The nine month plan: month two

Most of you know about my nine month plan to better myself mentally, physically and spiritually over the course of the next nine months.At the start of each month, I will explain the new plan/goals and why I am pursuing them. I am really excited about this journey and look forward to seeing where I am at the start of 2014.

April

Limit social media consumption to 30 minutes a day (minus the blog)

Start juicing daily

Start every morning with 15 minute meditation

Run half marathon

So what do these all mean and why am I doing them?

I want to acknowledge that the list for April looks intimidating. However, these are all things I have been working on already, I am now looking to consciously make them habits.

Limit social media consumption to 30 minutes a day (minus the blog): I am on Facebook way too often. It is my biggest time-waster. It is usually the first thing I check in the morning and I repeatedly check it throughout the day. I don’t even know why; very rarely do I find something thought provoking, inspiring or not offensive; usually it’s just internet memes, uninformed political debates on both sides of the spectrum and gaming invites.It is crunch time for my course load and I do not need any more distractions.

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I need to limit the time spent on social media so that I can become more productive and enjoy time with my family. This will be hard for me but I plan on keeping a watchful eye on the clock when I log into Facebook and plan on not logging on throughout the day like I do now. I will check it early afternoon and once in the evening rather than 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there, 20 minutes here and on and on. This goal makes me nervous!

Start juicing daily: The hubs and I got our first juicer last month and are obsessed with it. We have already started juicing daily so I am not too worried about meeting this goal. We start our mornings with a nutrient dense green juice and will just have to be mindful to keep doing that. I hope to start sharing some of our favorite juicing recipes and am hoping that our indoor garden makes the juicing experience even more rewarding.

Start every morning with 15 minute meditation:  2013 has been an amazing year already because I fell heads over heels for yoga. I never understood the practice before but it is transforming my life for the better. I love my yoga practice and am at the point where I need to learn to clear my mind, reach a pure consciousnesses and connect with nature and myself. I want to start my days with 15 minutes of meditation because I feel it will help me get through the days. I figure that waking up a little earlier, relaxing and calming my heart and my mind will do wonders for how I feel throughout the day. Maybe I will feel less rushed, less stressed and more in control of my actions. Either way, I think that it will be good for my well being to start my days in a calming manner versus the frantic manner I start them in now.

Run half marathon: I have been training for the  half marathon on April 28th for the past couple of months, so this isn’t an on the whim goal. I committed myself to running it awhile back and am excited that this is the month I have been working towards. I put it on my plan because finishing it is my goal. I have never been a runner and am unsure if I can identify as a runner even now, despite training for a couple of months. I think after running and completing the half marathon, I will start feeling like I can embrace that term. Overall, I want to be able to run the entire way and feel good throughout the run.

These are the four things I will be working on this month and will update my progress (or lack thereof) at the end of the month.

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4 thoughts on “The nine month plan: month two

  1. Good luck with the half marathon coming up. I just finished my second and every time they’re nervewracking, but it sounds like you’re dedicated so i’m sure you’ll have no problem. Just remember to watch your pace and don’t overwork yourself in the beginning. It’s easy to get caught up in the crowd and their pace but you have to do what you’re comfortable with and then you can push it more toward the end.

    1. Thanks for the advice! I am worried about keeping my own pace and not trying to keep up with everyone else. My goal is to finish and feel good about it, not to finish and then not be able to walk for a week because I didn’t keep my own pace so thank you- I appreciate that! Congrats on finishing your second! That’s awesome!

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