One of my personal health/fitness goals is to start drinking more water.
I preach it all. the. time. to my challengers. I'm all like do as I say, not as I do. And it's driving me nuts.
Since making a physical list of things I want to accomplish in 2015 and creating a PLAN OF ACTION (aka steps to actually do what I want to do), even little goals like drinking more water are more tangible.
Here are my steps to reaching that goal to DRINK MORE WATER:
Buy a new water bottle.I realize this seems silly to have to mention, but my water bottle just doesn't excite me anymore. It's old and cracked and I feel like I would drink more if I had something prettier. (I'm rolling my eyes with you as I write this.)
Put a filter on my sink at work. The water at work hasn't always proven to be the highest quality (this is me being P.C.) and I feel like that has a lot to do with why I don't drink as much as I should throughout the day. Two coworkers put filters on their sinks and they very graciously allow me to fill up as often as I like, but that means I have to leave my classroom, enter their's, potentially interrupt their classroom, and then go back to my own to enjoy my filters, clean, fresh water. Putting one on my own sink would make things a little easier.
Tracking my intake. Already I keep up with my portions and food groups thanks to the 21 Day Fix so what's one more little thing to track? (For the record, I no longer physically track my portions because I've been following the nutrition guide long enough to just know, but this won't be a big deal since I have experience.) When I created my 21 Day Fix pocket track sheets for my challengers, I included a space for daily workout and 8 glasses of water so I am going to start tracking it until it comes naturally.
Onto the first (and most important) task, buying a new water bottle...
I've gone back and forth this year as to what to give several people in our lives that mean so much to us. Consumerism can get the best of me and make me want to buy all the pretty things for all the pretty people in my life and I. just. can't. You know?
This year I decided I would give the gift of health and make jars of homemade granola for neighbors, family, friends, and coworkers. I'm hoping that they see the thoughtfulness and labor of love I put into this small gift and can appreciate the fact that I thought deeply about this before doing it.
First, I make the granola.
1 c Regular oats
3/4 c Whole-wheat flour
1/2 c Wheat germ
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 c Vegetable oil
1/4 c Honey
2 Tbsp Orange juice
1/4 c Flaked coconut
2 Tbsp Sliced almonds
1. Mix the oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
2. Combine oil, honey, and juice and pour over mixture. Mix until completely blended.
3. Spread evenly over foil lined baking sheet and bake in 250 degree oven for 45 minutes.
4. Stir in coconut and almonds and bake for 30 more minutes.
*You can just enjoy this granola like this or you can turn it into a trail mix like I did for my jars*
To create the trail mix, use the homemade granola and follow this recipe:
Granola from previous recipe (or 2 cups if you purchase from store)
3/4 c chopped pecans
3/4 c chopped walnuts
1 1/2 c flaked coconut
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 c banana chips
1/2 c dried apricots
1 bag Great Value berry trail mix
(You could use raisins, golden raisins, and dried cherries separately. I opted to purchase the bag of trail mix from Walmart because it has those ingredients in it for less than $5)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients except banana chips, raisins, cherries, and apricots.
3. Mix well.
4. Spread even on 2 foiled baking sheets. Bake 55-60 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven; stir in banana chips, raisins, cherries, and apricots.
6. Cool thoroughly and store tightly covered at room temperature.
Since I'm using this as a gift, I filled mason jars with the mixture once it was completely cooled and decorated the container with some fabric and baker's twine I had on hand. I made the Christmas tags using old business card paper and they are ready for gifting!
*A coworker shared her recipe with me and I've tweaked it; I'm currently working on a clean(er) version and will share that recipe as I perfect it.*
Ouch. You didn't know you came to get your toes stomped, did you?
Truth is, I've been thinking a lot about goals lately; WHAT mine are, WHY I want to accomplish them, and most importantly HOW I'm going to do it.
It's been a while since I wrote a tangible list of things that I want to accomplish much more than a daily checklist of "to-do's." I've voiced a few things I'd like to do or things I wish would happen. And people say, "Lindsay, be careful what you're saying."
