July 2018 Goals

Well, just like that half of the year is behind us. Can you even believe it? I certainly can’t.  It’s usually this time of year when I look back at all of those goals I set in January and how little progress I’ve made thus far and the fear of failing another year’s worth of goals and resolutions sets in.  How are you doing with your 2018 goals? Are you okay with the year being half over? I’m certainly not.

Okay, maybe I’m being a tad overdramatic here, because I definitely know that I have already reached some of my 2018 goals, so I can’t complain, but others still seem so far away, Nevertheless, it’s a new month and it’s time to keep moving forward to make the second half of 2018 the most productive and goal achieving time of the whole year.  

 

July Goals

Count Calories

After thinking about it (and stressing about it), I decided that rather than go back to Points, I’m going to stick with counting calories for at least another month.  When the idea of changing back actually brought on anxiety and stress, I decided that it wasn’t worth stressing over and to stick with the current plan. Since I’m enjoying calorie counting, for the time being, I figure why not just stick to what makes me happy? I’ve been feeling really good about where my body is headed, and I just don’t feel like messing with that at this point in time.

Bring Back The Smoothie

I used to be really into making smoothies, and for one reason or another, I’ve gotten away from that. Recently I was listening to Rachel Hollis’s (author of the bestselling book Girl, Wash Your Face) podcast and she talked about her weight loss journey and how her nutritionist was a part of it. Well it turns out her nutritionist is Kelly LeVeque, author of Body Love. Kelly’s eating philosophy does not involve tracking calories, but focusing on the proper macro and nutrition intake. In a nutshell, the proper food intake can be obtained by making your meals consist of the Fab 4: Protein, Fat, Fiber, and Greens.

These ingredients are easily translated into a breakfast smoothie that many of her clients, including Rachel, consume on a daily basis. The goal is to have the right ingredients in your easy smoothie so your blood sugar stays balanced and you stay full straight until lunch.

My goal for the month is to bring back the smoothie at least 3x per week, but I am actually starting a 7-day challenge where I have a fab 4 smoothie every single day for a week just to see what happens.  Less hunger? Fewer sugar cravings? Weight loss or fat loss? I’ll be writing all about it. 

Limit Protein Bar intake

I’ve become too dependant on bars as a quick fix, and it’s really easy for me to add one to my day every single day. While this is great every once and awhile, it definitely does not need to be an every day occurance.  I need to continue to focus on clean, whole foods, which has been doing great things for my body. The goal is no more than 4 bars per week. 

Sidenote, I’ve been noticing that since they added erythritol to their bars, Quest bars and I haven’t been getting along, so that might make this a little easier. 

Change my focus on this weight loss journey

This is a big one and will be getting its own post soon. Basically, as I’ve noticed my body changing, getting leaner and stronger, but the scale isn’t moving. When people are still telling me that my face is thinning out, and my husband noticed that I felt skinnier despite the scale refusing to budge, I started thinking about my relationship with the scale. Ultimately I decided that if the scale doesn’t move another pound, but my body continues to transform by getting stronger and trimmer, then I no longer care. 

That being said, I am positive that there is still weight to be lost, but my focus is definitely on fitness with the goal of toning up, and nutrition with the goal of being healthy, energized and feeling the best I can feel.  If I focus on those things, I have no doubt more weight will continue to come off, but truthfully, it’s okay if the scale doesn’t move anymore as long as my measurements do. Changing that focus has the potential to open up a whole new perspective on this journey. 

Body Pump 3x/Week

One of the main reasons I’m noticing the positive changes in my body is that I’ve upped my Bodypump attendance from 2x/week to 3x/week. Having a disease that makes muscles weaker and no treatment for it means I need to do what I can to work ahead of the disease and get as strong as possible. I decided that adding an extra class is the better answer than adding more weight, although I’m actually starting to do that too. My goal is to keep up the 3 classes all month long and see how I feel. 

