My husband loves the Dilbert comic so I got him a 2010 Dilbert desk calendar last Christmas; occasionally he'll read me the funny ones.  I thought this one was pretty good and goes along with my post today about GOALS.  I tried to source the page I got it from but it woudn't let me create the link.?  **And do you have to source all images pulled from the internet?  What's the rule on that?**

I can never keep my New Years Resolutions and while I didn't set any in stone for this year, I did jot down some goals I'd like to achieve, or at least start working on.  I think it's important to set goals and have things you are working towards.  I am such a task oriented person that I go bonkers if I don't have something to do.  Yes I love my relax time (hot bath + ice cream) but I also like staying busy and seeing progress.  It's a blessing and a curse and may have something to do with me not being able to shut my mind off to sleep.  So here, in random order, are my 10 goals for 2011.

1 Grow my hair out - So this is a silly one to start with I guess but I want longer hair!  The longest mine has been was when Ryan and I got married back in 2007.  I've had it short(er) ever since and always chop it off because I get tired of the growing out process.  I want to be able to pull it back in a ponytail or curl it...maybe this will be my year :>

2 Run a 5-K race - I walked during my pregnancy but my running days have seen a lengthy hiatus.  I love competing and training for an event so I would really like to run a 5-K maybe sometime this summer.  I'm going to take it slow and steady and build up some walking endurance before I start jogging though.

3 Try 1 new recipe a week - This sounds easy in theory but you'd be surprised how often we eat the same darn things.  How hard could it be to make ONE new meal a week?  I guess I'll find out.

4 Blog 3x a week - I'm blogging every day this week to see how I like it so my goal of blogging 3 times a week is taking into account the fact that I'll be returning to work.  I'm hoping I will still have time to blog because I really really love it.

5 Write 1 card/letter to family or friends 1x a week - I like to write!  And I've wanted for a while now to spend time keeping in touch with my siblings and friends; I just haven't made it a priority.  How long does it take to write in a cute card and mail it?

6 Work out 3x a week - Again, I'm planning for this to be daily but I'm setting the bar lower so I can hopefully achieve it!  Even if it's a 10 minute walk around the block, I want to do something active every day.  I also want to improve my upper body strength and be able to do a few real pull-ups!

7 Read my Bible every day - No excuse not to do this and again comes down to what I make a priority.  I need that daily encouragement, refreshment, and sometimes rebuking.

8 Gain 5 lbs...of muscle! - Yes, I would like to gain a little bit of weight.  Preferrably muscle of course :>  I don't have a certain number I'm shooting for as far as weight.  And maybe pregnancy changed how I view myself, but I would really like to have a good solid 5 more pounds on me, like I said, of MUSCLE!

9 Start couponing! - Now that we're a family of 3, I need to find ways to save more money.  My mother was the queen of couponing and I'm sure she'd be happy to share some tips with me.  I bought a Sunday newspaper last week for the coupons...I've yet to cut them out. 

10 Eat more veggies - Ryan and I eat fairly healthy and I know while pregnant, I kind-of ate whatever I wanted.  I still do for the most part but I know there is a lot of room for improvement in my diet.  It's so easy to grab convenience pre-packaged snacks when I'm tired and starving but it's also not hard to keep the veggie drawer in the fridge stocked with vegetables I can chop up and snack on.  Of course, with some Ranch, to help out with goal number 8 ;)

So those are my aspirations for this year.  I may not reach all 10 of them because lets face it - I have a newborn and these days, taking a shower is an accomplishment.  Maybe that should have been #11.  SHOWER EVERY DAY! ha.

Do you have any goals for the new year?  Are you great at saving money?!  Please share your tips

**Please pray for me also - and Ryan.  Still having challenges with the little one and figuring out what's going on with her!**


Jess said...

Great goals- especially about putting on muscle. You are in my thoughts!

Shannon said...

I'm so with you on growing your hair out! It takes forever. I've been working on mine for almost a year. If you can (not sure how it affects nursing) take Super Potency Biotin, it helps with hair and nail growth/strength so much.

I started the goal of one new recipe a week too!!! We've had some really good meals so far, but it is a LOT more difficult than I thought it would be.

katiivey said...

I forgot about Biotin...I was taking that for a while. I'll have to start back up! Maybe we can swap recipe ideas :>

Amanda Estes said...

I'm so with you on writing notes and cards. I love to do it and it makes things more personal. And I should probably do that eat more veggies thing to :)