Friday, May 27, 2016

State of My Goals Address: May Edition

As promised, I am sharing updates on my goals and 2016 resolutions in the state of my goals address. You can take a look at my 2016 goals and my thoughts on goals and resolutions. Sharing these goals is a way to keep me accountable and help me to improve, grow, and learn. People who share their goals tend to be more successful. So, I'm sharing the goals here to encourage you and to keep me accountable. You're welcome to comment with your goals and share your progress as well. Feel free to tag your goals with #RDTODgoals or #healthyRD on social media.

2016 Goals
Try 30 new recipes.
In May, I tried a few new recipes including:

  • Red and white manicotti
I took a pasta-making class, which was so fun! We learned to make homemade pasta. I'll be posting an entire blog post with my review of the class and tons of pictures.

  • Spring Pappardelle pasta

  • Ravioli con Uvo

I just realized that all of these pictures were pasta. I guess May was pasta month for me! For those keeping track, this makes my new recipe count 23 out of 30.

Build endurance and strength.
I'm continue to attend my favorite strength-training class. The fitness instructor does a variety of light weight, high rep circuit, and body weight exercises. She gives a great variety to all the classes.

I'm also loving the elliptical and stationary bike. It's hot here in Texas! So, I'm so thankful to have a climate controlled place to workout. I'm laughing to myself about how funny this is - a climate controlled place to sweat. Hahaha!

Let me know if you have favorite workout songs. You can leave recommendations in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you listen to and what motivate you. Comment below.

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Read more.
In my free time, I've started reading more. I finished reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist this month. It is a book about taking the good with the bad. No life is perfect; we all have struggles. I like her perspective of  life being bitter sweet "The most bittersweet season of my life so far is still life, still beautiful, still sparkling with celebration. There is no one or the other, as desperately as I want that to be true. This season wasn't bittersweet. Life itself is bittersweet. There's always life and death, always beauty and blood." Shauna Niequist from Bittersweet page 248. Some parts were devastatingly sad and Shauna walks you though her life. But, it wasn't an entirely sad book. The author's writing style is beautiful. She paints pictures with her words. You feel like you are right beside her. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

For those keeping track, my book count is 4 in 2016.

Learn something new.
I took a cooking class as mentioned in goal #1. Cooking classes are a great way to learn a new skill. I foresee more classes in my future!

These are my broad goals for 2016. What goals are you working on in 2016?
Comment below.

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