Happy New Year!
We got back from our vacation at my in-laws on New Year’s Day. I had a really productive weekend that included stripping my cloth diapers, creating a workout plan, grocery shopping, starting a new diet, and doing about 7 loads of laundry. I did myself a favor before we left for the trip and cleaned my house really well, so that was a plus to enjoy a fresh clean home all weekend.
I am normally not a “resolutions person.” However, I set the bar pretty low last year with being super pregnant, becoming a mom, never sleeping, and a huge move. While I may still never sleep (seriously, when does this end?) and we are moving again this year, I’m feeling more like myself and ready to set some goals.
// Start a Diet
Yup, I am going to be totally cliche and go there. I have not been eating well since I got pregnant last July. My eating habits really need to be transformed. I did not try to diet after having Claire because of how it affected my already low milk supply. Now that Claire is getting closer to a year and we supplement, I’m not worried about my supply anymore. I feel like between our move and all I’ve had to deal with as a new mom, I just wasn’t ready to commit to anything until now. It has truly taken me 9 months to feel like myself again.
Ideally, I’d like to lose 10 pounds to be back to my lowest weight. To me it’s a lot less about a number on a scale and a lot more about how clothes fit and how I feel. I’ll know when I get to my “happy weight.” Any time I’ve mentioned wanting to lose weight, I tend to get a lot of “you don’t need to lose any weight” comments. And while that is nice that others see me that way, I’d really appreciate support on this one. No, I definitely don’t have tons of pounds to lose but my jeans aren’t lying when they don’t fit 😉
I’ve started the Flat Belly Diet. I wanted to try the Abs Diet for Women, but happened to find this book for 50 cents at a used bookstore over Christmas, so what do I have to lose (besides weight)? It’s a 32 day program that doesn’t limit any food groups and offers tons of realistic and yummy sounding meal options.
Here’s what I had for dinner last night: pan fried tilapia, green beans, and oven roasted red potatoes with olive oil. This meal definitely didn’t feel like I was on a “diet” at all!
I’ll definitely review how the program goes for me when I’m done.
// Complete a workout plan + 2 half marathons
I want to complete something like Insanity again this year. I did T25 in the fall and just wasn’t impressed, but also wasn’t eating well either. Insanity has always given me amazing results. I have done it twice already though, so I might branch out and try something new. Any recommendations, I’m all ears!
I am currently signed up for a half marathon in mid March. One more half would give me a solid year of running, I think. I’m open to a full marathon but it would have to be the right time and place with our next move. We’ll see.
My workout plan for January looks like this:
- Monday: abs strength
- Tuesday: 2-4 mi
- Wednesday: No More Trouble Zones DVD
- Thursday: 2-4 mi
- Friday: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD
- Saturday: long run
- Sunday: yoga/stretching
Nothing fancy, but it should be a step in the right direction. I will probably continue something like this until the half in March.
// Read 20 Books
Last year was the first year I feel like I finally made time for reading in a way that really satisfied me. I’ve realized that despite all I have going on, being lost in a good book is necessary at all times. It provides an escape from my own reality and relaxes me. It’s become my favorite me time.
Last year I set my goal to read 15 books. I finished 13 but technically am almost done with two others, so I basically completed my goal, right? I want to set the bar a little higher with 20 books this year.
Here is my to-read stack at home!
// Get Published Again
For the past few years, I’ve had the secret desire to get published and actually be a freelance writer. I got my first taste of that with the publication of 5 Things This Birth Mama Wants You to Know on Pregnant Chicken.
Admittedly, it was the first time I ever pitched something. I didn’t expect it to get picked up. I just submitted it on a whim, so I was pretty surprised. Being heard and sharing my writing is hugely grounding and satisfying to me. I hope to work on more publication ventures in 2016.
// Use More Natural Products
This is an on again off again goal of mine, but since becoming a mom, this goal is a lot more important to me. Claire has all natural products because I care about her health and know how bad chemicals in every day products are, but I really need to work on myself.
It helps that we’re moving again this year and I basically have to throw a lot of beauty products away anyway. My hope is that any time I run out of a product or need to buy a new one, I’ll buy a natural version of it instead.
And that’s it! I’m keeping it short and sweet this year. The less I have to focus on, the better. Just a few goals at a time works so much better for me than a slew of things I am bound to forget by next week.
I hope that whatever your intentions are for 2016 that you go there fully to matter how scary your goals might seem, you get the support you need, and of course, have access to a good dose of coffee.
Questions for You:
- Are you setting goals for 2016? What are they?
- What goal have you continually set but not met? Are you still working on that?