My Goals for January

Happy New Year and welcome 2024! Bill and I had a quiet night in for NYE. Usually we get together with friends to celebrate, but this year most of them had Covid so we stayed home this year. I made steaks for dinner, and we spent the evening playing cards and Dominos. All in all it was a really nice evening.

Today I got up and went to a dance fitness class at my gym, which felt like the perfect way to kick off a new year focusing on health and fitness. This afternoon Bill and I watched the Seattle Kraken win their first Winter Classic, and then we took down the Christmas decorations. Now it feels like the holidays are truly over.

I also spent some time journaling, doing my daily gratitude as well as making a schedule for housework for January. My first goal for the month is to stick to that cleaning schedule. I’m hoping it’ll reduce my anxiety as well as making our home comfortable all month long.

I did weigh myself this morning, and while I’m not comfortable sharing the exact number I’ll just say that I’m starting 2024 the heaviest I’ve ever been. I’m not dwelling on that, choosing instead to focus my energy on creating new habits that will help to change it. I’ve made four weight loss and fitness-oriented goals for January to get myself started.

Average 7,500 steps per day. Walking is a really underrated exercise and I know that having a step goal will encourage me to get out for walks.

Exercise at least five days per week. I have a gym membership and can supplement with at-home workouts. Being active is really important to me going into the new year.

Average 1,500 calories per day. I’ve picked calorie counting as a way to start being more aware of how much I’m eating and to work on portion control. It’s the only weight loss method that’s ever consistently worked for me in the past. I like it because nothing is off limits; I just have to budget for the foods I want. Well, nothing is off limits in January except for one thing….

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