Finally learning to LET GO is amazing. And HARD. Not only have I been not recipe creating or blogging this last month, I was also not running for most of July. The combination of not cooking and not moving was strange. But not really all that hard. Getting back into it? That’s been hard. It really does take a month for a habit to develop. And about three weeks for it to disappear. But a new season means new goals, fresh starts, and sweet expectations. Here’s where I’m working on going this month.
- Get back in the kitchen! (Create) // Probably not going to make it up to once a week, but I’ve got a handful of fun recipes up my sleeve that I’d love to share before the month is over!
- Kick up fall race training (Speed) // Working on getting some speed and endurance back just in time for the weather to cool down (hopefully!)
- Run once a week with people (Community) // So many runners in my neighborhood! Trying to see how I can get some of them together for a weekly fun run.
- Have people over, even though the house isn’t “ready” (Slow Down) // Intentionality isn’t perfect. It shows up.
- Plan a “school-free” day (Be present) // Sundays have been my rest day, media free day, community day. They also now need to be a school/work free day.
Here’s to a month of re-building habits. (And Happy Vegan Month of Food to everyone participating this year!)
Better late than never! Graduate school for my dietetic internship started this week, and my calendar is still a mess trying to fit everything in to a single day. You really learn where your priorities are when your time shrinks. June was thankfully a full month of rest, big decisions, and growth.
June in Review:
- Finish blog projects. (Refresh) // Almost there! Working on updating the shop page to better reflect the blog’s goals as well as tweaking the other header pages.
- Run 3 miles per day/15 miles per week. (Run) // Success! Been averaging 18-24 miles per week. Sadly, the run streak ended July 1st, which made me much more relieved than I expected. Once training starts, having a true rest day will be much needed.
- Focus on macros. (Discipline) // This was super helpful in figuring out how my body responded to fuel after various workouts. A more dedicated post may come later once I understand this a little more for my body. But a higher fat, moderate carb and protein diet definitely works best for me.
- Host a dinner party. (Slow down) // This got postponed until we move into our new house (!!) but is still on the calendar.
- Get out of town. (Slow down/Be present) // Just got back from five days at Canyon Ranch, and it was heaven.
July marks a big change in schedule, priorities, and intentions for me, so instead of sharing goals for this month, I am re-evaluating this year’s goals and updating them to reflect all the life change that has occurred in the past six months. Leaving a job, starting graduate school, buying a house, and entering a new decade have all given me pause for reflection and a slightly new direction.
Refresh. Complete a site redesign. This is already in the works, and I’m excited about learning more about the technology side of blogging. Still minor tweaks, but this is officially done!
- Create. This is the year to focus intentional content and fresh recipes.
- Learn. This is also the year I am determined to work on my photography skills.
- Educate. As I begin my dietetic internship and complete my nutrition studies, I will be sharing more practical information for healthy living (as I am not yet an RD, all this information will be based on my own experiences. Always check with your doctor or RD on what is best for you!)
Run. Every. Day. Yes, every day. Any other run streakers out there? Streak ended July 1 and won’t start up again until at least January of next year. This was unintentional but needed.
- Speed. Getting back into racing this fall and looking forward to seeing how much faster I can get over past years in the same races.
Discipline. Cut out the junk. Get more disciplined about sugar and processed foods I let trickle in, especially during travel season. No more travel means this is so much easier to manage!
- Strength. Continue with Body Pump, yoga, and group fitness classes to balance all the running and build lean muscle mass.
- Community. As an introvert, solo running is my comfort zone. Time to branch out and share this love with friends and neighbors in a more intentional manner.
- Slow down. Build a community, set down roots, and be intentional with people.
- Be present. Remove distractions and see each day for what it is. Part of this means no internet on Sundays and intentionally resting. This is especially key now with school trying to consume all my time and energy.
- Engage. Grow relationships through The Influence Network, school and work interactions, and our new neighborhood.
May was so so good and such a needed month of rest, peace, and planning. If you missed it, I shared a big life change, which will affect the blog in later months. We survived the Texas floods. And I am looking forward to another sabbatical month before life changes all over again. Goals for May got an A- : lots of intention, not as much completion, yet plenty of reward.
May in Review:
- Complete 3 blog projects. (Refresh) // I finally found a printable recipe plug-in that works with my site design. Anyone like the easy to print feature so far for recipe posts? (Next two projects are still in the works…)
- Develop 4 new recipes. (Create) // Dreaming of drier days, this month was full of potluck favorites. // Sweet Beet Smoothie // Artichoke and Spinach Risotto with Lemon Cashew Cream // Sweet Pea Pasta Salad // Peach Ginger Sangria
- Practice yoga 3 days per week. (Speed) // Made it 4 days a week this month! An open schedule makes it much easier to get to. And different instructors each day make for completely different practices each day which keeps it interesting.
- Invite a new friend to coffee. (Slow down) // Invitation sent but not executed. Hopefully soon!
- Take a technology-free weekend. (Be present) // Life logistics made this difficult, but media-free Sundays did happen every weekend this month! Hooray!
- Finish blog projects. (Refresh) // Fingers crossed these last two get done this month before life gets crazy.
- Run 3 miles per day/15 miles per week. (Run) // Slowly adding mileage back this month and next to get ready for fall race training. On day #149 of the 2015 streak!
- Focus on macros. (Discipline) // After doing a LOT of Body Pump, yoga, and Pilates in my free time, I’ve been gaining a lot more muscle but still lack the definition, which in part is due to diet. Starting to pay a little more attention to my carb/fat/protein ratios to lean out yet still have the energy stores I need to start running more again.
- Host a dinner party. (Slow down) // Finally getting back to my hospitality roots and planning an evening of fellowship and fun with new friends.
- Get out of town. (Slow down/Be present) // One trip is booked, another one is in the works. And the plan for both is to shut the phone off and leave the computer at home. Ready for a last hoorah of relaxing and fellowship before school starts.