This post contains affiliate links.  It’s been a little crazy around here.  My husband flew to Japan for 12 days to see his family, leaving me to hold down the fort.  The first, week, we got 5 feet of snow over a week.  I love snowblowing, so I handled that just fine.  However, the next week, our toilet backed up, our cat was sick we d(iscovered she had pancreatitis), and our basement leaked when all the snow started melting and it rained on top of it.  Fun times.

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–63.2% Complete! I exercised for 184 minutes, or 3 hours and 4 minutes. I’ve exercised for a grand total of 9 hours 29 minutes this 6 weeks!
  • Meal prep for 4 out of 6 of the upcoming weeks–100% completed. I have meal prepped every weekend in 2024 so far.

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–50% Completed. I finished Daughter of the Reich, and I am halfway done with this book that I can’t put down! So good!
  • Learn how to make gluten free sourdough bread–Well, I have made two loaves of bread, and so far they’re, um, shall we say brick-like. I have made sourdough discard crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and pancakes, which my kids loved. But I can’t keep up with the discard; I have two quarts in my refrigerator waiting for me to use.  So far this experiment is not quite working out how I would like.
  • Listen to Japanese for 600 minutes–22.5% Completed. I listened to Japanese for 78 minutes last week, for a total of 135 minutes overall.
  • Study Japanese for 300 minutes–14.3% Completed. I studied Japanese for 16 minutes, for a total of 43 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 did not write in my journal.

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–48.99% Spent.  I have spent $979.94 on groceries so far.  That includes $422.94 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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