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A Glimpse into my Planner – What Happened in March

I got a new planner this year and so I started a series that I’m titling “A Glimpse Into My Planner”.
Each month* I’m giving you a glimpse of what’s been happening, because I now keep EVERYTHING in this planner since there is a space for EVERYTHING.  
A glimpse into my planner for March

Just to recap:

Each day not only has lines for my to do list, it also has 3 sections that I love:  

  • The Big 3 – This helps me prioritize.  What 3 things MUST I get done today?
  • Wellness – Daily workouts.
  • Gratitude – 3 things for which I’m grateful on that given day.

I also make note of things the Lord shows me during my daily quiet time.  

This new planner has reduced my desk by 3 books, and I have it all in one place and I love it.  I also love going back through my month to see what worked, what didn’t, what I got done, what I still need to do and so on.  

It's time to take a look back at what happened in March. #faithandfitness #planner #kitlife Click To Tweet

So let’s take a glance back at March……

My goals for this month

  • Book 1:1 counseling appointments
  • Promote my faith and fitness guide
  • Follow the Metabolic Madness challenge and race a 5K

I started booking one on one counseling sessions.  I thoroughly enjoy doing this and happy to offer the affordable sessions in a comfortable environment.  

A local church used my Faith and Fitness Guide for their Lent study along with “40 Days of Faith and Fitness”.  The guide is available in PDF (free), in paperback and Kindle on Amazon (these have some bonus content).

Cardio is my favorite.  I prefer to run or bike any day.  But I also know the importance of strength training and the downside of going overboard on cardio (too much stress on the body leading to injury and other negative effects). So I do Metabolic Effect workouts and in March my friends at Disfitlife did a free challenge.  You can see more on my Instagram account or search #metabolicmadness on social media.

I ran the Hot Chocolate 5K in Indy on Saturday March 24.  It was supposed to include a 15K but we got slammed with a winter storm that day, so they only offered the 5K.  Thankfully I got to Indy and home before too much snow fell. I was happy with a 28:01, 9:02 pace finish in blowing snow and cold with roads starting to get a bit slippery.  

 

Some of the things I was grateful for in March

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s 88th birthday with a girls getaway weekend.  All of the gals in the family surprised her with a cabin getaway in Brookville, Indiana.  We took walks and planted succulents and just enjoyed family time. I’m blessed to be part of the Apsley clan.

March 8 was International Women’s Day.  I’m so grateful for the women in my life.  I have connected with some amazing gals online and I love how we can encourage one another and lift each other up without getting caught up in comparison or feeling threatened by another’s success.  Office hours with my Blogger to Business group and phone call with Jennifer from Healthy Inspiration were a couple of highlights.

 

Workouts

This month I have struggled with some heel pain and I’m not exactly sure what the cause is.  It doesn’t appear to be anything chronic. I’m trying to take more breaks between run days and opting for bike and other workouts and limiting run mileage.  I’m hopeful that this will pass soon. I was still able to get in 68.5 miles running and biked 108 miles outside plus 66 miles on the trainer.

I had some highlights in March that I don't want to overlook. #gratitude #dreambig Click To Tweet

Highlights

My book is available at The Bookshelf in Batesville, Indiana 

I had the opportunity to speak to Leadership Shelby County about setting goals and self-care as a leader.  

I enjoyed a scone at the local coffee shop.  Why is it a highlight? Well, things like this stand out and remind me that God has set me free from diets, gimmicks, and quick fixes as well as the number on a scale.  I’m grateful that I can enjoy something like a scone and not feel guilty or feel like I have to run extra nor does it make me start a downward spiral because I went “off plan” to have it.  It’s all about moderation and learning your fit and free.

Coffees and lunches.  

Healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe that everyone in the family liked.  You may want to try it!

New Whole Foods in Indy.  It was my first time ever visiting a Whole Foods.  We didn’t spend much time there but I’m definitely going back soon!  

 

The end of March also brings the end of the first quarter of 2018.  I’ve been reflecting on how it went and what is to come for the next quarter.  

I set out to find more clarity in my business and my messaging and to seek the Lord for next steps.  In fact, clarity is my word for the year along with Psalm 143:8: “Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust.  Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” As always, He has been faithful to lead me. I spend time with Him every morning to seek His direction.  

 

What I’m looking forward to next month and next quarter?

I’m seeking the Lord to help me refine my message and my purpose.  Zechariah 13:9 will be my verse focus.

I will be speaking at a local charity tea and hoping for more doors to open for opportunities to speak.  I’m grateful for the message that God has given me and I want to be a good steward of sharing about His love for us as we are, how to follow His lead in our life, and how to honor Him by honoring the bodies He’s given us.  

In April I will be offering a new 4 week program.   This program will include the 4 pillars to healthy living:  Faith, Food, Exercise, Water. I’ve worked with a personal trainer to provide quality content that will help you make some adjustments to your lifestyle that will give you the results you’re looking for.  

And of course, I’ll keep running and biking.  Hoping for complete relief from the heel pain and some better running times.  

 

Cheers to a new month and a new quarter!  

*Click on the month to read that month’s recap

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