Happy New Year, sparkfriends!
It has been a long time - about a year! 2016 was very challenging for me. The past month in particular was difficult: my grandma (and last grandparent) died due to heart failure, and my beloved cat developed rectal cancer and had to be put down two days after Christmas. We received the news on Thursday before Christmas weekend, and there was nothing to be done. We had to put him down the following Tuesday.
Physically or emotionally I am not myself yet. But I am trying to accomplish things and work through my grief. I am trying to rekindle my spark. You'll have to deal with a partial effort in the meantime.
Here are my goals for the month:
Behaviors I Will Encourage
Make the bed each morning
Work out with Mom as an exercise buddy. So far we are 7/7!
Behaviors I Will Diminish
Less online shopping and impulsive spending
Things I Want to Accomplish
Start the "Start Walking" plan from Runner's World.
Friends and Family
There is actually nothing on the social calendar this month. Since I consider you guys my friends, my goal is to write 5 blogs this month.
Health and Well being
Consume 1450 calories a day with 75% accuracy
Take measurements this month
Reach 166, or lose 3 pounds
Limit myself to only 1 dessert a day
Recreation & Fun
Read 4-5 books this month
Return to the piano. Somehow in my not-so-great 2016, I lost interest in the piano. It is very uncharacteristic for me. It feels therapeutic, so I am trying to find my way back.
I have found it easier to subdivide the goal of a clean house into smaller tasks. This month I have assigned myself two tasks:
Go through and return all old Sunday School materials in my room
Reinforce the buttons on new shirts and pants. You know those classic button-down shirts? I'm too young to say it, but they don't make them like they used to.
Finish after-Christmas returns and exchanges
Track net flow of money into tracker
Read the Bible 10 minutes daily
It has been forever. Please drop me a line and let me know how you are!