First Quarter

First quarter down. It’s officially the end of March. One quarter of the year is over. Time to plan the other three-quarters.
But before I look forward, a look back at what I’ve done, to acknowledge my mistakes so I can learn from them, and celebrate my successes so it gives me the momentum to continue going forward.

I made 14 goals/resolutions for 2014 – 7 goals and 7 resolutions. Click here to read the original post.
One of the things I planned to do more of this year was write. The best decision I made towards that was to maintain this blog. Through the blog I’ve met some wonderful people. And because of the blog, I’ve done some things I might not otherwise have done. And it’s kept me writing. And I love to write. I live to be a writer… Wright-er, right? (Please, indulge my one attempt at name humor)

Another success was organization. I wanted to work on the clutter – physical and mental – and I’ve been whittling away at both. Lots more work to be done, but at least it’s an active project. And every now and then, I watch an episode of “Hoarders” to keep myself motivated. I can’t be the only person who’s ever watched that show and felt inclined to clean out their closet, can I? Procrastination is still a major issue for me but I am constantly planning my next moves. Sometimes I overestimate how much time I have available and I plan too many activities so I end up having to postpone something to maintain my sanity. That’s my justification.
And then there were some things I started in the past quarter that didn’t go so well.
The sugar detox learning curve. I made it a week of sugar-less, where I tried to follow the guidelines in the 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook and then the potatoes, those white Idaho potatoes, they called my name and before I knew it, they were back on my plate. I stopped buying candy and soda for a while until last week, I bought some Ginger Ale and it was so good. High fructose corn syrup, you won this battle but I will win the war. I am going to try again and this time, it won’t be so hard because I’ve already established a plateau higher than where I started. When I drink juice now, I drink a 1 part juice to 3 parts water mix so I get a little flavor with lots less sugar.

And I think I am disciplined enough to try the modified sugar detox again. Will plan meals in advance to ensure I have everything I need on hand and not constantly trying to think of acceptable substitutes.
And running. Running in the winter months was infrequent and slow, nothing like the 4 times a week that I planned. For most of the past 3 months, my body has felt like it’s been in hibernation. Now that I’ve resumed regular running, it’s hard. But I keep at it.

I started a running group on Sundays and plan to join another group on Tuesday. I plan to sign up with a charity to run the NYC marathon this year and I know they form running teams so I want to be ready to up my mileage when training starts.

Suffice it to say none of my fitness goals have been achieved yet, but I have the rest of the year to work actively on those.

One quarter down, three quarters to go. 14 in 2014 is still within reach. Just gotta keep doing it!


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