This is a new, recurring segment I want to start up so I can be better about setting goals, being held accountable by putting them out there for others to see, and assessing how those goals went and how I can modify them in the following months!
Goal setting can honestly be one of the hardest challenges when it comes to reaching said goals. It feels like a bit of an anomaly, but there are so many times we feel almost a little too ambitious that we set large goals and face either discouragement or burnout.
In my experience, especially lately, being consistently hands-on with your goals has helped boost my motivation because I don’t simply set the goal and then turn the other way and hope I reach them by the end of the month. Goals require tracking + accountability, whether you’re doing it with friends or with yourself (ie tracking calories/logging in a food diary, measuring progress at checkpoints + writing it down, etc). One way I’m currently staying accountable is by having a “weight loss competition” with my roommates – each week we weigh in and write our progress on the board in the living room. It sort of encourages us to stick to our meal plans + exercise when we know everyone’s going to see what the number on the scale is.
When you’re designing your goals, just remember that they don’t all have to be related to physical health! If you’re looking to be better about meditating, reading the Bible, advancing in your job, budgeting, etc – these are also crucial for your overall well-being!
February was honestly pretty squirrelly for me – there’s been lots of emotions and simply just trying to get organized and envisioning what this year is going to look like for me. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities land in my lap and I’m SO excited about them, but they do require a little bit of reevaluation. The thing I love about these opportunities is that while they feel hazy right now, they still bring me so much hope for what’s to come, both in March and in the coming months!
1. CONTINUE WORKING OUT
In the last couple of weeks I’ve really started rekindling my love for exercise. It’s always been one of those things that when I’m out of habit with it, I struggle with finding the motivation – but as soon as I start it back up again, I can’t help but wonder why I ever stopped. I feel significantly better – physically and mentally. So, my March goal is to continue doing at least 2 days of strength workouts a week, and at least 3 days of moderate-vigorous intensity cardio each week. And to continue finding friends to do it with to keep me motivated (-:
2. USE MY BREAKS AT WORK TO TAKE WALKS
I know with all my being that the reason I have gained as much weight as I have in the last 6 months is because of how sedentary I have become now that I’m not a student having to parade around campus to get from class to class. It was always so easy for me to get well over 10,000 steps in a day when I was a student.
At work, I get two, 15 minute breaks that all last semester I rarely used because I would get caught up in working on the blog or just felt too lazy to go walk. And during my lunch, I’d usually eat and watch Netflix for the entire hour. But this month, I’m making a point of using both breaks and the last part of my lunch to get up and walk!
3. EARN CONSULTANT BONUS WITH ARBONNE + BEGIN QUALIFYING FOR DISTRICT MANAGER
The side hustle is real, y’all, especially since I’m looking at having to put down a security deposit for a rental home in the near future (with money I don’t have right now, lol help) – so that means I’ve got to make some money moves this March! I swear, network marketing feels like such a joke from the outside but once I put myself on the inside everything in me just kind of went “OMG THIS IS SO EXCITING” lol But the truth to it is that if you treat it like a hobby, it’ll pay you like a hobby. So, that’s why I’m setting goals that I know will help me move forward and advance with my Arbonne business! I feel like these two steps are challenging, but totally doable as long as I put in the effort. Finances is a major part of my overall wellness I know I need to work on, so this is a step towards the direction of finding my financial peace.
4. STAY GLUTEN + DAIRY FREE, EVEN AFTER MY 30 DAYS TO HEALTHY LIVING IS OVER!
I’m doing good for the most part at sticking to the gluten + dairy free, and avoiding most added sugars. Buuuut I have my moments where I cave… and my body hates me for it! I’ve been feeling so much better since cutting those foods out and I want to be better about not cheating/caving to the foods that I know are going to make me feel bad.
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What are some of your goals for this month?? Let me know! I hope the tracker helps you stay hands on with whatever goals you want to reach!