March Resolution {Learn}…

It is now March 4th, and I hope that spring is right around the corner.  I woke up Saturday, opened the blinds, scratched my eyes and said, “Is that snow?!”  Yep, it was snow … again.  I’m kinda over it.  Night night old man winter.  😉

Reminder of my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions or what I like to refer to as my Yearly Goals.

Pure & Simple 2013 ResolutionsSo new month which means a new set of goals. 🙂  I love setting goals for myself personally and professionally.  I also love having them broken down by month.  Much easier to swallow and tackle!

To recap, I blogged about my January progress here and February progress here.

March Resolutions

To expand on #2 a little more.  I have moved my wake up time back to 7:15am for the next 2 weeks.  I plan to work my way up to 6:30am … or earlier if I am ambitious. 😉

March is the month to learn! 🙂  I love reading books and I love those “self-improvement” style of books.

January I read “Life on the Wire” and loved it!  February I started “Getting Things Done“.  GTD is a little dated and a harder read.  I’m not flying right through it which is a bummer.

I plan to finish GTD this month and read Rhinoceros Success.

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

What is your favorite “self-improvement” book?  I would love to add it to my list!

I’m crazy weird when it comes to reading.  I just have to type up a book review after each book that I read love.  It is the student in me.  😉  I plan to type up book reviews for books that I have read in the past few months and for any new books going forward.

Still to be typed:

Life on the Wire; Rich Dad, Poor Dad; Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

I plan to achieve this goal by reading in the mornings (you know that new found time I have by getting up earlier), and typing out the book reviews at night.  I tend to veg in front of the tv in the evenings.  Typing up a book review doesn’t require silence like reading, so I plan to multi-task.

I have less than 31 days to complete so here I go! 🙂

What are your goals for this month?  Didn’t make any?  Maybe you should!  Spring can revitalize that energy within us all! 🙂

Until next time…

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Checking In On Those Goals…

Well as the calendar would have it — it is February 28th.  How is it that tomorrow is the first day of March?  Since I have made you all my unofficial accountability partners when it comes to my New Year’s Resolutions (aka Yearly Goals), it is time to discuss February.

I blogged about my recap of January’s goals here.  So February’s goals looked something like this:

Pure & Simple | February Resolutions

Let’s start with #1 shall we: Continue with January Goals.

Drink more water.  Not a good report here.  I drank maybe a bottle a day.  Reason?  I stopped infusing in the Mason Jar.  Tricks of the trade — must start that back up.

Eat more fruits & veggies.  Still trucking along on this one and finally making progress on the fruit front.  (ha, that sounds funny).

Workout a minimum of 3 days per week.  I worked out a total of 7 times this month.  Pretty much the same as last month.  :/ Workout classes are awesome but when something comes up on one of those nights, I just skip working out all together.  Not to mention I have let the bi-polar nature of the weather keep me from working out outside.  Excuses?  Probably.

Don’t skip meals.  Good on breakfast and dinner.  Bad on lunch.  When I’m organizing with clients, I tend to eat a protein bar for lunch.  Not exactly well balanced.  I’m starving by the time I get home.

Now the February goals:

2. Read one new book.

I’m on chapter 7 of 13.  Getting Things Done is a great book but that first section of 100 pages totally tripped me up.  The chapters were long and … well not fun to read.  Now I’m in the good part and flying through! 🙂

3.  Get up earlier.  

I consistently woke up at 7:30 or earlier most days (17 days to be exact).  New month coming up and I will move it back to 7:15am for a 2 weeks, then 7am for 2 more.  I will make it to 6:30am!

Going to bed at or near 10:30pm has been really helpful.  It is just making it a habit and sticking with it.

Goals aside, I’m ready for spring!  I’m tired of wearing sweaters and boots and ready for flip flops and sundresses.

How are you doing on goals you set waaaaay back when 2 months ago?  Don’t tell me the bandwagon left you standing alone in it’s dust!  😉

Until next time…

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Foodie Friday {Breakfast Casserole}…

Happy Friday — first Friday of the new year! 🙂

In keeping with my January resolution, the Foodie Friday posts for this month will be healthy recipes. 🙂

One way I’m working to keep this resolution is to eat breakfast and lunch.  I love this breakfast casserole recipe because it’s easy to make and easy to heat up throughout the week!  If I’m prepared, then I’m more likely to eat breakfast.

