I decided that this week I needed to establish a few goals. I meant to have this up yesterday to start at the beginning of the week, but better late than never right? Basically, I have been feeling a little stressed and anxious about Summer coming to an end and a whole new slew of things starting up very soon. I will be taking on a new full-time semester, switching over to a different dining center for my job, partaking in clubs/activities, fitting in my love of fitness, and the list goes on. There is much to be done to get ready and my mind has been going in one hundred different directions at the same time. Yes, it’s no doubt I’m 100% Type A Personality.
But that’s okay; it’s all in how you choose to deal with things. I know I just need to take a chill pill and realize everything is going to work out just like it always does, but sometimes this is hard to remember in the moment. Something that always seems to help me is meditation, yoga, or even just deep breathing exercises. You may remember some of my meditation goals I’ve made in the past, like this 5 Minute Mediation Challenge. It always amazes me how amazing I feel when I do those challenges. So I’m bringing it back yet again.
Goal 1: Meditate for 5 minutes every day.
This can be done in a variety of ways, but the main thing will be to completely silence my mind and focus on just breathing and being in the moment. 5 minutes really is enough to make a world of a difference.
Another thing I tend to do when I’m stressed is eat really fast. Then I wonder where all that food went and am left unsatisfied and wanting more. Key word: wanting, not needing. Obviously food is a big part of my life and something that I devote a lot of time to. I want to make sure I’m actually enjoying it! Which brings me to…
Goal 2: Eat slowly and mindfully.
This goes along with the meditating goal in the way that I want to completely silence my mind when I sit down for a meal. I don’t need to be thinking about my to-do list…or anything. I am also always amazed at how much of a difference this goal makes. I am remarkably more satisfied and content after eating than I would have been had I rushed through it and not fully appreciated or enjoyed it.
Hopefully establishing these goals now will start off the new semester on a positive, relaxed note that I can continue to carry throughout the course of it.
So there you have it. My goals are written out and announced, which means one thing: I better stick to it!
Being in a more calm state of mind allows me to enjoy the good things in life. Like this morning’s sunrise, for example:
photo taken by a friend
And of course, GOOD FOOD.
1/2 cup oats, 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder, 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, stevia, baking powder. Topped with 2% greek yogurt.
chicken sausage salad with avocado dressing (recipe a few posts back)
greek yogurt mixed with cookies and cream protein powder and fiber one cereal
Lots and lots of farm fresh cherries!!! So sweet and probably my favorite fruit at the moment.
Enchiladas and farm fresh cherry tomatoes. Similar recipe to this one.
This next one’s not hard to guess…
more cheesecake This one is the cinnamon bun variation.
Must save the rest for WIAW tomorrow!
Today’s Workout: I did this one again. It’s just so fun! You keeping moving from one thing to the next, which is just what I need so I don’t get bored. This workout always flies right by and leaves me completely out of breath by the end. (Okay, by the first 2 minutes.)
Do you have any goals for the week?