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My Goals For 2016

I never posted my 2015 goals.

Oh well. I sort of have all new ones this year, I’m sure. A lot of the issues I was dealing with a year ago just aren’t issues anymore! That’s a great thing, isn’t it?

So the new goals for 2016:

  • Get enough sleep — I’m not sure how much sleep I need, so I’m unsure how to measure this. I guess just work on my sleep hygeine and don’t stay up too late.
  • Spend quality time with each kid — I try to work in one-on-one time with kids doing things they like. If that fails, at least take them grocery shopping or something once in a while so we have time where they aren’t in competition with their siblings.
  • Lose weight — Yep. That’s in every list of goals. Health issues make this hard, but I’m feeling way healthier now than in a long time. Now it’s time to actually get it done.
  • Exercise — certainly would help with the previous goal! But being more fit is a goal in itself, even if it does not result in any weight loss.
  • Unpack and sort everything in the house — We have too much stuff, and a lot of it we can’t find or don’t need. Time to go through *everything*. I have a schedule set up in our tracking software, I just need to stick to it.
  • Find more homeschoolers nearby — I could have sworn the place was crawling with them until we showed up. Anyway, this probaly works better once spring hits and people are out and about more.
  • Plan another trip! — Before this year is over, I hope to have the next Big Trip planned, even if we can’t actually go on it by then. Though that would be nice too. And if we can’t go before the end of the year, then at least a trip to the beach this summer!


Instead of Posting on New Year’s Eve

So, instead of posting again on New Year’s Eve, like I promised, after I posted to the blog I went to the ER instead because I was just really, really ill.

So, now that I’m catching back up on life (I was sick for just weeks and weeks, with ten days straight just lying in bed. Ugh.) I hope to post again soon.

I Forgot to Post

It was a busy summer, trying to make up for all the nothing we did last year when I was ill. Then I got ill again. Oops! Anyway, I was busy.

The very last post I had was about my mid-year goals review, and here we are again just before New Year’s, so I guess I should evaluate how well I did this year and lay out my plans for the year.

  1. Track food every day to keep to my low-FODMAPs/GF/GERD diet… and still lose weight: Wow. Um. I did this some — some tracking. I certainly figured out my trigger foods better.
  2. Exercise every day: Sometimes I did this, sometimes not. I’m proud of my self for getting 10K-20K steps in a day for most of the days in November. Of course, then I took a month off. Too much being sick. Also, so far this year I’ve gained, oh, 15 pounds or something. It’s ridiculous.
  3. More Trips: Yes! We certainly did that! I may have had too many places in mind though. I see all the things I meant to do and it seems like we barely scratched the surface of what we had planned. But as it turns out, the kids and I are all human and maybe my list was too long. We did so much!
  4. Streamline bed time: Uh. Yeah, bedtime just turned into watching TV together. Somehow it’s working, but it doesn’t feel very “educationy”. We don’t read as many books together these days. I could say that an 11 and 8 year old maybe should be reading their own books… but they don’t read as much as they would want me to read to them. And hey, I still read all their school stuff to them and with them!
  5. Go to bed on time: Started out pretty well this year, but by this last few months it hasn’t been going as well.
  6. Volunteer: Yep! Go me!
  7. Clean a room every day: Uh, sometimes. Other times the house got totally out of control. But I think it’s getting slowly betterish.
  8. Write every day: Well, clearly I didn’t do well with writing on the blog. I did manage to get about 16,000 words done on a book. And quite a bit of writing done with helping folks in the homeschooling and FODMAPs world out. That’s mostly sprinkled through forums, twitter, facebook, and email.
  9. Spend more time with the kids doing what they want to do: I think I made a really good effort at this. No, we didn’t hit every last thing the kids wanted to do. But we certainly did a lot of awesome things. 🙂
  10. Try new things, make new stuff, figure out what I want to be when I grow up: Oh, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. But I did learn a lot this year and tried some new things.

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and I’ll unveil next years goals!

Mid-Year Goals Review

I began tracking my goals on this blog in 2012. I updated them in 2013 as my needs changed over time. I mentioned them briefly earlier this year, though I never made up a new list for 2014. Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s a good time to look at what I’ve been doing and maybe adjust a few things.

