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2011 Goals Recounted...

Last year's goals were a little vague on the blog, but in my journal I had written them out to a T, and I was interested to do a small recap to see how I've grown in a year. Looking back, I feel I did well on some, poor on others, and maintained a steady line on a few.

*Goal achieved: maintained workout routine throughout entire year (5 days a week, M-F, 30 minute spinning, followed by completely getting ready before kids start day around 7AM). This has been a really really really* good routine for me. I have noticed my energy is better when I workout regularly (duh, knew this before kids, but a couple years after really got stuck in a slump), I'm in a better mood, I sleep better, and of course weight management is fairly effortless.

*Goal achieved: I have lost weight in the past 6 months, though not as much as I originally intended (still want 15 lbs gone), but I am over my half-way mark and that's very satisfactory to me. I simply restricted my intake/portion controlled all meals, and with above workout, it basically fell off. It was hard at first to not be allowed seconds, but now my stomach has 'shrunk' in a sense so that I feel just right when I'm done with my meal.

*Goal achieved: Our spiritual growth has had a season of intense blooming. A leadership position for Stefan at the church has been very encouraging for him, and a 40 week bible study on Hebrews with a fabulous teacher was just what I needed for weekly stability. Both of our prayer and study times have increased and we have had a better relationship because of it. We are on the same page for the spirituality for our children which involves: nightly prayer time (they pray for someone of their choosing), singing a song, reading a bible story every day. We're establishing good routines that will hopefully come to fruition in the future.

*Goal maintained: Our debt is slowly decreasing (and with our house to be sold SOON, that will wipe away a good chunk of it!) and our savings is slowly increasing. We've been working on this/living this lifestyle for a number of years, now we're on maintenance mode.

*Goal not achieved: Bath regularly for children has...humph....been poor. My goal is to do every other day (and every day in the summer) but it is sometimes days before I realize I can't remember when my kids last had a bath. Good grief. Get with it, Sarah!

*Goal not achieved: I did not say no nearly enough, and I'm not making a great transition so far through 2012. I struggle too much with this. I feel that because I am able to do something, I should do something, and that is simply not true or helpful. and This probably needs to be the highlight goal of the year. Stefan has wanted me to scale back to the bare bones minimum for awhile. I have four relationships that I want to cultivate a lot this year, and that will be a very high priority.
Tomorrow will be a fun post about my 2012 goals, followed by a {This Moment} on Friday, and 2 bonus posts (fun lists for 2012) over the weekend! Did you stick to your goals for the last year? What were you most proud of?


kylee said…
I love this post. What a great inspiration for me to try the same thing this year! Congrats on the progress, and ditto for me keeping up on Azra's baths. :)
nela said…
thank you for letting me in on your goals and ideas to work toward. and by the way, i was smiling at your bathing the kids goal. this is one i never ever would consider, as we try to conserve water, use less soap with the idea of being more sustainable as well as working toward healthier skin with one of my kids... no offense please this is just a comment from someone who really doesn't know you. and i do hope to make you laugh and don't feel bad about not keeping this specific "idea" on track.

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