Goal Update For July 2015

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

flash

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 33 books so far which means I am right ahead in my reading goal right now.  My favorite for the month would be Flash. I picked it up from Tyndale Rewards thinking it looked like a nice light,funny, read. I soon found out it was full of deep words of wisdom I needed to hear.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

With a few more days left in July it looks like I will make my 100 miles for this month but not make up too many of the 30 I was short last month. I am thinking it is going to take me several months to make up for those uncompleted  miles in June.

bike

This is the problem my son and I keep running into; flooded bike trails. Fun for short trips but not so much for long multi day bike rides. We need Indiana to dry out.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

My son and I did get out for one bike ride. We have plans to do a  full day ride later this week. I am really not sure when we will squeeze a multi day trip in. Weather just has not been working with us to get out there and build up our endurance on the bikes together. Soccer season will soon start for my son and that will eat into our time to take such a trip.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

I did better on these goals then I did in June but I am not where I would like to be.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month:  I can’t recall a “real date” happening all of July although we did do a few quick lunch outs and we did take few walks just the 2 of us while camping.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary in June . It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and starting to get a better attitude about it. I am working on our master bedroom right now and even though I am not 1/2 way through my husband walked into the room the other day and said “it is really starting to look nice in here” which made me grin to ear to ear and makes me want to declutter deeper.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

Do You Want To Set And Reach For Goals But You Are Not Even Sure How To Start?

If you are wanting to reach for goals but just can’t seem to fit them in your day  let alone reach for them, you are going to want to know about Crystal Paine’s new course Make Over Your Mornings .

This course is not about waking up early, it is about starting your day with intention that carries through until bedtime. The course will teach you how to make realistic goals and see them happen.

I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals. For more info or to grab your copy click here

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6 Habits To Form This Year For Healthier Eating: May/ June Update

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As soon as I switched from renovating to blogging the pounds started slowly creeping on. I have also developed some nasty eating habits. This year I am hoping to stop the creep and tame the nasty. Here is how I did in May/June and how I plan to attack the next healthier eating goal.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a timeI did not do at all well with May and June’s goal of less sugar. This months focus goal should be easier for me though as I enjoy eating fruits and veggies and with it being summer they are easy to find and prepare.

Here is an update on how I am doing in all 6 goals so far.

6 Habits For Healthier Eating

1. January-February: Portion Control

Goal: Use the Lose It App faithfully at least 6 days a week.

I don’t think I used the Lose it App more than a handful of times in June and perhaps two dozen times in May. I have started using it again these past few days. I have it set to 1/2 pound loss per week but am not adding in my workouts.

2.  March-April:Drinking More Water

Goal: Carry water with me everywhere I go so that I can sip on it often especially in the afternoon when I tend to get so busy I forget to drink anything.

After finally finding the perfect travel bottle that fits great in my car and keeps liquids cold all day, I have done really well with this goal.  (this mug is expensive but I felt it worth the investment as it is easy to clean, very durable and should last for years and years )

3. May-June: Cut Back On Sugar

Goal: I want to be realistic with this goal. I once read that a good healthy goal is to make no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake be junk. With this guide line in mind I am setting my goal at a max. of 200 calories in a day in sweets 6 days a week, and one big 400 to 500 calorie splurge day per week (because I got to have ice-cream sometimes ).

As I stated above I bombed in this goal. I am going to change to focus from 200 calories to ONE small sweet treat per day. For example I can have the ice-cream cone but it needs to be the kid size.

4. July-August: More Fruit & Veggies

Goal: I am going to aim for at least one serving of fruit or veggies with breakfast and my afternoon snack, a big salad a day, and at least 2 servings of fruit or veggies with the meal that isn’t a salad.

I am so glad I set this goal for these months as local fresh fruit and veggies are everywhere.

5. September-October: Better Eating Out Choices

Goal: Use my Lose it App to help me make better healthy eating out choices. Choices that are not only lower in calories but higher in nutrition. This means keeping buffet eating to one plate. This means choosing the salad (hold the dressing) over the burger and fries. This means choosing water over pop, even with the fast food value meal.

While my husband and I were in Jamaica in an all inclusive resort with buffet breakfasts and dinners I have to say I actually ate pretty good. I did stick to one plate and I did for the most part make wise decisions.

6. November-December: Wiser Celebration Eating

Goal: I want to stick to one plate for the meal, one sweet treat per event, and water to drink. Sure this might mean I still am over on calories for the day, but it sure will be a lot less calories than I am consuming at parties now.

I am doing better with one plate of main course but not so good with the one treat and only water. I am however having just one glass of pop per event. Progress is progress right?

Did you set any goals this year to eat better? If so how are you doing with them?

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2015 Goal Update: How I Did In June

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 27 books so far which means I am right on target for finishing 52 books this year.  My favorite for the month would be Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things No One Ever Told You About Being Creative. In fact I liked it so much I want to order it in paperback (I got it in kindle format) so I can reread it whenever I need to be inspired in my work. I reread very few books so that is saying a lot. It is short and simple but impactful.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Not a good month for this goal, it looks like by months end on Tuesday I will be at around 70 miles. I am going to have to do a lot of make up miles these next few months to get me back on track.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I was hoping to at least get our bikes out and ride a few times but between rain, and an event packed month it didn’t happen.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

Total blow out on this goal. Time to press the reset button.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: My husband and I enjoyed a meal out just the two of us for his birthday last week

jamaica

This was the view from our patio at the resort we stayed at. Oh my! I didn’t want to leave. So beautiful.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary. It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and starting to get a better attitude about it. With each week that I stay on track decluttering just one small area our home is becoming easier and easier to keep clean.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

Do You Want To Set And Reach For Goals But You Are Not Even Sure How To Start?

If you are wanting to reach for goals but just can’t seem to fit them in your day  let alone reach for them, you are going to want to know about Crystal Paine’s new course Make Over Your Mornings .

This course is not about waking up early, it is about starting your day with intention that carries through until bedtime. The course will teach you how to make realistic goals and see them happen.

I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals. For more info or to grab your copy click here

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