This post is a little different than the usual nutrition post. I find it helpful to read goals that others have set for themselves and wanted to share a few I’ve set for myself as well as just briefly mention what I’m doing with my free time. Plus, I wanted to post my goals to help hold myself accountable. Every year I create New Year’s goals with sub goals for each quarter. I even go a step further and set smaller, monthly goals as well. On the last day of the month, I generally look back at my goals and evaluate where I’m at as well as work to create my new goals for the coming month.
Working to Achieve Your Goals
I’ve found one of the best ways to actually follow through with my goals is to review them every Sunday and make plans in my planner to work towards achieving my goals. This year I used a nice coupon at Office Max and bought myself the Living Well planner from inkwell press. This planner seems to follow along really well with the structure I already use to set my goals!
So with all of that said, here’s what I’m up to in January.
A Peek into my life this January:
What I’m reading this month:
I’ve been reading The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried. This book, along with a post-test, is actually approved for some of the required continue education units I need for my Registered Dietitian license. My plan is to finish it by the 15th so I can start a new book. I have several books I’m considering to start next: 48 Days to the Work You Love, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or finishing The Year of Living Danishly.
My reading goal this year is to read 2 non-fiction books each month.
What I’m doing for exercise:
I started a new workout plan, Lauren Gleisberg’s Home Weight Training Plan. I’m really excited about it! It’s a simple weight training plan based on push/pull days. It’s been a while since I’ve broken my workouts down by push and pull muscles so I’m excited about it. Plus, it was really affordable at only $12 for the 2 month plan. I plan to post a review once I finish the program.
I’ve been practicing my handstand 6 days per week. My goal is to practice going up into it (generally from downward dog) at least 28 times each day that I practice. However, I’m also including other exercises and handstand drills into my count. I’ve found the KinoYoga YouTube videos really helpful in learning how to handstand. She has tons of great videos for beginners in general!
What I’m doing for wellness:
I’m eating a green smoothie (nearly) everyday. I am making sure to mix up my types of greens week-by-week, so that I get a variety of nutrients (spinach last week, kale this week, etc.) I also like to throw in other veggies occasionally such as carrots, and broccoli. If you are a beginner looking to try a green smoothie, consider my Apple Cider Green Smoothie recipe (I’m drinking one right, now.) I think green smoothies are a wonderful way to help maximize vegetable consumption.
I’m trying to get in bed earlier. My goal is to start getting in bed by 9:15 so that I can have 45 minutes to read and still get to sleep by 10pm for an 8 hours of rest with a wake up at 6am. So far, I have yet to hit 9:15, but I am doing much better than my usual 11pm-12am. I know sleep is important and I am working to make it more of a priority.
What I’m loving this month:
Delicious warm, winter meals. Tonight for dinner we had this delicious Southwest Sweet Potato Tater Tot Hot Dish from Pinch of Yum. It was absolute deeeeliciousness. And, I have to give Casey all the credit. He found the recipe, bought the ingredients, and cooked the dinner. (Side note: I tried to provide adequate praise hoping that this kind of arrangement will happen again soon.)
Podcasts on my daily commutes. I had cut back on the podcasts I listened to in December so I could enjoy Christmas music. But, Christmas music is officially out of season so it’s back to podcasts. I started listening to Dale Partridge podcasts recently and have been enjoying them this month. He has some great guests on his show and provides an interesting insight. Also, I’m in search of some other favorite podcasts. Any recommendations?
Practicing hand lettering. Ok, so I really haven’t done this since December. But, it’s on my list for this month. For christmas I got this book, Creative Lettering and Beyond and these dual brush pens. Honestly, the book involves more calligraphy than I expected so I’m going to keep looking at other hand lettering resources. However, I do plan to get out my calliphgray pens as well.
This blog post on Avocado A Day Nutrition. Rachel is a Registered Dietitian who is all about having a positive body image. She wrote this amazing post, What Weight Loss Before and After Pictures Don’t Tell You. It seems like this time of year especially, we are bombarded with an array of before and after pictures urging us to try the latest diet or fitness program. While I do believe weight loss photos can have their place, it’s really important to not get too caught up in trying to achieve a certain picture or thinking a size, weight or fitness level defines you or your happiness.
3 Blog Posts per week. I’ve finally settled into my new day job, so I’ve turned some focus back over to this blog. My goal is to write 3 blog posts every week. It’s definitely more than I’ve ever done in the past, but I did hit it last week!
Start decluttering with the KonMari method. Over a year ago Casey and I both read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We found a checklist on pinterest and started going through everything. It made a huge impact and we got rid of a ton of stuff. However, we never finished. We got maybe halfway through our checklist and things got really busy, including plans to move and start traveling. Our goal is to start over this year and try to minimize more of our things. Now, last summer when we moved to Montana with only the things that would fit in our small SUV, I learned I’m not exactly a minimalist. However, I really love her idea of only keeping things that spark joy. And this thought alone has helped me get rid of plenty of stuff I otherwise felt inclined to hold on to for one reason or another. Guess what, all that stuff I got rid of last winter? I don’t miss any of it!!
Please drop in the comment section below any ideas you have of other things you’d like to see on this blog or nutrition-related questions. My main goal for this blog this year is turn it into a valuable resource to help others learn how to follow through with healthy living and eating good, nutritious, whole foods.
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