The first three months of 2016 have almost passed. Would it be cliche if I said I can’t believe how fast time is flying by? This year is already going so much better than the last one. In keeping with my plan, it’s time to sit down and reevaluate my goals.
At this point, I can say I have lost roughly two pounds, not anywhere close to what I wanted. About a month ago it was more, but we have been on and off the dieting wagon. It’s about time for us to hop back on and stay there!
Work Out 3-4 Times Per Week
Fail. I started out so solid on this! In January I did 4 workouts every week. I added it to my daily schedule and gave myself no room for excuses. This was working out very well, but the exercise bike was pretty hard on my body, which led me to giving up. I need to either find a new exercise routine, or get back on the bike.
Win. Despite my lack of dieting and exercise, I feel like I’m making overall healthier choices. Most days I drink my 8 cups of water, and I’m making sure I get more rest. Most of the time I cook healthy meals at home with lots of meat and vegetables, and less pasta. I do miss the pasta, but we save that for splurges.
Take More Time for Myself
Win! I’m settling into a new routine with the kids. The girls have adjusted to taking only one nap a day, and fortunately my son went along with the change in schedule and is taking his “resting” time at the same time. (I can’t call what he does nap time. No nap happens, but there is a lot of reading and bed gymnastics.) This new routine has given me a little more time during the day to actually get some reading done! I have to get lost in someone else’s world, or my world will make me go bonkers.
Get Out of the House More
Win! In January we had an awesome road trip and family adventure. We’re even starting to venture out to the grocery store every weekend again. We’ve got more family adventures planned, and I’ve got more things I want to get out and do on my own.
Grow My Blog
Win! I am very happy with the rate at which my blog is growing. I’ve got more social media fans and subscribers. And I’m very happy that I recently figured out my blog’s main goal (making life better one cup at a time). I absolutely love what I’m doing!
Fail, but I’m okay with that. I have found zero time for this! I think this is the goal I’m going to give myself some leeway on. Maybe I was a little over-enthusiastic when I set all these goals. I still would love to learn, but I need to find the time first.
Have Date Nights
Fail. Hubs has been out of town every month, and we’ve been trying to think up some great family adventures. I know, excuses, excuses. I thought after I came up with some great at-home date nights we’d be set for sure, but we still haven’t. We keep letting life get in the way. However, I will say that with us cutting out TV on Sundays, those nights do feel a little more like a date than not.
My New Plan
The great thing about sitting down and checking in with yourself is that you get to remind yourself why you wanted to achieve these goals. If you get off track (which I totally did), you get to make a new plan. Do you need to cross something off your list if it’s a lesser goal that might be taking time away from something more important? Did you leave one off that really needs to be there?
So here’s my new plan: I’m going to remind myself why I wanted to lose the weight and work out. I’m going to find a new exercise routine and work it back into my daily schedule. I’m making us hop back on that diet wagon. And as soon as I’m done writing this, I’m going to go grab our date night jar and make Hubs draw one out. Also, I’m writing on my calendar now to reevaluate things sooner so I don’t go too far off course again.
What You Can Learn From My Mistakes
I am 100% positive that I would have made much more progress had I followed my own advice! Here’s what I should have done, and what I hope you’re doing as well:
- Do not forget about your goals! It’s so easy to make a goal at the beginning of the year and just let daily life take over. Find a way to remind yourself of what you want to achieve.
- Do your monthly check-ins. Actually put them on the calendar, and do them!
- Remember the big picture. A little progress is still progress. Don’t get discouraged and give up because you’re not getting the results you want immediately. You are doing amazing!
I’m so glad I sat down and read through my goals. I don’t feel like a big failure, but I do wish I had worked a little harder and stayed more focused. Now I am motivated again to really get things in gear. Hopefully in three months you’ll be getting an update with more progress.