I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, because I may be one of the least disciplined people you know. I’m exaggerating, but… seriously.
I have had three daily goals for several years now: Read for fun, exercise, and spend intentional time praying and reading the Bible. It’s a miracle day when I do all three. Because it’s so not easy for me to do all three, I’ve loaded my efforts into a daily quiet time.
As I inch toward motherhood (the kind where your children actually like in your home), my desire to be more disciplined grows. Specifically, my desire to be more healthy, to have fewer things, and to live in a cleaner, better organized home.
Two January goals presented themselves. So, my goals for this month are:
A Little Too Fluffy: A six-week weight loss challenge put on by two women whose blogs I regularly read. It was $20 to opt-in, and the top three percentage losers will get most of the money. I don’t expect to win, but the money commitment is what I need to get serious about it.
My goals for this are simple: No desserts. If desserts are a must, split a very small portion with Dan. (Just pretend with me that there are times desserts are a must. Waiting adoptive parents know all about it). Go out to eat less. Eat more protein-filled foods. Drink more water. Exercise five times a week. (I’m counting Wii games that make me sweat. The Y is too far for five times a week.)
I’m not sure I’ll ever regularly blog about my self-esteem and weight “history,” but it is truly a very constant struggle for me. January is a good month to restart, and Dan’s doing it with me. I’ll post an update later, but it will probably just be titled: I Crashed and Burned or I Gained Weight.
Apartment Therapy’s January Cure: Daily tasks in January to clean up, clean out, and organize your home (and your mind). Things like: Buy flowers, clean the floors, hang a piece of artwork, try a media fast.
So far, so good! Yesterday, we made a list of projects in Wunderlist. Things like: Organize the toys, declutter the dresser, purge clothes, books, DVDs, CDs, superglue the broken blinds. My cousin recently showed me Twice, a mail-in consignment site, so I’m going to try it for my clothes. And my momma got me a beautiful jewelry box for Christmas, which will help very much with the cluttered dresser issue.
This weekend’s main task is to clean the floors. Our dog, Oscar, sheds a surprising amount. We recently got a new, lightweight vacuum very much on sale, and I am all over vacuuming these days. We also have a Bona, since our home is primarily hardwood.
I’m feeling really hopeful about January Cure. A Little Too Fluffy, though? I’m scared. But here we go… I know even a little progress will feel good!
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