I was reading Pat Sloan's blog this morning and she was talking about her Word for the Year. She said she plans on checking in with her blog readers once a month so as to help stay on track and to mark her progress.
I thought that was a terrific idea and one I wanted to do. It's easy to pick a Word but it's not so easy to stick with a program. By checking in I'm hoping to inspire and encourage others while keeping myself on track.
My Word for 2014 is Health. You can read more about it here, but here's what I've accomplished so far this year:
1. I continue to walk 5.5 miles everyday - five times a week. My walking partner and I figure we've walked to Los Angeles and back twice since September! We've started running a few stairs and a couple of hills. Nothing major, but we're moving and pushing ourselves a bit. It feels good.
2. This week I've started back on my Green Smoothie. I do love it and how it makes me feel. I just got kind'a burned out with it after drinking it everyday for more than a year. I'm glad to report that I'm back drinking it. You can get the original recipe here. I'll share how I change it up in a later post. It looks gross but it's really surprisingly delicious!!
3. I haven't had refined or added sugar for a week now. For me moderation doesn't work so well. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal especially when it comes to sugar. So for now it's nothing. No refined or added sugar. Period. It concerns me a bit that I don't crave it at all. Am I so old that I've lost all desire for sweets?! Whatever the reason, I'm glad to have that monkey off my back. Studies have indicated a tie between excessive sugar consumption and cancer and since I've had my "issues" I've decided to eliminate the culprit.
4. To continue to eat whole, unprocessed foods. To continue a vegetarian diet.
5. I try and get eight hours of sleep every night. I'm lots of fun at a party, checking my watch and yawning. Doesn't hurt that I have a furry alarm clock that starts meowing when she hears the coffee maker timer go off at 4:00am!
Here are my long term goals:
1. To continue to grow stronger. To strengthen my bones and circulation. (Isn't it funny how looks don't seems so important as we age)? Suddenly standing upright is the goal. ha
2. To continue to improve my eating habits and increase protein intake.
3. To continue to enjoy those 90 minutes outside first thing in the morning while thanking God for the beauty and the ability to move.
Now that we are a month into 2014, how are you doing with your Word? Please share.
Encourage one another,