And, just like that, the first 31 days of 2018 are over. I know everyone has been complaining about how long the month of January was, but I loved it. I got so much done and had time to be lazy. It was great.
Here’s a rundown of what I was up to last month:
I’m working my way through Brendon Burchard’s book “High Performance Habits.” It’s very dense, and I’m reading it in spurts as I have time. He recommended setting an alarm on your phone with three focus words, several times a day. This alarm will go off and remind you how you want to be, recentering you during a crazy day.
My words are focused, caring, and committed. “Caring” reminds me to check in with loved ones, something that can go out the window during busy weeks. “Focused” and “committed” may seem too similar to be worth using both in my alarm, but I think of them this way: I am focused on the tasks that matter to me, both in leisure and work, and I ignore the rest. “Focused” reminds me to stay on-task, stop procrastinating, and get shit done. “Committed” is more about the intentions that I’ve set for myself and my family. I am committed to making my life better, step by step, so vegetables are more important than Cheetos and a date night with my husband is more important than a casual happy hour (though I will do both when I can 😜.)
My 100-day exercise countdown is going well! I’ve gotten movement in every single day. Even on days where I’ve felt under the weather, I’ve still made the time for at least 20 minutes of brisk walking on the treadmill.
Committing to exercise every day during cold and flu season seems a little crazy, I guess, but reminding myself that exercise doesn’t have to be super-sweaty and all-out every single session has been helpful. There are some weeks that have more walks then runs, and that’s ok. What matters is that I’m still moving!
G and I ran a 5K with our friend Blair on Sunday. I run that far about once a week at the gym, but this was the first time I’d run a real, organized race. I got a little claustrophobic at the beginning with all of the people squeezed into the starting line area, but I loved it otherwise. The race was held in an underground office park, so we were running through tunnels and across train tracks. It was wild, but a good way to run a 5K when it’s freezing outside. It was plenty warm (a little too warm, at times) inside.
EATING AND DRINKING//
I’ve been very into wilted greens and scrambled eggs on sprouted wheat toast for breakfast lately. Delicious, so much protein, and I’m full until at least 11, which is an accomplishment for me. (I usually need a snack by like 9 a.m.) Eating a big breakfast helps me to avoid the junk food snacks, so I’ve been making it a priority.
I also had my quarterly Diet Coke the other day, and I didn’t love it. The first sip made me choke a little, and I had a headache afterwards. I think I may be done with soda for good now. (With the exception of an occasional Mexican Coke with Mexican food, obviously.)
Pantry cooking has been going so, so well. I’ve been well under budget every single week this year, and I’m excited to keep up the trend. I’m making these butter mushrooms (like vegan butter chicken!) for dinner tonight using tomatoes, rice, and spices from my pantry. I only bought mushrooms and green beans, so that’s a suuuuuuuper cheap dinner.
Kesha and Lorde have been on repeat and so has the broadway soundtrack for “The Color Purple.” I saw the musical on Broadway (with Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo 💜!) in 2015, and my mom and I saw it in KC earlier this month. It is so excellent and so moving — definitely worth your money if the tour comes to your city. One of the biggest highlights of seeing the show in KC was watching a woman who I’d seen in an ensemble role in NYC play a lead role on the tour! I felt very proud of her, like we were friends. Ha.
I’ve also been loving the podcast “By the Book.” The hosts read a self-help book and live by the principles of the book for two weeks. They’re super honest about their impressions, and it’s funny and genuinely informative. The first episode I listened to was about the “Miracle Morning,” which I didn’t even know was a book! If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know that I call my early-morning work hours my Miracle Morning. I didn’t think that I made that up, but also didn’t know that it was an established lifestyle 🤣. The real Miracle Morning is much more structured than mine, and includes exercise, meditation, and journaling. Mine is much more focused on meeting deadlines.
I signed up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge at the beginning of the year and committed to reading 50 books in 2018. I’m a little behind, with only three books so far, but I have plenty of time to catch up.
So far, I’ve read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” “Kitchen Confidential,” and my advanced readers copy of “Girl, Wash Your Face.” I am about 90% done with “East of Eden,” which is loooooooong but so worth it. (A reminder that I post reviews of every book I read to Goodreads, if you’re curious.)
I will have plenty of time to read this coming week, and I cannot wait. G and I are headed to Colorado for a ski trip with friends, and I can probably read a book every day since I don’t ski. Seriously. I’ve tried it on two separate vacations and I find it more scary and painful than anything else. I’d rather find a fireplace, read, and meet everyone for aprés.
What were your favorite things in January? How are your intentions going?
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