Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Resolutions - The Midway Point

So, as it turns out, resolutions are not my thing, regardless of the time of year I set them. Not that my March resolutions have been a total failure thus far. I’ve eaten out a grand total of once so far this month – more than I had hoped, but far less than usual. It was something that was important to my husband and I didn’t have to pay, so in the end I think it was OK to go forward with it. Sometimes you have to look at the situation and decide if it’s worth bending the rules and I think when someone I love asks me to, that’s worth considering.

And, since I started the eat in resolution a few weeks early, I can just look at it as carrying one over from February? Right? OK, maybe that doesn’t wash, but still.

My writing resolution has been even less successful. The first week went really well and I just loved writing more often, but then, as is so often the case, life got in the way. I had an extremely busy weekend and didn’t get to write at all. Then the following week was especially busy too and by the time I had the opportunity to write, I just couldn’t get back my enthusiasm for the project. In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin seems to have little trouble finding the time to write 1500 words a day, but I think that the fact that she writes for a living probably helped a lot. If I had started this resolution during my lay-off, I have no doubt that I would have succeeded and loved it. For now, I think I’ll just try to write when I can and then when I have more time off I can re-start the resolution. At least I did get the first few chapters of my potential novel out of my head and onto paper!

The one resolution that I’ve kept so far is going to my boot kick class. I’m terrible at it – uncoordinated, unable to remember the moves from one class to the next – but I love it. I like the movements, the energy and learning something different. I think my only issue is that it’s taken away from my strength-training because the class happens twice a week. But I think that if I put my mind to it, I can manage both. I think it’s worth trying.

So wish my luck as I get through the second half of March with a little less resolve and a whole lot more respect for those who can keep their resolutions!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

An Update on the March Resolutions

So March has finally arrived and, with it, the start of my March Resolutions. To be honest, I actually started on the great eat-in experiment about a week ago. My body and my wallet were tired of all the eating out at restaurants, so I decided to go cold turkey a week in advance. My pants are already looser.
I suspect, however, that this resolution will be tougher to keep than I expected. I’ve already had two offers for dinners out, which were definitely tempting. I had to meet my sister-in-law this week so she could pay me for the Glee tickets I’d bought us. She dangled Salad King as an idea and I definitely faltered, but I explained my resolution and she was happy to meet at Starbucks instead. Although I made her swear that we would hit Salad King in April. Heck, it’s my birthday month!
And an equally sweet friend offered to take me out for sushi, which was also insanely tempting. I’m actually still debating if the eat-in rule would be broken if I bought pre-made sushi at the grocery store and brought it home to eat. Does that actually count? I mean, sometimes we buy a pre-made this or that at the grocery store, so it doesn’t seem to be such a huge deal. Thoughts?
I guess that question will be part of setting parameters for this exercise. I’ve already had to decide that the eat-in resolution relates only to food. It seems totally unreasonable to try and avoid any sort of ingestible item at all. Being able to grab a tea at Starbucks or have a drink or two at a concert with friends allows me to continue to have somewhat of a social life during the experiment. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I can have a Starbucks Vivano smoothie, my usual treat from there. It may be fruit, milk and protein powder (all healthy), but it’s definitely more of a food than a drink!
The writing part of the challenge has been going well so far. I’m only one day in, of course, but I loved the feeling of setting up the laptop on our bed last night and just writing and writing and writing. I’m going for 1,500 words every day and I’m determined to stick with it. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve also added in a resolution. I realized that my workout routine needed a bit of an energy injection, so I decided that in March I would try out a few different classes and find a good fit. I started with Boot Kick (a combo of boot camp and kickboxing) and I like it! It may not be a perfect fit, but it’s a start and I’m going to give Zumba a try too. I already feel like I’m in better shape and I feel more motivated to get to the gym every day.
Did you make any resolutions for March? How are they going?