Jan 022013

Ah, I meant to have a great New Year’s post up yesterday. Well, let’s say that I got busy. I woke up yesterday morning and decided that I had to start some deep cleaning…So I started tackling the kitchen. Plus the fact that HubbaHubba has been home since the week before Christmas on his break and all schedules and my version of “normal” went crazy. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time with HubbaHubba being home, and the girls really enjoyed their daddy time, but I’m ready for our routine to begin again.

Last year didn’t go exactly how I envisioned it to be. I dreamt of having a meme each Friday here on the blog, I was convinced I was going to post more often than I did. I was going to lose a whole lot of weight and keep my home more spotless. I even chose the word discipline for my word of the year.

I failed miserably with my 52 Fridays thing. I mean miserably. I apologize. I should have planned that one out better than I did. I should have followed through on my commitment to it. I didn’t.

I didn’t lose the amount of weight I was wanting to lose. I would start an exercise program, ditch it, not be careful with what I ate. I got to review a great exercise program back last October and I did very well with that. I lost six inches off my girth that month, and believe me, I was so excited. I could notice a difference in how I looked in pictures that had been taken in the last year or so from then. However, I have not kept up with the step aerobics or even the Praise Moves my husband let me buy. I know I need to get started back on the exercise routine. I do actually enjoy the step aerobics and I am really liking the Praise Moves. I love how I feel after I have done them, especially┬áconsistently. I find that when I take the time to exercise in the mornings, I get more done during the day, I feel better physically and emotionally and I am more┬ápleasant┬áto be around.

I’m still working on finding a good routine for the exercising and the housework. I did finally settle on laundry days being Mondays and Fridays. That works best for me. I tried doing a little every day, but I always felt like I had never finished it and it was constantly hanging over my head. This way I know it is all done twice a week, plus the kitchen towels and other extras like curtains and bedding on their days. I am still tweaking out the cleaning rotation for the rest of the house though. I tried floors all on one day, dusting all on one day, etc. Then I tried one room a day and it always seemed like when I was working in that one room, the rest would go and explode random stuff out. So, first I am going to start a massive decluttering rampage I suppose you could say. The less stuff you have, the less you have to clean. It also helps that I found out that Hoarders has a few episodes on Hulu at the moment and my husband and I watched a few last evening. Yes, I realize that there are psychological reasons behind hoarding, I don’t think I am that bad, but I am going to do everything in my power to keep from having too much stuff. Having too many things is wasteful anyway the way my husband and I have been thinking anyway and it is time for us to downsize.

So this year, as I’m still contemplating my word or theme for the year I do know I need to incorporate more routine, more exercising and healthy/clean eating, managing the home better, more writing on the blog and being more intentional about taking the time to have fun. I’ll let you know the plan when I have one….

What are you going to do to better yourself this coming year?

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