  1. Track food every day to keep to my low-FODMAPs/GF/GERD diet… and still lose weight: This is hard. I mean, most fruits, vegetables, and grains make me sick. The rest, I’m really, really tired of eating. But I seem to have figured out more of a balance — I can include foods that upset my GERD by eating them earlier in the day. I’m incorporating more medium FODMAPs foods, by making sure to space them out over a day or even multiple days. Not too much in a row. But now I need to do all of that AND lose weight. Meat and cheese are all low FODMAPs, but I now need to lose 40 pounds.
  2. Exercise every day: I am doing so much better this year than last year, but I need to keep going! If I can increase my exercise more, it will make losing 40 pounds a lot easier…
  3. More Trips: Yes. Yesyesyes. We just took a spontaneous trip to the shore. We’re doing Park Quest. We’re visiting places I’ve meant to visit since we got here. We’re doing great for trips!
  4. Streamline bed time: Yeah, that sort of got out of control. I’ve enjoyed staying up with the kids, but we probably “should” go to sleep earlier.
  5. Go to bed on time: I’m actually getting to sleep a lot earlier than I did last year. I’m sure it has to do with following my diet better, my new pillow, and the fact that I’m so exhausted at the end of the day from all the things I’m doing!
  6. Volunteer: Yes! Finally! I’ve been spending time helping out new homeschoolers, for one. Also, since I got my ham radio license, I’ve been volunteering my time with the National Weather Service to support Skywarn. I helped with communications at a parade on July Fourth, and just signed up to help out at the Marine Marathon in October.
  7. Clean a room every day: I have no idea if the house will get much cleaner, but hey, let’s clean a room a day and keep going. I’ve been doing this somewhat, but the trips out of the house and activities make this a bit harder, since when we are home I’m too busy making low FODMAPs food and feeling tired from running all around town. But I’m okay with it — it’s better than feeling sick and not going anywhere.
  8. Write every day: This blog, my stupid book, anything! No excuses. Write every day. Make time for it no matter what.
  9. Spend more time with the kids doing what they want to do: Reading books, snuggling, working on projects. Make a minecraft mod, decorate cakes. I felt so horrible all last year that I spent a lot of time just trying to get space and be alone and rest. So how about I just eat food that doesn’t make me sick, get some exercise, go to bed and wake up nice and fresh and play with my kids?
  10. Try new things, make new stuff, figure out what I want to be when I grow up: I’m always happy when I learn something new or make something for friends or family to use. This year I seem to be learning amateur radio stuff. We got our Technicians, General, and Amateur Extra licenses, tackled Field Day, and made a few antennas!


Going Out Is Possible Too

So the name of this blog is Home Is Possible, because it was part of my fun experiment in making things at home (yogurt, canned goods, whatever), doing home repair (we recently fixed our dryer! Amazing!), homeschooling, working at home… basically, doing all sorts of things at home! I like being home. It’s nice.

On the other hand, I don’t want to always be at home. Last year, however, ended up being way too much at home, mostly due to health issues. Stupid health issues. So this year is dedicated to making sure we get out of the house a lot! We have so much to make up for after last year.

So far it’s been wildly successful, despite the crazy winter weather that keeps polar vortexing and snowing all over us. The Boy is back in gym, The Girl is continuing ballet. We’ve managed to go to more than half of our Thursday co-op days so far. We’ve gone to birthday parties, a maple sugar festival, and a park. We made a snow fort, many snow people, and went sledding. We’ve even been to our new library four times in two months! We even saw musical lightning strike a man in chain armor playing Black Sabbath’s Iron Man on a tesla coil-powered guitar (ArcAttack).

I even went somewhere (bum bum bum) all by myself for *social* reasons instead of some sort of errand.

But the health issues raise their stupid face again. So it’s back to doctors. Last year’s word was “courage”. This year is “persevere”.

And the plan is to Get Out Of The House. A lot.

Happy 2013!

I got pretty quiet at the end of the year, huh? I think it started with working on writing Actual Books and spending time with the kids. Which progressed to feeling sick and tired and miserable again, which then progressed to just being sad and apathetic.

I also spent a lot of time being upset that I seemed to be stuck in the land of not sleeping and changing diapers while everyone else in the universe was suddenly getting new exciting jobs, or publishing books, or having some sort of life and I was just treading water and getting behind. But hey, the kids won’t be little forever and this will eventually end! So I may as well enjoy it the best I can, while I can.

So hey, let’s not do that in 2013, huh?

I’m going to review my 2012 goals and make some new ones for 2012!

1. Lose Weight: It went well for a while, then my new diet had me gain 10 pounds in the fall. Ooops!

2. Get in Better Shape:I gave it a shot, and tried new things to get exercise. Health and time got in the way a lot.

3. Wean the Baby: Done!

4. Keep the House Cleaner: Well, yes, but that isn’t saying much. 😀 Things are getting slowly more organized, and the kids are learning to clean up with less help. Still, it’s a total mess.

