Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review of My March Goals - Grade: C+

I can't believe it's the end of March already!  I did my first race of the year a couple of weeks ago, which has kind of got me back into the mindset of wanting to focus more on my health and fitness.  The next three months are going to be my busiest of the year at work, so it might be a bit difficult, but I believe a little planning goes a long way!

Here is a quick review of my March goals, and some thoughts on what I want to change for April.

1. My Workout Plan

Pass! My workout plan was prepared before I signed up for the Run for the Kids race, so what I actually did ended up being a combination of finishing Stage 6 of New Rules of Lifting For Women, and the usual pre and post race running - a bit of tapering, and recovery.

I was happy with my March workouts!  In some ways, I feel like I had an easy month.  The week before my race, I cut back on my runs and strength workouts, as well as the week after.  I finished Stage 6 of NROLFW, and started Stage 7.  It's been pretty nice to have some easy workouts, and I'm feeling much more motivated to get into it again.

2. My goal race time - 1:25

Pass! I did Run for the Kids (15.5km) in 1:23:58 - right on schedule!  I was happy with my run, and I was even more happy that I felt strong!  It also made me want to do another race, so I'll be signing up for another one soon :)

3. Limit carbs from lunch onwards

Fail.  I'm going to be honest, and say I didn't really make much progress in this area.  I didn't eat more carbs at night, but I didn't cut back either.  I was really enjoying corn on the cob.  In itself, it's not such a big problem (at least it's real whole food!), but I like butter and pepper on my corn, so there was more of that in my diet.  I'm going to give this one a fail.

4. Try some new recipes - 1 per week

Pass!  I think I did do a new recipe each week!  I tried a couple of new ones (like my Brussel Sprout and Asparagus Salad, and Lemon Tart), and enjoyed some old favourites (like my Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream).  I'd like to keep going with this goal!

5. Be more organised and take my meals to work

Fail.  Looking back, I took the easy way out much more often than not.  I ate good food, but it was bought food, which is not good for my wallet.  I really want to try to do better at this goal next month.

So three passes and two fails isn't a great month.  In the next few days, I'll let you know what my April goals are.  Spoiler alert: I want to get in shape for my next big race - a half marathon!

If you work away from home, do you take your lunches, or do you buy them?  What about breakfast?

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