Buckle Down At Work

Let’s face it, I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger and Youtuber lately. There, I said it. 

I tend to get SO wrapped up in the other things happening in life (obsessing over keeping the house clean..which never goes as well as I want, obsessing over food, fitness, and every calorie consumed and burned, etc) and I also tend to be a master procrastinator. This is a deadly combo for Diva and the Divine, as it means I always manage to find something more important to do than my work.  Is it actually more important? Probably not, but I tend to stress, obsess, and make things feel like a bigger deal than they actually are. This month I really want to do what I can to make sure I make Diva and the Divine a priority.  I will be implementing a few strategies to make sure this happens, but in general, this month the goal is to crank out regular content both on the blog and on my Youtube channel.

Bonus Goal: Get A King Size Bed

This is a goal that is basically in the hands of my hardworking, never home to do home related things husband, but I will consider it a major win if we actually do it. For a few months now we’ve been toying with getting a king sized bed, as it will benefit both of us in many, many ways. He’s a heavy sleeper that likes to move, I’m a light sleeper that wakes up with every movement. I like to sleep with my weighted blanket, but he hates it because it’s not big enough for both of us, but still takes up 3/4 of the bed, etc etc. 

Bottom line: if we manage to get a bed ordered this month, I will consider it a big bonus goal getting accomplished. It’s the final step towards the several bedroom upgrades I’ve been working on to make it a more romantic and less “college student” feeling place to be. 

Those are my goals for the month. Did you set any goals this month? Let me know!

April 2018 Goals

April is here! Spring is trying to make an appearance (although it’s not really doing a great job here in the Chicagoland area), which makes me so happy. I am longing to be outside and not wear a winter coat. 

Let’s talk about goals for the month of April. First, let’s look at progress on my 2018 goals.

Hit Goal Weight: As of today I’m down 4.8 lbs this year. I know slow and steady wins the race, but I currently feel like I’m barely in the race. For the month of April I’m switching gears and I’m saying farewell to WW Freestyle (which I wrote an entire post on) and switching to Points Plus. I had a lot of success on Points Plus and lost 57 lbs back in 2011-12, so I’m hoping my switch back will help get the ball rolling.

10,000 Youtube Subscribers: 8,840. I’m getting there and feeling great about it! 

10,000 Instagram Followers: 3,580. Growth here is a lot slower, but it’s growing nonetheless. I make it a point to post at least once a day and try to engage with others when I can. Help a girl out and follow me on Instagram. 

Read 25 books: 4.5/25.  

Project 50 pan: 17/50. This is SUCH a slow process, but I have to say I have spent a lot less money this year than in years past. All in all, a project pan was an excellent idea.

April Goals

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February 2018 Goals

Well, the first month of 2018 is already gone! That went by in a flash, huh? Clearly, I’m not used to it yet because not 10 seconds ago I titled this post February 2017 goals without a second thought.  Does anyone else feel like it takes 1/3 of the year to get used to writing down the new date?

January Recap

I laid out my goals and resolutions for 2018, and so far I’d say I’m doing a somewhat decent job at reaching them. Here’s where my goals are sitting at the end of the month:

Hit goal weight: I’m down a whopping 3.4 lbs. Considering I was coming off of the holidays, a month-long vacation that included a cruise and a road trip, and getting used to the new Freestyle plan, I’m thankful I was able to lose at all.  Down is down. 

10,000 YouTube Subscribers: I’m at 6,500, with growing about 600 just this month. I’m optimistic about meeting this goal, but it will take continued work.  Read more

My 2018 Word of the Year

A big trend that is taking the New Years Resolution setters by storm is the “word of the year.” The basic idea behind it is that you pick one word to sum up what you want to feel or achieve that year.  It’s an interesting idea that adds a new level to the normal annual setting of goals and resolutions.  

