Spring break and breaking goals in March (Monthly Wrap-Up #3 2023)

It’s time to recap March 2023 and all the good things that came throughout the month. Honestly, March was a quiet month. I didn’t have a busy work month, which could be better when running a small business. I had the opportunity to spend more time with family, work on other projects, and take much-needed rest. I ran my last half marathon of the season and achieved a mega goal. All in all, March was a great month. 

What’s up with the running and wellness?

Physically and mentally, I haven’t felt this strong in a long time. For the first time in a long time, I’ve felt fit (yet still tired) and ready to tackle all the hard things. I ran The Woodlands Marathon Half Marathon and met my goal of running faster and more thoughtfully throughout the race. Finishing that race was a proud moment for me because this was the first time in a while that I set a running goal and worked toward it. 

I’ve decided not to run another half marathon for a while and focus on building a stronger 10K time. I lacked half marathons at the beginning of the year because the timing never worked out. I will keep my mileage up to be strong for the next half I choose to run. I thought about running a half in May, but after the horrible experience of last year, I opted for the 10K. 

I didn’t cook any new meals, but I continued meal prep. I made my last round of chili for the month. Also, I may be struggling with sugar, but for the most part, I’m trying to keep my sugar consumption under control.

My Hotworx classes are still fitting nicely into my training. I am trying new classes every week to see what classes work best for me. I’ve been enjoying a Sunday morning yoga session, which sets the tone for the day. I’ll write a full review of my Hotworx experience, but I want to try more classes. I am a creature of habit, and I’m trying to go outside my comfort zone.

I finally honed in on the content I wanted to create.

Content creation has always been a sticking point for me, so I have yet to be more consistent. I have to start creating content around the things I love and want to discuss to make it easier. That’s obvious, but I struggled to pivot into this realm. I was unsure in the past, but my future will be vital.

I’ve been focused and ready to create content this month. My content will focus on running, productivity/routines, reading, and general lifestyle. I will post my running and productive things here, and I’ve started my book blog elsewhere. I will mention my books here, but it’s more in-depth on the other blog.  

Is it true it takes 21 days to build a habit? If that’s the case, I’m on the road to hitting my 21 days. I want this to become a seamless part of life. Things will be challenging, but I want to make them a habit. That also means I need to learn how to make TikToks and Reels.

What I read in March

I had a strong reading month in March. I had a slow February, so it was nice to get excited about reading. I read some excellent books that I am willing to recommend. No duds in March, and I hope that carries over into April. For a more in-depth look at my March reading wrap-up, visit my book blog!

  1. Meet Me in Margins by Melissa Ferguson. It’s a non-spice romance book, and it s workplace romance. Savannah needs help writing her book and finds support in an unexpected place. 
  2. Five Survive by Holly Jackson is a YA thriller where friends are forced to reveal their secrets to survive the night. 
  3. Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano is the third book in the series, and people still think Finlay is a hitman. Things accidentally happen to make people believe that she is. 
  4. The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn is a typical grumpy sunshine romance and follows the basic romance novel format. Cute, fun, and a quick read. 
  5. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a must-read. Reid has a way of telling a story and is a master at historical fiction. I haven’t loved all the characters she’s featured, but I’ve loved how she tells a story. 
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is my first dip into science fiction, and I don’t want to go too deep into this because I did a reading vlog on this book. But I surprisingly liked this book. 
  7. Magnolia Parks by Jessa Hastings is a contemporary fiction book that shook me. I’ve had plenty to say about this book. It’s a childhood friend-to-lover situation, but a bit more. It’s an interesting character-driven story.
  8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a YA fantasy heist story. It’s connected to the Shadow and Bone series, but reading it to like this book is optional. If you love a heist, you’ll like this book!

Other highlights of the month:

We spent spring break close to home with a beach vacation in Galveston. We stayed in an Airbnb, which was also part of a timeshare, so the timeshare hassle was intense. I know nothing about timeshares except people always try to get out of them. We enjoyed the space and all the activities available. I’m all ears if anyone wants to share some knowledge with me on the whole thing. 

