Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Goal Review, February Plans, 3 Miles, Another Slowcooker Recipe!

Thanks so much for your comments! I am super happy with how the dining room came out and can't wait to use it. Starting Wednesday it seems - this is when I have book club and it's my month to host 10 lovely ladies!

So...it's February, friends! Where did January go? I think I spent the majority of at work - I honestly think I produced more work in January then I did in Q4 - grrrr! I even cried at work yesterday - awesome moment - I've just been really overwhelmed but this too shall pass, right? Right. Starting today. In February! Before moving on to a better, less stressful month, here is a look at my January goals:

1.Try out one new fitness class at my parent company gym. didn't happen - I honestly didn't really go to that gym. Now that i'm in my new building I find it a bit inconvenient to get there. BOO. I'd really like to take a class between now and June when my gym opens, so i'm going to try this again in March.
2. Start C25K – do weeks 1-3. not happening at all - my right foot is barely cooperating on walks. I'm thinking about changing up shoes and trying the running thing again beginning in March. We'll see - I just really miss it. :(
3. Measure on Fridays: January 7, 14, 21 and 28. I did this on Jan 7. and Jan. 14 - not awful but definitely not consistent! I will try to do better in February!
4. Organize January – March 2010 pictures for 2010 photo book. Just didn't get to this - moving on!
5. Go through closets in orange and green guest rooms – omit needless things!
6. Work on ‘Sit’ with Remy. she's got it down! Next month? Shake!
7. Try out one church in our area on Sunday, January 30. Didn't work out - moving to next month! Took Austin to the doctor instead - boo.
8. Make 5 new recipes.
9. Make three videos: one for Austin’s birthday, one for May/June and July, and one for August/September/October.
10. Do abs Thursdays and Sundays. These are my unofficial, now official, ab days. 2 thurs. down so far - Sundays aren't happening... Also did a Tuesday and a Friday - 4 times!
11. Read 5 books. 3 down - 2 halfway through
12. Go to Target to get a container for buttons and to get tissue, bags, etc. for gift center.

So all in all a pretty good month! I was glad I was able to get the gift center going, make two videos, read 3 books, do abs 4 times (4 times more than December!), make ELEVEN new recipes, teach Remy sit, make a party central dining room buffet (not a goal... total shiny object), organize closets and measure a bit - at least I have beginning of year measurements! :) Now, here are my February goals - several are roll overs but that's okay:

1. Be on the lookout for a new bench for foot of bed in master and new lamps for master bedroom.
2. Measure on Fridays: February 4, 11, 18 and 25.
3. Organize January – April 2010 pictures for 2010 photo book.
4. Get Remy fully acclimated into Reuben's room and on a very consistent potty schedule - we're still having a few accidents. Continue reinforcing sit.
5. Try out one church in our area.
6. Make 5 new recipes.
7. Make two new videos: August/September/October and November/December.
8. Follow my February work out plan - more on that tomorrow!
9. Read 5 books (2 are almost done from January so really it's just 3!).
10. Organize the pantry. Buy more storage boxes; make signs; finish cleaning it.
11. Organize my spice cabinet. Print labels for jars.
12. Organize my master closet - purge again and really get rid of stuff.
13. Make 3 meal plans.

Honestly, I think i'm well on my way with lots of these! For instance, I've already gotten pantry boxes and started organizing, I already have the spice jars for the spices but need to make labels, I've made a lot of progress with my closet, I already have 5 recipes ready to make - just need to make them, I have one meal plan almost done, I have the songs chosen for the videos, etc. YAY!

K - on to yesterday. Had a bit of a rough day, worked through lunch, cried out of frustration as mentioned above. I'm sorry, but there is nothing about Happy Bunny that doesn't crack me up!! Anywho... after work I took myself to the gym even though I wasn't in the mood AT ALL. After 3 miles I felt SO much better about everything, went home, did some work in the pantry and then had dinner with Austin! We then watched some Veronica Mars and called it an early night. He's feeling much better, but needs lots of rest! K - new recipe time!

Cheesy Broccoli and Chicken
Recipe adapted from About.com recipe
Makes 4 Servings

Nutritional Information: 467 calories, 68 carbs, 4 fat grams and 32 protein grams.

Review: This tasted like Thanksgiving - for real! I loved how it tasted like cheesy broccoli, and the chicken just shredded right up and blended in to the mix. It tasted best fresh - super creamy and was great over the rice. Reheat wasn't bad, but I definitely had to add some rice and salt to get it back up to par, so I'd suggest making this to eat that day (I would even bring this to a Thanksgiving pot luck - i'd just add cooked white rice at the end, stir, and turn it to warm! All in all, a recipe i'll make again.


Q: How did you do with your January goals?

