I try to keep my ambitions realistic . . .
but I’ve been thinking about goals for 2015 and they’re starting to add up. In no particular order they are
1. Keep wearing the Fitbit I got (by request) for Christmas. No specific exercise goal, but hopefully wearing it and checking my stats will motivate me to boost my activity. Over the past seven days I’ve averaged just barely above 5,000 steps per day. Under 5,000 is considered sedentary. Yikes.
2. Redecorate my living room (whole house?) with mid-century modern-inspired look, moving my French-cottage-meets-your-grandma’s-house decor to the basement t.v. room (more on this shortly).
3. Learn how to use a power drill, which will aid in #2. Tensions run high when I ask Pat to hang stuff (“no not there, up a bit, now down . . . no, not like that”) .
4. Go back on the Perfect Health Diet! This is big. We ditched the PHD about a year ago, but Pat and I haven’t felt nearly as good since then. So I’m kicking the mental health diet to the curb. We’re modifying the PHD slightly (beans and peanut butter are in).
5. No Sugar January: The PHD itself cuts out almost all added sugars, but I’m serious about that part for at least a month. I’m buddying up with Ellen for support. I might cheat on other aspects of the PHD when we go out to eat or whatnot. But no sugar.
6. More spiritual reading, starting with Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, which I’m about 2/3 of the way through. Next I want to read Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est. I also want to read through the Gospels.
7. Stop saying “sorry.” More on this later.
8. Move this blog to a self-hosted platform. I already have a placeholder over at http://thisfelicitouslife.com. Two years have gone by, and I still haven’t moved my data over. I got an error message and gave up.
9. Learn the capitalization rules for blog titles. Seriously, I never remember which of the little words like “A, At, The, If, And, But, Or” need capitalization.
10. Stay away from celebrity gossip websites and magazines. (I made this one in October and have kept it pretty well so far.)
11. Social-media-free Sundays!! (I wouldn’t mind getting back into What I Wore Sunday but I’ll do it on Mondays.)
12. Cut down on the use of parentheses (for obvious reasons).
All this talk of goals made me remember–I set goals for 2014. I wonder what they were? 😉 Oh, here they are
1. The Goal: The No-S Diet: No Ssssugar, no Sssssnacks, and no Ssssseconds, except sometimes on weekends and special days.
2. The Goal: T Tapp. I’ve heard good things about this exercise routine (here and here among other places). 15 minutes a day! Easy on your joints (unlike my short-lived gambol with Jillian)! Helps balance mood, blood sugar, and hormones!
Not good. I did the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus several times a week for several weeks. I lost close to an inch from my waist (more from tightening muscle than from burning fat). But she has a move called the “T-Tapp twist” that did a number on my lower back. Tried to come back to it after recovering, and it messed up my back again. No can do.
Plus, I was hoping for some science behind all her promises and quasi-scientific terms. Her book didn’t have any of that, just explanations for how to do the moves and a bunch of success stories. I’d recommend the workout if you want something that will tone you up in a short time, but not if you have low-back problems.
3. The Goal: Home command center restructuring.
After (full post on this to come):
4. The Goal: Dedicate time for blogging and–sheesh!–answering email. I don’t have a game plan here yet, but it’s something I really want to do. Right now, I usually write in the evenings when the girls are asleep.
I intended to make this one of 2015’s goals, completely forgetting that it had been one of 2014’s. Never did come up with that game plan. Oh well.
5. The goal: Switch from plastic leftover containers to glass.
Nailed it! I bought a few more pieces of Pyrex and also bought covers for three Pyrex bowls I already had. I still have some plastic leftover containers, but I don’t use them as much and I never heat food in the microwave in them.
6. The Goal: Keep making progress in time management, especially going to bed early and not staying up late browsing the web.
Hmm. Not great. I love the iPod mini my dad gave me earlier this year (thank you, veterinary pharmaceutical reps!), but that thing is dangerous when I keep it by my bed.
On that note, here’s to a successful 2015 for us all!