For almost as long as this blog has been around, I’ve been sharing monthly goal check-ins. This is by far one of the biggest things that has kept me accountable over the years, which is why I fully intend to keep them coming. Even if you aren’t a blogger and therefore don’t have a very public platform to shout bits of your life out to the world, I think there’s so much power in:

  1. writing goals down
  2. telling other people what you’re planning to do
  3. telling them how you did

… or doing all 3! So without further delay, here’s me, putting those things into action.

lara casey prints

2016 got off to an unexpectedly very busy start, but I’m pleased to say that things are starting to feel much more under control now. Despite the title of this post, I didn’t actually set 3 specific goals for January. Instead, I declared everything I’m working towards this year and shared my 2016 vision board. It’s back to business this month though, and here are the 3 things I’m working on:

Successfully complete my first month of training for Ironman 70.3 Victoria.

We’re only 8 days in, but this is going really well so far. I’ll save the specifics for my next training check-in at the end of this month (the first one is here if you missed it) but for now, I’ll just say that I’m already feeling really great about where my fitness level is at. Last week I went for my first swim since November and expected it to feel like death, but surprisingly, it ended up being just fine! I also ended up running outside yesterday after my long indoor ride on the trainer, and although it was rainy, cold and rather gross weather-wise, it still felt great.

cold weather running selfie

Here’s the week 1 that I just completed, plus this week’s schedule:

First two weeks of Ironman 70.3 Training Plan

Send 5 gratitude notes per week.

One of my goals for the year is to express gratitude daily, and my two main themes are connectedness and doing what matters. People matter to me, and letting them know how lucky I feel to have them in my life not only fosters better connectedness but also just feels like the right thing to do. While it’s great to keep a gratitude journal or simply come up with a few things I’m grateful for (whether said aloud or just in my head), I’m really liking the idea of thanking the people who make my day in a more sincere sort of way. Many cards, emails, Facebook and text messages will be written and sent this month (and quite likely in the months ahead too!)

If you want to find happiness, find gratitude - Steve Maraboli

Create an anti-inflammatory meal plan for my mum.

This was a project that was born in my mind during my trip back from Ontario last weekend. You see, my mum has suffered with asthma for as long as I can remember. She’s also got some pretty severe no-fun allergies to caffeine (yes, that includes chocolate) and nuts, which I bet some people would find pretty difficult to cope with if they were in her shoes! In recent years, arthritis has been added to the list of ailments. My mum was just given even more meds from her doctor as an attempt to control the inflammation. As she was telling me about all the pills she’s been on over the past couple of months, I was really surprised (ok, maybe not) to hear that her doctor hadn’t suggested a thing in terms of nutrition.

Sweet Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa - Eat Spin Run Repeat

The first, most obvious natural fix that came to my mind was omega-3 fatty acids which have super potent anti-inflammatory properties. My mum eats omega-3 enriched eggs, but there’s a lot of debate as to whether these fortified eggs are truly better for us. (If you don’t have time to read this article from the Globe and Mail, suffice it to say that it heavily depends on the brand and source of your eggs.) I know there’s more she can be doing from a nutrition perspective to reduce her symptoms, and the foodie in me feels compelled to try.

Sweet n Spicy Bok Choy Stir Fry - Eat Spin Run Repeat

As far as culinary interests go, it definitely wasn’t my mum who passed me that gene. Normally when I go home to visit, she’s 100% down with buying the groceries and doing the dishes, as long as I do the cooking. For a food blogger, this truly is a dream! However, as long as recipes are fairly easy and don’t require obscure ingredients, she’s usually willing to make them herself (right Mum?!) I talked to her before setting this goal, and she says she’ll give it a shot after competing the 2 months of meds that she’s already promised her doctor.

Depending on the results I may do a follow-up post that details what we tried. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in (or if anti-inflammatory nutrition strategies in general are something you’d like to learn about), let me know in the comments or feel free to shoot me an email at eatspinrunrepeat (at) gmail (dot) com.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got, but now I want to hear what YOU have going on this month. What are your February goals?

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