Saturday, January 3, 2015

Goals for 2015

I wanted to do a "Goals 2014 review" post to send off the old year--but my last goals post was in March. I only lasted three months! Hopefully, I will do better this year.

For the first time ever, I'm going to make some goals for the whole year. There aren't many.

Fitness and Physical Appearance:

1. I will weigh less on January 1, 2016 than I do on January 1, 2015 by at least 30 pounds.
2. I will average at least 70,000 steps per week for every week of 2015. (This may be too low to achieve #1 above, so I'll adjust if necessary.)
3. I will be stronger and more flexible and more fit.

So what does that look like in January?

For better or worse, I've downloaded a low impact work out guide for beginners from fitnessblender. I've done the first day and it was a fitness test. Ugh. I knew I was inflexible: now I really know! I am taking this just one day at a time.


1. We will owe less on January 1, 2016 than we do on January 1, 2015. (I have a specific number in mind, but I'm not comfortable sharing that here.)

Right now, I put 70% of my pay cheque directly onto the debt. For this month, I am going to up that to 80% and see how that goes.

2. I will cook two new vegetarian meals a month until we find six we can put into the meal rotation.


1. I will declutter and organize the following areas:

a) Christmas and Holiday items. (Under the basement stairs, china cabinet, basement shelves.) I want to get this done this month. I am comitting to spending at least 15 minutes a day on it--except for days when I work more than six hours.

b) Home office: papers, files, office drawers, command centre.
c) Basement storage and recyclable area.
d) Sell/Donate the boxes of books in the garage.

2. Decorate the front and back hallway and the stairwell. (ORC Challenge starts April 2nd)

3. Fix the bathrooms!

4. Begin the process to wire the house properly.

5. Spend one on one time with each child once a month.

Does this seem boring? It seems boring. No big travel pans, no big novel writing plans, no start a new business, buy a tiny house and ride off into the sunset plans.

Either I am unimaginative--or I'm pretty much content with my life.

Let's go with that.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wanting your life to run more smoothly, and accomplishing goals and projects does NOT sound boring to me. You'll be happy with your successes.

Have a wonderful 2015 ~ FlowerLady

Marian said...

It doesn't sound boring to me either - I have many of the same goals :)

I really hesitate to write this next bit, and I truly hope you take it in the spirit in which it's given (concern). Under Fitness and Physical Appearance you say you will average at least 70,000 steps per week...which may be too low to achieve your goal of 30 lb weight loss by January 2016. I don't mean to squash good intentions (because walking/exercising is of course a terrific goal), but I feel I have to caution you against linking an increase in physical activity alone to a loss of weight. Perhaps you've already heard this, but I feel I have to mention that it's been shown that it's virtually impossible to outrun your fork. I'm not a nutritionist (I was a pharmacist before kids) but I've done a tremendous amount of reading about nutrition over the last 17 or so years. Everything I've read/watched (websites/books/documentaries) seems to point to the fact that our standard North American diet (meat-centred and often-times filled to the brim with processed food) is a recipe for unhealthiness and weight gain (have you watched the documentary Fed Up?), and conversely, to vegetarian (or largely-vegetarian) diets as being the healthiest way to eat. So I applaud your goal to find vegetarian meals for your rotation :)

(My apologies if I've overstepped with any of the above; nutrition is something I can be a bit over-zealous about...)

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks Lorraine. Here's to being happy!

Marian--no worries. You haven't overstepped any boundaries at allYou provided some essential information quite gently, I think. You are right--you can't out run your fork. I do have a plan for managing what I eat: I just haven't quite fully committed to it yet, so I hesitated to write about it here.

There are many, many ways to lose weight--the trick is to keep it off--and exercise is one of the key ingredients for that. Besides, I really do just want to feel better.

thefarmersdaughter said...

no, this sounds utterly fantastic. The only thing I would change is upping the one on one time with the kids- maybe bring them into the vegetable choosing and planning? Helping de clutter Christmas? I got my kid involved in cleaning out the holiday stuff this year. We got rid of an entire box.......

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