Last year my word was “flourish.” While I did establish that flourish was the word to keep in mind, I did not do a good job of making it a point to ensure I was, in fact, flourishing. Sure, I did lose a few pounds, but not nearly as much as I intended. I also successfully trained our little puppy, learned a lot about myself and my relationship with my husband, and constantly set little goals, hoping to achieve them. I also did a great job of not putting together action plans, being completely unmotivated, making poor choices when it came to how I spent some of my time and managed to accomplish so few of the large goals I had my eyes on for 2017. Clearly, while my intentions were good (aren’t they always?), my execution was not, and therefore I do not feel like I flourished in 2017 at all. 

This year I oped for a word that will hopefully solve all of the issues I had with getting things done in years past. My word for 2018 is: Read more

2018 Goals and New Year’s Resolutions

Good morning and happy 2018!  It’s a new year (I say it every year, but how did that happen??), which means it’s time for reflection, refocusing, and refreshed goals, new goals, and an action plan to accomplish them.  Personally, I love learning about the goals that other people are working towards, and I’m hoping that since you’re here, you do too.

2017 wasn’t anything spectacular.  While we did get Gracie (a year ago on New Year’s day!), spend our first full year as homeowners, and did a bit of traveling, in terms of life-changing goal achievement, 2017 was more about learning about myself rather than achieving my goals.  This year will be different.  I’m stepping into 2018 with a fresh start, renewed motivation, and the knowledge that I will be reaching goals this year, using the things I learned about myself in 2017 to help me. 

First, I want to mention that I have some goals and resolutions for 2018 because while many will say that’s the same, I’m defining those words differently.  Goals are measurable, actionable things that I can check off when I’m done (goal weight, number of subscribers, completing something, etc), while resolutions are behavior changes that aren’t necessarily measurable, but something I want to work on anyway (practicing gratitude, spend less and appreciate more, etc)

That being said, here are my goals and resolutions for the new year:

Health Goals

Hit Goal Weight: This is my year! I can feel it.  My weight loss was slow last year, only ultimately losing about 10 lbs, but making that progress helped me learn what kind of things were working for me, tricks for keeping myself on track, and proved that I can, in fact, lose the weight this time around.  Between my 2017 learning experiences and the release of the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program, which I know is going to make a huge difference, I am positive that I will get to my goal this year.  Read more

November 2017 Goals

Well, it’s November.  NOVEMBER!  I can’t even handle it.  The start of the holiday season, my birthday month, and this year, the start of a whole lot of travel for Erik and I.  Life is going to get a little crazy, so in order to reach a few of this month’s goals, I’m going to have to work myself pretty hard, but since I have lofty goals, that’s totally okay!  Here are my goals for this month. 

Health and Fitness

Get into a new weight “decade”: I don’t actually know what you call it when you enter the next 10 lbs on the scale, but we on Instagram have been calling it a decade, so we’re going to go with that.  In a perfect world, I would be in the 150s by the time Erik and I leave for our holiday travels, which is in the middle of the month.  That’s a 1.5lb loss each of my next 3 weigh-ins. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, my hope is that I can wrangle enough self-control while I’m in Florida (which is always difficult for me) to stay mostly on track and hopefully end the month in a new weight decade. Bonus points to me if I can pull it off before we go, but I’m not holding my breath.

400,000 Steps:  It sounds like a crazy number, but this past month I ended up with 406k without even aiming for a large step goal.  This goal is just to ensure that I stay moving and active, even with all of the challenges the second half of the month with bring.  Read more

September 2017 Goals

 
Happy September! I’m so excited September is here, as it means the start of all of my favorite things.  Kids are back in school (I don’t have kids, but when I run errands it means there will be less of them running around the shops!), it’s the start of sweater weather, Leaves candles are easily available at Bath and Body Works, and pumpkin spice is popping up everywhere.  It’s basically my little slice of heaven. 
 
Even though I am no longer affected by back to school season, I still really enjoy the fresh start behind it, and I feel the need to take full advantage of the spirit of the season.  I really want to get better at setting (and publicly declaring) monthly goals for accountability purposes.  Here’s what I’m working on this month. 
 
