With the boys' busy season over, it is time re-organize and get motivated again!
The planning and organizing I did ahead of time to get through without relying on fast food and lousy convenience dinners and without skimping on exercise worked great. But the very last meal that I had cooked and froze ahead was used last week, and now my garage freezer is empty. Today I prepared two servings of pulled barbeque chicken--one to use during this week and one to freeze for later--and I plan to make another double serving (parmesan chicken) during the week to use one and freeze one. Definitely time to restock!
I used the past week to catch up on some overdue chores, car to the garage and dog to the vet, but still have more things I've been putting off and now need to tackle. It is easy after a busy spell to sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet--great for a few hours or an afternoon--but I don't want to get lazy and loose track of my goals just when I have the time to really work at them.
So this week I vow to take time to revisit the healthy cooking challenge to make a list of 3-4 batch cooking recipes to replenish the freezer, and revisit the organized life site to re-attack the clutter that has built up since my post-holiday New Year's clean up. I did great at setting a schedule and completing weekday chores. My house is not a complete disaster as it often is after a few months of lost Saturdays, but the surface cleaning I've been doing has only kept it presentable. It needs a good cleaning and definitely some de-cluttering! So ... back at my To Do List there, with time on Saturdays to do a more thorough cleaning project or two.
My morning exercise plan is going well. I feel good and my ticker has even been nudging to the right a little :-) But with a bit more time and the weather ready to change, I've joined the Outdoor People challenge of shooting for 3 hours of outdoor exercise per week. This is in addition to the 130 minutes I do indoors on weekday mornings before work. I did well with daily outdoor walks through the early winter months, but then things turned wet instead of just cold, and that's when I lost my habit of short lunchtime and/or after dinner walks. Went for a very muddy hour-long walk with my dog yesterday, but hopefully things will start drying out soon! Hope to get a great jump start on outdoor exercise the first week in April when we will be in Myrtle Beach for vacation. Can't wait! I love getting outdoors, and this is not usually something I have to track but this winter I got out of the habit, and for my own mental health as well as fitness, I need more fresh air.
So here are my three goals for spring re-grouping: revisit the healthy cooking challenge, make a new Organized Life to do list for spring cleaning, and add the goal of 3 hours outdoor exercise weekly. Not to be picky (I try not to complain about the weather, because it's such a useless waste of time), but a little sunshine and a bit of green on the ground or the trees just might give me the motivation I need for my spring wake up call! You know, a clear signal that it's time to come out of hibernation ...
My dog was so excited to discover she could make a splash in the lake again! The geese who were also enjoying the spring thaw were not as happy to see her.