This post contains affiliate links.  Some things are happening behind the scenes here, but in addition, we’re getting a crazy amount of snow.  Most of my exercise this week has been from snowblowing one or two times a day and shoveling. Because of those two factors, I didn’t hit as many goals as I would like this week, but I have *I think* figured out a work schedule that helps me from feeling like work is all I do all.day.long.

Health Goals

I’m planning on 2024 being the year I eradicate SIBO.  I’m so excited to have this gone and be able to eat the foods I want (like apples, pears, and Brussels sprouts) without intense stomach pain.  And, if I lose weight as the result of the steps I’m going to follow, all the better, but that isn’t my focus this year.  My gut health is.

Between now and February 13th, follow these items:

  • Eat three meals a day only–no snacks–I didn’t succeed at this.  I get full quickly, and then need a snack in two to three hours. I have to work on eating more at meals.
  • Follow a Low Fodmap, Low Carb diet–NO!  I’m not going to follow Low Fodmap. It just doesn’t work for me.  I need to quit trying this and move to either Paleo AIP, Paleo, or Low Fermentation.  2024 is the year I’m just saying no to Low Fodmap.
  • Eat no refined sugar including white, brown, powdered, and coconut sugar. I did not do this. My banana muffins have coconut sugar in them.  I usually eat one a day, and they don’t affect my fermentation level, so I’m not planning on dropping them any time soon.  Maybe I shouldn’t have set this goal ;). 
  • Exercise for 15 hours–42.7% Complete! I exercised for 182 minutes, or 3 hours and 2 minutes. I’ve exercised for a grand total of 6 hours 25 minutes this 6 weeks!
  • Meal prep for 4 out of 6 of the upcoming weeks–75% completed. I prepped again last Sunday, though not as much as I’ve been doing because I wasn’t feeling well.

Picture of lunches--Butter Chicken, Cheeseburger Bowl, and chili

Personal Development Goals

I’m also planning better work/life balance this year, so these goals will help me find more enjoyment in life:

  • Read two or three books–I haven’t finished any books, but I read 56 pages of this book that I can’t put down! So good!
  • Learn how to make gluten free sourdough bread–My starter is ready to go.  I haven’t made bread yet because the necessary supplies haven’t come, but I have made sourdough discard crackers and chocolate chip cookies, both of which my kids loved.
  • Listen to Japanese for 600 minutes–9.5% Completed. Did not do this. I listened to Japanese for 57 minutes last week.
  • Study Japanese for 300 minutes–9% Completed. I studied Japanese for 9 minutes, for a total of 27 minutes this 6 weeks.
  • Write in my journal every day (I bought this 5-year journal so I wouldn’t feel so much pressure to write a lot.  The point now is to get back into the habit of journal writing.)–This habit will take awhile. I wrote in my journal 5/7 times this week.

Financial Goals

We’ve gotten a bit lax on our spending, since we moved, so 2024 is the year to be more aware. I shared my grocery goals earlier, and beyond that, I’m trying to be more mindful of our spending in general. We have some big house projects we’d love to take care of (like cutting down some of the trees on our property) and we have some we NEED to take care of (like replacing our 14-year-old water heater and having money set aside in case our 20-year-old refrigerator gives up the ghost).

  • Determine what we want to plant in the garden and start the seeds–Nothing yet.
  • Spend less than $2000 on groceries–37.25% Spent. This week we spent $136 on weekly groceries.  $609.  So far this year we’ve spent $745 total, including $188 for weekly groceries; $250 as the first of three payments for our summer CSA, and $307 for the first of four deliveries of our 1/2 side of beef.

Did you set goals for 2024? If so, I’d love to hear what they are!

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