I fell off the wagon for a bit, but I’m back now and motivated to get some stuff done! Here are my updates from the past week.
1: Focus on healthy daily habits: yoga, water, fruits and veggies, and activity
This is something that I haven’t held myself to very well for the past few weeks. Not even a little. I went on two trips, including a weeklong one to the Midwest to visit family, and then another very quick one this past week to the lovely Redwoods. We went on a pretty intense hike (for me, at least) while in the Redwoods and holy cow that was a wakeup call for me. We were all winded and tired, but I felt on the verge of dying. I don’t want to miss out on things in life because I’m too out of shape to lace up my hiking shoes.
I really need to get on top of this, but I also want to be realistic and ease into it. I went ahead and signed up for my usual twice weekly yoga classes through the rest of the month. I’m also planning on holding myself to at least one swim aerobics class a week. My goal is really to close my loops everyday and then slowly up my goals for these.
As far as healthy eating goes, it’s not going at all and I’m seriously considering joining Weight Watchers based on some precursory research. I just keep thinking that if I could only follow some parameters that I’ve made up that I’ll suddenly be healthy with barely any effort, but that’s not working out so well for me. I’m not looking for quick weight loss, even as nice as that sounds, because I realize that healthy doesn’t equal skinny and that my ideal body, whatever that means, won’t happen overnight. Do you have experience with Weight Watchers or another program? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
2: Read 25 books
I’m still balancing about a million books at the moment. Currently reading: The Artist’s Way, Better Than Before, Becoming, and Florida (need to try to finish the short story that I skipped so I can finally drop it off at the library).
Books I’ve read so far this year: Rock Needs River
3: Get dog barking and door behavior under control
The humans have slipped a little with the consistency on the door behavior, and we need to shape up so that we can once again enjoy relative peace and quiet with the comings and goings. Thor is mostly sticking with it despite our lax behavior. Barkley is still living up to his name.
4: Get dressed up once a month and go on a date (with my husband)
I gave up on the getting dressed up and just decided to aim for a monthly date with my husband that doesn’t involve a Saturday lunch trip to our Sushi or Thai places. I have suggested going indoor rock climbing sometime soon and my husband didn’t hate the idea. Perhaps this will be us soon?
5: Makeover master bathroom
Still staring at #5 while I #1.
6: Secret (for now) project
This has slipped along with everything else.
7: Write! Write! Write!
As you can probably tell from my lack of posting around here lately, I’m not getting a lot of writing done. I have managed to do my morning pages for The Artist Way about 80% of the time, but I’ve decided to restart the book as I kept getting stuck on week 3. I’d rather do it right than push through it and not have it be helpful. So here we go again.
8: Be more social
Giving myself an A+ on this one after spending two nights in a lovely farmhouse in the Redwoods with our friend and his two kiddos… sans doors and with only one bathroom.
9: Post regularly on Instagram
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10: Automate bill payments
Done! I thought automating this would decrease my anxiety, but I still panic 2-4 times per month and frantically log in to our accounts to make sure our bills are paid.
11: Go on 10 camping trips
One down, nine to go! Here’s the write up of our trip to Northern California earlier this month.
12: Plant a garden and grow 125 pounds of produce
Lots of green stuff going on around here right now. I’ve got a lot of plant babies doing well and a few new perennial plants that I’ve started to green up our backyard are starting to peek up from the dirt. I’m also very excited that a few of the succulents that I took a chance on are now finally starting to root. So much happening!
13: Go on girls’ trip to the hot springs
Still on the backburner
14: Perfect home cleaning routine
15: Fashion makeover
No major updates on this front, although I did find a new button down from Old Navy a few weeks ago that I love and now wear at least once a week. I’ve decided that I really enjoy slightly dressier shirts. I can wear them with skinny jeans or my black pants — that I frantically lint roll before leaving the house — and feel really put together without a lot of effort. I leave the button button undone and then tie it in a little knot since I feel weird with a full tuck and haven’t quite mastered the half that seems to look good on literally everybody but me.
16: Complete 12 craft projects
0 outta 12. Seriously considering counting the snowflakes that I made with my niece from several weeks ago.
17: Launch FOLL website and create email template
One major success! Please pay attention to this one in this sea of Debbie Downers. We gained final approval for the website a week ago and we’re putting the final touches on its launch, which I will share with you all soon. I am very proud of this website and hope that it will be a good way for the friends of my library to attract more members and hopefully more donations, as they will now be able to accept both of these things online.
18: Clean out and organize cabinets and closets (and keep them that way)
While I was out of town visiting my family, my handsome and handy husband installed a new slide out trash can in our kitchen. Now I just have to get my life together enough to organize that space so I can take a picture of it.
19: Spend less time on my phone
Eek! Not even going to peek at my screen time after spending about 14 hours in the car this past week. Riding shotgun is hard work. And how else is my husband going to find out what’s happening to the Royals?
What are you working toward in 2019?
I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments