I don’t know about you, but I feel like January lasted FOREVER this year! It could be the weather – It’s been playing tricks on us here in Wisconsin. Just a few weeks ago it was almost 50 degrees! It felt amazing! It makes me anxious for Spring to get here – I love the warmer temperatures, longer days, and the sense of new beginnings! And new beginnings need fresh goals!
January may also have dragged on because I was completing a round of Whole 30. And while I enjoy the process and results, I am reminded that super restrictive food regimens just don’t work for me. There is a reason that DIETS DON’T WORK! It’s about changing your lifestyle. That involves taking a bad habit out of your life and replacing it with a new, healthy one. I’ll talk more about my Whole 30 experience in a post soon, but it definitely helped me rethink how I see food and made me realize what I missed in my nutrition – and (surprisingly) what I didn’t miss.
And now that the Whole 30 is basically done, I want to get back to tracking my food. During the Whole 30 there is no counting calories, containers counts, or points. You eat based on what your body is telling you.
But I like tracking. It gives me even more control over what I am putting into my body. I also have a renewed sense of encouragement knowing that my thyroid levels are getting back on track – knowing that tracking my food (and calories) may help me reduce some of the weight that I have gained.
Losing the excess weight will help me reach my goal of running a marathon this year. I have already started training and it’s amazing sometimes how difficult one run can be while the next one is so simple. I know it will still be that way even with some of the extra pounds gone, but I can’t help thinking that it will be just a little easier without all the weight.
My goal is to lose 5 pounds in February. It’s not crazy, it’s maintainable. It’s achievable. And I’m looking forward to what I can accomplish this month!
In order to lose the weight, I am going to continue eating balanced, whole food meals. I will be incorporating some grains, rice, and pasta – (especially before long run day) but I am not going to let it become all I consume. Before the holidays, that seemed like all I would reach for. Granola bars, snack crackers, doughnuts (oh my!) while pushing vegetables and other nutrient dense food to the wayside. There is a place for pasta, rice, and bread in my nutrition — it’s just not filling my whole plate (or bowl)!
Better nutrition is going to lead to better running performance. I have already noticed a difference in my running from December to January. I ran 36 miles in January; compared to just 10 miles in December. That definitely shows me that training for a race distance is a great motivator, but that I am feeling better and more determined to reach my goals. I have no doubt that what I have been eating throughout January has contributed to that as well.
Therefore, keeping the junk out and the healthy, balanced food in is definitely a part of my February goals.
- Run all workouts on my marathon training plan this month. Last month, I ran most of the written miles, however, there were a few days that I skipped. I don’t want to skip this month. No more excuses. I’m not too tired. I’m not too busy. It’s time to crack down and stick to the plan that I made. If I follow through, I will run 61 miles in February. It’s a step up from where my monthly mileage has been, but I know I can do it.
- Track all food throughout the month. Technically, this one can be a little difficult if we are eating out — but I still should try to estimate how many calories I am consuming in order to help lose some weight. Not only will this keep me accountable to my goals, but it will also help my running.
- Increase water intake to at least 48 oz. a day. Not only did I learn the importance of stretching at my gait analysis. but the guy who helped me out also talked to me about the importance of hydrating. Drinking water while running is important, but taking in enough water the previous day is crucial. I want to drink more water everyday, not just on my running days. Right now, I am drinking anywhere from 32-64oz a day, so 48oz. is not unobtainable. (And it’s measurable – making it a perfect goal!)
- Start Another Accountability Group through Beachbody. I am currently working on a free accountability group called “Taste the Rainbow” — and no, I don’t mean skittles! Instead, this group will focus on eating a variety of whole food everyday. Eating an assortment of colors in your diet ensures that you get different vitamins and nutrients through your food, so changing up your fruit and vegetable game is beneficial to your overall health. If you are interested in joining the group, comment below and I will let you know when it’s going to start!
- Post 3 more blog posts this month. I know that consistent posting is important to a successful blog – therefore, I want to post at least once a week this month to keep you guys informed, interested, and coming back! (It really means a lot to me that you, my readers, keep coming back to my ramblings!) As a thank you, I want to provide quality information consistently. Let me know what you guys want or need to read about in the upcoming weeks!
And I think that’s a pretty good list considering February is the shortest month of the year! I hope that you are are crushing your own goals and I can’t wait to hear about your new ones for February!
- What are your goals for this month?
- How are you keeping the winter blues away?
- Would you be interested in joining a Free “Taste The Rainbow” Accountability Group?