We had ample room for three people in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo.  We had an entire living space and kitchen area.  The only downside was that did not have a washer and dryer in the unit and no laundry on-site.  But we could walk (or drive) to the beach, and we had access to the clubhouse, a pool, and other amenities. It was a great time, and we weren’t ready to leave vacation for the first time in a long time. We will return to Jamaica Beach, TX because it was a great time. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club Seaside Resort and highly recommended it for a great family setting. There were a lot of kids, which was great for Tot because she had other people to play with all the time.

I randomly decided to trade in my car. I got a new car, but it looks like the old car, just fancier. I have reasons for getting a new car, and I’m glad I decided to jump on the new car. It’s a learning curve because it’s the same car but different. It’s an odd feeling. Tot seems to like the car more, too! I purchased my old car through Carvana and got my new car through them, also.  The process was simple, and I had no problems.  I picked out my car on Friday morning, which was at my house on Monday afternoon.

We continue to have our coffee dates on Saturdays.  The South Texas State Fair came to town, so Tot rode all the rides, and I ate a funnel cake and something called Hog Daddy fries. Tot is sailing through kindergarten.  I can’t believe the year is almost over.  She’s come a long way this school year.

It’s been a fun start to the F1 season.  It’s nice to see Fernando Alonso on the podium. I’ve been an Aston Martin fan, but they haven’t been in the mix until now.  As much as we talk about a car, it’s also the driver.  Alonso is driving that car until the wheels come off!  I have definite opinions about what is happening.  Does Checo think he could be the champion?  Because Max didn’t seem too happy when he won that race.  I wanted Mercedes to dominate, but the team still seems steps behind.  McLaren, what is going on?  They spent so much money getting rid of Danny Ric, and they needed to develop the car.  Would they have been better off with his help? Ferrari is starting the s#!t show early, which is what we should expect from them.

What I could have done better:

I always like to mention the things I could have done better; the only thing I can think of is getting more sleep. I had horrible sleep during the month due to stress. I handled stress well, but it did manifest in my sleeping patterns. 

Videos for March:

Blog posts for March:

Updated tips for attending F1 USGP General Admissions seating

Simple things I did to change my running mindset

Find motivation in February

That’s a wrap in March. It treated me kindly, and I hope the energy stays in April because it will be busy. I’m looking forward to all the great things to come. Thanks for reading and following along.  I appreciate everyone who stops to read this post.  Don’t forget to comment.

How was your month?  What was the best part of March for you?  What is something you could have done better?

Finding motivation in February (Monthly wrap-up #2 2023)

Finding motivation in February (Monthly wrap-up #2 2023)

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up. I don’t know what happened to me, but I got seriously motivated in February to tackle some goals. I do know what happened. In January, I ran the Hot Chocolate 10K, and I wouldn’t say I liked how I felt when I finished. I felt down about my performance, and I wanted to do better. It’s just like the Sister Hazel song, Change Your Mind. “If you want to be somebody else, If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself. If you want to be somebody else, Change your mind.” I’ve been living in my…

View Post

Weekly wrap-up #5: hurt back, avocado chickpea toast, reading …

Weekly wrap-up #5: hurt back, avocado chickpea toast, reading and binging tv

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up. It’s the time to talk about the good, the bad, and everything else from the week before on the blog. This week I found myself down with a pulled muscle or pinched nerve in my back. On Tuesday, I reached for my backpack, and I felt a pain in my back. I didn’t think about it and reached down to pick up my backpack after that and went home to work out. The following day, I reached for a toy on the floor, and the same thing happened, but the pain was worse.   My week…

View Post

Weekly wrap-up #4 2022: more running, breaking a hard drive, …

Weekly wrap-up #4 2022: more running, breaking a hard drive, and not enjoying lunch

Welcome to another week of the weekly wrap-up. I can’t believe we’re already at #4. Most importantly, I can’t think I’ve managed to put up a weekly wrap-up so consistently. I hope it’s not the “kiss of death” for saying that so early in the year.   What do I say about this week? Work kept me busy. I’m not complaining about being busy with work. It has been hectic yet fulfilling at the same time. As a small business owner, these are the times we depend on to keep the business rolling all year. Workouts didn’t come easy, but I…

