Lent Redux

So, I had some ambitious goals for Lent. In case you don’t want to go back and read, they were three-fold:

  1. No online shopping
  2. Back to morning workouts
  3. Publix chicken fingers only once a week

I actually did better than I thought with this, and I’d give myself a solid C-plus on Lent. Obviously, the one that I didn’t do so well on was the whole working out in the morning thing — I’ve talked about that recently — but I can’t beat myself up about it. The last few months have been pretty stressful, and just keeping on top of life was hard enough without trying to kill myself working out. I do want to get back to it, especially as we enter the glorious season of drinking outdoors, and I’m making a concerted effort to do so. On the other two, I did awesome. I actually hit my goals, and I mentally high-fived myself when I realized that. Go Elizabeth!

Believe it or not, I’m actually going to try and keep all of these part of my life, even though the Lenten season is over. (Are they Pentacostal goals now? Too nerdy, even for me?)

With the exception of an order of some white jeans from J.Crew Factory (why are their sales so good?!) and a pair of Saltwater sandals I’ve been planning on buying since last summer, I haven’t delved back into the wondrous world of online shopping. There really isn’t anything I need, and with a ton of wedding-related expenses coming up, I don’t need to get sucked back into that world.

I’ve mentioned many (many) times that I want to get back to my pre-2014/Polar Vortex workout schedule, so that goal is obviously still on the table. I’m working on it, and I expect to continue to work at it. I just need to bite the bullet and accept that I’ll be tired once I transition to waking up that early again. It only lasts for about 10 days, and you can do anything for 10 days, right? I got to get my sweet summer bod ready. JK, JK. There is no bikini season coming up for me, just wedding season, but I obviously still want to look awesome.

Admittedly, I haven’t been great recently about eating at home/cooking my own food, but the next 2 months are going to be very expensive (weddings, yo). It will only help to make all my food for the Monday-Thursday I’m home at home. Planning will become of paramount importance, and its actually something I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to getting back to it. If anyone has any suggestions for 30 minute meals with minimal ingredients (preferably consumed in a bowl), let me know. I have a to-make list, but a lot of them are heavy meals. Its getting too hot to eat anything that requires a ton of cooking.

So, TLDR version: I’m happy with myself, going to keep doing this whole self improvement thing, not working on a bikini bod. May be working on some night cheese.


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