Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's Resolution

I do not perform well to pressure. So making new year's resolutions on New Year's Eve never works for me. I like a few days to mull it over. Think about it. Get it right.

I have spent some time thinking about my goals in the past few days.

Goal #1:  Better Eating Habits

My family is famous for eating out. I am embarrassed to admit out loud how many times a week we (all of us or parts) will eat at a fast food restaurant. We go to the grocery store, purchase food, and then never make a plan for meals. Then we find ourselves rushed or hungry and there we are...right back at a restaurant.

So my steps under Goal #1:
1. Plan a weekly menu.
2. Spend time on Saturday/Sunday preparing 7 meals to have in the freezer. That way we can just pull a completed meal out, reheat it, and eat at home.
3. Plan to eat out only ONCE a month.
4. Pack a lunch every day.
5. Learn and practice portion control.
6. If I can't wash it, I should not eat it. Which means I am going to have to curb my baking habits. Maybe I will only bake for others.
7. Clean out the cupboards and fridge. Get rid of those things that we should not be eating.
8. Use a food tracker to monitor what I am eating.

Goal #2: More Activity

We are not active people. We come home, put our jammies on and sit on the coach. A week or so before Christmas we were shopping at Nebraska Furniture Mart and decided to purchase ourselves a treadmill. My husband summed it up well when he said he is tired of watching The Biggest Loser from the coach. It is time to watch it from the treadmill. Well, a few days before New Year's Eve, they delivered the treadmill.

So my steps for this goal:
1. Get on that treadmill and walk 6 out of 7 days.
2. Walk at least 20 minutes a day.

Goal #3: Organize and Clean The  House

Housework is the second thing I will ignore for "fun" stuff (exercise is the first). I would rather watch TV or craft than clean! Then we invite someone over and we clean like mad. I like the feeling I have when the place is clean and organized. It is my goal to have that year round.

My steps under this goal:
1. Develop a cleaning schedule that everyone in the family participates in.
2. Select an area each week and go through it.
3. Eliminate possessions that we are not using/have not used/or are not needed.
4. Decrease spur of the moment purchases.

There you have it. Not sure if this is a completed list or not. I still have a few more things rattling around in my head that might end up in formal goal statements.

Happy New Year! And best of luck to you on your new year's goals.

3 comments:

  1. I used sidetrack home executives to manage my household tasks plus a group of friends that were doing the same and that really helped me. Cathy Roberts

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  2. Look at the social worker coming out in you. Outcomes, goals, interventions...Oh my! You are more than welcome to bake for me. I'll help you in that process. I eat for four, lol. Okay, I need to jump on your van wagon for all of them. I know you are going to do a super job this year. You can do it!!

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  3. I am super proud of you!! Jackie G

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