Modified from this recipe

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

  • 1 can (8 ct) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • (1/4) Gimme Lean Soy Sausage Roll
    • We don’t eat pork hence the soy sausage.  It is awesome btw!
    • Regular sausage could be substituted (not as healthy) 😉
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray baking dish with non stick spray.
  3. Unroll crescent rolls.  Press into bottom of baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle with sausage crumbles.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites, eggs, and skim milk.
  7. Pour over top.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

We eat the casserole with sliced avocado, salsa, and a piece of fruit.

Very easy.  Very yummy.

Until next time…

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Resolution {Take Better Care of Myself}…

So January is in full swing!  Three days into it and I’m already feeling the resolutions fall off the wagon.  Why?  Because life happens.  We are busy people.  Busyness takes over and we forget about those promises we made to ourselves .. just 3 days ago.

I’m glad I resolved to work on one thing per month instead of everything at once. 😉

Here is my attempt to quantify and specify how I plan to achieve my January resolution of   taking better care of myself.

Drink more water.  

I don’t drink soda or tea very often.  I understand the negative side effects that soda, diet or not, can have on your body so I generally stay away.  I love a good glass of sweet tea, but I rarely make any.  All that to say, I do realize that water is super important to how we feel and our internal health.

My trick to drinking more water?   Infuse with cucumbers and lemon.  Always have a glass by the computer.

I infuse my water in a mason jar.  When the day starts, I simply add a straw and 3 cups are down in no time!  🙂

If I’m short on infused water, then I just add a straw to a bottle of water and it too is gone in no time.  Something about the straw I guess. 🙂

Eat more fruits & veggies.

I’m pretty good with the veggies part.  I love a good salad.  I love avocados with my eggs.  For some reason I’m really bad about eating fruit.  I love sugar, so I’m not exactly sure why this is.

Trick to getting in more fruits and veggies?  Add a piece of fruit to breakfast and lunch.  Eat a crunchy snack while at the desk working.  Edammae is my new favorite find thanks to the Steamfresh bags!  {Thanks Katy for introducing me to it!}  Carrots are an option too.

I’m digging these flavored greek yogurts as well.  I prefer to add my own fruit and honey to plain nonfat greek yogurt.  I’ll get there. 🙂

Workout

Workout (minimum 3 days/week)

Anything that I enjoy doing that works up a sweat will count as a workout.  The workouts don’t have to be perfect.  They don’t have to work every single muscle group.  I just need to get my heart rate up to rev that metabolism! 🙂

Since my resolution is to “take better care of myself” and not “lose weight”, I don’t feel nearly as bad about cutting myself some slack on what each workout should look like.

Don’t skip meals.

If I workout in the morning, then there is no doubt that I will get in all 3 meals plus snacks for the day.  BUT if I go from bed, to coffee, to office then it is likely that I will skip breakfast and barely eat lunch.  Awful awful habit!  Must change!

What I am not doing?

I’m not keeping a food journal.  I tried this over and over.  I really stink at it.  I’m either all in or not in at all.

Trying to lose weight.  Could I stand to lose a few l.b.s?  Sure.  But I’m not focused on the scale or the outward appearance.  I want to feel better and stack the odds in my favor by taking care of myself.

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Will you help keep me on track?  Will you be my accountability partner? 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions 2013…

Happy New Year!  Cheers to 2013 — it is officially here!

Before I start listing off my resolutions, I would love to hear from you!  What are you resolving to change or do better this year?  🙂

I went digging this morning.  Digging for last year’s New Year’s Resolutions.  I also came across a few good articles on “How to Start the New Year Fresh” and “How to Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions“.  🙂

Pure & Simple 2013 Resolutions

Jennifer’s New Year’s Resolutions {2013}

January {Take better care of my body}

I know this one is cliche, but the older I get the more I notice “stuff”.  That cookie takes a lot longer to work off than it used to.  If I eat a big greasy burger for lunch, then I feel terrible afterwards.  “Stuff” like that.  🙂

  • Drink water during the day.
  • Eat breakfast … and lunch.
    • Yes, I have a habit of skipping both.
  • Workout
    • Yoga, weight lifting, cardio, workout classes, swimming, tennis, and running will all count 🙂
  • Eat more natural.  Eat less processed.
    • When I eat fruits and veggies I notice that my body reacts in a positive way.
    • When I eat Pasta Roni and cookies, my body reacts in a … non positive way. 😛

February {Get Up Earlier}

I love the idea of being an early bird.  I wish that I was better at this.

Research shows that early risers generally have a more positive outlook on life than their sleepyhead counterparts.  Probably because they max out daily exposure to morning light, which boosts mood-lifting serotonin.

