Hello there! Hope Tuesday is treating you well.
You know what’s kind of terrible? Going to a Chinese buffet with no appetite. My stomach was feeling a little off yesterday (I think it’s the probiotics starting to kick in and my system adjusting) and in the morning/afternoon, my appetite was absolutely dead.
I didn’t feel like eating much, but I made sure I went for the good stuff.
- sushi (tilapia, futomaki, and mango salmon) and mussels with cocktail sauce
- wonton soup
- steamed pork bun, sticky rice, garlic roasted green beans (I skipped the other steamed bun when I realized it was plain)
- banana chunks with a strawberry sauce
Such a buffet fail – I’d much rather go with a big appetite and get my money’s worth. Next time King’s, next time.
I also have to mention – those beans. Amazing. I’m definitely roasting green beans the next time I buy them.
So, we’re five days into the month, but I can still talk about my goals, right?
1. Work on my hip mobility.
I actually did really well with this one. I started each workout with some of Paige’s hip mobility exercises, and worked hip mobility exercises into my stretches at the end of the workout. You want to know what’s awkward? Doing a frog pose in a crowded gym.
Do not look anyone in the eye…
I’m definitely seeing some improvements though. Slowly but surely, my front leg in pigeon pose is inching it’s way parallel. Something that I’m going to continue, for sure.
2. Try to keep an eye on my grocery budget.
Success! I managed to stick to my budget pretty well and avoid the “YES ON SALE!” thing that happens to me quite regularly. I stand by my weekly lists and meal plans – it makes budgeting a million times easier.
3. Figure out a solution to my digestive problems.
I’ve upped my carb intake and cut back on my protein, which has made a big difference. It’s still not quite there yet, so I’ve introduced probiotics as the next step – hopefully, it’ll be enough to make my stomach behave the way it should.
4. Not letting myself stress out too much.
Kinda worked, kinda didn’t. February was particularly stressful for me school-wise, and I know it’s going to continue into March. While I felt overwhelmed at times, I did do my best to make sure that I was relaxing when I needed to and taking care of myself. Of course, it didn’t always happened, but it would have been worse if I didn’t make a point to think about de-stressing.
This month will involve retail therapy and time with friends and family – definite stressbusters in my mind.
And what I want to focus on this month:
1. Foam rolling after workouts.
After experiencing a bit of knee pain last week, spending the weekend resting and foam rolling had it feeling 100% again by Monday. My legs tighten up easily, and I know foam rolling will help with that.
I bought my roller a few months ago with the intention of using it often, and I only break it out like once a month. Time to change that.
My ‘ow-this-hurts’ face.
2. Show up on time.
I am that person who is late or almost-late to everything. For 95% of my classes this semester, I’ve walked in exactly as class is starting. I know I get annoyed when people are late, so I should probably stop doing it so often myself. The goal is to get to class/anywhere else I need to be a few minutes early.
3. Computer gets shut off at 10:15 on weekdays.
I’m usually in bed at 11:00 during the week, and all too often I end up sitting on my computer right up until then. Of course, my sleep is affected and I toss and turn all night. So, goal is to turn off the computer at 10, although I’m giving myself 15 minutes of leeway. When I spend the last 30-45 minutes of the day curled up in bed with a book, I sleep so much better.
I’d been hearing great things about this book, so I picked up a copy. So far, I’m absolutely loving it. It remains to be seen whether I like it more than Game of Thrones, but it’s definitely a good contender. Eric actually got the audiobook, so we’ll actually both be reading it.
4. Destroy my chest press plateau.
In the gym, I’ve been stuck at the same weight for chest presses for the longest time. Chest is easily my lagging muscle group in the gym, so I’m determined to beat it this month. It will be done!
And that’s what I got for you today. Talk to you soon!
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