Hello March, thanks for coming in like a lion. If you could kindly get going on that leaving like a lamb aspect, I’d oh so greatly appreciative.

New month, new resolutions. Here’s what I’m aiming to accomplish this month:

 1)    Focus not on calories, but on eating intuitively. Having said that, and I know this is a bit hypocritical, I’m starting this month off with three days of juices, although I’ll be adding in some nuts and a bit of protein to not destroy my system. I don’t necessarily recommend juice cleanses, but I do them from time to time when I feel like I’m out of sync with my body; when I don’t feel like I have a real grasp on my hunger cues, or want to cycle out of certain bad eating habits. I don’t do them for weight loss, and I don’t think they’re particularly helpful for weight loss.

2)    Be mindful of salt and sweeteners. I eat a lot of salt. For most people this is a no-no, but I have naturally low blood pressure. Very low. I’ve been told by my doctor on multiple occasions to add salt to my diet (as if I didn’t walk around with a salt-lick already). Because of this fact, I feel like I’ve lost an appreciation for the real taste of some foods. I’ll have to be conscious of how I’m feeling (I black out when my pressure gets too low), but I do want to make sure I’m not going overboard (see explaination of why I do juice cleanses). As for sweeteners. We have quite a few artificially sweetened products in our house; I use sugar-free vanilla syrup in my morning almond milk lattes, diet sodas, and Crystal light. My goal is to phase these things out, and limit my artificial sweetener intake as well as be mindful of the sources of real sugar I ingest.

3)    Figure out the right writing/work/exercise balance. This guy seems to be the major problem in my life these days. How do I do it all?  “You can’t,” you might say. “Yes, I can,” I will say back, “I just have to figure out how.” I’m more sharp and motivated in the morning, so I believe that this is the best time for me to work on my writing (I don’t need all that much brain power to go to the gym), I just have to get out of bed. And, I can certainly go to the gym in the evening, I just hate rush hour at the gym. I have to suck it up and figure it out. That’s my goal this month. I can’t conquer the world from my cubicle.

4)    Stand/Sit straight. This is a repeat resolution. I’m always saying I’m going to focus on posture, and then I don’t. This month is no exception…maybe I’ll follow through.

What are you resolving for March?