Q: What are a few things you hope to accomplish in February?

Q: Do you like Happy Bunny?

19 comments:

Erica said...

oh girl! I hope you have a very relaxing upcoming weekend planned. I hate when work gets nutty. Love the list of February goals- I think its awesome that you're always challenging yourself to try new recipes. The chicken dish looks totally delicious. Cheesy? I'm in ;)

Q: How did you do with your January goals? Lots of time with friends and family...not enough sleep ;)

Q: What are a few things you hope to accomplish in February? Just continue to be healthy for the baby- 75 gs of protein/day

Q: Do you like Happy Bunny? yes!

Anne Marie said...

In February, I hope to continue with my fitness goals-working out 3-4 times a week. I love, love, love happy bunny! It always cracks me up!

Melissa said...

I organized all my spices into little glass jars too. It looks so nice!!
February goals: keep working on the blog and keep up with half marathon training. That's about all I can handle. :)

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

So sorry work has you so stressed. That's never good. Sometimes a really good workout helps me decompress after work.

anotherannabanana said...

Didn't set any specific Jan goals, but maybe I should for Feb. Hmmm, thanks for the inspiration!

Some Feb ideas: Stick to half marathon traning schedule, try four new recipes, finish five books, finished season 3 of Gossip Girl on dvd. :)

Mrs. S said...

girl, I just love your blog! You are very inspiring! I started counting my calories through livestrong and really enjoy it so far!

Tyler said...

Sometimes you just need a good cry. I was at an FRG meeting once, and one of the Behavioral Health ladies was doing a group discussion about crying. She said that you can't die from crying and eventually, you will stop. I thought that was pretty funny! But it's true, you aren't going to cry yourself to death and it's totally therapudic.

My goal is to get back on track with half marathon training. Snow days and sciatica issues have put a damper on my training. I refuse to run on the treadmill. I just can't do it. I think you are amazing because you can handle it.

Jess@atasteofconfidence said...

I want to start strength training regularly.
Good job with your goals!

Lindsay said...

I will be trying that meal! My husband has started reading your blog as well due to your delicious meals.

Thanks for the compliment on my kiddos (and me!) They are a handful but they are worth it. You can borrow them if you would like. ;-)

Kacy said...

I didn't have any January goals, but I got a good start with my 2011 goals!

In feb I hope to get things lined out with my work situation + moving, keep training for the half and keep saving money.

haute.teapot said...

Yum yum!! Gosh, January flew by!

I think monthly goals are so smart though. I'm not really at my happy weight so I really want to plow away with that. I love going to the gym when I'm in town but with my knee being bad I'm going to skip it for awhile and just stretch at home, etc. My goals for February are continuing with doing 40 Days of Amazing/Relaxing/Fun things for me. Haha, it sounds so selfish but it's a fun way of phrasing little improvements:

-redecorate my room
-watch more movies (so hard, right?)
-read more
-save, be more conscience of my spending
-be thankful everyday

Happy bunny is cute!

Joelle (The Pancake Girl) said...

I love that you write out all your goals! I have goals for 2011, and I taped them to my bathroom mirror so that I can't forget about them!

I need to read more books too! I do have a recommendation for you on a book I just started- "You Know When the Men Are Gone." It's pretty fantastic so far, and I'm only a few chapters in.

Tami said...

Sorry you had a bad day at work! Sometimes crying releases all those negative emotions and allows us to move on.

Great job on your goals. Love all the cleaning and organizing. When my home is neat and organized I feel better about everything.

Isn't it wonderful how exercise releases a lot of tension and makes you feel better at the end?

Hope you have a good rest of the week.

RickGetsFit.ca said...

I really like how you do the goals monthly. Breaks it down nicely into achievable chunks. Nice! Cheers, Rick

Mica said...

I love that you make such achievable goals. It must be satisfying to check that stuff off!

For February, I want to continue to be healthy and get stronger in marathon training and strength. Wheeee!

Mica said...

I love that you make such achievable goals. It must be satisfying to check that stuff off!

For February, I want to continue to be healthy and get stronger in marathon training and strength. Wheeee!

Tami said...

Sorry you had a bad day at work! Sometimes crying releases all those negative emotions and allows us to move on.

Great job on your goals. Love all the cleaning and organizing. When my home is neat and organized I feel better about everything.

Isn't it wonderful how exercise releases a lot of tension and makes you feel better at the end?

Hope you have a good rest of the week.

Mrs. S said...

girl, I just love your blog! You are very inspiring! I started counting my calories through livestrong and really enjoy it so far!

Melissa said...

I organized all my spices into little glass jars too. It looks so nice!!
February goals: keep working on the blog and keep up with half marathon training. That's about all I can handle. :)