Last week I wrote about weekly goals. It was really helpful to write down the things I have been trying to do on a weekly basis. However, I’ve decided that I’ll be writing monthly goals instead of weekly. I changed my mind for three reasons:
- I’m not sure if anyone wants to read my goals and check-ins on a weekly basis!
- The goals will mostly stay the same so it feels redundant to check in on a weekly basis.
- I’d like to give myself longer than 7 days to work on goals that are not daily actions I’m trying to make part of my regular routine.
Expanding on Fitness
I wanted to expand on my personal fitness goal to exercise 5 days a week. For some of you, that’s not a lot, but for others, that number sounds daunting. If you are looking to add more movement to your day or week, start by adding movement into your already established schedule. Here are some suggestions for how you can do that:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If going up the stairs is too much for right now, commit to always taking the stairs going down. Add one flight of stairs going up as you build your stamina.
- Walk or bike to work if you can. 3 out of 5 of my exercise days are walking days. I walk to and from work which equals approximately 3 miles. If you take public transportation to work, get off at an earlier stop and walk the rest of the way in to work.
- Take a 15 minute walk outside at lunchtime.
- Do a 10-20 minute Youtube video sometime during the day. Here are some of my favorites:
- Fitnessista’s Barre Burner (I love this one because it’s low impact, no equipment necessary, can be done without shoes, and it combines strength with cardio)
- POPSUGAR Fitness Full body 10 minute workout (no equipment needed – love that!)
- FitnessBlender’s Cardio Kickboxing workout (this one is longer – 25 minutes but includes the warm up and cool down. I usually do this one when I can’t get out of the house for a run.)
- Yoga with Adrienne (I recently watched some of her videos and really like her style of making yoga fun and breaking poses down very simply and methodically. She has a 30 day Yoga Series which I might try)
- Continue to follow my 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan
- Pray for my husband and children using these prayer calendars
- Take 10 slow, deep breaths in the morning. Silent prayer and meditation.
- Exercise 5 days (running at least 2 of those days)
- Sleep at least 6 hours a night
- Write down 3 things I’m grateful daily
- Meal Plan dinner for the weeknights
- One mini decluttering project
- Work at least 15 minutes in the basement with hubby
- Family outing on Screen Free Sundays
- Post at least twice a week
- Finish writing pin descriptions on my old pins! (a few more to go!)
- Date night with hubby (where we actually go out of the house together…without kids)
- One on one outings with each son.
We’ve tried doing weekly dates, but we’re finding monthly is more realistic for us, especially with each of us trying to do one on ones with our sons as well
- Self-care: go to the optometrist for my annual check up
- Self-care: get my haircut
If I don’t write these self-care “to do’s” down, they will continually be pushed to the bottom of the list in the midst of all the other “to do’s”. I know other moms will know what I’m talking about!
What are some simple ways you add movement to your day or week?
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