Monthly Goal Setting: June/ July
In June, I struggled with keeping some of these goals in large part because I spent a lot of time out of town where it was difficult to keep up a good routine. Here is an overview of how things went.
At the start of the month, I genuinely hated doing meditation. I honestly still don’t love it. I struggle with having the patience to sit down and focus and stop running at a million miles a minute. This one didn’t really happen a ton when I was out of town, but my husband and I did try to do this each morning when we were home. The one thing I am the proudest of is that even on days when we forgot in the morning, I made myself do my meditation during my break each day at work. Overall I am glad I stuck with it even if it wasn’t my favorite.
Our budget plans didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped for a couple of reasons. Between some unexpected car expenses and some fun travel opportunities that came up, I will admit that we did not stay under the amount we had set up at the start of the month. That being said, we DID stay within our goal of living off of just my income. To accommodate these things I worked a good amount of overtime and did some additional contracting work to keep up with the change in expenses. So while we did spend more than we had planned, I feel pretty good about what we did accomplish and the lessons were learned. We really pushed ourselves to make hard choices and be aware of and pay attention to our finances.
3. Drink more water
This goal is the one I feel the best about. I didn't track my water intake as well as I wanted, but I did without a doubt drink more water. There were only a couple of days that I really didn’t drink enough. Drinking more water helped me avoid snacking at work and also helped keep me full and helped me continue losing weight without a lot of other rules of restrictions in place.
So what is in store for July? I’ve got a few things in mind.
1. The return of the no-sugar challenge
Having a month where I went back to eating sugar has made me realize a lot of things. I basically always regret eating it. I don’t like the way that I end up feeling and it makes it a lot more difficult for me to lose weight and stay healthy. Overall I still felt like I did really well at not overeating on sugar and I felt like I was still in control of my food decisions, but I really want to continue pushing myself and having more clear-cut guidelines is something that I feel like helps me to stay on track.
2. Stop biting my nails
This habit is something that makes me crazy. I’ve been able to stop before and I want to get rid of it for good. So this month I am going to be doing everything I can to ditch the habit. If you have any good ideas, let me know.
3. Develop a good bedtime routine
I have always struggled to get enough sleep. A big part of that is having a hard time falling asleep. So I want to work towards developing a good routine that consists of 1. stretching in the evening, you are the most flexible at night and stretching seems like a good way to relax before bed. 2. Skipping out on electronics before bed. Screen time at night can make it harder to fall asleep and it is also just way too easy to say 5 more minutes about 5 times before finally calling it quits.
So that is what I’ve got going on this month. Tell me about your goals for the month in the comments below!