I like to buy things. I don’t like to exercise. I feel like my life would be less complicated if those were switched and I didn’t buy much but exercised a lot. My husband would also like me to not buy much. I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest spender – but darn those Target endcaps! I tend to feel guilty about spending money on myself when I don’t feel like I’ve “earned” it. So – this is kind of what this post is about.
I like to think I’ve always been somewhat athletic, and I do like a competition… but there’s just something about exercising [for the health of it] that kind of makes me squirm now. There doesn’t seem to be any tangible rewards for getting your sweat on, at least not the immediately gratifying rewards I like so much. What is more terrible is that I am a healthcare provider – and I’m constantly reminded of how important exercise is.
So, I thought I’d try something new this year. Instead of going for that perfect bod image, I’m going to try smaller (and more tangible) rewards for exercise. For each month, I’ve picked an exercise challenge and with it a reward for completing it! Don’t get me wrong – this is not me saying that material things are important and that’s the only way I’ll stay motivated. If I don’t complete the challenge, I’m not going to die. This is just me trying something new, trying to stay healthy, and having fun doing so.
- Body Squat Challenge
- 30 Day Plank Challenge
- 30 Day Guns, Buns, and Abs Challenge
- Push Up Challenge
- Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred
If you like this idea, why don’t you join me? Holler back, and tell me your monthly challenges/rewards.
Allison and I have been friends for over 7 years now, and one of the best things about our relationship has been our vow to be accountable for each other. We don’t always keep up with it like we should, but it is SO SO good to have a friend who I can confide in and who still likes me when I fail. We are constantly trying our best to help each other be our best. One way we do that is by setting goals. New Years is always a great time for us because we have fun dreaming about the future, and making lists of what we want to accomplish. Knowing the other is on the look out makes it that much better! So, to keep up with our accountability we are posting our resolutions on the internet. Here are mine! See her’s here!
- -Apply to Medical Schools (by June 1st)
- -Keep up with baby photo book and organization
- -Visit (at least) 3 new cities/places
- -Blog weekly
- -Sew an article of clothing for myself
- -Memorize 12 Verses (see them here)
- -Limber up: stretching to do the splits by 2017
- -Squat more than my body weight
- -Monthly Exercise Challenge
- -Get a second PRN nursing job or side job
- -Get involved in a Bible Study
- -Learn basic scales on the piano (again)
What are your resolutions? Share with us!
The beginning of a new year always brings about thoughts of planning and list making. I’m great at both of these things! Making a list gives me hope of the possibilities in life and shows me a little of what to expect. I can visualize my success by putting a plan together. Here is a list of things I plan to achieve in 2016:
2016 Reading Challenge (See it here!)
Isn’t that a great list? Just think of how accomplished I would feel at the end of the year having done all these wonderful things!
How do you plan on spending your year?
Everyone has their opinion about resolutions. Some people make a detailed list about how and when they will complete everything they’ve ever wanted to do. And then do it. The rest of us go back and forth trying to decide if we want to fail now or fail later. This year, however, I have decided to take a positive approach! Why spend my time thinking about how I will never accomplish anything?! (ha… perhaps my thoughts are a bit extreme) But seriously, I take too much time worrying about all my faults instead of working toward goals. On the flip side I tend to be overambitious with my resolutions, which leaves me giving up on accomplishing any of them by the end of the year. *wah wah*
That being said, I am going to try again. I’ve chosen a few [seemingly] attainable goals for 2014. The best part about these pledges is that even if I get half of them done, I can look back and be proud of myself. Allison has agreed to also post hers so that we remain accountable! We’ve listed them below. Drumroll please!
Allison’s 2014 Resolutions
1) Read 24 books in a year, 3 of them have to be classics!
2) Put money in savings with every paycheck.
3) Take Gus to puppy training.
4) Try out a new dog park.
5) Take a cake decorating class with my mom.
Adriene’s 2014 Resolutions
1) Read 12 [recreational, not-required-by-chemistry-class] books in 1 year or 1 book per month.
2) Run a race. 5k, 10k, half marathon, who knows? I’ve run plenty of races, but having one to train for helps me stay consistent in my work outs.
3) Finish a scrapbook. I have SO many pictures, and SO much scrapbooking supplies. I really have no excuse.
4) Build a working wardrobe. I buy things that I really like to wear, but none of it ever seems to come together.
5) Do the splits. I can barely touch my toes. Surely the path to getting more flexible is one I can travel in a year?
Do you have any 2014 Resolutions? Leave us a comment!