Three Things Thursday – Goals

Before yesterday it had been several months since I’d even looked at this space. I knew once upon a time I had these things called “goals” but for the life of me I couldn’t remember what they were. So, for fun, I decided to take a look at where I was in December/January.

  1. Continue with the swimming but embrace taking steps backwards to eventually move forward. I.E. – slow down, not worry about a “workout” and focus on form.  My form did get slightly better. And I certainly did not get faster.
  2. Actually DO THE STRENGTH TRAINING. Twice a week. Even if it’s just 15 mins of body weight work. – Nope. I don’t think I managed this at all. Maybe a once a week for a little bit.
  3. That whole grain free thing I mentioned earlier. I’m actually pretty excited about this one! – I did this for awhile.  It was hard inconvenient. But honestly? I enjoyed it.  A lot. I felt better…until I didn’t. When I went through another period of semi-severe stomach issues, all that “felt good” (ie…didn’t make me hurt) was white bread. And soda. So yeah.
  4. Make the doctor’s appointment. – Yes. Ad nauseum. I’ve been, what? Four? Six times? This year. And apparently there’s nothing wrong with me except for high blood pressure. Which I’m now on meds for. Hello middle age. I wasn’t expecting you quite so soon. But the exhaustion? The stomach pains? No answers. At all. And while I can explain being TIRED right now, the bone deep fatigue/lack of strength/random stomach pains/inability to function is NOT normal or right.  I’m weary, not depressed (despite my doctor’s repeated attempts to convince me otherwise). Completely sane? That remains to be seen.
  5. Get cute new glasses. I’ve had my current frames approximately ten years. I’m not even kidding. Done!
  6. Don’t start prepping/planning for the new semester immediately. Enjoy downtime a little longer. Read for fun some more. – I honestly don’t remember when I started prepping for the new semester. Maybe a week beforehand? I did drop a class though. I just couldn’t handle the load this time. And you have no idea how painful that was for me to admit initially.
New glasses

New glasses

And lest you think I have forgotten about the title of this post, I (conveniently) have three goals for April. The nature of goals may have changed somewhat in the last few months but they simmer in my head nonetheless.

  1. Attempt grain free again. If my stomach flares back up severely, it might be a connection to consider. (I have no idea what kind of connection.) 
  2. Move. Don’t worry about scheduled, intense workouts. Hike, enjoy swimming some laps, do some push ups, whatever. But just move.
  3. Live “normally” for whatever that day’s “normal” entails. If I feel like pushing for a new time record up Tablerock, go for it without fear of what I might feel like the next day. If I feel like a low key walk, enjoy it.  If I can barely move off the couch, nap guilt free. In other words, I neither want to live in fear of what I might feel like nor live in guilt for how I currently feel. 

That’s that…

I love fresh starts whether they come in the form of a brand new notebook & pen, a Monday or a new year. They’re crisp and exciting and open to whatever possibilities can be dreamt. That being said, I’m not doing a year in review post. And I’m not doing a 2013 res0lutions post. Because….blah. That’s about the extent of my reasoning. I checked. I didn’t do one last year too so maybe I can just say this is my tradition? I won’t lie. I have some vague ideas about what I’d like to accomplish but right now they mainly consist of things like “sleep” and “keep my toes safe from the new kitten”. Oh. And painting my nails. That definitely makes the list. If I were to choose a “word of the year” (and I won’t because that would mean a follow up post later and we all know THAT’S unlikely), I think it would be “health”. There are no fitness or performance goals. I simply want to have a balanced, healthy (across all spheres) year.

That being said – I do love my lists. So let’s take a look at December goals. (*gasp*…a follow up post!!)

  1. Chill. Out.  – No problems here! I baked cookies. Once. Because it sounded fun. We went to dinner with friends a few times. I did necessary chores (laundry, grocery shopping). Otherwise…sleep. Books. Kitten cuddle time. That’s it.
  2. Swim three times a week and do strength training two – three times a week. Swimming – good! Strength training. Yeah…not so much
  3. Except for the week of Christmas. That week I refer you back to #1. Again, I refer you back to my response for #1. Three hour nap. Multiple books read. Plenty of movies and “Firefly” episodes watched. This one was a resounding success.
  4. Actually study for finals. This one is a mixed bag. I studied for what I needed to. But when I realized that my A&P grade was going to be a B regardless of what I scored on the final, my brain shut down.
  5. Make an appointment with an endocrinologist. Made the call. Was told I needed a referral. Not surprised.

So. January goals.

  1. Continue with the swimming but embrace taking steps backwards to eventually move forward. I.E. – slow down, not worry about a “workout” and focus on form.
  2. Actually DO THE STRENGTH TRAINING. Twice a week. Even if it’s just 15 mins of body weight work.
  3. That whole grain free thing I mentioned earlier. I’m actually pretty excited about this one!
  4. Make the doctor’s appointment.
  5. Get cute new glasses. I’ve had my current frames approximately ten years. I’m not even kidding.
  6. Don’t start prepping/planning for the new semester immediately. Enjoy downtime a little longer. Read for fun some more.

And that’s that. Happy  New Year!

December Goals

It startles me every once in awhile, when I glance at my calendar or the date on my phone and see “December”.  I don’t know why. The year didn’t seem like it went by too quickly, although I admit, I never felt like we got a summer. Not really. And now, suddenly, it’s the holiday season. And yet it wasn’t sudden at all.

We decorated this weekend, as much as I’m going to anyway. I put out some of our/my favorite things but didn’t want to clutter the house with a multitude of decorations. I’m happy with just some highlights this year. I still need to put up some mistletoe for the boys to avoid but otherwise, I think I’m done. Now I just need to plan and execute the rest of the details. Which brings me to (dumdumDUM) my December goals!

  1. Chill. Out. No, really. I’m downsizing my goody tray & Christmas card lists this year. I’ve pared down a little each year anyway. This year, I’ll do a tray for my office and a goody bag for a few people/families. That’s it. I’ll get to enjoy it without being totally overwhelmed. I downsized my decorating too. This is a happy season! I intend to relax.
  2. Swim three times a week and do strength training two – three times a week. I have arbitrarily decided to focus on those for the winter. I’ll use a treadmill on Tuesdays when I meet the hubs at the YMCA. And I won’t rule out additional sessions if it sounds fun. But no forcing it and no treadmill at the expense of swimming & weights.
  3. Except for the week of Christmas. That week I refer you back to #1. The whole family will be out of school/off work. If we make it to the gym, great. But I won’t be setting my alarm or cutting short family activities to make it happen. I just want to enjoy the break from work and school. Which brings me to my next one…
  4. Actually study for finals. No cramming the last couple of days in hopes to squeak by with a passing grade. I want to spend quality time reviewing. (And in some cases, learning material I’ve skimmed just enough to pass a quiz) (Or not pass as the case may have been.)
  5. Make an appointment with an endocrinologist. I have the name and number. I just have to make the call.

I didn’t make any November goals to review. But I’ll let you know how I did on these….next year.