If January was a relatively slow-moving month, February more than made up for it. Seriously, I have no idea where this month went, and we were not even all that busy. March begins our busiest season of the year, so all I can do at this point is just hold on for the ride!
- Holly’s dance team showcase performance
- Solo and ensemble contest
- Doing a back squat with a weight that was only 15 pounds lighter than someone who has been doing CrossFit for three years
- Running a mile without stopping
- Total number of books read: 7
- Total number of pages: 2,400
- Favorite book(s) read: Lincoln in the Bardo
- White Cheddar Truffled Macaroni and Cheese – Admittedly, it was a weak month for cooking. I cooked, but either they were easy to fix things like grilled chicken or tacos or the recipes were not a hit. This is something I have made before as a side dish, is surprisingly easy and oh-so delicious.
How did I persevere?
- Meditation: Grade C – I slacked in this area this month, and I can tell. My shoulders are a little tighter, and my jaw is clenched a little more than normal. I want to get back to meditating every day, which means I have to start making more time for it.
- Healthy Habits: Grade A- – Jim and I have been doing CrossFit three days a week for the entire month, and I am officially in love. The workouts are unbelievably difficult, and I often wonder if I will be able to finish them. Then, I do, and I feel so powerful and so, so good. In addition, I have upped my water intake. While I am not consistently drinking the necessary 64 ounces every day, I am definitely drinking more than one glass a day, which was my norm. I have also started logging my food intake each day again. I have been doing it consistently for the past two weeks. All steps in the right direction. Now I hope they mean a move in a smaller direction for clothes.
- Political Activism: Grade A- – I will be the first to admit that political activism is exhausting. I have had to take a week off or so, and I have started to limit my social media intake for sanity’s sake. However, I made more calls to DC this month than I have ever done. I think I have Senator Ron Johnson’s phone number on speed dial these days. It’s too bad he won’t answer the phones. I’m sure his staff has gotten to know my name and voice though. Paul Ryan is another person with whom I have tried to contact this month to share my opinions with him, as he is my congressman and not just the Speaker of the House. He is a tricky bugger. You have to go through so many hoops just to leave him a message, and even then, I am not confident he is getting them. It almost makes me wonder if he is not actually hiding from his constituents. Goodness knows he won’t hold a town hall meeting and hasn’t since 2015. I still have not been able to join any of the protests, but I am definitely participating in A Day Without a Woman on March 8th.
On to March madness! February out.
I still haven’t decided if I want to do the Day without Women. I believe in its aims so much, but I also feel a little bit like my absence wouldn’t make any difference to anyone but me, but I also recognize that if all the women felt that way then the whole day would be wasted.
I felt the same way you did but decided it didn’t matter what others thought. I don’t think anyone will notice my absence, but I will know that I took a stand. Plus, I could use a day to myself on strike from the rest of the world.
Woohoo for Crossfit and running!!! I love it!!
February did go really fast. And I feel like March is gonna fly by, too.
Looks like you had a pretty awesome month!
Oh, March is going to be over in a blink. I am writing this during my one free week, and I just dread the next three weeks.
Huzzah for healthy habits and political activism! I had every intention of developing a meditation habit this month and did nothing more with it than some research. I really need to explore it further. Oh, the water! It’s some days so hard to get it all in, especially on cold days, but I feel so much better when I do.
I’m still struggling with water and meditation as we enter the middle of March. It remains a high priority, and yet I still cannot manage to fit it in each day. You are right. I feel so much better when I do both that it is ridiculous that they both have not become automatic by this time.
Overall, it looks to me like you rocked the month, meditation notwithstanding. I didn’t do as well, but I have hope for March, starting with Ash Wednesday tomorrow.
I hope you rock your Lenten activities!
Looks like a mostly good month. I hope March is a good month for you!
Thanks, Kelly! I hope March is a good month for both of us!
You’ve made some real strides in your fitness quest. Crossfit on three days each week. Superwoman! Well done and I’m suspecting that you’ll see some changes in a lot of areas before long. It takes a bit of time. Good luck!
I actually had to cut back to two days a week the last few weeks. My knees feel way too arthritic and CrossFit is hard on the knees. I suspect it will disappear when the muscles get a bit stronger, but I want to make sure I don’t cause any permanent injury. I’m having way too much fun, even at 5 AM!
Congrats on running a mile without stopping and your Crossfit! Isn’t it an awesome feeling to accomplish some physical goal you never thought you could?!
And – you’ll be happy to know I put Lincoln in the Bardo on hold at the library. I’m #37 on 1 copy, so maybe I’ll get to it sometime in 2018…haha! And also – I can’t believe they only ordered one copy!
It is a great feeling doing something you know you could never have done a few short weeks ago. That sense of accomplishment is definitely enough to keep me going!
I hope you get to it sooner than 2018, but I will be anxious to see what you think of it!