Monthly Goals: April

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Hey friends, can you believe that it’s already April? I know I can’t, but I am so stoked that it is! I do not do well in the winter months at all– seasonal depression tends to get the best of me. Right now I am extremely happy that Spring is starting to show its lovely face around here, and I’m also excited to be assessing how last month went and setting myself some new goals for this month.

So, let’s talk about how I did with my March goals. Two of my goals were to see a movie and spend time outdoors, both of which I did accomplish. Andrew and I saw Captain Marvel (loved it) and we also took three walks around town this month. It was still pretty chilly most of the month, but it was nice nonetheless. Another goal was to meal prep, which I did do pretty consistently for my lunches for work, but I didn’t do so well for our dinners. One goal was to earn Silver in the Peloton Challenges, and I am so happy to report that I surpassed that goal by earning Gold for both challenges! Lastly, did I make the most of my time? Yes, I definitely think so.

Now, here are my goals for April:

Continue to be Active: I have been working out nearly everyday, and I am loving it. My goal this month is to stick with it and push myself with some longer Peloton rides. I’m also planning on mixing in some different workouts, like yoga and some strength work as well.

Drink More Water and Tea: I’m one of those people who completely forgets to hydrate throughout the day. I have this 32 oz water bottle that I bring to work everyday, but I never finish the whole bottle. My goal this month is to make sure that I am drinking that whole bottle, and also to start drinking tea more often. I love tea and have a ton of it in my pantry, but I’ve noticed that I haven’t been drinking it too often. I’m going to try to make a habit of having a cup of tea before bed each night.

Spend Time Outdoors/Fun Day Trips: Now that the weather seems to be on the warmer side, I am looking forward to spending more time outside. Nothing is better than going on a walk through the park and breathing in the fresh air. I’m also going to try to take some fun day trips on my days off. Today I am actually going into the city with my brother, where we will do some exploring. I’m also hoping to go on a hike in a week or so.

Eat Healthier: This is something that has always been difficult for me. Yes, I have been working out a lot, and eating better sometimes, and losing weight… But I know I could be doing better. In the last two weeks, I’ve had fast food three times. Before that, I hadn’t had fast food in at least four months. I also devoured an entire container of Lactaid’s peanut butter pie ice cream within three days. My goal for the rest of this month is to make better food choices, and to stop and think rather than impulse eating.

Write More Posts: I haven’t been writing on here as often as I would like to. The goal is to try to be more consistent with writing this month. I find that I have to plan ahead and give myself a schedule, otherwise I won’t ever get things done. Right now this blog is on a back burner, but I am going to make an effort to prioritize creating more content.

What are you planning to accomplish this month? What did you accomplish last month that you are proud of? The quote in April’s section of my planner says, “Don’t forget to be awesome.” I love that, and I hope that we all remember to be awesome this month.

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: March

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Okay, so let me start off by saying that February did not turn out how I expected. In fact, I failed at completing most of my goals. It was a bad and exhausting month for a number of reasons, but I won’t get into that. The point is that I had an “off” month, and that’s okay. I’m not going to beat myself up about it anymore than I already have. Sure, I’m disappointed that I didn’t achieve the goals I had set for myself, but I know that if I work harder this month, I will absolutely be able to reach my goals.

Here’s what I have planned for this month:

Get Silver in Peloton Challenges: I slacked off in my exercise last month, so I only made it to Bronze for February instead of making Silver. This month I am going to work harder and make sure I get on the bike at least 4 times a week.

Spend time outdoors: This one really depends on the weather. If it warms up a bit and the snow stops, I will be able to go for walks around town. From Spring through Fall, one of my favorite things to do is go on trail walks and hikes. This past year I wasn’t able to find much time for this, between apartment hunting all Summer and getting settled in this Fall. I really hope that it starts to feel like Spring this month, but if not hopefully April will bring the warmer weather.

See a movie: Andrew and I used to go to the movies all the time, but since moving in together we have only gone twice… in a six month period. So I want to make it a point to go see a movie at least once a month, depending on what’s showing.

Meal prep: Last month I slacked off in my meal prepping, which led to excessive spending on lunches and dinners, as well as eating things I shouldn’t have. I’m definitely going to work harder to plan out meals and prep whatever I can ahead of time. By doing this, I won’t be able to use the “I don’t have time,” or “I’m too tired,” excuses for not cooking.

Make the most of my time: I really did not put my spare time to good use last month. This March, I am going to make a serious effort to use my time wisely. Essentially, that means making smarter choices and avoiding my couch, haha. Too many nights, I get home from work and find myself lounging on my couch for the rest of the evening instead of doing something useful with my time. This is a bad habit that I really need to stop.

In my agenda, the message for March says, “Be the best version of yourself.” This is something that resonates with me. A few months ago, I felt like I was at my all-time low. There wasn’t a single thing that I liked about myself. Last month was a reminder of that version of myself. This month more than ever, I want to be the best, and happiest version of myself. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I am up for the challenge.

