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January Plan

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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That means it's time to make a January Plan and some New Year's Resolutions. The last few years when I made resolutions, I was successful and I kept them! I had great years overall and I was able to look back at what I accomplished and feel great about the goals I had set and achieved and everything that I had learned along the way. This year, on the other hand, I set two resolutions and didn't manage to keep either one, had a very difficult year overall, and looking back over the course of the year, I didn't achieve very much this year! But, I did learn from my mistakes and I am starting 2017 on a better note with much more focus and enthusiasm than I started 2016. I learned that the biggest reason I floundered in 2016 is because of the outlook I had at the start of the year. I let myself slide into depression that started creeping in around the beginning of December 2015 and by the time January 01 rolled around, I was so caught up in it that I couldn't focus on anything else--and then I got very sick which depressed me further and lost my problem-solving attitude. Instead of focusing on the solution(s) I was focusing on the problem(s) and one problem just turned into another until I felt buried. And even all of the moments of the year where I should've really enjoyed myself, I didn't, because I was worried about the regain but yet I was so caught up in the problem that I couldn't even think about the solution and certainly didn't have any time to stop and enjoy all of the good things that happened this year--and there were good moments! But from every breakdown comes a breakthrough and after regaining 30 pounds over the course of the entire year and sitting down in December with just a few weeks left in the year, it was time to take stock of the year and see what I could do differently in 2017 to turn things around and have a much better year. I was feeling better this December, much better than I had felt last December, and so much more hopeful for the coming year. I just had a feeling as though even while I had regained 30 pounds, I had the power to turn things around. So I bought a planner, and sat down and figured out what my intentions were going to be for January and how I was going to proceed in the new year. I decided that I would keep a Reward List where I would have a list of things that I would want that I could earn by collecting 100 stars. I get one star for exercising, one star for exercising 3x week, one star for walking at least 30 minutes, one star for walking outside in temps below 20 or above 80, one star for drinking at least 4 cups of water, two stars for drinking 8 or more cups of water, two stars for staying below carb range, one star for meeting my daily calorie goal, and two stars for not weighing more than once/week. My planner has a monthly calendar in it that has a little square for every day that I can put the stars in, and then it has a weekly section that has a space to write in for every day that I can schedule my workouts in and there's a space at the top of the section that is highlighted and says "urgent" which is where I can keep track of my doctor appointments and other important things. My January goals are:

--Exercise 3x week
--Walk 30 min/day
--Drink at least 4 glasses water/day
--Stay below carb range
--Meet Daily Calorie goal
--Do not weigh more than once a week

I plan on scheduling my workouts like appointments so I'm less likely to miss them, and trying to vary my routine as much as possible. My resolution this year is to live consciously. I want to be more mindful in all aspects of my life, especially when it comes to my eating and my movement, so that is the thing to work on in 2017. I'm not setting a weight goal, although ultimately I would like to lose 50 pounds and that is what I am working towards. I'm going to go slowly, trying to lose 0.5-1 pound a week. I'll try to weigh weekly, although that is always something that is difficult for me! Staying motivated and optimistic in the new year is the most important thing and so far I'm on my way.
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