If I'm being honest, my biggest goals are a little scary. People might not laugh at them, but they definitely will widely open their eyes and perhaps even let their mouth drop open some. Every time I see it or hear it, though, I just keep trucking. I'm determined.
And I'm stubborn; stubborn is a great quality when it comes to goals.
I realize most people wait until December 31st to really think about what they want to accomplish in the next year. And then, most those resolutions are made on the fly while sipping champagne. If I'm being honest, I have no idea what my resolutions were for this year.
I don't want to wait. One thing you need to know about me: I'm an ALL IN kinda person. Meaning, I'm either all in or all out. No grey stuff for me. So, my goals start now. My plan of action or my HOW starts now.
What are your goals for 2015? Have you written them down? What is your plan of action?
I like to make stocking stuffers really personal. I realize you can spend an arm and a leg on little things to fill that Mary Poppins-like sock, but I always try to find special little items that won't break the gift budget. (Do you set a gift budget in your house? We have to!)
It can be hard to make those stocking stuffers personal. Especially if your "person" has different interests than you. As a self-proclaimed fitness nerd I could easily stuff a stocking for my fitness loving girlfriends. Things like a new water bottle, sweaty bands, and cushioned socks really make me tick.
I still can't believe a whole year has gone by and I still can't believe you haven't been a part of my life since the beginning of forever.
You are such a sweetheart; always smiling, always happy. There are so many things about you that make my heart swell with pride and love. To put my love for you into words is quite impossible, but I've done the best I can in a private letter just for you.
I love you so much more each and every day.
12 Month Update
Weight: 22 pounds Length: 30+ inches Nicknames: Milkman, Milk Monster, CT, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Bubby, Monster, Buddy Boy Sleep: You've started going to bed earlier since you are using so much more energy during the day. Typically you are out by 7:00 and awake around 6:00. You are still a champion sleeper. You like to sleep in your crib - you definitely don't want to be held or in bed with us when you go to sleep. Although those moments where you are snuggly and fall asleep in our arms are extra special. Eating: You love food! Some of your favorites are pancakes, Ritz crackers, macaroni and cheese, carrots, chicken and dumplings, banana, hummus, Nutrigrain bars, and pears. Clothing: 12-18 months Loves:
Your Aden + Anais blankies
Runs with Mommy
The dog dishes, carbon monoxide detector, battery charger - anything you shouldn't have
Your soccer ball
Brushing your own teeth
Having your face/hands wiped
Having your nose cleaned
Working on finding a daycare that fits you
You started walking on 12/5/14
You are saying more words: dog, dada, mama, that, uh-oh
You shake your head no and you're trying hard to be able to nod yes
When we say "no" you look at us and smile and wave your hands up and down as if to say, "Don't worry - no big deal over here."
I have made Success Club with my Beachbody business every month since becoming a coach and I earned a free ticket to the Summit for 2015.
I've worked my butt off for the last 11 months to feel like me again. To be honest, it's never been about the size of my jeans, or the number on the scale. It's always been about the way I feel.
It's been about doing the things I love doing; the things I've always done.
Ever since I came home from the hospital I have felt skinny. Skinny is all about perspective when you've been carrying a baby inside you for 9 months. I mean, anything is skinny after you've waddled and gone without seeing your feet for so long. Right?
But, if I'm being truly honest, it's never been about being skinny. For a little while I thought it was. I thought I wanted to see a certain number on the scale or size hanging in my closet.
Before having CT, I was very active and I stayed active throughout my entire pregnancy. After having CT my body didn't allow me to workout right away. I listened and took some time off and after about 3-4 months I decided I needed to put more effort in.
My goal was to be able to do all the things I did before pregnancy and motherhood.
The reality of health and fitness is not that you should aim to fit into a dress you bought on clearance a size too small (you know you've done it or at least thought about doing it) or to be the weight you were your senior year of high school. Tell me I'm not the only one...right?
The point is you should focus on a healthy lifestyle. Skinny isn't always healthy. I know a lot of skinny people that eat fried food every day and never exercise.
Fuel your body with what it needs, be a role model for your children, and by golly do something for yourself for a change!