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February Goals

February Goals

Happy February! My big goal for the month? NOT GET THE FLU. Seriously. Like half my office got it and was out for a week or more. Every day I see a new friend on facebook announce they have the flu. Everyone is dropping like dominoes. I really really don’t want to get it. I got a flu shot back in October (so did Logan) but apparently that means nothing this year. I’m just worried about Logan getting it!

So lots of vitamins, EmergenC and not touching anything in public.

Anyways, I do have a few goals I want to accomplish this month.

Squat Challenge.

Squats are a great (and easy) exercise to fit in anywhere, anytime, and it’s a GREAT activity for runners. I decided I wanted to do a squat challenge, do a certain amount of squats every day. I can easily do them at my desk while at work (I have a standing desk) and I already do squats on my weight lifting days, so I just need to add a few more. 🙂

Get Organized.

I have a lot of organizational projects brewing in my head. I’ve been periodically going through stuff at home and donating a lot of things we don’t need anymore, but we still have a tons of clutter and mess that just stresses me out.

I have a bunch of clothes that are looking old and dingy and not all of them fit that great. I’ve been holding on to different sizes because I keep hoping I’ll lose this weight and fit into them again. But perhaps it’s time to just donate some of that and get a few new outfits that fit right now.

I have been going through books and packing up stuff that I don’t need out on the shelves, but I want to keep for awhile. So boxes they go.

I need to go through our file cabinet and get rid of/shred old paperwork we don’t need anymore.

The kitchen pantry is making me mental. The fridge and freezer are a disaster. I need to do this asap!

I’d like to get a new desk for the office. Something smaller and more organized. We don’t really use the office or office computer for too much (I basically just use that computer now for LightRoom photo editing) because I just use my laptop for everything else. So it doesn’t make sense to me to have a huge desk that takes up half the room.

Try Some New Recipes. 

We have a pretty basic diet and dinners are about 4-6 different rotations of a protein with salad and veggie but lately I’ve been feeling a little blah about my diet and would like to change things up. I don’t know yet what that means, I might try doing some more vegetarian lunches at work, I might try carb cycling. I haven’t decided yet. I love the Oh She Glows website and have tried a few of her recipes, so I might delve in a little deeper there.

QUESTION: What are your goals for the month?

New Year, New Goals

The older I get, the less I am interested in New Year’s Resolutions. I like making lists, I like having goals. I definitely set personal goals for myself and the new year seems like a good time to reflect on those. But I also feel like New Year’s Resolutions are a way to set people up for high expectations and disappointment if we don’t meet those goals (right away!!).

New Year’s Resolutions have been synonymus with weight loss goals. I am still trying to lose the baby weight, and who knows, I may be fighting that fight for awhile! But I am making slow progress on that and at least moving in the right direction.

I’ve said it a few times, but the low carb diet is not a diet for me. It’s too hard for me to maintain for very long. It’s definitely difficult with my workout schedule. I see a big difference in my energy levels when I run during low carb days. It’s HARD.

With that being said, I am not going to swear it off entirely. I think it might be a good way, short term, to jump start weight loss after plateaus. So I will probably try it again in the future, but I will not be beating myself up when I can’t continue the diet for long term. I am ok with that.

One thing I did learn with the low carb diet attempts in 2017, cutting out SUGAR made the bigger difference on the scale for me. IF there is one New Year’s Resolution goal that I might be focusing on, it’s trying to cut out sugar!

2017 was a really hard year for me personally. There was a lot of heavy, hard stuff that happened that weighed on me for a long time. My hope is that 2018 will be a better year for me and my family.

I want to be a better person. I want to be happier with where I am in my life, what size clothes I wear, etc. I want to focus less on things that don’t really matter. I want to be better at self-care and resting when I need to. I want to drink more water. 

We have a few vacations and road trips that we’ve planned. I am really looking forward to those. I’m excited about showing Logan different things and now that he’s getting older and can participate more, it will be fun to make family memories!

Some things I’ve already started:

I started 2018 off right with a workout on New Year’s Day. 😀

A few months ago, Michael and I started a tradition of family dinners at the dining room table Monday-Thursday nights. No TV, no phones, just family time. It’s going well and I am happy that we are doing that.

I’ve been toying with the idea of ending this blog and perhaps starting one entirely dedicated to book reviews. I don’t know if I will, but it’s a thought I’ve had for awhile. Stay tuned. 😉

QUESTION: Do you have any goals for the new year?