2017 Goal Check-in / Lenten Promise

2017 Goal Check-in / Lenten Promise

I can barely believe it, but it’s already March which means we have nearly completed the first quarter of 2017. This also means that it’s time for a goal check-in. Surprisingly, I’ve been very good about my goals for this year, and I’ve even interlaced it with my Lenten Promise.

Since I’m trying to be a healthier human being, I gave up soda pop for Lent, which is actually super hard for me since I crave Coke/Cherry Coke on a regular basis. Seriously, we’re talking insane caffeine headaches on a daily basis as of lately due to a lack thereof. Yesterday marked one week without my beloved beverage of choice, and it is turning out to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated. Nevertheless, I’m pushing through it, and I think I’m doing pretty well if I do say so myself!

I’ve been pretty good about sticking to a workout regiment at least 4 days a week. Pilates has lately been my workout of choice and I’ve come to really enjoy it. Sometimes I have an occasional slip-up due to a long work day or post-work plans, but, if that’s the case, I try to get in at least a half hour leg and ab workout. I also drink at least 20 oz. of water a day which has made a huge difference in my complexion.

As for my travel goal, I’ve booked three trips within the next three months! I’m super excited for what the rest of the year holds!

How are you doing on your goals? If you’re religious, what did you give up for Lent?

-K.

Keeping It Healthy: Snack Options

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Do you want to lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you have a problem succumbing to your unrelenting sweet tooth? Well keep on reading because I have a list of healthy and delicious snacks that’ll help kick that sweet tooth and unhealthy cravings to the curb! As I mentioned in my first post of the year, I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and one way I’m doing that is swapping out my Cheetos and Sweettarts for some healthier options. So, without further ado, here are some healthy snacks I’ve been eating to curb my cravings!

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Roasted or lightly salted almonds

Clementines

Luna protein bar — my favorite is the chocolate chip cookie dough; it tastes like a candy bar!

RX Bars

Cliff Crunch Granola Bars — my favorite is the chocolate peanut butter

Organic tortilla chips & guacamole — Wholly Guacamole makes 100 calorie containers to take on the go. It’s perfect for midday snack at the office!

Apple slices & peanut butter

Fresh fruit salad — berries, pineapple, and watermelon are a few of my favorites

Greek yogurt — add a little crunch with some homemade granola

Roasted chick peas — I’ve actually started craving these more than chips these days

Graham crackers & peanut butter

Carrots, celery & ranch — to make this healthier, buy a Ranch dry mix packet & mix it with 8 oz. of plain Greek yogurt

Brown rice triscuits & babybell cheese

String mozzarella cheese

Dehydrated fruit rings, specifically apple rings

Haagen-Daas Raspberry Sorbet — okay, so maybe this isn’t necessarily a healthy snack, but I like to talk myself into believing it is!

Leave a comment below with some of your favorite healthy snacks & recipes. I’d love to try some new ones!

-K.

What’s Your Word for 2017?


I recently read a Levo League article that bid the question “What is your word for 2017?” And challenged readers to choose their word for 2017. Initially it seems like such an easy question, but the more I reflected on past years and my goals for this year, I found it quite difficult. This year I want to be healthy, cultured, and, above all, happy. 

After lots of pondering, I finally landed on my word for 2017: Positivity. 

I’m a cynical person by nature, and I realize the damage that my cynicism does to everyone around me and myself. This is why I’ve decided that this year is going to be different. My goal is to make positivity a habit so that negative thoughts cross my mind less often and, eventually, eliminate negativity all together. The past few years took a toll on my mental health and I currently am having a hard time figuring out my path/purpose in life which has been particularly challenging for me in terms of positivity. However, practicing gratitude daily, getting back in touch with my faith, and  are just a few ways I am taking action. 

I’d love to you what your word is for 2017. Comment below and let’s inspire each other!

-K.

New Year, New Goals // 2017


As I mentioned in my previous post, this year has been a year of constant change and adjustment for me — some good, some bad, some very necessary. I’m not usually one for setting resolutions because I believe the true definition of resolution is “starting a new ‘lifestyle’ for two weeks, and ultimately giving it up for your love of cake, sleep, etc.”. However, I have no qualms against setting personal, realistic goals. In the hopes of creating accountability for myself, I’ve decided to post my personal goals for the upcoming year.

1. Take better care of myself; the past few years were spent getting sick a lot more than the average human should.

2. Drink more water.

3. Work out at least four times a week.

4. Find a work out I enjoy.

5. Focus more on finishing books than finishing Netflix series.

6. Travel as much as possible (Italy here I come)!

7. Positivity, positivity, positivity! There is far too much negativity in the world, and I’ll be much happier than I am when I’m in a, as much as I hate to admit it, cynical state of mind.

8. Become fluent in a new language.

9. Make more out of each and every day; One of 2016’s lessons is that life is far too short.

What are some of your goals for the new year?

-K.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-changes

In a recent post, I briefly stated that I was making a number of changes in my life. My goal is to live a more positive, healthy, happy life by making small changes now to help me achieve bigger goals and chase bigger dreams.

Working a desk job, I don’t have much ability to be active throughout the day. After being able to be active while at school (walking across campus to class, dance practices, free gym access, etc), I realized I could not maintain my old habits. With the help of my boyfriend Ryan, I’ve devised a plan consisting of a few lifestyle changes in order to help me stay in shape and, ultimately live a more positive and happy life.

  • My FitBit is my new best friend. For my birthday a few weeks ago, Ryan bought me a FitBit Alta per my request.  While I have yet to reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps, it has motivated me to get up and get moving. At work I tend to take the long route when walking to the water fountain, bathroom and my colleagues offices in order to get the most out of my steps. It also helps a lot with tracking my calorie intake on the app; it’s free and downloads to your phone while activating your FitBit after purchase.
  • Absolutely no fast food. Ryan and I decided to use the buddy system with this one. By cutting out all fast food, we are cutting out the option of taking the easy way out when it comes to lunch breaks. While I tend crave McDonald’s fries and tacos from Taco Bell, I’m breaking the habit by choosing healthier snack options such as Skinny Pop and baked chips. I also allow myself the occasional bit of Dove dark chocolate and chocolate milk when my sweet tooth is acting up.
  • Limit caffeine/drinking your calories. We also came up with the idea of limiting my caffeine intake to 2-3 times a week since I have a serious coffee and Coca~Cola addiction. Something that’s really helping me drink more water is the ability to track your water intake daily on the FitBit app. I’ve also been turning to sparkling water to help get the carbonation I often crave from pop.
  • Thinking positive thoughts. In a previous post I discussed my desire to live an overall more positive life and discussed the various ways I was doing so. You can check out that post here.
  • Make a daily routine. Right now I’m still trying to get the hang of my new sleeping schedule, but I have a sort-of routine that I’ve been sticking to as of late. The whole point of it for me, personally is to make sure I achieved all I needed to in the day.

What do you do to make sure you stick to your goals? Also, anyone with tips to quit biting your nail pleaseeee comment because that is my next goal.

-K