5. Streamline bed time: Yep, got better. 🙂

6. Write more: Absolutely! On here, and other places.

7. Volunteer: Eh, not so much. This hinged on many of the above things.

8. More Trips:For much of the year this went well. We visited family and did a lot of the things I wanted to! Still, I spent most of spring and fall and feeling miserable, and gave up on a lot of things I would have rather done.

Summary: I did get a lot done! Was it perfect? Hardly! But it’s good to figure out what is important to you and focus on it and do it better than it was done before. So, considering everything, I’m happy!

Goals for 2013:
1. Follow my FODMAPs diet strictly. I’ve tested a gazillion things and failed almost all of them. I don’t have time to feel bad, I just need to eat the same things over and over and be happy.

2. Exercise every day. It makes me feel better, and I’m too tired of being sore and weak and such. That’s one reason I just need to feel decent every day.

3. Move the baby to the girls bedroom. I want my room back. 😀

4. Clean a room every day. I have no idea if the house will get much cleaner, but hey, let’s clean a room a day and keep going.

5. Go to bed on time. I stay up too late. That makes me sick.

6. Write my stupid book. No excuses. Write every day. Make time for it no matter what.

7. Spend more time with the kids doing what they want to do. Reading books, snuggling, working on projects. Make a minecraft mod, decorate cakes. I felt so horrible all year that I spent a lot of time just trying to get space and be alone and rest. So how about I just eat food that doesn’t make me sick, get some exercise, go to bed and wake up nice and fresh and play with my kids?

8. More trips! We live in a place with so much to do. Let’s go do some of it!

9. Try new things, make new stuff, figure out what I want to be when I grow up. 🙂 I’m always happy when I learn something new or make something for friends or family to use.

Are these really just the same goals only slightly different? Yes. Yes they are. But refined a bit to focus on being happy and doing the things I want to do.

Goals in July

Well, June was a really good month for my 2012 goals. July… not as much.

 1. Lose Weight: B

The weight loss slowed down a bit, but it’s still going. It’s not quite on track for the year, however.

2. Get in Better Shape: D
Clearly I did not exercise every day. I spent a lot of time failing FODMAPs challenges, eating the wrong things, being really tired, and letting all that keep me from being useful.

3. Wean the Baby: Already complete.

4. Keep the House Cleaner: B
It’s been sort of maintained, but we didn’t really uncover much new cleanness.The dishes were often undone and the kids’ rooms are horrible, but we made the living room and dining room much better, so I figure they sort of cancel out.

5. Streamline bed time: B
Bedtime is still going quite well.

6. Write more: C
I’ve thought about my book more, invented more backstory, researched things, determined some more of the story structure and obsessed over it in every way except for, you know, actually writing it. I also didn’t blog twice a week.

7. Volunteer: B
We had people over and managed a cub scout camping trip. That counts, right?

8. More Trips: B
More pool time, games day, park day, and camping. Adequate, but we didn’t really hit any of the specific places.

So, in summary, I don’t think I did a spectacular job of anything, but I guess I held in there pretty well in the face of all the bad weather and unhappy tummy problems.

June Goals

It’s the halfway point on the year 2012. How am I doing on my 2012 goals? Last we checked in May, I was working mostly on things related to me and the kids, and trying to get healthier. Well, I’d say it worked very well!

1. Lose Weight: A
Why, yes! The chart to the left is the weight I’ve lost since January 1st. The weird spike is from the trip to Alabama — either a scale error or just overwhelming dehydration from the 14-hour car ride. But after that, it’s a nice slow, steady weight decline!

The goal is 135 lbs, but I’m still 15-20 lbs away. I haven’t lost much yet, but to make my goal by the end of the year, I only need to lose between 1/2 and 3/4 of a pound per week, as I have done for the past two months.

2. Get in Better Shape: A
I’ve set the stage for this, by visiting a new set of doctors and getting a new perspective on my issues and new things to try… and they’re working! YAY! I’m still on the challenge stage of the FODMAPs diet, so there are days I feel bad, but I’m definately getting out and about more. July I will hopefully be starting couch to 5K (again), some yoga for core strength, and running around with the kids.

My goal is to exercise every day for a month — lets see how many days in a row I can get in July!  (A great way to track things you want to do every day is an app like Don’t Break the Chain or Joe’s Goals). See my exercise calendar over there at the top right. –>

3. Wean the Baby: A
All done. Over one month later she still asks sometimes or throws a tantrum, but it is done.

Goal complete!

4. Keep the House Cleaner: B
It is ever so slowly slouching towards cleanerness (I’ve decided that is a word). Hopefully as of this posting, we’re getting a new modular sofa at IKEA, rearranging the living room furniture, and sending most of the kid’s toys out of the main floor of the house.

The goal is that every room gets vacuumed and dusted regularly, dishes done every day, laundry put away every week and so forth. Well, I think we’re still trying to find homes for everything and organize. The rest will mostly happen after that.

