March is here, and even though the snow is not quite gone yet, there have been plenty of hopeful signs that Spring is just around the corner. Michigan winters can be pretty rough, and this winter has been no exception. I can handle the snow and the ice, and I can even put up with the cold. The one thing about winter that is the hardest for me is that we rarely get to see the sun. It’s always so cloudy and the sky is just so gray. Well, the other day I was sitting at work when I decided to pull the blinds open on a window near my desk. To my surprise, I saw blue! And though it was lightly draped with a thin layer of white clouds, there in the midst of the sky was the sun, shining sheepishly through, but shining nonetheless. I was so excited I went outside to get a better look the first chance I got. Even though it was 30 degrees outside, the presence of the sunshine made it feel strangely warmer as I leaned up against my car and enjoyed the view.
Winter is definitely still here, but the snow is slowly melting and little hints of spring are beginning to appear more and more. I don’t know about you, but I always feel that the beginning of Spring is the marker of new beginnings and a fresh start. Most of us will get our Spring cleaning done. Some of us will start up a new exercise routine, ready to get outside after a few months spent hiding from the cold. Another thing that comes with the rise of Spring is the beginning of planting season. I for one have never gardened, at least not on my own. When I was a kid my dad kept a garden on the side of our house and I would always help him as much as I could. Although when I say “help” I mean dropping seeds into little holes dug in the ground. Other than that, my knowledge of gardening is fairly limited. Even though I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to gardening, I thought it might be fun to start a vegetable garden this year!
In preparation for starting a garden, I’ve spent the last few months doing my research. We don’t have very healthy soil, so I’ve have decided to do a raised box garden. Now that Spring is almost here, I’m finding that what started out as a way to try to save some money on produce has turned into something that I am really excited about! Just thinking about having fresh produce in our back yard that I know is safe and not covered in chemicals and that is the result of our hard work makes me yearn for Spring even more! I’m ready to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. I’m ready to go on a long bike ride with the sun shining down on me. I’m ready to go for walks with my dog and go frisbee golfing with my friends. Spring is almost here. It’s time for a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate; and when I think of a clean slate, I think of new goals to set and work towards.
I’ve been spending some time brainstorming for some new goals for this Spring in Summer, particularly ones that are exercise-related. I’ll talk more about those later on, but seeing as how we’re on the subject of goals, why not discuss weekly goals? If you happened to read my post from last week, then you know that I talked about the importance of setting goals. Something that I have found helpful in losing weight is setting goals to reach long-term as well as short-term, including a set of small goals to work on each week. Last week I set three goals:
- Eat more fruits and veggies and less processed foods – I mentioned last week that I would be gone on a retreat all weekend, so I did not have much say in what I ate because all the food was provided for us. I did my best to control my potion sizes and make healthy choices when possible. The rest of the week went pretty well. I definitely ate a lot more fruits and veggies, and even though I did eat some processed food a couple of times I felt like I did a pretty good job of staying away from anything super unhealthy.
- Drink 100 ounces of water each day – This is something that I have struggled with for a long time, and I honestly was not expecting to make my goal of 100 ounces every day. Well, I am pleased to report that I met my goal every day except for Sunday! I think that’s pretty awesome 🙂
- Write in my journal every day – I love writing in my journal because it helps me clear my head and write out anything I’m excited about or frustrated with. I felt like I did really good writing in my journal this week. Even though a couple of my entries may have been short ones, I still made my goal of writing in it every day!
Overall I think I had a pretty good week. There are still a lot of things that I know I can work on, so here’s some more goals that I want to work on for this week:
- Keep a food journal each day to better track what I’m eating
- Exercise – Since I’ve been sick with pneumonia, I haven’t really exercised a whole lot. I know I shouldn’t jump into things full force right away, but I really need to get back into a routine of working out. My goal this week is to work out at least three times.
- School – I’ve been on Spring break this week and will be going back to school this Monday. I really want to stay focused on school right now, and I think a good way to do that is to take a break from certain distractions, such as Facebook, YouTube, and the like. So my goal for this week is to not be on my computer for entertainment purposes unless there is nothing for school that I could be doing.
With the start of Spring I’m ready to start with a clean slate. What kind of goals do you want to work towards this Spring? Comment below and let me know!