Sunday, February 2, 2014

Two More For Month Two

Month one of my two-pronged plan of attack for the new year is complete.  Let's see how I did:

2014 Goals:

1. Wake up at 6 am every day during the week.

I did okay on this one.  Not great, but not a complete fail either.  I'd say I averaged 1-2 days a week of waking up by six.  Now, normally I'd be super bummed at how badly I'd done on this goal.  I used to look at goals in a very all-or-nothing way.  If I didn't wake up by 6 every. single. time, then I had failed and what's the point of even trying anymore.  But then I read a great article about looking at resolutions as life-changes.  The author talked about how we are like boats -we get going and pick up speed, and after awhile the momentum makes it hard to stop or change directions.  We can't expect to just change a habit or form a new one on a dime.  We need time to change course.  So that's how I'm looking at my resolutions this year.  I didn't keep it perfectly?  That's okay.  I'm slowly changing course.  I'll get there if I keep steering in the right direction.

Okay, tangent over.

2. No screen time while my kids are awake.

This was far more difficult than I'd like to admit.  I am nowhere near eliminating my screen time during the day (especially when it comes to my phone, which is my biggest hurtle), but I am slowly cutting it down.  I think overall I have spent more time reading actual books than reading facebook statuses and blog posts, so I count that as a win.

January Goals:

1. Start teaching yoga again by the end of the month. 

I did it!  It's so nice to have a goal that I can check off as done.  
I teach yoga twice a week and it has been fabulous to get back on that horse.  I'm amazed at how much my body remembers and how quickly I've been able to pick it back up again.  Of course just because this goal is done doesn't mean I can let this area of my life slide.  I'm going to work hard to keep learning new poses and sequences so I don't let my teaching get stale. 

2. Blog every day for at least 10 minutes and publish what I write, even if it's terrible.

I wrote 11 blog posts in January. While not the 31 that I should have had, it's a whole heckuva lot more than I did the month before.  In fact, you want to know how many blog posts I published in 2013?  18.  That's right, I wrote over half as many posts in the last month as I did all of last year.  So, yeah.  I'm happy with my progress.
I'm going to try very hard to keep this up.  And the nice thing about my two new goals a month plan is, if I find myself slacking off in the blogging department I can make it one of my monthly goals again.

Okay, now for my new monthly goals:

February Goals:

1. Kneel down in meaningful, non-repetitive prayer every morning and night. 

I have such a hard time with this!  I'm either too tired or too lazy or too forgetful. No more excuses!  Time to turn the boat around.

2. Remove certain foods from Dale's diet which he might be sensitive to, in an attempt to help eliminate or at least lessen some of his Asperger's symptoms.

I've been doing a lot of research lately on the link between diet and autism.  Turns out eliminating things like sugar, gluten, dairy, preservatives, food dyes, etc. from Dale's diet might be able to help him function better.  While we mostly eat Paleo at home, I'm not as strict with the kids as I am with myself.  When we eat out they have burgers and chicken nuggets.  They can eat candy and cookies at friends' houses.  I buy them treats at the store. 

While transitioning to a GF/SF/CF diet won't be as traumatic as it would have been pre-Paleo, it will be quite a bit of work on my part.  I need to get rid of everything in the house that he can't eat.  I have to plan out snacks, pack sack lunches for when we're on the go, and talk to his friends' parents and his teachers at church.  

I'm going to spend this week prepping and next week will start the actual diet.  I'll take notes on how he does and any changes I see.  I'll do this for one month, then evaluate his progress.  It is going to be a lot of work, but hopefully it'll be worth it.


That's all for tonight folks.  How are your resolutions going?  Remember, you are not built to change overnight.  It takes time. Cut yourself a little slack, and keep turning that boat in the direction you want to go.  You'll get there.

1 comment:

Mariah Fralick said...

I am sooo impressed! I love you ditch-the-all-or-nothing mentality. No screen time is awesome when kids are up. Many blog posts, too. Writing is always good. The food bit is a HUGE challenge. So smart to think ahead.