first quarter 2024 summary

First Quarter 2024 Summary – A Glimpse into My Planner

We’ve come to the end of the first quarter of 2024. I’ve been doing these recaps for several years by giving you a glimpse into my planner. That’s the place where I keep track of everything. But this year, I had to get a new planner. After six years of using Kitlife Planners, I learned that they were no longer publishing print planners. I had to search for a new one. I loved the way my old planner was laid out, so I searched for one that was as close to my Kitlife as possible. I eventually landed on an Ashley Shelly Planner. It doesn’t have quite everything I had been accustomed to, but after the first quarter of 2024, I feel as if I’m adjusting. 2024 planner

My new planner has a To Do List, Schedule, and Notes area. It also has 3 boxes that I can use as I please. What I loved about my Kitlife is that it had a place for my workout, gratitude list, and meals, so that’s how I label the 3 boxes each month. Therefore, I can continue to track the important things to work on each day: my workouts, my gratitude list, and meal plans. I no longer track self-care on a daily basis because there is a small section at the beginning of each month for me to log what I’ll do for self-care, and my support and accountability community has made self-care a weekly check-in. 

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So, let’s get on with a summary of January, February, and March.

The Highlights

Word of the YearAbundance. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)

Weigh Your Words Challenge happened in January as it does every year. Instead of following the mainstream and focusing on weight loss goals at the beginning of the year, we weigh our words. Your words matter and impact everything else that you do.

YouTube – I started sharing devotions and faith-focused fitness inspiration and continue to do so about once or twice a week.

Faith and Fitness Bible Study – I wrote a new Bible study, and I shared it in my Support and Accountability Community during Lent.

Family vacation to Boston – We had a great time, and I also had the chance to meet Dana of Eats2Know. We shared coffee and conversation, and it was such a blessing. 

Found on my gratitude list

  • Good sleep
  • Sunshine
  • New workouts
  • Ethan being home
  • Devotions with Kent
  • Water
  • Clean house
  • Sound of rain
  • Warm home
  • Nap
  • Family
  • Walk with family to get ice cream
  • Fresh fingernails
  • Oatmilk latte
  • Family trip to Boston
  • Meeting Dana
  • Gelato

Workouts

Yoga every day. 10-30 minute yoga flows help me wake up my body. They often include stretching and flexibility as well as strength and balance moves.

Daily run of 2-3 miles with one 5 mile run each Saturday. 

Weights. Currently, I’m doing a Metabolic Conditioning program. I spend about 15 minutes lifting weights four days a week. Getting stronger was a goal for my monthly coaching group as well. Download the “I am Strong” Bingo card they used in February and March. 

Walk. I take short walks daily. I try to get outside for a walk around the block in the middle of the day, and my husband and I (and my son when he’s home) take a short walk after dinner. These walks are helpful for digestion as well as clearing my mind and spending time with the special people in my life. 

Meals

As I’ve noted before, I don’t advocate for strict meal planning, but I do think it’s helpful to have a plan. This helps you avoid last minute decisions, grazing, or getting carryout every night. I use the box in my planner to plan dinners for the week so that I have ingredients prepared and thawed. I also use it to jot down what I eat most days. It helps me stay mindful

Faith

Love God Greatly Bible studies – Set Apart and Lent

New Year, New Hope – Our accountability community is enjoying YouVersion and how we can do studies together through this free app.

Faith and Fitness Bible study – This is an 8-week study I created and took my Faith and Fitness Support and Accountability Community through. (Contact me – marsha@marshaapsley.com – if your group would like me to guide you through it. We could arrange in-person meetings, zoom meetings, or a Facebook group.)

40 Days of Faith and Fitness – Many women went through my devotional during Lent. I shared excerpts throughout the 40 days. 

What’s next?

Triumph Over Trials – It’s the next Love God Greatly Bible study. 

21-day Fit and Free Program – I’m bringing back this program for those in my Faith and Fitness Support and Accountability Community. Join to participate! 

Move More Challenge – This free 7-day challenge will happen in May in my Faith and Fitness Sisterhood.

Mile a Day Challenge – Summer 2024 (only in my Support and Accountability Community)

Drink More (Water!) Challenge – This free 7-day challenge will happen in June in my Faith and Fitness Sisterhood.

Cheers to quarter two of 2024!

 

 

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