It seems like we all make resolutions at the beginning of the year. Our intentions for these resolutions and changes are the best, but somewhere along the way we lose our focus and motivation. Life gets busy and we stop pursuing our goals. Which begs the question, “where these goals that important?”

I’m possibly the most guilty person there is. I’ve been trying to lose baby fat from my first child for almost 12 years. Actually, I lost it all in 2011-2012 while my husband was in Korea for a year. I got down to 135lbs. I was eating healthy and exercising regularly. I lived in Colorado Springs and would drag 3 kids ages 4, 2, and 1 to the gym with me several days a week. So what changed.

My husband came home. Eating habits changed. I got lazy. I know many military wives who have also experienced the “husband home health crisis” in which we adjust our lifestyle and stop putting ourselves first. I’ve always scheduled my life around his, which I’m okay with, but I have to schedule me as a priority too. At least in my home, the only difference when DH comes home is that I have to make his breakfast and lunch and he’s home in the afternoons. I need to evaluate how I schedule my time.

As a homeschooling mom and doctoral candidate, I have huge priorities. Teaching my kids is my job! I also am a tutor with Classical Conversations, which takes one day a week. My time working on my dissertation comes after I’m done teaching the kids. So my health and fitness has to be scheduled somewhere! I can’t put it last any longer because it’s putting me at big risk of not being here for my kids.

Yeah. It’s that serious!

I decided to take part in a test group with other Beachbody coaches (I will share more about that later). It required blood work to be done. When I got the results, my doctor wanted me in IMMEDIATELY for medication for high cholesterol. When I explained that I wanted to try changing my diet, she was highly supportive and agreed to retest again in 12 weeks. I’m halfway through the trial and I’ve lost inches not pounds, which is great!

I have chosen to make drastic changes this year. First, we are going to remove added sugar except for special occasions. (Yes, we can have our cake and eat it too!) oh the kids have no idea about this. Bwahahaha! 😈 We will eat healthier and move more as a family.

In 2018, I WILL:

  • Lose 30lbs
  • Improve my run time
  • Complete my doctorate
  • Grow closer to my family
  • Blog three times per week at least
  • Complete Run The Year 2018 with my team (#runtheyear2018)

<<< ee things I need to maintain my goals:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Self-reflection

Goals are hard to maintain without accountability partners. I have found several within my Beachbody coaching community. I log my food on My Fitness Pal and share what I eat on Instagram (yeah you can eye roll 🙄). It’s a weird thing to do at first but it held me accountable for what I eat. {Now I did this back in the spring and summer but when school started again. I found excuses to not eat healthy and my waist size started to show it. I started gaining weight again. Ugh!}

I communicate with my accountability partners about food options and recipes. I share when I’m struggling and want to eat my emotions (emotional eating is a whole other discussion).

I also have to reflect on my choices and emotions. I can’t let my emotions control me but I have to control my emotions and reactions/responses. This is life and it isn’t easy. It requires a lot of focus, intentional living, and understanding of where I want to be in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and years down the road. My choices now impact my kids and family years down the road. 2017 was a hard year for us. I’m going to own 2018 and not let it own me.