Well...my start to the new year did not quite go as planned. Rather than losing a few holidays pounds and getting back on track with my fitness routine, I ended up gaining even more weight and barely working out at all. Sadly, at one point this past month I weighed more than I did when I started "Plan the Pounds Away" two years ago and likely the most I have ever weighed in my life! While I was definitely disappointed in myself for not meeting my health goals this little setback gave me another reason to love my Inkwell Press planner. Instead of focusing on the goals I struggled with, I can see all the ones that I met successfully! So let's take a little closer look at my January Mission Board before I start writing on February's.
First up is HEALTH! I listed three things I wanted to focus on here. Simple, one word statements because none of them were new or exciting. They're just things I need to continue to work on- SLEEP, WATER, and WORKOUTS! Looking back at my Daily Habit Tracker (which I actually filled out this month) I can see that I did pretty good in all three areas. Weekends or days we don't have school continue to be more difficult for me when it comes to drinking water. I did MUCH better sleep-wise. I was bummed my FitBit was acting up and didn't track my sleep a couple days. The Blogilates Flat Ab Challenge was another success. It was just my cardio workouts that continue to be a struggle mostly because I hate using the treadmill and it's difficult to jog outside when the streets are full of snow and ice!
HOME- In my continued effort to purge clothes and toys seasonally, it was time to sell or donate old toys in our house. My boys got plenty of new toys for Christmas and there are quite a few they just don't play with anymore, so we needed to purge and make room for the new stuff. I gave some toys to friends with younger children that were still in good condition. Everything else I sold on the Facebook Marketplace or donated to our local thrift store. Purging always feels so good!
One of my ME TIME goals for 2018 is to read more, so to get started I needed to get some books! Not only did I get a couple books, but I already read one! I was able to plow through The Hate U Give in one weekend. I highly recommend it!
My second ME TIME goal involved this blog and my YouTube channel. My goal was to start doing a bit of re-design with logos, cover banners, etc. to begin the process of changing my name from "Plan the Pounds Away" to "Just Beth." Again, I went above and beyond with this one and have pretty much completed the whole change over on all my social media sites!
My first FINANCIAL goal was to decorate my budget planner for 2018. Tracking spending and income isn't all that fun and exciting, but I figured decking my planner out with some fun stickers will make it more enjoyable. I was right! I'm actually enjoying using my Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner. Secondly, I wanted to continue to put any extra money we had at the end of the month towards our mortgage and we were able to do it for the second month in a row! Woo hoo!
I also had two BE SOCIAL goals for January. I wanted my boys to make wish lists of things they'd like to do during one-on-one time with mom or dad. My eight year old LOVED doing this and thought of all kinds of things! My six year old wasn't really interested in making a list, but I think he'll still enjoy some one-on-one time no matter what we're doing. So that my husband and I can go out for a real date night my other SOCIAL goal was to find a baby-sitter for some night in February. Done!
FOOD- Simple, one word goal here too.....TRACK! I failed pretty miserably at this the first few weeks of the month and as a result I saw my weight sky-rocket to the highest it has ever been. Now that I've refocused I have been doing a much better job of tracking my eating.
Our 2018 DREAM BIG goal is to take a trip for our 10th anniversary this summer. The first step was to ask potential baby-sitters if they'd be willing to watch the boys for a few days. We checked with both sets of grandparents and they agreed and we even found a span of days that seems to work for everybody. Now we need to figure out how to go about booking tickets, hotels, etc. Any advice? It's been years since we've traveled anywhere! Is it worth getting a travel agent to help or can I get just as good of deals if I use something like Expedia?
Finally, my WEIGHT GOAL was to get back to 150 pounds. Ummm....not even close! Instead I inched WAY to close to 160, but now it's headed back in the right direction and I'm ready to move on to a new month with new goals!
My HEALTH goals for February are not related to weight loss at all. Instead I need to remember to schedule my annual physical and thanks to my big 40th birthday this past summer I also need to schedule my very first mammogram. Yippeee!
I struggled to think of a HOME goal for this month. I'd love to finish re-doing our living room. We still need a new end table and coffee table, but that has more to do with bugging my husband (who would like to build them) and is probably not a realistic goal. The only thing I could think of is maybe putting together a video about my cleaning routine since I've gotten quite a few requests for something like that. That being said, I don't do anything fancy or follow any sort of specific schedule so I don't know how interesting or helpful it would really be.
ME TIME- I read one book in January, so I think a realistic goal for February would be to read another one! I've got a book I borrowed from my mom that I've tried starting to read already, but it's not terribly interesting so if you have any other book suggestions I'd love to hear them.
I also didn't have any great ideas for a FINANCIAL goal for this month. We did MUCH better spending-wise this past month since we are past the holiday/birthday craziness. I think I'll keep it simple here and just again write to put any extra income we have towards our mortgage. I am determined to get rid of that pesky PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) in 2018.
I have two BE SOCIAL goals for February. The first one is already planned...the annual Women's Retreat with my church. This is one of my favorite weekends every year! My second goal is to see if we can find one day/night for my husband and I to each spend some one-on-one time with our boys. February is pretty booked already, but hopefully we can figure something out.
My FOOD goal this month is probably the one that is both most important for weight loss and will be the most challenging for me. I want to aim to eat 1500 calories or less six days out of the week. I will allow myself one day to go over. I think the key here will be actually tracking my meals (using the My Fitness Pal app) ahead of time, so I can make sure I stay under my goal.
The next step towards meeting our 2018 DREAM BIG goal of going on a trip for our 10th Anniversary this summer is to actually book tickets, hotel, etc. Now we aren't planning on a huge trip...we'd really just like to go to Chicago, spend some days hanging out and seeing the sights together, and get tickets to see Hamilton. Technically, Minneapolis is totally a drive-able distance to Chicago, but we're thinking flying might be easier and give us more time there. Once again if you have any advice to give I'd LOVE to hear it! Is it worth getting a travel agent to help or should I book things myself with something like Expedia? Where in Chicago are good places to stay? I've been there before, but it has been many years. Also, what are some of your favorite sites to see in Chicago? Restaurants to eat at?
My FITNESS goals for February...the first one is no different from any other month. I want to get in three cardio workouts a week. Maybe this month I'll be able to get outside for some walk/jogs a bit more than I did in cold and snowy January. Since I know I do well with monthly fitness challenges I also decided to bring back one I did last February from the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans- "Lose the Love Handles."
Finally, my WEIGHT GOAL this month is 153 pounds. February is a short month, so basically I am aiming to lose one pound a week.
That's it for February! I'm planning on having a great and successful month and hope you do too!
Thanks for reading!