Last month I featured the 30 Day Fitness Challenge for Planks and this month I decided to do the Kettle Bell Workout. I’m not going to lie, until I saw this workout I always thought they were called kettle balls. I had no idea it was a kettle bell. Ya learn something new everyday!
The instructions on the website say, “You can complete the workout as many times as you like, if you can manage 2 or 3 sets of it then that’s great-if you can only manage to complete it once per day then that’s also great. If you complete this exercise workout everyday, or every other day throughout the month, you will see a noticeable improvement in your strength and muscle tone and you should be able to complete the workout much easier as each day goes by. You can incorporate this into your usual exercise routine, or add it on to a 30 Day Fitness Challenge you may be completing.”
So let’s start another 30 Day Challenge, kettle bell style! Whose with me?
I am planning to run my first marathon this year, in December, so I need to get in the mindset of running on a regular basis. Running for me is very therapeutic, it gives me time to think and be alone with my thoughts. I also enjoy listening to my music while I run, because it pumps me up and keeps me motivated to run.
Along with training and running, I thought it would be a perfect month to also eat properly. I have a huge sweet tooth, so it will definitely be a tough month for me to really exercise my self control. I don’t think I could be a full on vegetarian but I could definitely eat less meat.
This month I will have to plan my meals in advance and make frequent trips to the grocery store. (Good thing I only live 3 blocks away from the grocery store.)
Are you still sticking with your new year’s resolutions? How’s it going?
So the first month of the new year is over. Man, that went by fast! So let’s take a second here and assess how my goals went for the month. Here is a reminder of my goals I focused on this month:
1) No More Being Late, Be 10 Minutes Early.
I definitely succeed on this goal for the month. I made sure to get ready way before I needed to, to allow time to get to my destinations. It feels so much better to be early and have time to relax versus rushing, and feeling bad for showing up late. I want to try to do this all the time, not just this past month.
2) No Phones During Meal Time.
In the beginning of the month I sometimes forgot that this was one of the goals, so it took a few times to remember before my boyfriend and I put away our phones. It’s just a habit to whip out your phones all the time, but it’s so important to enjoy the company you are with and not obsess over your phone. So if you haven’t already I definitely recommend doing this.
3) Wake Up Early To Make the Days Longer and Be More Productive.
This is a bit of an ongoing goal for me. I wouldn’t say that I rocked this goal for this month. I have such a nice comfy bed that it’s hard to get out of it sometimes. Once I am out of bed, I’m up, but it’s just a matter of actually waking up. I need to revisit this goal for sure.
4) Stick to a Budget, Manage and Organize Debt, Finances, Investments.
Now this goal I totally didn’t even get to for this month. This month flew by for me somehow and I didn’t sit down and organize my finances like I should have. Shame on me. This is still a goal of mine that will have to get reworked into My Happiness Project.
5) Get a Composter
We did try to look into get a composter several times this month but when it came down to it, we weren’t sure if it was the best thing for us at this time in our lives. One of the benefits of having a composter is to use it in your soil to garden with. And I am living in an apartment right now that does not have room for a garden, so we figured the soil would go to waste. We wouldn’t know what to do with all the soil once it started overflowing. So this goal will have to be done when I have some real outdoor space and a house. But I would love to hear about anyone who has one and uses it!
6) Limit Alcohol Intake to Once a Week.
I personally don’t drink alcohol (never was interested in it and haven’t found anything I really liked other than the very occasional Mike’s Hard Lemonade) so this goal was for my boyfriend. He did so good with this goal the entire month, that is until his brother came into town to visit, then this goal was out the window. To be fair he did hold out until the 24th of the month, but he didn’t quite achieve this goal for the month; close but no dice.
On January 6th I added one more goal to this list: the 30 Day Plank Challenge.
And as much as I wish I had stuck to this plank challenge, I didn’t. I got to 2 and a half minutes which is just a little bit after the half way point and then got derailed once we had my boyfriend’s brother in town. We were so busy sightseeing all day that at the end of the day we were exhausted and often forgot about the challenge all together. I know it’s no excuse but that’s what happened. So I’ll have to start this one over. Did anyone who was doing this with me, finish it?!? I hope I can make it to 5 minutes, I just can’t quit this time!
So overall I followed through with some goals and didn’t quite make the cut with other goals. You win some, you lose some. But I’m actively trying to better myself in the new year and that’s what counts right? Goals are points of reference to see how you progress and life and it’s challenges are an constantly moving target. So tomorrow is a new month and a new day and another chance to get it right. So let’s start fresh and keep pushing forward with our goals!
The other day I was on Pinterest and found a yummy looking recipe for dumplings. And through this pin I discovered a food blog called Damn Delicious with a huge amount of recipes that all look great! I am so excited I found this blog and will be trying so many more of her recipes.
The first one I tried was the dumplings. Her pictures of her meals and ingredients are so professional and make the food look even more appetizing.
Check out her website for the recipe!
I made these dumplings with a few ingredients missing with the addition of others, (which is the beauty of it all, is that you can customize it how you would like) and it was so easy and so so good! There will definitely be more dumplings in my future. Thank you for sharing this with us Damn Delicious!
Source: Damn Delicious
The Royal Gorge Bridge is in Canon City, Colorado. I had never heard of it before but found it a brochure about what to do and see in Colorado while I was there. So off we went for the day.
This is our beloved 4Runner right before we went into the park. We’ve been on quite a few cross country road trips with it.
I didn’t think I was really that afraid of heights, but depending on the situation I guess I am. It was pretty windy that day.
We decided to go down to their level.
And here is the gondola that takes you from one side to the other of the park. And if I remember correctly it was a free ride.
Before we left the park my boyfriend and I went over to a cute little part of the park where it looks like an old Western town.
I really enjoy watching documentaries of all kinds. I love learning about current events as well as the past. I am immensely interested in The Kennedys, politicians and their families, and the British Royal Family. I have watched numerous documentaries of these topics among others.
YouTube has some great docs. The quality isn’t always great but I love that you can watch full documentaries there. Most recently I watched Britain’s Royal Weddings which was a two part documentary. It chronicles the evolution of the royal weddings and how TV allowed millions to witness these grand events all over the world. It goes as far back as the wedding of the Queen Mother in 1923 to Prince Albert up until Prince Charles’s second wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Prince Albert, 1923
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1960
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, 1973
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, 1986
The documentary interviews many people who were there at the weddings and they talk about their involvement and personal memories. It’s super interesting and has lots of great footage. If you’re a fan of weddings and the British royal family, I’d highly recommend this doc.