It’s Monday and time to get back into the groove! So I’ll just jump right into it with progress report from my first (#2) goal that I have been working on. If you haven’t read my post on my 6 month goals here they are:
1. Honoring the Sabbath
2. Minimizing technology use
3. Memorizing Scripture
4. Sticking to our budget
5. Implementing an exercise routine
that doesn’t take away from
6. Developing a meal plan that helps
me stay on budget and takes
some of the stress out of grocery
7. Continuing to declutter the house.
8. Making an effort to reach out to
people who may slip through the
The one I decided to focus on first was #2 Minimizing technology use. My objectives for obtaining this goal are:
1. Wear a watch.
2. Removing social media from my phone and only checking 1 time a day, at night for a 15 minute period.
3. Putting my phone in one designated place and not carrying it around the house with me.
Progress report is…. B-
Honestly, I’m pretty happy with a B- at this point. I still have room to grow and I haven’t totally screwed this whole thing up yet. Yay me!
I still haven’t gotten my watch back from the jewelry store that apparently used a tack hammer to attempt to change my battery, but I did find a cute one at Michael’s for 5 bucks and I have enjoyed it! I don’t check my phone nearly as much and I don’t feel the need to carry it everywhere.
I am doing well at keeping my phone in a central location as well, but that’s mainly due to the cute little container I found at Hobby Lobby! Isn’t it adorable? I haven’t decided where I want to hang it so I just have it on the kitchen counter for now, but I spend 90% of my day in the kitchen anyway so it works!
Another thing I have been doing is not using my phone as an alarm clock. My neighbor mentioned that she has been keeping her phone in the bathroom at night so I decided to try that and I have LOVED it! You should try it! Go buy yourself a 10 dollar alarm clock and get that phone off your night stand. It’s very freeing!
The reason I have a B- is for looking at social media on my phone. My main hang up is that people plan things through Facebook and I forget what time things start and I don’t feel like firing up the computer to check. This is an excuse. I need to write something down if it’s that important or just check at night and make a note for the next day. I could make up more excuses, but at the end of the day they are just that and I’m soooooooo tired of excuses! Therefore, time to do better!
Objectives are really the only way to truly accomplish goals. If I had not decided concrete ways I was going to minimize technology use then I guarantee I would not have accomplished anything at this point. If you are feeling stuck in your goals then rework them and include objectives that you can track. This is the best way to start moving forward. Try it! And let me know how it’s going!
Now that I have that goal under way I am starting work on my next goal…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA you thought I was going to start back at #1 and work my way down right? WRONG! Have you learned nothing?
So goal #2 is really #5 Implementing an exercise routine that doesn’t take away from family time.
I used to exercise quite a bit before I had a child, but since my precious girl has come into my life exercise has landed on the back burner. When she was younger it truly was hard to find time, but now I just don’t make time, or better yet I don’t use my time wisely.
When I lessened my technology use I realized I had a lot of spare time, but it comes in little chunks and I have to take advantage of it. Truth is, most of the time I am too tired to take advantage of it. I stay at home full time with my 2 year old and while that is tiring (we do A LOT of fun stuff throughout the day!) I can only really blame myself because I just go to bed too darn late. If you know me very well you are probably laughing and nodding right now. 12:30-1:00 seems to be the time I finally settle down and fall asleep. I’m thinking I need to add in “Decent bedtime” as one of my future goals, but for now I’m just working around it!
Last night I decided it was time to get serious about exercising. My husband and I are going to Hawaii in February and I am not exactly “swim suit ready” so time to buckle down. Also, you know, health and all that stuff.
Before bed I told Jacob that I was going to wake up early and exercise before he went to work. Bless his heart, he didn’t say a word. He knew as well as I did that I was not going to wake up early. When I was telling him this it was already 11:30 and I was nowhere near falling asleep yet. By the time I closed my eyes it was 12:30 and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to wake up early either, but I set my alarm anyway.
Little j woke up around 6:15 so I woke up around 6:15 but she laid back down after a few minutes and I knew I was at a crossroads. Before I had time to consider what I should do I found myself turning my alarm off and pulling the covers up to my neck. Why is the bed the absolute comfiest right before you have to wake up? I fell back asleep and then Little j and I woke up around 8. As you can imagine there was no time to exercise once both of us girls were up…that is until nap time!
Now, in the past I would have thought “Well I didn’t get up this morning, but I’ll do better tomorrow and just start then” That’s silly. That’s the way people who “dream” and don’t “do” behave. That is how I used to operate and I can’t go back to that.
I didn’t get up early enough but it was still only 8:00 AM, that leaves a whole day left to accomplish my objective! I decided while Little j napped I would exercise. So after I laid her down I did what any mom would do. I grabbed the laundry basket, turned on last nights episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta and began folding. Unfortunately I am somewhat caught up on laundry so this chore did not take very long and my legitimate excuses were dwindling! I finished up the other couple of chores I needed to do in about 5 minutes and then headed to clean the kitchen. One quick glance around that dump and I decided exercising would be a welcomed distraction.
So I grabbed a cookie and went digging through my DVD’s and found my “Jillian Micheal’s 30 Day Shred” from 2 years ago. I wiped the dust off and popped that sucker in (Incidentally that is the most dusting I have done in a month).
I am not the biggest fan of exercise DVD’s because I just get so darn irritated that they are barking orders at me and then they don’t do it themselves! I’m not an idiot. I don’t need you to walk over to your poor assistants and point at their abs while they do sit ups. I get it. Also, they never do equal numbers of reps when they do individual legs. While you may not think this would bother me seeing as how I am so disrespectful to the order of numbers in my goal list, it actually bothers me a lot.
But I pressed on. I grabbed my 2 pound weights and I focused on that gold fish crumb on the carpet as I managed to do at least 4 of the 600 push ups she expected me to do. You would think after 2 years of carrying a child around I would have more upper body strength but those 2 pound weights and 4 push ups had me burning!
Little j woke up while “we” (I’m looking at you Jillian) were finishing up our 3rd circuit. She wasn’t crying or standing up though so I resisted my urge to quit and go get her and just put the monitor where I could see it and finished up that last circuit. It wasn’t the best work out of my life and it was only day 1 of the “30 Day Shred” but I felt very accomplished. I looked all of my excuses in the eyes and kept going and that means something. Getting SOMETHING done is always going to be better than getting NOTHING done.
I could have cleaned the kitchen and it wouldn’t have been a lazy way to spend my time, but it definitely wouldn’t have been the most productive way to spend my time. I can clean the kitchen while she’s awake, but I have tried to do exercise DVD’s while she’s awake and every time I get on the floor to do anything she comes and sits on me. While it’s fun, I don’t burn very many calories!
Formulating objectives for this has been a little tricky because I feel the need to make them super specific and at the same time flexible. So here is what I have come up with:
- Exercise 30 minutes a day 5 days a week by either running early in the morning or doing a workout DVD during nap time.
- Sign up for 3 races (actual races may be in next 6 month time period)
- Find times throughout the day to walk with Little j so that I can get extra exercise and fresh air.
These sound pretty simple but they are what will get me on the right track! I can feel the difference in my attitude toward these goals. I am moving slowly, but I am changing and I am happy with the changes.
Don’t wait until the new year to start making changes. If you don’t have the motivation to start now you aren’t going to magically wake up January 1 as Tony Robbins. Start small, Start slow, but just START! And if you need a little motivation I will send my 2 year old to sit on you. If nothing else you will definitely start smiling 🙂