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Summer Goals

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Now that we are officially into summer, it feels like the perfect time to share my new goals for the future. We have been living in our new house for two months and I am ready to wipe the slate clean and start fresh again.

1. Stick to a healthy diet– For the last few years I have been struggling the most with my weight and my diet. I let my self go when I stopped exercising and eating healthy and have not felt good about the way I look or feel. As the years crept up I have gained weight and am at a weight that I am not comfortable with. I don’t weigh myself because I think that scales can lead to obsession. But I have a size 6 dress that no longer fits and will use that as my measure. When I can fit into it comfortably again I will feel very happy. My goal is not to be supper skinny but to look healthy, toned, curvy, and in shape. I am also not looking to diet but to switch my lifestle and way of eating. When I am feeling upset, stressed out, sad, even happy I usually compensate by eating something unhealthy for me. My go to meal would be greasy thai food or a burger and fries. And I would then always tell myself that I will be better tomorrow and the cycle has continued for years. Now that I am 32 and hope to have a baby one day I realize that I can no longer live this way. Eating poorly does not make me happy or make me feel good about myself. I want to get to a healthy weight and shape before I think about having kids so that I can be my best self. Eat and crave the right foods so I can be a good role model for my future children and teach them healthy eating habits as well.

2. Cook breakfast, lunch and dinner at least 5 to 6 days a week– I got into the bad habit of never wanting to cook and making excuses as to why we needed to grab takeout. And the takeout would never be healthy options like a salad. I just craved the junk and when you go out for most of your meals you have no idea about the quality of your food and where it is coming from. For the past two weeks I have really made an effort to cook our own lunches and dinners. It took me so long to get to this point but I am really proud of myself for finally making the change to stop the take out and cook the majority of our food. I am trying to get into a schedule of cooking healthy dinners sunday through thursday and then allowing friday and saturday to indulge in Craigs homemade pizza and maybe a healthier burger on a saturday night. We started doing most of our food shopping at Whole Foods market because we are trying to cook all organic as much as we can find. I also buy all of our turkey, chicken, and eggs from there because I think the quality is just better then our regular supermarkets in Cedar Park. We always look for brown organic free range eggs, organic chicken, and ground Turkey that is treated humanly and without antibiotics and hormones. I love that Whole Foods cares about the way the animals are treated and won’t sell any food that is contaminated with that stuff. All of our fruit and produce is organic too. I have gotten into the habit of always reading labels when out food shopping trying to pick options that have healthy ingredients in it and are also non GMO.

I have given up eating processed snacks like cookies from Subway because they are just terrible and have no nutritional value at all. I was craving those cookies every day but it has been two weeks since I had one and am soo proud of myself for giving it up cold turkey. Instead I will have a homemade smoothie with frozen fruit, spinach, almond milk, coconut water, almond butter, chia seeds, and cacao chips. I am not a smoothie lover but am hoping I will be soon. It is definitely a much better option for me then a cookie. I also started reading the book Eat Pretty and I could not recommend it more. It is opening my eyes and making me crave healthy whole food that will make me beautiful from the inside out. It literally lists all of the foods you need that will enhance your beauty and give you better hair and skin. And then explains why they are good for you and also which foods to stay away from which are beauty betrayers. My skin has been red and broken out for so long and I am excited to see it improve and hopefully glow sometime soon.

In the past I never liked food shopping and cooking. It always stressed me out. Now that we are shopping at a smaller market I take my time in there, look around, and get inspired by the healthy food I can switch into my diet. Like Chia seeds and cacao nibs something I never would have grabbed before. Craig and I created a shopping list that is printed with all of the healthy foods we generally buy. It makes meal planning so much easier and then I bring a fresh list every time we go to the market. We also got into the habit of cooking together, playing music while we work, dancing, and just having fun. It does not feel like a chore when you have someone working in the kitchen with you. Our favorite lunch to cook is a spinach omelet with some sliced raw tomato, a slice or two of  100 % whole grain sprouted Ezekiel Bread, and some hummus on top. For dinner we have chicken with some roasted veggies or a salad, sometimes soup or turkey chili which lasts for two dinners, and we are trying to bring some fish into our diet as well.

3. Go for a night walk 5 days a week– I am not a big exercise lover and usually come up with excuses to avoid it. But not anymore. This weekend Craig and I started a new nightly ritual of going for a 40 minute walk after we have dinner around our neighborhood. We are so happy that the streets have safe sidewalks for us to walk on. If we are lucky we catch a nice breeze, talk a lot, and surprisingly I am not hating it at all. i am actually having fun and sweating while I walk so I feel like I am getting a work out.

4. Wash My Face– This seems like such a silly goal but I need a little motivation to wash my face well day and night. I will go into my skin care routine in another post. But instead of dreading the work I am trying to change my mind set and realize that washing and using my products will enhance my beauty from the outside and make me feel more confident.

5. Find a cleaning schedule for the house I can stick to– As much as I dislike exercise I dislike cleaning just as much. In the past i have procrastinated when it comes to cleaning to the point where I would get completely stressed when I finally cleaned. I would also do all of the cleaning in one day and it just ended up being too much and a very negative experience. Craig suggested that I take an hour a day and clean one specific area so that is what I have been doing in the new house. I am going to go a step further and write a cleaning schedule for the week monday through friday. That way I can stay on track with my chores and check them off one by one. My favorite chore is vacuuming which i am trying to do twice a week. I find it relaxing and it is also a great work out as well!

6. Brush the cats everyday– The cat hair is starting to drive me crazy. They shed so much and especially all over the bedding in my boudoir. The cats love to be brushed too so it is a win win for both of us.

7. Spend less money– I have always had a little shopping problem and the older I am getting the more I want to fix it. Now that we have a new mortgage and more bills I need to curb my spending. So far I have been much better. I have not bought new clothes or shoes since March and I am trying to only buy things that I need rather then things I want. Like if I run out of a beauty product that I need I will replace it but I won’t be going out of my way to buy new products that I want. I used to love collecting things for my home and now that we are home owners I have not wanted to have as much clutter. Which leads to much less shopping. I am also trying to look at money in a different way. It is perfectly ok to not spend it all and save it and watch it grow. I want to start to save for the things I want and spend money on experiences and travel and not on only material things. With this new house we have incurred some new debts that we both want to work on decreasing the amounts until they are gone. That is a huge life goal for us that will take alot of work but I know it is doable and will lead to greater happiness and less stress.

8. Spend more quality time at home– In the past I never liked to spend much time at home. I always wanted to be outside shopping, exploring, etc. which lead to bad habits like over spending and not cooking and eating healthy. I want to slow down more and enjoy time at home reading, relaxing, and working on fun house projects. Right now we are decorating my office with all of my favorite art and i am loving the way it is coming out.

These are just a few of my new goals. What goals do you have for the summer and into the future?

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Lauren

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