So here I am, a week later, and still no resolutions. It’s not that I don’t have any; I do. I’ve just been busy with the family and I’ve been trying to sort out not only my goals for this year, but how to make these goals more concrete and achievable.
It seems that my goals and resolutions this year are very similar to my goals of previous years: get more exercise, eat better and come out at the end of this year better off financially than when the year started. This year I’m also adding: be a more consistent blogger.
I’ve been thinking about why I never really seem to stick to my resolutions – or at least not for very long. I think it’s because I never really have a plan, I never have anything more than wistful thoughts and good intentions. I’m going to change that this year.
My first goal is to work out an exercise routine. My challenges are these: 4 kids, a busy schedule, a husband that, in addition to working a pretty regular work week, also often has evening and weekend appointments, absolutely no funds in the budget for exercise (for a gym membership, yoga classes, martial arts classes, Wii fit plus – all of which I would love!) and it’s freezing outside, so outdoor activities aren’t appealing to me right now. What I DO have is: a treadmill, a (very old) exercise bike, weights and various other small home fitness accessories, a supportive husband and exercise DVDs. My goal is 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week.
How do I make this work? My biggest challenge is definitely finding the time. By the time the kids are all sleeping it’s usually 9:00 and I just have nothing left. Getting motivated at this time of day is virtually impossible for me. I’ve been thinking of getting up early to exercise, but the thought of this is just so downright exhausting and I already feel completely sleep deprived. I’m still sorting the timing out but I know this much: I have to schedule exercise into my calendar otherwise it just won’t happen; and this I’m still working on. I’d love to hear what other mums do for exercise and how it is fit into their schedules.
Details on eating better and financial goals are still to come – one thing at a time.