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Friday, January 01, 2016

I feel like I've been at this point many times before. Starting a new year, wanting things in my life to change, uncertain about how to go about making the changes I want and feeling a little overwhelmed trying to focus long enough to figure out what changes to make.

So here I sit, at my keyboard, trying to put to words the myriad of things that are bouncing around in my head--trying to make some sense out of the chaos and find clarity of mind and purpose.

Let's start with where I am currently. I am at my heaviest point that I have ever been in my life. Well, not quite true. I hit that point earlier this year and I'm about 7 pounds shy of my heaviest point. So that's something.

There are a few things I would like to see happen over the course of the year.

1) To read more and watch TV less. I tend to binge watch TV and it makes me forget just how much I love reading and how good I feel after spending some time in a good book. So, this year the goal is to read a minimum of 25 books (that's roughly 2/month or 1 every other week with some wiggle room).

2) To get back into an exercise routine and overall be more active. This is something I was successful at about 8-9 years ago and I find that, more and more, I miss those days. I miss having a higher energy level. I miss being able to keep up better with the kids in my life. I miss the friends that I made along the way (particularly through SparkPeople). I miss the sense of purpose I had in taking care of myself and in laying out specific goals to strive for. There's much more, but that's enough to be getting on with for now. :)

3) To have my credit card debt paid down (at least halfway) by the end of the year in preparation for moving into my own place. It's been made very apparent to me that I cannot continue living with my parents much longer--it's not healthy for any of us. What was once a benefit is feeling more and more like a detriment instead. I love my parents and enjoy spending time with them...and heaven knows I'm grateful that they have supported and helped me with getting out of other debt by letting me live under their roof and pay reduced rent. But the time has come/is coming.

Those would be the big 3, I would say. It probably goes without saying that within those goals are several smaller goals, so that is what I hope to blog about over the course of this year.

If I had to choose a word for this year, it would probably be determination.

Here are some of the ways www.dictionary.com defines the word:

Determination: 1) the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose; 2) the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose; 3) a fixed purpose or intention

Two years ago, one of my words was "intentional". That word is something that I have continued to work on. Being intentional in all areas of my life--work, home, church, relationships, and now we've circled back to being more intentional about my health and fitness.

Here's how I'm exercising my determination:
1) I signed up for a reading challenge on www.goodreads.com with my mom. She and I are going to hold each other accountable for the number of books we will read over the course of the year.

2) At our women's brunch at the end of the month, I'm going to join a book club my friend is going to be hosting. It's supposed to be low-key, but it gives me another group of people to help hold me accountable for that particular goal

3) I have joined a community of people pursuing various goals through www.30daysofhustle.com . Beginning on Monday, January 4th, we will start going through a workbook put together by Jon Acuff, a speaker and author I follow on Twitter, that is meant to help us be more intentional in pursuing our goals. I have already posted two specific ways I'm going to be "hustling" in my financial goal and fitness goals.

4) I have come back to SparkPeople and am taking part in the Find 10 Challenge. The goal for January's fitness focus is to find a minimum of 10 minutes each day to exercise. It can be anything--like taking a walk, doing a workout video at home, or taking a class. This challenge from SparkPeople is right in line with that goal--woohoo!

5) To track my spending for the month of January. I'm not building a budget or anything just yet. I just want to see what comes in and goes out. I want to get an idea for how I'm actually spending my money before jumping into building a budget. To that end, I have downloaded an app called "Mint" and I'm going to be tracking my spending in Quicken (a program I already have on my computer). After I'm done here, I'm going to set up my accounts so that everything is ready to go.

So, there you have it. To summarize, my January practical goals are to

1) Exercise a minimum of 10 minutes each day; and
2) Track my spending

Let's do this thing.

January Measurements:
Weight: 229.4 lbs
Neck: 15.25 in
Bust: 49.25 in
Waist: 48.5 in
Hips: 54.25 in
Rt Bicep: 15.5 in
Rt Wrist: 6.25 in
Rt Thigh: 29.25 in
Rt Ankle: 10 in
Rt Foot: 10 in
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