Last month was a great month goal-wise. I almost finished all of my goals, and I feel great. I am going to try to keep up my motivation and momentum! Keeping monthly goals is a great way to do that. It allows you to restart each month fresh instead of trying to stick to the same old new years resolutions. Monthly goals work well for me, even if I have a bad month, at least I can try to make this month great. Setting monthly goals allows me to get quick wins on small victories, which keeps me motivated and helps me keep going. Last month I only had a couple huge goals, this month I have more of a variety and also more goals. I will also be traveling for business this month, so I needed to make my goals attainable even though I’m traveling for a whole week. Without further a do, here are my goals for March.
Do strength training at least two times a week
Last month, a lot of my working out was focused on getting off my butt and moving. I did a lot of walking and running, but not a lot of strength training. Strength training has many benefits and has been proven to be good for your health. In the past, strength training was viewed as a way to bulk up. However, new studies show that it actually trims you down as well. The benefits of strength training include better sleep, increased endorphins, and body fat reduction. These are all things I need in my life. I’m going to try and strength train at least two times a week, if I do more then great!
Eat more whole foods
Ever since I started really looking at what I eat, I realized that I eat a lot of pre-packaged foods. Some pre-packaged foods like frozen vegetables are great, but things like rice-a-roni are not. There are a lot of added ingredients in pre-packaged foods and I want to cut those out of my diet. If I do pick up something that is pre-packaged, I’m going to try and go with whatever has the least amount of ingredients. I’m hoping that by increasing my whole food intake I’ll feel better and have more energy. If I’m successful at this, I might try to do the whole 30 diet!
Read two self help books
Self-help books are great books that hold a lot of information. I love reading and I want to read something that will have more of an impact on my life. I’ve already chosen my two books. The first book I’m going to read is “A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever”, I’ve heard great things about this book and it almost has a 5-star rating on Amazon. This book focuses on overcoming addiction to food and how to change your subconscious so it doesn’t sabotage your own work.
The second book I’m reading is “The Self-Care Project: How to let go of frazzle and make time for you”, this book has high great reviews and is relatively new. It says it’s a practical journey to help you feel better. I’ll see if it’s true or not. I’m hoping that when I’m finished reading these books I’ll discover something about myself and really make some changes in my life.
Go to gym at least three times a week
Last month, I worked out mostly at home or by walking/jogging around my neighborhood. This month I’m going to try and make it to the gym three times a week. When I’m at the gym, I tend to step up my game a little and push myself a little harder than I normally would. I’m hoping that going to the gym will bring me one step closer to being in shape and being able to run a mile without dying.
Wake up earlier
Every night I set my alarm to go off at 5:30 am with every intention of getting up at that time. However, that isn’t the case. I usually end up hitting the snooze button and sleeping until 6:20 am. Which barely gives me enough time to get ready for work. The reason why I want to get up that early every morning is so I can go walking or jogging before I have to start getting ready for work. It’s a simple goal, and something I should be able to accomplish without any issue. Yet, for some reason, I just cannot pull myself out of bed at 5:30 am. My plan is to get an alarm clock that is separate from my phone and put it across the room so I have to get up and turn it off. Hopefully, this will help me get out of bed. We’ll see, but it’s a goal of mine and I hope to accomplish it.
Cook favorite meals instead of buying them
I started doing this last month. If I craved tacos, I would simply make them at home. If I wanted wings, I’d make them at home. Sure it wasn’t as convenient, but it was fun and healthier than going out to get those things. I want to keep up with my trend of cooking these things at home. Instead of treating myself to something at the end of the week, I’ll treat myself to ingredients to make the thing I want.
Go to beach at least once
I live in Florida. I also live 20 to 30 minutes away from the beach, yet I never seem to go. It may be March, but it already feels like springtime outside. That is one of the perks of living in Florida, if we do have a winter it’s short and we jump right into spring. I want to enjoy this weather more by going to the beach. Honestly, this is the best time to go to the beach, there aren’t many tourists and the traffic to get to the beach isn’t terrible. I want to try to make it out to the beach at least once if not more times.
Declutter my closets
The previous two months, I’ve been slowly decluttering my home and it feels amazing. This month, my biggest goal is to declutter my closets. My apartment isn’t super tiny but it isn’t as big as a house either. We have a lot of things that need to be stored and without a garage or attic, it’s hard to find a place for everything. This has to lead to a problem, all four of our closets are jam-packed with stuff. We have one closest that is full of clothes, I will be going through these clothes and donating as much as I can. Then we have three other closets full of random things. I want to get through these closets and get rid of anything we don’t need. If I can do this, our apartment will not only look less cluttered but will actually be less cluttered.
Those are my 8 goals for March. Most of them are pretty laid back and should be easy to achieve. While some of them, like decluttering my closet or going to the gym will take a lot of time.But hey, I have nothing but time. I’m alive and the time will pass regardless of if I do anything or not. So why not make it count, right?