I’ve read a couple of good blogs over the weekend and I’ll be damned if I can find them now. The gist was….what you would expect at this time of year. Get your head straight, get your house in order and, if you want to see change you have to actually make change. That part was my favourite. It’s the hardest for us, sometimes, to remember that just wanting something isn’t enough to make it happen. That just believing in something isn’t enough to inspire change. That just envisioning it isn’t enough to bring it to life. Sure, those are all good things and they help but the reality is that if I want to run a race I have to go outside and train for it. The reality is that if I want to lose a few pounds I have to stop eating crap food. The reality is if I want to change my relationship with food I have to make changes in my encounters with it.
I’ve written my monthly weight goals down on a sheet of paper in my day planner where I can see them. During the Christmas cleanup though, our scale went missing. So….for the better, I can weigh myself once a month at the gym! Anyway, although some of these goals don’t necessarily meet all the SMART (specific, measureable, actionable, realistic, timely) criteria but they’re close enough. And…although I said earlier that I wasn’t making resolutions, I don’t believe that monthly goals fall under that category. I think it’s important to have goals and to put them out there in the world! So here they are for January:
- Reduce food budget to $130/week
- Reduce eating out to once this month
- Adopt friend’s idea of “No Spend Month” and do not spend money on anything that is not critical for survival. Wine is not critical. Cry.
- Eat at the dinner table at least 3 nights per week, no TV, no technology. Be willing to encourage by example if Ray is not yet on board (ie, do it alone)
- Participate in 1 community/charity run
- Get new Video Blog up and running and promote it
- Limit fruit to 1/day max (includes whatever is mixed into a salad)
- COMPLETELY EXCLUDE: dairy, added sugars or grains of any sort
- Limit Alcohol to only Friday and/or Saturday
- Meet gym dates, three per week
- Work to meet weight goal for January
- Practice making decisions consciously
I was going to highlight the ones that I thought were the most important….but then the whole list was highlit so I nixed that idea! These are the goals that I have for January (starting now). Nearing the end of January I’ll review the list and reassess and see what will continue on to February and what I’ll change. There is no point in making decisions now for June, or now for November or even now for March. I know that there are things that will change and things that will happen between now and a month from now and instead of trying to wedge my goals around my life or cram my life into these goals, I’ll make conscious goals that will work with everything else I have going on.
A long time ago a blog friend made a statement, I can’t remember if it was her original statement or copied from somewhere. “Do The Next Right Thing”. That’s it and it will be my motto for January 2014.
Let me know what you’re doing in the next month that will improve your life? Giving up alcohol? Exercising more?
I encourage you to click on over to “90 Seconds of Real” and take a look around. We have four women at the moment who are going to share their ups, downs and sideways. Below is the description of the project from the website. We hope to have a new video every day (or pretty close to) and we would love a “FOLLOW” or a “LIKE” or even the most cherished of internet communications, a “COMMENT”! Check out the videos that are up there now as well as the brief biographies and pictures of the contributors under the “About” tab.
The goal with this project is to relate to, reach out to and appeal to other women who are trying to live a strong healthy life in today’s world of convenience, inactivity, instant gratification and a to-do list that just won’t quit. It’s not an easy road to travel and sometimes when you’re walking down it, you can feel like you’re all alone.
Meet the women of the “90 Seconds of Real” project and know we’re all walking down this road too and we get it! We’re charging on and powering through and screaming into a pillow right along with you. We’re cooking Yet Another Paleo Meal for the billionth time and dragging ourselves out of bed to get to the gym and turning down cookies and trying to stand behind our choices and our values. We hope that you can relate!