Action!

At the beginning of the year, Cathy Savage sent out an email to her team members that said, “We all must have VISION to make our goals a reality; however, unless we take ACTION, visions just become dreams.”  She encouraged her team members to create an “action board” with clear, actionable goals, rather than a “vision board” that may be somewhat more vague.

I love the idea of having a health and fitness action board.  Wanna see mine?  ;)

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That’s me in the middle, from the Fitness New England competition I did in 2012.

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I want to make sure I focus on getting up early to fit in my workouts, and spend time every week prepping meals!

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In the middle, I have a few cute quotes and a reminder of my long-term fitness goal for this year (more on that at a later point!)

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By the way, the postcards on my action board are all from my last Birchbox delivery – how cute, huh?
I really enjoyed putting this together and I can imagine I will add to it as time goes on. I plan to hang it in my office next to my quarterly goals that I framed. I’ll show it to you when I get it all set up.

Have you ever made an action board? What are some of your actionable health and fitness goals?

Writing My Story

new-years-eveHappy New Year! I’m welcoming 2014 with open arms.

We rang in the new year with friends and family at my sister-in-law and her boyfriend’s house. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a terrible hangover on New Year’s Day, but I felt great today due to the fact that I only had two drinks last night and chased them with multiple bottles of water! It feels nice to start off 2014 on the right foot :)

And today has been super chill. I took a glorious 2-hour nap this afternoon, complete with the dog and cat snuggling on the bed with me. I’m making a batch of Hoppin’ John to ensure this year is a lucky one. And no New Year’s Day in the Philly area would be complete without watching the Mummers’ Parade by a cozy fire.

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I also spent a little bit of time defining my quarterly goals and my resolutions for the year. I printed them out and am going to post them in my home office where I can see them often.

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Here’s what it says:

Health:
Attend Camp Savage in January, 2014

Happiness:
Pay off Target credit card
Plan a mini-getaway with my love for Valentine’s Day

Habitat:
Finish home office redo
Make a winter wreath for our front door

Hobbies:
Learn how to knit
Restart my blog as a personal diary

The last goal listed above brings me to my final point — I have rejoined Cathy Savage’s coaching services (!!) and am really excited to tackle some new health & fitness goals in 2014.  She has challenged her clients to “chronicle our year.  12 months, 12 chapters.  Your life story…it’s going to be an amazing odyssey.”  I know this blog has had a lot of starts and stops along the way, but I’m going to use it as my place to record my personal story…even if no one but me reads it but me ;)

And finally, if you would like to download a copy of the little printable I made to write down your own quarterly goals, click here!

CSA 101

This year, I decided to try out signing up for a CSA for the first time.  When you join a CSA (community supported agriculture), a local farmer allows the public to buy a certain number of “shares” of their crop.  You can learn more about the advantages of joining a CSA by visiting Local Harvest’s website, but for me, the biggest advantage is knowing that our produce is grown right down the street from us, without a bunch of chemicals and pesticides.  We’ve really enjoyed eating fresh, in-season foods that we might not normally purchase from the grocery store.

Our CSA share is with Palovchak’s Produce in Doylestown, PA, which is conveniently on my way home from work.  We purchased a half share, as it’s only the two of us.  Every Wednesday afternoon, from May through October, we get to pick up our weekly share of produce.  The selection changes week to week, depending on what’s in-season.  Here’s a picture of their little farm stand that I grabbed from their page on the Local Harvest site:

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The owners of Palovchak’s are so nice! They will usually recommend recipes or tell you how to prepare whatever it is that you’re picking up, if you’ve never tried it before.  They post how many of each item to pick up on a little blackboard.

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I’ve learned a lot from my experience joining a CSA this year – here are a few tips!

1.  Don’t be afraid to try something new!  Ever tried kohlrabi?  Garlic scapes?  Pea shoots?  Squash blossoms?  Chocolate mint?  I can say I have :)  Use the weekly produce selection as a way to branch out and give some new recipes a try, too.  Here are a few recipes I’ve tried recently:

2.  Prep the veggies right away when you get home.  I learned the hard way that if I didn’t make it easy to eat all of this produce, I’d let it sit in my fridge for too long.  When I come home from picking up my delivery, I immediately fill the sink with a bunch of cold water to wash my greens, then wrap them in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag.  I also learned a neat trick for storing fresh corn: dampen a paper bag, store the corn in the bag, and place that bag inside another plastic bag and keep in the fridge.

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3.  Stay organized.  Again – learned this one the hard way.  I’ve found it helpful to keep a little dry erase board on the fridge, listing each thing we have for the week.  That way, I’m much more likely to use the produce in a recipe, and can reference the list when I’m meal planning for the week.

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I hope you find these tips helpful! Have you ever joined a CSA? What did you think? (oh, and happy Friday :) )

What I Ate Wednesday + Random Outfit

Hi friends! It feels nice to be paying attention to this little blog again :)  I’m here today with a “WIAW,” or What I Ate Wednesday, courtesy of Peas & Crayons (click the button in this post to visit the P&C blog!).

Today was a pretty typical day of eats for me.  I started off my day with my daily ritual of watching the Today Show with a cup of coffee and breakfast, a bowl of Bear Naked Fit cereal with coconut milk:

Breakfast WIAWLunch was from California Tortilla.  I’m not a huge fan of this place, but I wanted to get some fresh air at lunchtime so I walked over there from my office.  The food is – eh, ok.  They do have an interesting selection of hot sauces with names like, “Rectal Rocket Fuel.”  And I’m serious.  I ordered a chicken and veggie bowl with brown rice and a Vanilla Diet Coke.

Lunch WIAWThe hubs picked up dinner for us tonight, which was pretty much a repeat of my lunch!  I didn’t complain, though, as I was starving and this came from one of my favorite places, Chipotle.  He ordered me a veggie bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, and guac.  Good stuff ;)

Dinner WIAWAnd on a random side note, I thought you might find it funny that I noticed I wore the exact same color scheme today as the Vera Bradley that I carry to work every day.

OOTDSo matchy matchy!

Now I’m just relaxing and watching the last few minutes of Top Chef Masters on Bravo (obsessed).  Hope you’ve had a great day!