Friday, February 28, 2014

New Goals-Taking it One Step at a Time

Back to the goals. I think I've got a plan going here.  In January, I set the goals and tweaked them as I went.   I learned quickly that I can't tackle everything at once.  I also learned that I was under more stress than I thought and was adding stress to myself.  So, I decided to focus on one goal at a time, a new one each month.  I figured by doing that, I'll make a habit of the goal I'm undertaking for the month and it will continue in the following months.

So, in January,  I seemed to have focused on reading and writing and perfecting those goals.  I made a goal to read a certain amount of books per month  (5 if you're wondering) and surpassed the goal.  I read 6.  Not a lot in the overall scheme of things, but I completed my goal and continued it into the next month (and I'm rocking the reading in February).  As for the writing, my goal was to write my blog posts on Sundays for the week--3 for each blog, since I don't actually blog on Sundays.  I've kept to that and I'm enjoying writing them.  I've only missed a couple of days and that was not until almost the end of February.  I'm pretty proud of that. I will say that I'm struggling on my shared blog and I'm running out of fodder, so to speak.  I may lower the number of posts I put on that one after I confer with my Sis.   If that's the case, I'll add more to this blog--I never run out of ideas for this one. So, the reading and writing goals have been established as habits.

In February, I was going to look into getting a new church.  For one reason or another, I haven't actually tackled that one yet. And, I felt that I needed to work on my food intake.  This has been a big problem toward the end of last year and early into this year.  I realized that I was stress eating (even though I didn’t realize it at the time).    This is huge because I was eating way too much and it was really starting to affect my health.  I used my quit smoking mindset to the eating and it's working.  That mindset, BTW, was just do it, focus on eating properly and don't get distracted.  I have cut out all the junk and am eating healthy and I'm ok with it.  I had a couple of days where I did have junk in the form of fast food, and I'm ok with that, too.  I'm actually enjoying the fresh fruits and veggies.  The only problem is the cost.  It is so much more expensive to eat healthy.  But, I'm sticking to it.

The next step is to tackle the exercise goal.  I plan to delve into this one in March.  It is probably the most challenging goal of them all.  It's difficult to get started, results are not instant, it hurts like a sonofabitch. . . Literally . . . And I don't really like it.  With the pain, I have to be careful what I do, but if I do it long enough, the results will make it be less painful.  It's a vicious cycle.  I'm already doing some walking, although I slacked in February, so I can start a little more than I would if I had been doing nothing.  I have to slowly build up on distance and speed for my walking, and start doing strength training for my arms again.  I have great faith that this will become a habit.

I'm not sure what the rest of the months of the year will bring, but I'm looking forward to making 12 new, healthy habits in 2014.  So far, the first 2 are great.

Until next time, much peace and love.

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