The Resolutions

It’s easy to be lazy.

It’s easy to kick back on the couch, drink coffee, and watch Netflix all morning.

It’s easy to pretend like you’re doing everything you can to meet your goals when in reality you’re doing the bare minimum.

Last year I decided not to make any resolutions because I was already in the process of making serious changes in my life.  I shared what I wrote in a journal the year before so this year I will share a link to last year’s post, Resolutions.

This year I’m excited to celebrate the big changes in my life, new job, new city, new friends, new mindset but with all the celebration I recently realized I quit setting goals.  I didn’t stop thinking about things I wanted to do but I haven’t written anything down or taken any steps to actually accomplish the goals.

I was inspired by lists from a couple of different bloggers, 30 things when I’m 30 (prt 6) from Clean Cheater and  What are your dreams? from Juni Desireé.  Reading through their posts made me realize I didn’t have anything I was working toward, nothing tangible I wanted to accomplish, no dream I wanted to fulfill, so I realized that needs to change.

  1.  Continue to work on my health
    1. Work out at least 3 times a week
    2. Go for a hike or a walk that’s more than 2 miles at least one weekend a month
    3. Keep track of my eating for one month.  I hate tracking my food but I have an app and I think it will help me as I continue to refocus on what I’m eating.  I know it was a great kick start for me last time so I’m going to use it again starting tomorrow.
  2. Continue to promote my photography
    1. Set up a shop on Etsy or maybe Razzle to sell my photo cards and maybe some prints
    2. Post on my Facebook photography page at least once a week
    3. Post on my photo blog at least once a month
    4. Do at least 2 photo shoots each month
  3. Save money
    1. Revert back to the Plan.  The Plan was something my mom and I made up when I was having money problems in the past.  I’ll probably do a post on it but share some of the highlights as part of my goals.
    2. Work on paying off all credit cards.
    3. Create a budget, plan for all expenses.  I’ve lived here long enough to understand how much I’m spending on everything as well as a good idea of where I’m overspending so it’s time to get serious.
    4. Use more cash, less card.  Easier to overspend with a card.
  4. Continue to map my career path
    1. Learn everything possible in my current job
    2. Explore what opportunities are available
  5. Quit being a hermit
    1. Say yes more often.
    2. Don’t be afraid of new people or new experiences.

My goal setting just happens to coincide with the new year, although I’m planning to kick things off a little early by starting tomorrow.  I think if you’re inspired and motivated, why wait?  It doesn’t have to be a Monday or a new year or a new month.  It can be the middle of March on a Tuesday if that’s when you feel inspired to start making changes.

Technically I am starting today with number 5.  I’m supposed to go watch the football game with my cousins but I’m not really feeling like going out.  I don’t want to say I’m forcing myself but I told myself I needed to go for at least an hour to visit then I really want to I can leave.  It’s the getting out of the house thing that’s most challenging for me but I’m going to do it and it’ll probably be fun.

These are the big goals I want to focus on as we get ready to start a new year.  Nothing overly complicated just five goals with a few steps to help me reach each one.  I’ll be writing out a list with more specific details for my own personal use but this list is the foundation.

Feel free to share your goals or tips for staying on track and accomplishing goals.

Refocusing…Again

Going through the archives for my blogiversary post reminded me of some of my goals.  It reminded me of what I’ve already achieved and what I want to continue achieving.

I have the job.  I’m learning the job.  I’m moved into a new place.  I’m learning the city.  Now, as I’ve been saying for the past few months, I really need to refocus my energies on my health.  I need to not just write about it but actually do it.

Tonight I’m doing strength training and floor work at home but tomorrow I’m going to the fitness center.  I’m committing myself to at least 3 days a week in there, plus workouts at home and working on getting in more steps during the day.  There’s a bathroom by the fitness center so I’m going to bring work out clothes and change there because unfortunately once I get into my apartment it’s so much easier to talk myself out of leaving again.

My eating hasn’t been terrible but could use a bit of fine tuning.  I’ve been eating fruits and veggies for snacks so I just need to keep that up plus eat less cookies and candy for snacks.  Biggest thing is resisting all the temptations at work but I think that’ll be easier since I’m not in the office as often.  I’ll be on my own more so that will help me resist the peer pressure of going out to eat.

I’ll have a meal plan up tonight but wanted to write a quick post.  I woke up this morning after only 3 days of not writing and realized I really missed my blog 😀  Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful!  I’ll have more about that later as well, hope everyone else had an excellent weekend!

Happy Monday!

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Feeling run down :(

I did an hour on the treadmill today, a little over 3 miles which is perfect because I’ve decided to do a 5k this year.  I wanted to do the Color Run last year but this year I’m going to do it whether I can get a friend or two to do it with me or not.  It’s one of the many things on my list that I was waiting to do until I lost weight but I don’t need to be a super athlete for a 5K plus this one is fun so I can walk, jog, or run.  Next week I’m going to put together some more goals.

I’ve been pushing myself a bit more and for the first time in a while I’m feeling a bit sore.  My legs are aching every time I stand up but I might be able to attribute some of this soreness to illness.  I’m also going to take it easy for the rest of the day today.  I followed up my multivitamin with a shot of Dayquil because I’ve got a slight cough, sore throat, and runny nose.  It’s so mild that I’m hoping a day of rest and some medicine will be enough to stave off a full blown cold.

I have so many things I wanted to get done but I’m being realistic and realizing one or two days of rest could be enough to avoid being out with a cold for a week.  It’s tough though when you feel like you’re doing all the right things then get sick and it feels like the body you’re trying to make healthy is rebelling against you.  I think the rest of my day will be on the couch, under my heated blanket, and include lots of water, soup, crackers, a nap, and an 80’s teen movie…I’m thinking Pretty in Pink or Breakfast Club.

I think that should be enough to cure me and I’ll be all better tomorrow 🙂