Goals for 2018: Week 1 of 52

Although I have many things I want to accomplish this year, I’m taking the goals slowly, month by month.  My January goals are all about taking care of myself.

Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.  I didn’t finish any books this week, but I’m halfway through two of them:

Write. I didn’t start writing in my journal yet.  Hopefully next week!

Care for Myself

Although losing weight was not one of my explicit goals, I did want to tell you that I joined Weight Watchers.  I went to Weight Watchers years ago, and I always struggled with staying within my points range.  However, this year they changed it so that many, many foods (like all fruits, veggies and chicken breast) are free.  The program now puts an emphasis on eating healthy foods and proteins, so I felt that it would be a good fit with my mostly Paleo lifestyle.

But let me tell you, tracking my points really helped me realize how I could have gained a lot of weight this year.  My favorite hot “cocoa” that I make from coconut milk, water, a dash of honey and carob is 9 points!  Considering I only get 23 points a day, well, yeah, you get the point.

My first weigh in is on Thursday.  I’m excited to see how much weight I will have lost because I’m not weighing myself at home.

Exercise.  I didn’t start exercising yet.  Hopefully next week!

Manage my sugar cravings. Wow!  This one is rough.  I do believe it when they say sugar can be as addictive as cocaine.  I haven’t completely kicked sugar, nor do I plan to, but this week, I was able to have just one treat a day.  I know that doesn’t sound like an accomplishment, but I had been having three or more treats a day, so this is a huge accomplishment.  As the month goes on, I’d like to get down to a treat just maybe two times a week.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

This, people.  This is the one I am most proud of this week.  I did some shuffling with our child’s counseling appointments, and I’ve managed to get a schedule that has us home for about 6 to 7 hours a day in the middle of the day.  All of our appointments and commitments are early in the morning or in the late afternoon.  Twice a week there will be in home therapy in the middle of the day, but that’s at home, so I can work with the other kids when that is happening.  I hope this change gives us breathing room.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine

Right now, I’m just regularly saying my night prayers.  I’m hoping to add in more prayers later in the month.

These are my initial goals for 2018.  Have you made goals for 2018?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!



  1. I have found I just can not have any sugar at all or I will binge eat. I have been on low carb for two years and whenever I try to add an apple to my diet I notice I start slipping a little more each day. So this year I am avoiding all fruits and so far I am doing great. Sugar is a drug to some people sadly:(

  2. Nice start, and congrats on getting your schedule adjusted. Now… let’s find 10 minutes each day for exercise. Just 10 – you can do this! 🙂

  3. I have made some resolutions: read the Bible in a year, do the Love Dare ( I am on day 7), save more, spend less, and try to lose weight. I have RA and do the Jane Fonda Walking Cardio Workout on YouTube. It is easy on the joints and is about 20 minutes in length.
    Glad you are making goals!!

    • These goals sound great! What is the Love Dare? I’ll check out the Jane Fonda workout. 20 minutes sounds great. Keep me posted on your goals!

  4. I have fallen on and off the weight loss wagon so many times. I am good at maintaining but not losing. I have tried about every thing I can try. This month I am giving myself a set number of meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that I know I enjoy and are 400 calories or less. I finally got my Fitbit set up a full year after buying it and am keeping track in My Fitness Pal. I am actually really good at the exercise part as I have a treadmill desk and have used it faithfully at least 5 days a week for the past 7 years. I need to figure out what to do when I am sitting at my work desk at 330 pm and want to snack.

    • The meal idea sounds like a good one because it takes all of the emotion out of it. Kudos to you for the exercising; that’s what I struggle with the most. Are there some healthier snacks you can make for the afternoon that still feel decadent but are good for you?

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