Before I get into the post about our stretch goals for the next 6 months, I thought I would share my personal goals for February, seeing that the month is a third over! I want to set monthly goals for myself for a few reasons: I feel that even though I may not meet my goals, I am much better at striving towards them when I write them down. Publishing them for my friends (really the whole world) to see adds another reason to get my butt in gear. Also, it's easy to get discouraged living with chronic pain, so working on achievable goals helps me to stay more positive in the midst of pain.
Health/ Personal Goals for February
Eat vegetarian 70% of the time.
Last September, shortly after my fibro diagnosis, Chad and I went vegan for a month. Honestly, for a person who loves to cook and eat, it was too much for me, although I DID notice a reduction in inflammation in my body. (Although I think that was from cutting out dairy, not meat.) It wasn't enough to continue, though. I did decide, however, to eat less meat and have been good about it since then. So far I have been meeting this goal this month. I really need to set a goal to cut out dairy...but I love cheese.
Walk Mocha Every Nice Day
I can tell you right now I am failing this goal. My pain has been bad this month, and some days I am not loosened up to deal with a pulling dog before Nakoma goes to work and I need to watch Phoebe. It's also been cold. I think I need to change this goal to just moving every day. I can do yoga or a workout in the house while Phoebe naps on days I don't walk.
No Beer Other Than The Brewery
If I have beer in my fridge I drink one or two almost every day, which probably isn't the best for my health, not to mention our budget. So I have decided to cut it out with a few exceptions. I can drink the beer I have left in the fridge from last month. Also, I can drink it if we go on a date to the brewery, which most likely not happen because it's cold and the seating is outside. Since I am not buying any, I'm making my last three in my fridge last! I'm also not going to drink beer when we go out on a dinner date, but drink water instead. We still enjoy a bottle of wine on the weekends.
Journal/Blog 3 Times a Week
I have been working on upcoming blog posts so I am doing great on this goal!
Health Journal Daily
Writing down what I eat and drink, my pain level, medication, and exercise. I eat a lot better when I write it down. Something about the thought of writing down that I ate an entire bag of jelly beans makes me only eat a handful instead! :-)
Drink 1 Gallon of Water Each Day
My friend, Ashley, is doing this and I thought it would be great to join along. It is an easy goal for me as I have always drank a lot of water, but it does make me more mindful to drink throughout the day.
Go To a Yoga Class 2 Times Per Week
I should be able to meet this goal. I was going to yoga 4-5 times a week in the summer, but with Phoebe it's a little more difficult now. I am happy to say I am much more flexible since I take 2 Yin Yoga classes each week! I also try to add in 1 power yoga class.
Read 1 Book (At Least)
Currently reading, Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More">.
So those are my goals for February! Do you make monthly goals? If so, how are you doing on yours this month?