Happy First Day of March, all!
For anyone living in a snowy climate, I’m sure today comes as a day that signals the closing days of cold and welcomes the onset of warmth, greenery, warmth, chirping birds, and most importantly, warmth! 😉 I’m not so naive, however, to think that this is the case here in Calgary, where snow can literally fall year-round and where winter is not officially done until May. So here’s to a better mental awareness that we’re slowly leaving winter behind in Calgary and looking ahead to running outdoors without scanning for ice or wearing both head warmers and gloves.
Although there are usually accompanying difficulties, it can also be so fun when seasons change, life moves on, you make transitions, and freshness occurs because of those changes, and March 1st certainly signals some change for my husband and I. As you may or may not have been reading about, we’ve been anticipating our upcoming film tour for a documentary about young adults and cancer we helped create after Mikey’s own cancer treatments two years ago and will soon be embarking on a two month cross-Canada tour! We also just packed up our life in a 5′ x 10′ storage unit and moved back in with Mikey’s parents until we head out on March 19th for the coast, prepping our RV to travel east to Halifax. We’re still working, but now from a different home base and looking ahead to many unknown adventures.
Here are the basics of this competition-against-yourself-not-others, personalized challenge:
- You can pledge minutes, miles, consistency (like 5 days a week).
- For this challenge, no weight related goals please. That might be a bonus for a more active lifestyle but we’re focusing on health. You might want to work in a nutrition goal, like drink 8 glasses of water a day, eat 5 fruits and veggies, etc.
- Try to use SMART goal setting. If you want to review goal setting, or mission statements, check out our recent the articles about those very topics.
This comes at a great time for me, because as we prepare to leave for our upcoming trip, we are super busy and distracted, and setting a few goals will help me maintain not only my sanity but my healthy as well! So here are my
- Drink at least 3L of water a day (I’ll measure using my water bottle, which is 1,000 ml or 32 oz in one fill-up).
- Maintain my fitness during this unpredictable time with 3 workouts a week (staying broad and inclusive of all kinds because soon we’ll be on the road: TRX workouts, jump rope intervals (portable!), high intensity body weight circuit training workouts, & running when it’s warm enough).
- Beware of mindless eating and be thoughtful about what I eat and when (just when hungry!). Although this one’s harder to evaluate, it’s been on my mind enough that I know I will eat healthier and simply make better, less mindless choices because I can truly feel the difference when I pay attention to how I fuel my body. For the long days coming up, probably less scheduled movement, and possibly more stress, I want to anticipate ahead of time and treat my body well.
I will check in and keep you all updated to how these goals are doing; please join me if you have any March goals yourself and want some accountability! 🙂 Check out the FitBlogger site and post about this challenge and together we’ll make small steps that will lead towards a healthier lifestyle. And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Living life to the full! That’s why I blog – to show people that through the ups and downs of life, small but determined, thoughtful choices and steps do lead to a fuller, freer life.
One of the things I’m excited to incorporate into an upcoming greens-laden smoothie is one of these packages from Amazing Grass from my new “blend” (that’s “blog-friend!” hehe), Lindsay. Thanks a ton for your thoughtfulness, Lindsay! I’m actually interested in their 2 Week Challenge after Lindsay did it…maybe it could be my next challenge?
So…challenges, changes, and commitment…are you in? Experiencing any of these right now? I’d love to hear about it! Drop me a note and let the conversation flow – here’s to what lies ahead! Live well & be well today,