was unable to complete due to COVID-19)
a) Carrot Bacon (Tabitha Brown on YouTube)
b) Crunchy Granola (Minimalist Baker)
c) Dave's Killer thin-sliced bread
a) Wii Bowling challenge (w/ SP's "Walk It Out" group)
b) WW's Up for the Challenge (on WW Connect) - week of April 19-25
c) "Yoga Therapy" class via Zoom
d) "Un-canceled Project" with Run The Edge (5k, 10k and half-marathon virtual races)
Behavior - Melanin Yoga seminar
Misc - WW workshops on Zoom
a) Black Bean Tacos (can't recall whose recipe I used)
b) Amaranth (ordered via Amazon)
c) Tofu Bacon (Pass The Plants on YouTube)
d) Turmeric Wellness Shot (Nita Ita on YouTube)
e) Irish Sea Moss aka Jamaican Sea Moss (made it for the first time)
f) BBQ Tempeh Ribs (connoisseurveg.com)
g) Vegan Oatmeal Raisin cookies (lovingitvegan.com)
Activity - "Community Class" with one of Daybreak Yoga's Teacher Trainees (studio is based in Bedford, OH - just outside of Cleveland)
Behavior - "Miracle Morning" routine (read the book in Nov 2018, but did not begin implementing it until the pandemic hit)
a) Vegan Fried Cauliflower (Sweet Potato Soul on YouTube)
b) Vegan Cheese Sauce (Make It Dairy Free on YouTube; uses "beans" as the base)
c) Vegan Taco Meat Filling (Pass The Plants on YouTube)
d) Leah's Better Bites Very Strawberry cake bites (bought at a local vegan takeout)
a) Zumba Dance Party on Zoom (and on my birthday!
a) The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall (highly recommend if on WW purple
b) Lean & Clean by Hannah Jannish (aka High Carb Hannah on YouTube; another suggestion if on WW purple) (e-Book)