I've been living live this for years, I tend to have monthly goals that I think about and create. I may have yearly goals that I reiterate month by month and check in with as well. I think that this style of "resolutions" and goals is really effective to make life-changes that will actually stick rather than lofty resolutions that dissipate as the year goes on.
I would recommend at least three and no more than five so that you can keep yourself accountable. Sticky notes, notes in the margins of a planner, or even phone reminders are good tools to help keep you accountable as well. Try to make them measurable and specific, so you know if you've achieved them or not.
1.) Five Workouts per Week
This is a continuation of January's goal. To expand on it, this is at least thirty minutes of intentional physical activity. Just walking around Target does not meet this requirement. Yoga, a walk in the park or the backyard, YouTube workout videos are all great ways to meet this requirement.
2.) Reduced Added Sugar Intake
I'm also continuing to practice this goal. Post-pregnancy, I really continued to eat as if pregnant and allowed myself to indulge in my sugar cravings (which makes them worse). I've noticed a huge difference in just how I feel with less added sugars in my life. I try to avoid eating sweets more than twice a week, eat less processed foods with added sugars (sweetened yogurt, breads, fruit juices, etc.) I love that the new food information on packaging differentiates between natural and added sugars! This makes it much easier to make smart food choices.
3.) Skincare Routine
I'm 25, I should probably have some sort of skincare routine by now and I still don't. I want to have a clear daily and weekly routine, such as what soaps and lotions and how often I need to exfoliate. I'm actually pretty happy with my skin right now despite years of struggling with acne. I want to nail down what irritates my skin and what helps it by the end of March.
For A Catholic Compass. you can look forward to a Lenten series starting the Thursday after Ash Wednesday (Feb. 15th) focused on Forty Days in the Desert.
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I want to encourage you to take some time to think about your goals for this month and for the upcoming Lenten season. What are you adding? What are you giving up? Let me know in the comments!
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