Wow, where has the month of January gone? It seems to me like time has flown by, and a lot has already happened in 2018. I thought this last weekend in the month was a good opportunity to do a quick check in on my 18 in 2018 list that I shared back at the beginning of the month, 18 in 2018!. It’s a pretty ambitious list and honestly I hadn’t looked at it since I published my blog, but rest assured things are happening. While I am going to spare you a run down of the entire list (you can read my original post at the link above,) I thought I’d do an update on the things that are in progress. So here we go:
Return to Lifetime Membership Status with Weight Watchers – This one is definitely a work in progress. I joined Weight Watchers Online back in December. Honestly I’ve not been very focused and the week right after I finished the Dopey Challenge there just wasn’t enough food available, my appetite was insatiable and I wasn’t doing any activity so I am grateful I’ve pretty much held my weight stable. And then there was my birthday with lots of cake and celebrations, but now I am focused in and feel good about how I am working the program. I am focusing on reducing my cortisol levels by slower heart rate based runs, getting more sleep, increasing weight training and making certain I spend about 5 minutes each day meditating. I have an interim goal through February and I am going to reach it. I really like the new Freestyle programming and have found a lot of support through the online community.
Meditate More – So not a very good goal as I didn’t define a measurement. Right now I am doing 5 minutes each morning using the Mindfulness App. I am going to challenge myself to work up to 10 minutes by the end of February.
Reduce Stuff – The big news is that I am moving to a smaller apartment in March. I have put a deposit down on 700 sq ft apartment in the same complex where I currently live. Right now my apartment is 886 sq ft and the floor plan is very different. I am also mixing it up by moving from the top floor to the first floor. I am starting to tire of carting everything up 3 flights of stairs and I worry that my aging Corgi might be having some trouble with the stairs. So now the purging begins, I don’t intend to move anything that I am not going to use. Yikes!!!
Read the Bible – This one I am really excited about. I am planning a specific blog post about this topic, and while I got off track during my trip to Florida for the Dopey Challenge; I’ve found a plan and feel like this is becoming a habit. For anyone interested I am using the Bible In One Year 2018 plan from the YouVersion Bible App. It is not a linear plan; most days you ready a Psalm or Proverb and then a New Testament selection(currently Matthew) and then the Old Testament (currently Genesis). There is a devotional for the day that provides a connection to the themes found in the passages. I am also using the Common English Bible for this project, but again I’ll share more about this in a separate blog post.
So overall not a bad start to the year, but I have a lot more work to do and some challenging items on my 18 in 2018 list. Reviewing my list and writing an update post has served as a reminder that I need to start focusing in on some other items on my list. I have a feeling that 2018 is going to fly by and I can’t wait to experience some new adventures!