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January 2017 Goals

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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:

emoticon Behaviors I Will Encourage
Make the bed each morning

Work out with Mom as an exercise buddy. So far we are 7/7!

emoticon Behaviors I Will Diminish
Less online shopping and impulsive spending

emoticon Things I Want to Accomplish
Start the "Start Walking" plan from Runner's World.

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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

emoticon 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.

emoticon Home
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.

emoticon Finances
Finish after-Christmas returns and exchanges

Track net flow of money into tracker

emoticon Spirituality
Read the Bible 10 minutes daily

It has been forever. Please drop me a line and let me know how you are!
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    So HAPPY to see you back! Missed you girl! So sorry for your recent losses...It will take time to feel back to yourself so be patient, love your accomplishments, & forgive yourself for any negativity. I love your goals that involve your fitness buddy.

    We have ups & down in life...the trick is get back up & this you are doing so WOOHOO for you! Glad to see you back!
    802 days ago
    Hey... Glad to see you're alive... Sorry about grandma and your cat, life can and will be tough sometimes. I've had a pretty challenging 2016 also... Almost lost a two year old grand daughter to HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis) last year, she's doing much better, but she's still in the hospital (Going on 5 months), but God is good, we've seen little miracles happen all along the way, and I'm confident she'll be up and running around soon... So I will pray that this year will first be a time of healing for your soul, that you will start looking forward to a year of peace, contentment and joy, and things will all fall into place for you...

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    802 days ago
    I love your goals! As usual, you've set goals that YOU have control over, that are reasonable and achievable. Give yourself some time to recover from your difficult December. Even when we KNOW we're going to lose someone we love, whether it's a grandparent or a cat, it doesn't make us miss them less. Allow yourself to grieve - they leave a hole in your life. Over time you'll be able to "refill" that hole with funny, happy memories, but it takes time.
    802 days ago
    Hi Prot, very happy to c you are back blogging, been hanging out on our team, not a lot but still visit. I can say it has been a tough 2016. I lost my sister in feb. and an aunt first part of december and a long time friend. Needless to say i was shook up most of the year. Wondering why and why not me? So moving past or over those kinds of hurdles leaves a person frozen. Sorry my spark friend that u lost your fur baby. That goes straight to the heart.
    On a lighter note: at work the outside kid quit so all the girls inside have to take a turn going outside to push the carts inside. Thats been my winter workout.. no gaining on doing that chore! I have been eating no boxed stuff and single ingredient foods. except for christmas goodies.. who can resist that? not me... but i did cut the recipes in half and been not diving into them.even sent some home with the grands...

    Onward to 2017! emoticon
    802 days ago
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