View Post

Weekly wrap Up #2 2022: half marathon weekend and changing …

Weekly wrap Up #2 2022: half marathon weekend and changing my diet

Welcome to the weekly wrap-up, and it’s late. Work has kept me busy, but I was about to plan things out for the first time and feel a bit “normal.” I changed my diet, meal prepped some food, and the Louisiana Marathon weekend was my favorite race weekend of the year. No excuses; it just needs to get done. Workouts for the week: Monday: 40 min run. I went into the run wanting to take it easy, and I could go in the morning because I didn’t have to go to work. It felt great getting my workout done in…

View Post

Weekly Wrap Up #1 2022: sad news, emotional eating, anniversary, …

Weekly Wrap Up #1 2022: sad news, emotional eating, anniversary, and New Year

Welcome to the first Weekly Wrap Up of 2022. The start of the New Year wasn’t the greatest. Sadly, we had to put my dog, Master, down this week. It’s has affected me more than I thought. It’s been hard adjusting to Master not being around, but I know it was the best decision. He was in a lot of pain and could barely walk. I know he’s in a better place.   The year started with several work trips, and I spent too much time in the car. I tried to start with a positive mindset and get back to…

View Post

Weekly workout breakdown: remembering my why, celebrating little …

Weekly workout breakdown: remembering my why, celebrating little victories, and running

I’ve slacked off of my weekly workout breakdowns because I’ve gotten lazy. The weekly workout breakdowns are the place where I dissect last week’s workouts and the thought process behind the workouts. I am working on making some improvements in my life. I’m all about being my best self and better than yesterday. Those are things I’ve somehow forgotten along the way. Do you ever forget the” why” behind it all? That’s why it’s essential to write things down. The struggle has been real lately, but I’m on the up and up. The only consistent thing I do every day…

View Post

Weekly workout breakdown: working with a running coach, …

Weekly workout breakdown: working with a running coach, Statesman Cap10K virtual, and cross training

It’s time to recap my workouts for April 5-11, 2021, which included to Statesman Cap10K virtual run. I recap my workouts (almost) every week on the blog to let you know what I’m doing and hopefully motivate others to do the same. This week was the first week of working with my running coach. The activities were a bit different for me as far as the duration of the workouts. It seemed a bit light on minutes for me. My goal is workout 45 – 50 minutes per day. Having this lightened running schedule for the foreseeable future might add…

View Post

Week of workouts: Covid vaccination experience, finding balance …

Week of workouts: Covid vaccination experience, finding balance with speed vs. mileage, and strength workouts

It’s that time to recap my workouts for the week. Last week’s workouts were a bit harder for me. I managed to get five days of workouts done, even on Saturday when I had a pounding headache from my second shot. This week I decided it was time to start working with a running coach again. I will talk more about this in another blog and video, but I wanted you to know the origin. I’m finding it hard to balance my workouts to the place they need to be for me to progress. I’ve been working on building the…

View Post

Workouts for the week: trying new workouts, run …

Workouts for the week: trying new workouts, run training, and why I use the Peloton digital app

Last week’s workouts went well. I tried some new exercises in beginner pilates and strength for runners. People sometimes ask me why I use the Peloton digital app so much. The truth is, I pay for it, so I’m going to use it. I started just using it for my bike to supplement my workouts when I stopped teaching my indoor cycle classes. Then Peloton expanded the app to include new exercises. I love group fitness workouts because I didn’t have to think about programming; someone else did the work for me. All I had to do was show up, and the…

View Post

Week of workouts: training for a 10k, Peloton …

Week of workouts: training for a 10k, Peloton digital workouts, and getting back into routine

Hello all! It’s been a minute, but I need to get back in the groove. I still do the things I’m doing, and I don’t do a great job posting/blogging about it. I’ve recently learned, I’m horrible at being part of a community, which means I’m not the greatest at creating a community. That is not what I want. I want this to be a place where people can share their accomplishments and failures. I want this to be a place where we lift each other, help through hard times, and become the best versions of ourselves at any given…

View Post