January, you make me feel brand new

What is it with January and a new year. We expect it to be a new start and a new us. We plan for it to be better and we make resolutions. In reality, we still have the old concerns with us and as we continue the year, nothing has changed. Actually that isn’t really true. I believe that we can all make changes to our lives if we want them; we just have to make the commitment. It also doesn’t have to be a new start in January; it can be any month or any day you choose to make the change. Also if you fail one day, you are not a complete failure. You just put that blip behind you and continue. You will get there.

I started this blog when I had been set 50 challenges by my daughter. Although I do have lots of things in my life that I’m proud of, this was a wonderful thing to do. It gave me goals to achieve. Since it finished, I have tried to find something to make myself committed and I certainly do want the years of my 50s to be memorable. I had wanted to make my goals in my birthday month so I could have another year of having a few challenges to aim for. I didn’t quite get there between June and December. I won’t say I failed; just didn’t quite start! So I am actually going to start in January and with the aid of my “Just Flamingo to It” pad, I am going to start an “Aims for” list of 10 things I want to do each month. The pad is magnetic so can be put on the fridge for easy viewing. I have also put it on my keep list on the phone so I can see it everywhere.

My January aims

Here are January’s aims:

  1. Finish Puddles of Love Cross stitch
  2. Book 3 classes at Leisure centre
  3. Sort out monthly food menu
  4. Lose 4 lbs
  5. Start on a de-clutter plan
  6. Read an author from my favourite author list
  7. Aim to run 3 times a week
  8. Try to get to 10,000 steps a day
  9. Aim for a relaxed and on time morning start
  10. Buy a mascara and learn to apply

I have tried to use words such as aim and try so I won’t feel disappointed if I don’t achieve everything. I always believe that it takes a lot of small changes to make the big change in our life. The item I want to achieve in January is to finish my Puddles of Love cross stitch so I can start on my new one. Cross stitch is something that I started in my 20s and I haven’t always been successful in achieving my finish. I was so proud of my completing my cross stitch challenge that I have continued with the hobby. It is so tempting to open my new cross stitch but I have told myself it can’t be done until Puddles of Love is completed. To achieve this, I do have to make sure other things in my life are in order; the dinners still need cooking, I need to exercise and I need to go to work to so if I make plans to achieve these things, I have time to stitch.

Aim to finish in January
My next cross stitching kit to start

Losing weight is something that always seems to be a January plan. I have been lucky because in 2012, I did get to my goal weight so I haven’t had too many worries with my weight in January. This year is a bit different; too much baking! I have weighed myself today and am not going to look at the scales until January 31st. I have set myself a small goal of 4lb loss because I think it should be achievable. If I do manage (actually I will manage) to lose this and continue over the following 4 months, I will be able to get into all my summer clothes!

So here are today’s plan to get some of those plans together:

  • Go for a walk around the block to try to achieve 10,000 steps
  • Make today’s dinner and put some portions in freezer so it will give me more stitching time this month.
  • Make tomorrow’s dinner so I can get to one of my classes at the leisure centre tomorrow
  • Cross stitch
  • Go to bed early tonight so I can read Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things and be able to get up early tomorrow for a more relaxing start to the day

In my 2nd week of the month/year, I do feel optimistic that I will be able to set and go on to achieve my aims.

Have a great 2nd week of 2018!

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