Hi everyone! I am so glad we’re halfway through the week! This weekend, I’m going home for the last time before spring break (which is in 16 days, heck to the yes) and I can’t wait. Not just because I love any opportunity to go home, but also because this Saturday is the annual father daughter dinner dance in my city. My dad and I have gone every year since I was in seventh grade, and the past 4 or 5 years my little sister has gone with us too. I love getting to get all glammed up and have fun dancing the night away with my dad and sissy. I will definitely be posting a recap early next week, so look for that!
For this week’s WIAW party, I wanted to share my goals for next month. I got the idea from Emily to do a 30-day health challenge. I think it’s a really good idea, because we all have things we can improve on. I’m deciding to start it in March, rather than right now, because I have spring break coming up and while I generally eat pretty healthy as it is, it can be hard to implement changes while living in a dorm and having a busy schedule most weeks. Once I’m home, I have access to a real kitchen, meaning I can eat even healthier and try new things! So here are a few of my goals for next month, some food-related and some not. And of course, some random eats from throughout the week!
1. Eat more veggies!
I love veggies, and I’ve even tried some new ones on recent weekends at home (kale chips and parsnips are some of my new faves) but it’s really hard to cook/prep veggies in a dorm with just a microwave. Basically, I live on carrots, cubed butternut squash and frozen grilled pepper strips and while I love them all, it gets pretty boring. I also happened to basically run out of veggies this week, besides sweet potatoes, so that’s been pretty pathetic! Over spring break, I want to work on eating a big salad once a day (probably at lunch) as well as trying new veggies and prep methods. It might be a little late for Love Your Veggies Month, but it still counts, right 😉
2. Work towards getting a summer internship
This one is probably non-negotiable, at least to my dad. We’re allowed to have 2 for-credit internships while in college, and the school-organized one is next summer, so this summer I have to find one on my own. It’s probably going to be maybe a 5-10 hour per week commitment, which isn’t a huge deal, it’s just finding one that might be a hassle. I think I’m going to be emailing the TV stations around me over break so I can give them a heads-up for summer. After all, my summer break starts less than 2 months after spring break!
3. Cook more
Honestly, I really miss cooking when I’m up at school. I definitely appreciate having an oven, stove and grill while I’m at home so I want to take advantage of them. My mom and sister have different spring breaks than me, so I’ll have the house to myself that week from 8:30 to 2:30. Perfect for recipe experimentation! I have a few plans for what I want to make, like more kale chips, pecan milk and vegan “butter chicken” but I want to attempt to make at least one thing every day I have off. That might mean a lot of leftovers, but as long as they’re delicious, I don’t mind!
4. Work on budgeting
I am still not the best at this, but I do want to learn! Right now, I am getting paid monthly for my work as an editor for my campus’ faculty newsletter and since it’s still a relatively new thing to me, I get super excited about seeing money in my bank account, and then I end up buying things on impulse. While I do end up using these things (like peanut flour, Hollister purchases, etc.) I would like to think out my purchases more and not just buy things because I can. This might be hard, especially considering my huge wishlist of spring clothing, but I know it’ll be worth it in the future when I have a real job.
5. Avoid food ruts whenever possible
Most of the time, I don’t really think of them as ruts, because I enjoy what I’m eating and for many things (like oats, dried fruit, almond peanut cashew butter), I don’t get burned out on them–they just become favorites that I come back to over and over. But sometimes I do get into ruts and unfortunately, I eventually lose interest in that item, which is a shame, because I want to get a variety of things in my diet. So I want to work on mixing up my daily staples, trying out new products (including ‘fear foods’) and giving other ones a small break so I don’t get burned out.
Do you have any goals for March? What’s your favorite veggie at the moment?
19 thoughts on “WIAW: Goals for March”
Can you do a post about Coach’s oats? Like how the taste is and the nutrition information? I’ve seen them on so many blogs and wanted to try them, but I’m always hesitant to try a new food because I’m worried I won’t like it!
Sure, I can definitely do that! Look for it in the next few days 😀
All your food looks so delish :). Good luck with your goals too, I like how you set them each month for thirty days, it’s a lot easier to reach a goal when it has a time period, you know? I know I need to work on eating more veggies (I do eat a lot already, but still) myself!
I think eating more veggies is a good goal for everyone, even if they eat a lot already!
So jealous of your coach’s oats, that’s awesome you won such a cool giveaway! I’ve been hunting all over timbuktu for some haha
Love your goals too, I need to work on food ruts myself 😉
Haha I think I need to send you some of mine, I got a TON 😉
As of now my favorite vegetables are caramelized mushrooms and onions!! Good luck with your internship, sorry I am new to ur blog, but what are you studying?
Mmm I love caramelized veggies! And no worries, I’m studying broadcast journalism so I’m hoping to get an internship at a TV station!
That should be so cool, you are going to look very cute on TV!!! I wanted to do journalism, after that medicine, and ended up doing Finance/Accounting and Law! Not so fun, but still interesting!
Awww thanks! I’m actually really interested in law, so that’s really cool!
These are great goals,I hope you achieve every single one of them next month,Ashley! 🙂
I am loving celery stalks lately,hahaha… They’re great dipped into some peanut flour paste! 😛
Ooh I really need to try that out, I love peanut flour!
I would love to cook more too!! I’m always baking because I love sweet things, but I also really enjoy the things I cook! My goal for March… gosh I haven’t even thought about it yet!! I guess to get back into running, just like it has been every month!
I hope you can get back into running in March!
Great goals Ashley, and I think it’s good to write them out now.. then you have a few days to prepare and get your mind around them! I want to cook more too, and while that is not easy in the dorms, i am also goign home for spring break soon, so that will be the time to do it 🙂 I hateee finding internships/jobs for the summer, so stressful! You will do it though and feel so much better 🙂
I am not sure of my goals yet… I will get back to you in a few days haha
Yes, it is definitely stressful having to find a job for the summer, I tried to last year and I got nothing out of it but hopefully the internship process will be less painful!
Such a fun post! And I love Pure bars. 🙂 And sweet potatoes with nut butter.
Those are my favorites 😀
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