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!


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