What are your goals for this month? I hope that you achieve all your goals and have a wonderful month. 🙂

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: February

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I don’t know about you, but I felt like January would never end. It was long and so very, very cold. I’m thrilled that February is finally here because it is one of my favorite months. Good things just seem to happen this month, and I’m always in a better mood than I ever an in January.

So, this month I have a few new goals, as well as continuing goals from last month. To recap, I was able to complete all of my goals for January (yay me!). I completed with Bronze in the Peloton challenges, cooked a lot of meals at home, hung out with friends, and created this blog. Since I did so well last month, I have made this month a little more challenging.

Here are my February Goals:

  • Continue 17 Day Diet & Lose 10 Pounds: Just a week ago, I started the 17 Day Diet and am on Cycle 1. If you haven’t heard of this diet, I highly recommend doing some research on it. A couple weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how I was struggling to lose weight lately, even with regular exercise. She told me about this diet and lent me the book. After reading the entire book, I knew that this diet would be really easy to follow. One week in, and I have lost 6 pounds. My goal for this month is to stay on this diet and lose at least 10 more pounds.
  • Earn Silver in Monthly Peloton Challenges: I was able to get the Bronze for both challenges last month, so Silver is the goal this month. My strategy for this month is to take classes that are longer, and also stop making excuses not to exercise. I’m that person who, after a long day of work, will give myself a pass and be a couch potato for the rest of the night. I am going to try to end that bad habit this month as well.
  • Minimize TV and Phone Time: I’m a binge watcher. When I find a show I like on Netflix, I dive in deep. I often find myself watching 3-4 episodes in a sitting. It is not something that I’m proud of. I also do the same with YouTube or Instagram, where I will spend way too much time watching videos or scrolling through my feed. This month, I’m going to try to minimize my time spent on my phone and watching TV by challenging myself to complete two books this month. In addition, I will only allow myself to watch one episode of a show per night, and set a timer on my phone before I go on Instagram or YouTube.
  • Keep up with the Blog: I am very proud of myself for finally starting this blog, which I had put off for (literally) years. Now, my goal is to keep up with it by making sure I am writing a few new posts weekly and dedicating more time to it. In my planner, I have set aside time for me to work on the blog which will help me to stay focused and on schedule.

Those are my main goals for this month. At the start of next month, I will share how I did for the month, as well as next month’s goals. Have you made any monthly goals? I’d love to hear what goals you have set for yourself and how you are going to achieve them.

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: January

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I don’t know about you, but I love lists. Having a planner with goals, to-do lists, and reminders makes me feel so good. There’s just something about having it written down on pen and paper that sets it in stone for me. I find myself more motivated to complete a goal, and I also feel more accomplished when I’m able check off a bunch of to-dos.

While Christmas shopping in early December, I found a ton of really nice 2019 planners and I knew I needed to have one. I’ve got big plans for 2019, and having everything written down really helps me to stay on track.

What I like about this planner is that I am setting monthly goals for myself rather than yearly. In the past, I hardly ever felt like I could accomplish my goals because it was really challenging to track my progress. This year, I’ve set smaller monthly goals so that I feel good when I’ve completed them, and I can continue to make progress with next month’s goal.

Another thing I appreciate about this particular agenda is that with every month comes a little inspirational message. I think it’s a really powerful thing to read right before you start writing in your goals for the month.

My January goals were primarily self-care related. At the end of 2018 I felt so drained. This month has been about getting back on track with aspects of my life that had been pushed to the side and neglected. Here are some of the goals I set for myself:

  • Complete Monthly Peloton Challenge: We bought ourselves a Peloton bike for Christmas this year, and I was so excited about it. I’m a person that hates the gym, so having this bike is awesome. They have monthly challenges for activity and miles. My goal for this month was to earn the Bronze for both challenges. Next month, I’m aiming toward Silver.
  • Cook more meals: November and December were rough months for my fiancé and I, and we found ourselves ordering take-out probably 70% of the time. For someone who really does like to cook, this was a tough realization. My goal this month is to cook more often. I didn’t make my goal to cook every night, because I know that I’d be setting myself up for failure. Now, so far for the month I can proudly say that we have cooked most of our meals and only ordered take-out 20% of the time, which I consider a huge accomplishment.
  • Spend more time with friends: I’ve been really bad at reaching out to my friends lately. It’s pretty easy to just text once in a while and skip on actual face-to-face time. So, my goal is to make a greater effort to meet up with friends. So far it has been great and really refreshing.
  • Create a blog and post the first entry: If you’re reading this, then you know that I have accomplished this goal. I’ve thought about creating a blog for years now, but I always felt overwhelmed because I had no idea how to actually start one. This Christmas, my fiancé gave me the nudge that I needed by gifting me with a ton of literature and a few courses about blogging. It gave me the confidence that I needed to finally dive in.

What are some of your goals for this month, and how are you doing so far? If you don’t have a planner, I highly suggest it. If you don’t want a physical planner, try a digital one. Set yourself some goals for next month– I’d love to hear how well you do.

Love Always,
Kathleen