The official first day of winter this year is December 21st. This is crazy. In Sylvan Lake, it has been winter since Halloween. By now it is freezing cold, and my life is covered in snow. I was going to wait to post my winter goals until the official season change, but I decided against it. Winter is here, and it is time to review my old goals and set up some new ones.
If you read my fall goals, you would know that I have a hard time with goals. I am such a perfectionist, to me, the goal wasn’t accomplished unless I was perfect at it. I am starting to see that this is not very realistic, and maybe even impossible. Life isn’t about absolutes, there is a lot of grey areas. If I can improve on the grey areas, that is a success! I think most of my goals weren’t 100% achieved, but the grey area was improved. I will take it!
How I did on my Fall goals
1. Start reading my Bible daily
I improved in this area quite a bit. I started doing the devotional She Reads Truth before bed most nights and really enjoyed it (thank you Ashley for sharing about this on your blog!). I still don’t read my Bible every night. Often on weekends I stay up and hang out with Josh instead, and that is okay with me. I would say goal accomplished.
2. Set time aside weekly to spend together as a family
This is another area that I think I did well on. We have gone on lots of coffee dates, a few walks, and Josh and I have spent more time hanging out together. I would like to continue to grow in this area, and make family time a priority on Sundays. Still I would say that throughout the fall, we have spent time together every Sunday, even if it is just a trip to the grocery store together. Accomplished.
3. Get back into running
This has been going great too. It was a little hard to start running in the beginning because my baby girl was sick for so long. She has been getting better and I have been easing my way back into running with three short runs a week. I am following Hal Higdon’s 5k novice training plan, and have upped my miles from 1.5 to 2.5. In a few more weeks I will be at 5K! I plan to start a revised version of the half marathon novice 1 plan in January. Excited! Accomplished.
4. Unplug from technology
I definitely saw an improvement in this area, but I am still not quite where I want to be. I am on my phone a lot less while I am spending time with Lochlyn, but overall I still spend a lot of time on my phone, or on the computer. I am sure that all of the online shopping last weekend didn’t help this out. Area improved.
5. Pay more attention to my body’s hunger and fullness cues
After my Intuitive Tuesday post about honoring your hunger, I feel like I am paying more attention to my body and eating while I am hungry. I haven’t been focusing as much on my fullness cues at the moment, but I have been trying. I do notice a big change in this area, but intuitive eating takes time you guys! At least for me it does. I have to constantly remind myself that it is a process, not a diet or set of rules, and that I am slowly learning to listen to my body. Also I think back to where my relationship with food used to be and realize I have come such a long way. This month, and particularly the last couple of weeks I would say that I have been better at listening to my body’s hunger cues, and eating when I need to. Improved.
I didn’t do very well at there. I guess that is why I chose them for honorable mentions and not my main goals.
– Get the majority of my Christmas shopping done. This wasn’t too bad. I am getting close to being done, hopefully by the end of the weekend I will only have a couple more things to pick up.
–Figure out what I am going to do for an income in January when my maternity leave payments are done. Hey I did this too! I went to talk to my old employer and have been working out what hours I will be available. Looks like I am going back to my old job. This is good, but I would really love to find something that I can do from home.
-Get our old car towed from the back yard. Nope, still there! Oops!
-Set up an RESP account for Lochlyn. Still need to do this one too.
Here are my new goals for this season! There are a few repeats of ares that I still want to work on!
1. Unplug from technology.
This area still needs work. I would like to set designated times to be on the internet, whether it is on my phone or computer, and not be on it all day. I have been watching Netflix a lot lately, and that means I am on the Internet even more. It can waste so much time and take me away from being in the present moment. It also takes time away from my house (which is messy) and my family.
I would like to keep the time spend on my phone to while I am nursing Lochlyn. I am pretty good about only blogging in the mornings, and I plan to keep that up. I would like to save the Netflix habit for while I am stretching after working out, and for the evenings after Lochlyn is asleep, and the weekends. I keep finding myself folding laundry in front of it, and then it gets so hard to tear myself away.
2. Pay more attention to my body’s hunger and fullness cues
This goal is back on my list too. I think that it will be a goal for quite awhile. Like I said, this is a process, and something that I am working to get better at. This season, I want to really work on not eating while I am distracted. This is hard for a mom to do! I think the main thing for me is to not eat and multi-task. I am great at eating while blogging, while watching movies, and while checking my phone. I find that I eat quite a bit more if I do it while I am doing other things. If I sit down to eat a meal without doing anything else, I tend to stop early because I notice when I start to get full.
Along these same lines I also want to set a good example for Lochlyn. I try to eat a couple of meals a day with her, and I want to make sure that I am not doing other things while we are eating together. Little ones pick up so much, and I don’t want her to develop my bad habits!
3. Keep my house tidier
This place keeps getting so messy. On top of that, we just have way too much stuff! I need to organize my life, and get rid of what we don’t need. This will be more challenging when I start working in January, and i want to make the most of my time. During Lochlyn’s first nap of the day, I want to work on cleaning up and organizing the house. This way I don’t miss out on time with her, and I can still get some things done.
At least my dishes are done (thank you Josh!)
4. Reconnect with Josh
Okay, so we haven’t really unconnected, we have connected great as a mom and dad. I want to reconnect as husband and wife. I feel like now that we have really settled in to having a little one, it is time to up the romance factor in our relationship. We are best friends, but I don’t want us to just be friends, if you know what I mean.
This will be a tough one for me. I get really busy and have a hard time making time for people. I want to take advantage of the evening time that we have after Lochlyn goes down for the night and spend time together. I also want to pay more attention to what Josh likes doing, and do it with him. I have a feeling this may involve me watching a lot of hockey, but I guess if I am willing to do this for the sake of our relationship, maybe he will be willing to compromise a bit too! I have a confession to make. Last weekend Josh sat at our computer watching hockey, and I sat in the family room and watched a movie. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but don’t want our relationship to be like this!
-Set up an RESP account for Lochlyn. Yup, still need to do this…
-Take Eeyore to the vet. She needs some shots and is WAY overdue for her annual checkup. We have decided this will be her Christmas present this year. Poor cat.
-Baking and cooking. I want to experiment a little bit more in the kitchen. I also want to get some Christmas baking done early, and I am starting to run out of time for that!
-Sign up for a half marathon. I am planning to run a 10K on April 11th in Calgary, and a half marathon on May 17th in Red Deer. Registration for the half starts December 15th. I am nervous to sign up, but I just need to do it!
Any goals for the winter season?
Can you share some tips for how to keep my house tidier? I need all the help I can get!