Why didn’t I accomplish this last year?  Because I stayed up too late.

This year:

  • Set a bed time and stick to it.  No matter what I am doing or what Raymond says (he is a night owl).
  • Give Myself A Break:  If I am in the middle of a good movie or show, all I have to do is hit “record”.  No need to stay up till the end. 🙂
  • Do A Little Different:  Set a wake up time and stick with it no matter what time I went to bed.  7am.
  • Take Cody for a quick walk first thing.  The movement and exposure to natural elements (air & sunrise) will help wake me up. 🙂
  • Great article on the Why and How! 🙂 http://shankman.com/why-you-need-to-get-up-earlier-and-how-to-do-it/

March {Learn}

I love to learn which is why I think I loved being in school so much.  One way that I learn and grow is through reading.  I’m a self-help kinda book girl.

  • Books that count:  time management, spiritual growth, and business success
  • Book reviews will be completed after each book to reiterate the points.
    • This is helpful to me so I can actually put into action what the book suggests.
    • I will keep with last year’s theme of “Try It On
  • Be prepared and have books on hand and ready to read.
  • Plan to read one per month.
  • This might start before March. 🙂

April {Make Time A Priority}

I have found that I let time slip away from me because I don’t know how to say “No”.  I feel bad saying no.  I will die a slow death from a thousand opportunities.

Focus.  Streamline.  Enjoy.

May {Meditate}

Must.Do.This.  I think I’m scared of it.  What if I can’t do it.  What if it is a hoax.

Try it on for size.  If it fits, then keep it.  If not, then ditch it! 🙂

June {Be In The Moment}

I find myself worried about tomorrow and next week and next month.  I will be running down the list of what I need to do today while eating breakfast with Raymond.  Write out the to-do list and focus on the present moment.

Tomorrow will come.  Things can wait.  Things work out the way they are supposed to.

July {Try a New Hobby}

Pinterest is an awesome tool and website.  However, I find that I try to become 400 versions of myself based on Pinterest ideas.

Crocheter?  Sure.  Seamstress?  Why not.  DIY Queen? You got it.

I need a better plan.  I will spend this month trying out a few Pinterest hobby ideas like learning to sew.

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I’m going to stop there for now.  I feel like that list is pretty ambitious.  If I go overboard, then I know I won’t bother with any of it.

I plan to blog about each resolution at the first of the month.  My game plan will be more specific and concrete.  This also gives me time to develop said game plan and takes pressure off from doing it right now.

I have other plans and goals for the year like take a trip to Europe (never been!) and complete apartment projects.  Our bedroom is embarrassing.  Very little decoration going on in there!  But I don’t feel like these are resolutions but more yearly goals.

I love reading about what others are striving to do.  I love reading the progress report even more.  One in particular?  Money Saving Mom.  She is very inspiring!

Until next time…

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New Years Resolutions…

It is that time of year again.  The holidays end.  The glitter ornaments and garland are put away.  The alarm clock goes off on January 1st.  You wake up saying, “Must make self better.”

“Better” can include all sorts of things.  Healthier.  Happier.  More organized.  More mindful.  More money.

Whatever it is that you decide to resolve and work towards this year, realize that you don’t … and shouldn’t … do it all at once.

Cut yourself some slack right now.  Before you even make the resolution, give yourself a break.  If you don’t, then you know what will happen.  The resolutions will be soon forgotten.

 My recommendation?  Tackle something different each month. 

January … Eat more fruits and veggies.  February … Enroll in a foreign language class.  March … Workout 3 days a week.

But be sure to keep adding to the prior month’s goals.

Stay tuned … I will be posting about my New Year’s Resolutions tomorrow and a game plan for others.  🙂

Until next time and Happy New Year’s Eve…

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Why I love yoga…

I ♥ yoga for so many reasons.

Its a great workout.  I feel great afterwards. Refreshed and relaxed – yet sweaty enough to feel like I got a workout.

With that said — I thought I would share some of the benefits of doing yoga.

  • Sunnier outlook on life.
    • Become a “Happy Yogi”.
  • Aches erased.
    • Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles.
  • Better (and longer) sleep.
    • Yoga helps you relax.  Pure & simple!
  • Increase your body confidence.
    • During yoga, you tune into your body.  How it feels & what it can do.
  • Top to bottom toning.
  • Namaste the stress away!

Why do you love yoga?  Or any other workout for that matter! 😉

Until next time…