5. Streamline bed time: B
It’s a million times better than last year. The two older kids are pretty much “done”, I just need to get the baby’s sleep a little more regular, and involve less TV and more book reading. 🙂

The goal was to read to both girls at the same time and then spend a little time with the boy. So far I’m still just reading to the older two, but that’s good, too.

6. Write more: A
I worked on my book some at the beginning of the month and wrote more than a dozen blog posts. Go me!

The goal was to blog twice a week and make progress on the book. Done!

7. Volunteer: B
I’m rounding up the food I can no longer eat from the pantry and getting ready to take it to Manna food center. I also have about 27 boxes of baby stuff that needs to get to Goodwill. I’m reading all about the Webelos requirements and electives so I can hopefully plan a cub scout meeting before the end of the year…

The goal was to organize a homeschool field trip, plan a cub scout meeting, and have some nieces and nephews over. We’re still nowhere near that, but this goal does require several others being completed first, so it’s a latter-half of the year sort of goal and we’re well on our way.

8. More Trips: A
We visited the splash pool twice, Baltimore to see the tall ships, downtown to see the Botanic Gardens, Air & Space, and Natural History museums. The Cub Scout enjoyed day camp, too. We ended up missing the baseball game due to my tummy and the husband’s work, and we went to the Smithsonian instead of the zoo, but I’m sure we’ll get there soon (as long as we have another nice weather day!)

The goal was one small and one large field trip per month, and we easily did that this month! Yay! I also had a list of 17 specific places, and we’ve visited 4 of them so far, and have plans for 4 more of them. (One can’t be done this year now that we missed it.) I guess I need to plan the other half!

So, in summary, I give myself 5 As and 3 Bs — everything is either complete or very well on its way compared to six months ago. Am I on the honor roll yet? 😀

Do you remember any of your resolutions? How are they going?

May Goals

1. Lose Weight:
Sure, maybe some, but mostly unintentional.

2. Get in Better Shape:
Well, if we take this to mean “get healthier” then, yes, I’ve been working on that. New doctor, new diet, new tests.

3. Wean the Baby:
Yep. It’s been over a week. Had to, in order to perform the aforementioned tests.

 4. Keep the House Cleaner:
Well, when I felt decent, we did keep it up alright. Right now it’s awful. But I’m pretty confident we can fix it up. The kids are getting more and more helpful over time.

5. Streamline bed time:
You know, they’ve been pretty awesome. A few nights the two older ones just helped get each other to bed because no one else was free.

6. Write more:
Not for May, but in June I’m going to try Camp NaNoWriMo. I can maybe write the book I intended to last November before I was wounded.

7. Volunteer:
Right now I’m putting my own oxygen mask on first.

8. More Trips:
This just wasn’t possible in May, with everything else going on, but we are trying to make plans for Christmas, the beach, and various other things.

All eight things are too much for any one month right now, but I am trying to let each one have a chance often enough. This month was good for taking care of me, the baby, and bedtime. In June I’ll clean up, write, and we’ll enjoy some summer activities. We have plans for camp, a baseball game, maybe some swimming, and hopefully a trip to the zoo. If everything goes great, by July I’ll feel amazing, I’ll have most of a book, a clean house, and energy to exercise, volunteer, see the folk life festival downtown, and maybe take a weekend trip.

Goals: April Update

What a month!

The kids and I have had upper respiratory infections for most of the past 6 weeks, and we went to Alabama. Either we’re crazy active, or we’re exhausted. It’s just one of those months.

1. Lose Weight:
Nope. Too busy trying not to feel sick. I thought I’d lost 7 pounds in Alabama, but I guess the scale was just being crazy that day.

2. Get in Better Shape:
I tried to start exercising, but then I couldn’t breathe thanks to being sick. I did get quite a bit of exercise in Alabama, but currently I’m stuck mostly in bed until my right interior oblique muscle stops hurting.

3. Wean the Baby:
Uh. Yeah. Get back to me when we’re not sick. It’s going okay… at least it’s less than it was.

 4. Keep the House Cleaner:
Um. No. We went on a trip and we’re all sick. Let’s hope May is better.

5. Streamline bed time:
The baby is going to sleep most nights with Dad, and I get to put the older two to sleep. When I’m not coughing up a lung or asleep, I even get to read to them!

6. Write more:
The first half of the month was awesome!

7. Volunteer:

8. More Trips:
YES! We went to Alabama and saw family. YAY! Wish we’d also managed to get to some other things this month.

I’ve been a bit despondent and whiny lately. It just seems like all this nonsense never ends and I’m letting everyone down. 🙁