Break my weight loss wall:  As you well know, I have been stuck going up and down the same 4 lbs for what seems like ages now, and I haven’t been able to get lower than 166lbs.  This month is it. It’s the time that I bust through the wall and start showing the scale who’s boss. Bonus, as of this morning I am only 2lbs away from succeeding. Bring it ON!

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April 2017 Goals

Oh my gosh, I feel like world’s most terrible blogger.  Lately, I’ve been lucky if I can get one post up every few weeks, and I have no one to blame but myself.  It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s that I don’t make the time, and that’s on me and me alone.  This month is the start of the second quarter of 2017 (already??) and I feel like this year so far has been a bit of a bust, but it’s time for me to get things turned around and working in my favor, and that starts with some new goals. 

Start doing the Miracle Morning daily.  I’ve started to reread Hal Elrod’s best seller “The Miracle Morning,” and I am loving it.  I’ve read it once before, but I failed horribly at actually implementing all of the great things that this book has to offer.  This time around I’m in a little Facebook book club that will serve as an accountability group to ensure each of us is not only reading, but doing what the book tells us.  For fun, even though I’m only 1/3 of the way done with the book, I decided to try doing a “Miracle Morning” this morning, and it worked!  I feel great, I’ve been productive, gotten a workout in, read, journaled, prayed, ate a healthy breakfast, and even did some blog work, and it isn’t even 11 am yet!  My goal is to finish the book and to start doing this miracle morning routine every day, and my hope is I’ll get some very positive changes out of it.  You can check out the book on Amazon.  For only $15 it’s definitely worth picking up.  Read more

2017 Goals

I know I’m a little behind, it being almost the end of January and all, but better late than never, right? As I’ve mentioned in vlogs over on my YouTube channel, 2016 was a year of me failing to reach my goals.  I just wasn’t motivated, and was easily distracted and discouraged so not much got done. This year, I have some goals (some old, some new) that I’m hoping to achieve. Along with the new goals comes a fresh new dose of motivation.  I’m hoping to buckle down and really make 2017 the best year yet.  

Health Goals

My number one goal is to get back down to my goal weight. The only thing is..I don’t know what my new goal weight is yet.  Last time I hit goal, I weighed 135lbs, but it turns out that was a little too thin for my body, and certain parts of me looked too bony. That being said, I clearly overcompensated with fixing that problem. This time around, I plan on starting the journey back down (because no change really happened in 2016), but I’ll lose at least 15 lbs and then I’ll play it by ear. 

I want to focus more on being healthy and fit rather than just losing weight, so who knows what my body will look like, but I do know I want to fit back into my goal jeans (aka my pair of clearance jeans from American Eagle I had as my goal jeans last time). I love those jeans.  We’ll just have to see what the final number ends up being, but I’m hoping to reach it in 2017. 

Blog Goals

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My 2017 Word of the Year

The new year is upon us, and many people (myself included) use the new year to reevaluate, reset, and set some stellar goals for the year.  A trend that I’m seeing in many goal setting workbooks and tools nowadays involves choosing a word of the year.  This word is the word you use to inspire and remind yourself of your primary focus for the next 365 days.  There are so many words to choose from that I’ve often found it difficult to narrow it down to just one word for the year in years past, but this year I’ve managed to do it.  This year’s word of the year is: flourish.

The definition of flourish is:

  1. to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.
  2. develop rapidly and successfully
  3. to be working at the height of one’s career during a specific period.

Basically, this word completely sums up what I hope to do in 2017. 2016 was a year where, while some awesome things happened, I didn’t do a very good job of working to achieve any of my goals except for one (getting back on stage), and I find that very disappointing. I have nothing or no one to blame but myself. I have since forgiven myself for my failure that was 2016 and am ready to move on and embrace this new year with some new goals (and some of the same goals), a new game plan, and a fresh dose of motivation.   Read more