What are your goals for 2019? People focus so much on making resolutions and trying to reach those resolutions. I would prefer to set goals and achieve goals. And all it takes is baby steps.
When making New Year’s resolutions, the most typical ones are; losing weight, saving money, going to the gym more often. But do you ever ask yourself, “How are you going to achieve those goals/resolutions?” Girl, this is where we all get stuck. Starting out with good intentions, and achieving those goals/resolutions through the month of January and then by the time February rolls around we have fallen right back into our old habits. Did you know that it takes approximately 21 days to create a habit. Yes, 21 days of doing something consistently to make it become part of your daily routine! Which means, you have to create a goals that you are going to want to get up out of that bed for! Commitment!
Commit yourself to starting small and working on creating that habit for the next 21 days. Make a plan! So you want to lose weight in 2019. That’s great! How are you going to go about doing so? Start small. Trust me! Start off by trying to eat better. For me, that’s cutting back on carbs and sugars. Then after a few weeks, when my body and my mind have gotten use to cutting out one thing then I will tackle another. Please don’t try to do it all at one time. Seriously, when I started loosing weight almost 2 years ago I began very slowly. First of all, I cut out all wheat. Yes, I know you are saying, don’t you have a kid who has celiac disease. Yes! Yes I do, but I still ate wheat products. She didn’t obviously, but I did. So I went completely gluten free. After my body adjusted to that, I started cutting out the carbs. I cut back on the crackers, chips, cookies, snacking. I cut my carb intake to about 20 grams of carbs a day. Once I had conquered that, I cut out the sugar! I took my sugar down to 20 grams a day also. What I am saying is do everything in baby steps!!! I also kept a food journal, which in all reality helped me a ton. I use to laugh at people who kept food journals. I always thought, why are you writing it all down, just remember what you ate. But we as humans mindlessly eat. Writing it down helps, it really does. Again, trust me on this. WRITE IT DOWN! Oh, and drink lots of water! That helps you not feel quite so hungry.
Now for 2019, I am actually trying to create a day for me. A day during the week where I can say this is my day and I am going to accomplish things that I want to do. For me, that’s writing here and catching up on recipes that I have made and need to post. I have really gotten behind on my blog and have totally neglected it these last few month. So my goal is to start taking a bit of my time during each day and working on a few things in the blog. Also, though I am taking one day a week to focus solely on me. Like I said, this comes down to me writing, studying, reading, maybe going for a ride on my horse. This day is for me to fuel myself. Yes, I do homeschool one kiddo right now, but believe it or not, she can actually function one day by herself. She can actually read her material and do worksheets by herself. Now, I am not going to totally go rogue here and leave the house all day. I will still be here and help her throughout the day when she needs it, but I am not teaching the lessons that day. She has a computer/ipad where she can sit and listen to her teachers online teach the lesson. By the way, she is 12 and in 6th grade, so working independently isn’t going to hurt her at all. In fact, it will probably boost her confidence in herself just a tad bit. She is going to discover that she can actually do this on her own and she doesn’t need me as much as she thinks she does. She is very smart a capable!
Take a moment for yourself. Write down your goals for 2019 then break them down into baby steps. Make them achievable. Be realistic about how you are going to achieve those, how you are going to better yourself in the year to come. Take time for you! Fuel your soul! Create some good habits. Habits you will stick too and make you feel good about yourself.
Good luck….be sure to let me know how you are doing. I would love to hear everyone’s goals.