It’s a little late for New Year’s resolutions, but we’re making ours now! Please help hold us accountable!
We’ve noticed a trend lately in people using social media to help keep them committed to their goals. We’ve decided to use this blog to help us do the same! Every four weeks, we’ll post an update on how we’re doing on these goals.
Here the goals that we’re setting for the rest of the year. We don’t want to make this too much that we quit, but we also want to challenge ourselves.
- Walk 15 miles each week
- Track all food, water, etc. on Fitbit App
- Read 5 books to kids daily
My body has been through a lot in the 6 years we’ve been married. Steroids, feeding tubes, two pregnancies, multiple surgeries, and more. As a result, my metabolism is pretty much shot – it’s extremely difficult to lose weight. Instead of focusing on numbers, my goals are to help me be healthy. During Crohn’s flares (and other more difficult days), I won’t be holding myself to this as much.
To help me with this, I am going to make sure to work on this blog while exercising using this amazing treadmill attachment. This way I can multitask while I walk! I plan on 2-3 miles every day, with the weekends being to catch up if I missed anything.
I also want to track my food. I can’t easily adjust my diet (since fiber is not a good mix with Crohn’s – the last salad I ate sent me to the ER!), but I can at least hold myself accountable to not snacking so much! I’ve synced my Fitbit app with an app called Achievement that allows you to earn points for money each time to you log a health-related event! (You do not need a Fitbit in order to do this.)
I am also not very good at reading to the kids, and they love to read! My goal is to sit and read with them 5 stories each day. Our 4 year old will start kindergarten in the Fall, and she is already reading sight words. I want to help nurture her current thirst for learning and reading.
- Monthly ministering
- Daily scripture study
In our church, each man is paired with another one as “ministering companions.” Every pairing gets assigned a few families that they are asked to check on on a monthly basis. If you need something, call your them before calling the bishop! (In our church, all bishops and other leaders are what is known as a lay clergy. They are just members of the congregation who are assigned for about 5 years. They are not paid, and they have their own jobs, families, etc.)
I want to get out and visit the families I’m assigned to more regularly. My “companion” and I have different work schedules, so it has been difficult to do it together. I want to be more proactive about this.
I also want to do better at daily scripture study. It’s easy to get caught up with work, school, kids, and this blog. I need to make more of an effort to bring God’s word into my day.
We really just have one major goal for our family this year. We want to make Monday nights a regular family night, complete with a short devotional, activity, songs, prayer, and treat.
To help us achieve this goal, we will be using our subscription to Living Scriptures.
Don’t let the name fool you! Yes, many of the videos are from the scriptures, but so many Living Scriptures videos are “Animated Hero Classics.” There are videos on Galileo, Leonardo daVinci, Alexander Graham Bell, Florence Nightingale, and many other prominent figures in history! Each video tends to run about 30 minutes.
We plan to watch a video on Sundays (part of our commitment to keep the Sabbath day holy), and then discuss it with the lessons provided by Living Scriptures that correspond with each video. We started doing this last week, and it was fantastic! The kids loved it.
We invite you to set some goals with us, and you can hold yourself accountable to us! Every four weeks, we’re going to report to you all how we did on our goals. You can use the comments and report your goals back to us. Today, just let us know what goals you’re setting for the rest of the year.