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!


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