Hello there, July! I have been looking forward to you for a while! The temperatures might be climbing (most of the days in our forecast have highs in the triple digits), but that’s okay with me because spring is done! I hate spring and I’m always glad to move on to summer. July also brings us to the halfway point of the year, and that means it’s time for another check-in with my goals.
Nope. I can say that I’m holding steady, and that I’m not gaining anything right now. I’ve really slacked on the whole dieting thing the past month, so being able to say that the number on the scale isn’t going up is actually pretty impressive. However, this slacking is coming to an end now, and I’m refocusing once again on this goal.
Work out 3-4 Times a Week
Not even a little bit. In April I did pretty good at getting up a little earlier and doing some yoga several times a week. In May I got so caught up trying to work ahead on the blog before we left for vacation that nothing but blogging got done. In June I changed my focus. I started getting back to my weekly cleaning schedule, and tried staying on top of the laundry and housework. Between that and the blog, there wasn’t much time to work out. Plus, in total honesty, I just didn’t want to. I really need to find a workout that I’m comfortable with, then I’ll be at it all the time!
Yes! Aside from the last few weeks of totally slacking in the food department, I can say yes to this goal. Most days I’m drinking all of my water. I’m even using my planner for meal planning so that I can make sure we have healthier meal choices. Staying on top of housework has gotten me up and moving around a lot more, so I can see that my average steps on my Fitbit have gone up from the beginning of the year.
Take More Time for Myself
No and yes. Since we came back from vacation a month ago, the twins have had a hard time with their naps. Not so much taking them, but the waking up from them part. The girls used to wake up all happy and giggles, and they’d happily play in their beds for a while chatting together (cutest thing to hear on the baby monitor!). Now, one of them inevitably wakes up much earlier than usual with awful cries, and I have to dash through the house hoping I can get her out of there before she wakes up her sister. I’d rather have one cranky, sleep-deprived toddler than two. They no longer have any desire to play in their beds after their naps. Life with twins!
That being said, my quiet time in the middle of the day has shrunk drastically, and it’s taking it’s toll on my sanity. I’ve recently realized how precious and important me time is. So with some great communication, Hubs makes sure that I get some time out of the house on my own, even if it’s just to the grocery store.
I’ve also managed to sneak in a little more time for reading, and I’ve already finished one of the books on my summer reading list. If you haven’t read Me Before You yet, go get your copy now!!!
Get Out of the House More
Yes! Not only did we have an amazing family vacation where we went home to celebrate the 50th anniversary for Hub’s parents, we have also been getting out for more little adventures. I’ve even been getting out with the kids while Hubs is working. I’m not gonna lie – it’s not easy getting around with three kids, but it does make everyone happier.
Grow My Blog
Yes! Thanks to a post going viral on Pinterest, I had over 10k views for the month of May! And while June wasn’t nearly as high, it was still considerably higher than before. My email subscribers list grew by over 4 times! However, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, so for the past few weeks I’ve been writing only one post. That has given me more time to work on promoting, and a little more time to focus on the house, too.
Yes. While I can’t say I’m a pro (or using manual mode on the camera), I can say that I’m finally learning more about it. I’ve taken an online course, and I’ve been doing some more reading. I’m really happy with the way most of my photos are coming out now. It’s progress, and that’s all that matters. I think the photo below has to be one of my favorites. It was for my Key Lime Coconut Cream Mini Pies post.
Have Date Nights
Yes! Hubs and I have been much better about making sure our time together is quality. While we were staying with family on vacation we managed to sneak out a few nights after we put the kids in bed. We’ve even managed a few date nights at home by putting the kids to bed a little early.
I have to say that for the most part, I’m pretty happy with where I stand on my goals. I know where I need to work harder, and I know what needs my focus.