New year, new goals

Happy New Year!

Well I’m back at work after a long and restful break. I soooo needed the time off! I slept a lot, played with my Kindle Fire, played a lot of Go Fish and Apples to Apples with my kids, and just generally hung out and RESTED. I feel refreshed and revived and ready to take on 2013!

I love the start of a new year; I love a nice clean slate, don’t you? I’ve made resolutions in the past, and while it’s a nice way to hope for the best, typically by March, I’ve forgotten all about them. I do have some things I’d like to accomplish this year, however, so let’s take a few minutes to think about those things, shall we? These aren’t iron clad resolutions, they’re just goals:

  • Find some consistency with exercise. I’m usually so inconsistent when it comes to working out that it feels like I’m wasting my time, and I don’t want to waste my time anymore. Instead of going balls to the wall (I used to think that was a derogatory phrase, but turns out, it’s actually not), I’m going to take things slow and steady until I feel like I am on a roll. I have a couple of options I’d like to try: a) working out on MWF for 30-45 minutes or, b)working out MTThF for 30-45 minutes with a break on Wednesdays. My plan is to walk on the treadmill or do yoga or both (walk on Mondays/Thursdays, yoga on Tuesdays/Fridays). Walking and yoga are things that I love, so I think I would stick with them for awhile. Also, instead of looking to exercise as a means to weight loss, I want to look at it as a means of stress relief – looking at it this way I think will also help keep me consistent. 
  • Send out at least one application/resume per month. It’s time. I think it was time 2 years ago to look for another job. I’ve outgrown this place and while there are a lot of good things that come with this job, it just doesn’t fill me with any kind of satisfaction or joy. No matter how scary the thought of starting over at a new job may be, I have to trust that it would be worth it in the long run.
  • Manage my emotional eating/lose 20 pounds. I think the two of those go hand in hand for me. And 20 pounds is not my ultimate goal, it’s actually only half of the amount of weight I would like to ultimately lose, but I think 20 pounds in a year is completely doable for me. It wasn’t too long ago that losing ONLY 20 pounds in a year sounded like a wasted effort to me, but since I didn’t lose any weight at all in 2012, ending 2013 weighing 20 pounds lighter would be awesome!! I’m going to keep going to therapy as long as I can afford it and work on being mindful about what/when/how I’m eating and maybe I can get some momentum going this year that I can carry through to next year as well.

I want my theme for this year to be TAKING ACTION. I sort of started that at the end of 2012, and I want to continue that in 2013.  I know what needs to change, and I need to keep moving and make those changes happen. Taking action so that I can move forward and make these goals a reality is going to be on my mind all year. If anyone notices me slacking off, please send me a gentle reminder to get off my duff and TAKE ACTION!

So those are my goals for these next 12 months. They’re not earth-shattering, they’re not major upheavals (well, getting a new job could be, I guess), they’re not things that are going to require beating myself into submission for…they’re just goals – things that would make me a happier, more satisfied, less crazy person were I to achieve them.

Is there something I might be missing in my goal-setting? If so, let me know what you think – I may or may not take your advice. ;)

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9 thoughts on “New year, new goals

  1. These goals should include seeing Jet at *least* once in 2013– I mean, c’mon… did you even TRY to take into consideration his feelings in all of this???? He’s just a baby, he doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know… so, I need you to really try and make this happen, mmmkay? ;) Love you!

  2. Great goals, great approach. All the experts say breaking goals down into small steps and small goals is also important, which I know you do. Like “eat salad 3 times this week” instead of just “eat healthy foods.” I’m preaching this to myself. I know you know this already. :)

    I pretty much suck at goal setting. I feel guilty when I fail–which I almost always do–and then I don’t wanna anymore because I don’t like feeling like a failure. I can have a “plan,” like my half marathon training plan or my 3 meals a day with no snacks plan, but goals are the death of me. It’s better for me, personally, to take it a day at a time. I know what I need to do everyday to be mentally and physically healthy. I just have to do it and not take the lazy way out.

    Happy 2013!

  3. These sound like reasonable do-able goals. Looking for a new job is so painful, but the upside of having a job you like? Priceless. (to quote a frequent commercial.) And you are so young, it is a great time for you to find something you love for the rest of your career life.

  4. I love yoga, too. That is my new love. I’m still new at it but have become very protective of it.

    I’m feeling pretty good about 2013 and turning 44.

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