In looking over the goals I set for myself at the beginning of last month and thinking about the goals I had hoped to set for this month, I am reminded that motherhood (and life in general, really) requires flexibility.
As I've mentioned a couple of times before, we're in the middle of doing a bunch of strength challenges and benchmark workouts at the gym. I love these challenges and workouts because they provide a certain type of motivation and satisfaction that I don't get from any other type of workout, and I was all excited about the improvements I intended to make as we progressed through the series. That was going to be my main goal for February. To improve. To get stronger and faster, even if it was just by 5 pounds or 10 seconds.
Then I got the news that my pelvic floor is way too weak to keep doing what I've been doing, and that I need to scale way back before I cause further damage. I'm disappointed, but I'll do what it takes to get stronger so I can return to my previous level of fitness.
And this brings me to my main goal for February. I am going to focus on strict compliance to the regimen my therapist is prescribing. Right now, this involves a couple of strength exercises, stretches, kegels, abdominal work and wearing the sacroiliac belt. I know it doesn't sound like much, but if I don't do this it will be near impossible to achieve my long-term goals. It kinda feels like a step back, but I'm not sure it really is a step back. Maybe more like a step sideways?
With that said, I still need to get some real workouts in. So, I'll continue to go to my classes and do what I can do. And when I can't do much, I'll just hop on the treadmill. I actually enjoyed my treadmill jog last week, even though it took 25 minutes to go a mere 1.6 miles. I'm also going to do one plank (30+ seconds), at least 10 pikes, 10 hamstring curls and 10 chest presses on the TRX every day (we have a homemade version of the TRX at home, so no excuses). I think this will work out a lot better than last month's ambiguous TRX goal (the plan was to workout on the TRX once a week).
My other goals for February are more nutrition-related. First, avoid snacking on nuts. During the sugar detox, I realized that I had developed a bad almond and macadamia nut habit. I decided to put a stop to it immediately, and I've managed to steer clear of nuts ever since. I need to keep this up!
My next goal: Work toward better meal planning. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I have struggled with this since the baby's birth (and during pregnancy, too). I've gotten a lot better at it, though (thanks again to the sugar detox), and feel like I am on a roll. In order to achieve this one, I am going to start using my Google calendar for meal planning again (we have a special family calendar called What's for Dinner), I'm going to order Well Fed (I like the recipes on Melissa's blog, so I'm hopeful that this cookbook will provide inspiration) and I'm going to re-familiarize myself with Grocery Gadget, a super-cool app that I downloaded several months ago. Aaack, re-reading this paragraph actually sounds somewhat intimidating to me (yikes!). But in all honesty, none of this is really optional. As a stay-at-home mom, this is part of my job. And I'm not going to fool myself into thinking it is going to get easier as the baby gets older because it probably won't! I don't know if I'll be 100% successful at this by the end of the month, but I'm going to do my best. Baby steps!
As for last month's goals, I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished. The sugar detox was mostly a success. I blogged every single day for 21 days (yeah, a I know couple of my posts were silly and/or pointless) and I tried out the local pilates studio (it wasn't for me and I don't plan to go back, but I'm not giving up on pilates). I did not make good use of the TRX, unfortunately, but I'm going to remedy this goal fail this month (see above!).
How are your 2012 goals going so far? Have you had to make adjustments/adaptations, too? Or are things going along as planned?