Here we are friends, in January and today I am sharing with you my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019!
I love the beginning of a new calendar year- it always brings about a fresh start and new possibilities. I like to look back at the past year’s resolutions and results and to set new goals for 2019.
Goals for 2019
Loose 20 lbs!
This year, I am improving upon my biggest goal of 2018 to get healthy.
In 2018, my number one goal was to get stronger. I was happy with my weight, but not with my physical strength. I achieved that goal by working out and continuing to work on my core with physical therapy. I am happy that I no longer need physical therapy and that I feel a lot stronger than I did in the beginning of the year.
However, I did have some big health setbacks this year and in the second half of the year I gained a lot of weight – around 20 lbs! I am now back to the same weight I was in the beginning of my health journey 5 years ago. So this year, specially in the first semester of 2019, my priority is to loose weight. This is 20% about vanity, and 80% about health.
As you know, I’ve struggled with pre-diabetes before pregnancy, gestational diabetes during pregnancy and thyroid issues after pregnancy. A normal, healthy weight is extremely crucial to keep all these issues away.
So my first and most important goal will be to loose the 20 lbs I gained.
Eat out less
Eating out is a habit we built when I was working full time and it’s one that we’ve not been able to break yet. And it’s mostly because we are busy on the weekends and it’s easier to stop to eat somewhere than to go back home and cook.
However, after looking into our budget, we could save considerable money by eating more at home, so that is a big motivator for us. More money- more travel!
Our wallet will not be the only benefit of eating out less. Eating out leads to splurges and behaviors that are counter-productive to my first goal for 2019.
Declutter and Organize
The third goal is to declutter and organize my house top to bottom. I’ve always been a messy person, but I want to finally change that.
I’ve discovered that I have less anxiety and feel uplifted when things have a proper place and my space is decluttered.
It took me many years to realize why I held on to things and over the past couple years I’ve made an effort to sever those emotional connections to most things. I feel like I am finally at a phase in my life where I want to organize and declutter my house for good and create the habits to keep it clean and organized.
My fourth goal is to get out of the house more and socialize with other moms. I did pretty good my first year as a mom and that really helped me not feel alone.
This past year, I didn’t make that a priority and at times, I felt disconnected from the world. That is something I have to be mindful of being a stay-at-home mom.
I need to make a concerted effort to actually create and maintain those relationships with other moms in the physical sense. It’s wonderful that the internet and social media has created communities in which we don’t have to leave the house to engage in, but those connections a lot of times fall short compared to real life ones.
The internet has yet to come up with a virtual girl’s night out that can recharge my soul, so I plan to schedule and attend those more often this year.
My final resolution is one that I’ve started working on this year, but I feel like there is still space to improve upon, and that is to set aside more time for myself. I am caring for others or trying to build up my business 24/7 and I have put myself on the back burner for too long.
This self-neglect is starting to take its toll. I need more sleep and more time to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. It’s time to get rid of the mom guilt and feel ok about being selfish. In 2019, I want to actually schedule time daily, weekly and monthly for self-care. A new morning routine and spa visits are some of the ways I plan on making this happen.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”— Eleanor Brown
I love this quote from Eleanor Brown. I often hear other women say they feel selfish taking time for themselves and I’ve felt that way as well, but I’ve come to realize it’s important to prioritize myself so I can give to others.
A healthier, wealthier, more organized and more relaxed and fulfilled me, means a better wife, mom, and friend to my loved ones so it’s a win-win all around.
How I Will Achieve My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To make sure these goals turn into results, I am taking several steps.
- Prepare for a lifestyle change: before I head back to the gym, I am taking some steps like grocery shopping and meal planning to reset my exercise and eating habits. I’ve written this post about What To Do Before You Start a Fitness Program. These are steps that have worked for me in the past and I will be following them again this time.
- Take small steps: it’s important that I take small steps towards these goals and change things slowly. Going full throttle will only overwhelm me and cause me to abandon them. I believe any lifestyle change has to happen in steps so that it can be long-lasting. I’ve talked about that in this post: 5 ways to eat and live healthier.
- Plan, plan, plan and execute: to make sure I achieve my goal of eating out less, I am making a big push for freezer meals, which takes quite a bit of planning and execution. Hopefully, by having a couple months worth of meals in the freezer, we will be less tempted to eat out.
- Communicate and set expectations: having goals like these require a lot of communication and setting expectations with loved ones. Staying motivated and doing the work to achieve these goals will be on me, but I will need my husband to be fully onboard.
- Create checklist and use a planner: 2018 was the first year I owned a planner. Yes, you can gasp! I just never thought I needed one. But having a planner last year, allowed me to keep things semi-organized (I still have to work at it). This year, I want to follow a checklist for daily, weekly and monthly cleaning/organizing/decluttering that I will create or print from Pinterest. This should ensure I am setting aside time to do these tasks on a regular basis.
- Find a babysitter and schedule me time: unfortunately, we don’t have family nearby. In order to socialize and work on self-care, I need to find a babysitter and work on my parental separation anxiety so that I can enjoy time with friends, with my husband and by myself more. I’ve taken some big steps towards that this year by taking R to a daycare and I feel like I am ready to detach a little – but just a little! LOL
Of course, I will try to post as much as I can here on my progress. I may also organize or participate in some challenges on YouTube or Instagram to make sure I achieve these goals. More to come on that!
So these are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019. What are yours?