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February Resolutions Update

Feb Resolution Post

Another month has come and gone and I’m back with another update on my resolutions. There were a lot of ups and downs this month in the Kidd house. We didn’t have working plumbing for almost 6 days which was a major curveball for us. Luckily, I still managed to stick to my goals for the most part.
1. Get Healthy
a. Move More.
I’m still aiming for 5000 steps/day. I had hoped to be up to 6000 by now. It’s much harder than I anticipated to find time to get in organic movement during the day. Our endless winter in Illinois makes it hard to get out and move during February. I’m still stepping in place during my favorite TV shows to get those steps in though. I know
b. Drink More Water
I’m still so-so with this one. I don’t think that’s a bad thing since I rarely drink anything besides water. Even if it’s not as much as I want to be drinking yet, it’s still better than drinking pop or mocha lattes 🙂
c. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
I did great with this goal in February. We ate vegetables with every lunch and most dinners. Yay for canned vegetables! It’s so easy to just pop open a can of green beans or peas and add them to each meal.

2. Read More
I’m still reading a book a week. I’ve started reading the “He Wanted me Pregnant!” series by Victoria Wessex and its making it so easy to fit in reading time. These books are short and very steamy. I’ve already read two and have two more sitting on my Kindle for March.

3. Write 500,000 words
Doing great with this one too. I wrote just under 40,000 words this month so I’m right on track.

So there it is. So far so good. I’m pleased with my progress and think I’ll only do better next month. How are you guys doing with your resolutions?

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January Resolution Update

The first month of 2015 is already over. I swear January just flew by. I said I would update you lovelies on how I was doing resolution wise each month. So how am I doing?
1. Get Healthy
a. Move More.
I am rocking this one in a major way. Thanks to my trusty Fitbit, I can easily track my progress during the day. While I’ve haven’t used my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs yet, I am walking more each day. I started small with a goal of 3000 steps/day. If I hit the daily goal, I up the ante the next week by 500 steps/day. I’m up to 4500 steps/day now.
b. Drink More Water
This one I’m doing so-so on. I am drinking more water but it isn’t how much I need to drinking. I’m at about 1 liter/day. Really I should be drinking 2-3 liters. I’m going to really buckle down on this one next month.
c. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
I am doing better here but still not getting my daily amount of fruits and veggies. I’ve added frozen vegetables to two meals/week and have rediscovered my love of yams. I’ve added dried fruit to my grocery list this week so we’ll see if I can up my fruit game next month.
2. Read More
Rocking out at this one too. Now that I’m making time each day to read, I’m actually starting to make a dent in my TBR list. This month I read 5 books. I’m in the middle of NO4A2 by Joe Hill so I know I’m already on the way to my first finished book for next month.
3. Write 500,000 words
Doing great with this one too. I wrote just over 50,000 words this month which puts me a little ahead of schedule.

So there it is. So far so good. I’m pleased with my progress and think I’ll only do better next month. How are you guys doing with your resolutions?

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My 2015 Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again! Each year I try to make a few new goals on January 1. I never make mine too complicated and that’s helped me stick to them for the last few years. Here’s my simple goals for the year ahead:

2015

1. Get Healthy!

Now this one sounds really general but I broke it down into three steps that should make it a cinch:

a. Move More!

Runner

I became a full-time writer this year (I couldn’t have done this without you guys!! Thank you so much 🙂 ). My day job was mostly computer based but I was still walking at least 4-5 miles/day. Yeah, not so much anymore. I was exercising regularly for the first month but then I just got really lazy and stopped. I’m barely getting in 1000 steps some days now! I got a FitBit last year for Christmas and looking at my Dashboard, I can really see where my fitness fell off. But I’m turning that around in 2015! I want to build back  up to the recommended 10,000 steps/day. To get my step count up, I’m going to start doing Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds DVD again. I’ve this DVD for almost ten years and I love it. Its a simple workout that’s customizable. You pick how many miles you want to do each day and Leslie is such a great instructor. If you’re new to working out or are looking for a quick way to get more exercise each day, any of the Walk Away the Pounds series is a great way to start.

b. Drink More Water!

WaterCup

I’m really bad at this one when I forget about it. I don’t drink pop or energy drinks or any of the other sugary beverages. I have one cup of tea or coffee in the morning and then its water for the rest of the day. My problem is that I forget to drink even if I have a bottle right next to me. Bad I know! To remedy this in 2015, I’m going to start tracking how much water I drink each day. I keep a piece of paper with my weekly meal plan on my fridge door and under each day, I’m going to put a tally down for each bottle of water I drink. My goal is 2-3L each day.

c. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables!

Fruits

I already cook most of our food myself since I’m home but during the winter I really slack on fruits and vegetables. In the summer, there are so many yummy fruits to choose from that I don’t have any problem eating 2 or 3 pieces a day. In the winter, there’s not much to choose from besides apples. I’m going to try to eat one piece of fruit every day. Even if its one lousy apple every day for all of the winter, it’s still better than eating no fruit at all!

2. Read More!

2015 GR

I used to read two or three books a week when I was in high school. Once I hit college, my reading really fell off. I just didn’t have the time anymore. I do still read but it’s only six books a year if I’m lucky. This year I want to challenge myself to read much more than I’ve been doing these last few years. To that end, I’ve started the 2015 Goodreads Challenge. I’m going to read 52 books in 2015! That’s one a week which seems daunting right now but I’ve got five books lined up for January already.

3. Write 500,000 Words!

Writetop

I got so close to this one in 2014. In eleven months, I was able to write 452,000 words. This year I’ll have an extra month of writing though. I write five days a week and I’m trying to stick to that schedule this year. Last year, I would end up writing on the weekends and I’m trying to stop that completely. It’s a big goal but by putting it on my official 2015 goal list I’m sure I can do it.

 

That’s it! I’ll keep you guys updated each month with how I’m faring. Do you guys have any goals for the new year? I’d love to hear about them!