March into Fitness!
The month of March brings the gift of daylight, making it easier to run and walk outside. It also brings a chance to renew or revive fitness goals, and this fun calendar makes it easy to track progress! I used four-leaf clovers instead of three-leaf shamrocks, because I have three ongoing goals and one new goal.
My ongoing goals are to:
- continue my running streak, which means running at least one mile every day (I'm on day #20, after taking time off for a shin splint to heal)
- continue with resistance training (I work out 4x per week, alternating upper and lower body)
- continue nurturing my body with nutrient dense foods (and eat my vegetables every day!)
My new goal is inspired by a presentation I watched by Dr. Pamela Peeke. I'll write a more in-depth post about her research this weekend, but basically, Dr. Peeke advocates honoring the natural circadian rhythms of our bodies by fasting for 12-14 hours per day. I normally eat breakfast at 7:00 am, so for 31 days I will stop eating at 7:00 p.m.
Here it is written as a SoSMART goal:
In order to test the theories presented by Dr. Pamela Peeke and other researchers, I will fast for 12-14 hours per day, from 7:00 p.m to 7:00 a.m. I will share progress with my runners' groups, and post results on this site at the end of March. I will monitor how well I sleep, how I feel in the mornings, and how it affects my weight loss efforts.
Here's the downloadable March calendar for you to use to track your own goals. What goal will you set for the lucky month of March?