For Faith and Family readers, this is a preview of what you will see in my future successes.
What am I? Mushigina?! Publishing my resolutions for all to see! I must be. But I'm gonna do it anyway.
Continue with my healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition, exercise and sleep until I reach my goals: a weight of 145, a body that can proudly wear a bikini in public (whether I do or not is another story) and can do at least one pull-up unassisted. Along the way I will make whatever changes are necessary to keep the goal alive.
How to accomplish this goal?
January 3rd I am starting P90X/Insanity hybrid. 3 days of weight training, 3 days of cardio.This program will continue through the end of March. After that, I think I'll start Turbo Fire.
I plan to drop to a size 10 by the end of January (Can you believe I am tell you what size I don't wear yet? I can't) Ultimately, I'd like to get into a size 6. I've never been smaller than a 10, so I don't even know what that will be like or if it is even possible, but I'm going to take it one size at a time. I'd like to drop a size a month, but I'm not sure if that is realistic. We'll see.
I will try to learn more about business so that I can make a real go of my Beachbody coaching. It will be challenging because I am not a business-minded person and my own personal success in business has never been a motivating factor in my life. But I believe in Beachbody, the people who built it, the product, my own personal achievements in overcoming sloth with exercise and I know that it is worth my time. To meet this goal, I will read John C Maxwell books and I will spend time getting to know Beachbody.
I will remember that I want to give everyone the opportunity to accomplish their fitness dreams, just like I am. I never thought I'd see pre-baby sizes again, and here I am wearing them and able to see that I can wear sizes smaller than these if I keep pushing myself. I want to help people boost their self-esteem by discovering that no matter their fitness level, they can do something. Baby steps are what got me here and will get me to my goal. Why not others?
I will remember why I want to be successful in this endeavor: to make enough money that I can take my family to Texas to see my mom and sisters and their children, to Florida to see my brother and his family, to North Carolina to see my other sisters and their families and to Kevin's family in Missouri, Massachusetts and Connecticut (not all in the same year, obviously). Most of these places are too far to drive, and in many cases we will have to stay in a hotel because there is no room for a family of 6. I want my kids to know their cousins and aunts and uncles. I want to know my nieces and nephews. This is my "Why".
I will also continue to write about my weight loss/ strength building journey to encourage others to achieve their own personal fitness goals. It is so much more fun to do it with someone rather than push yourself alone. I don't know what I'd do without Kevin's encouragement when I've felt hopeless.
I will pray the Rosary every day even if it means breaking it up to a decade here and there. I will continue to offer my workouts and sacrifices in my diet for the salvation of souls. I will also make a solid effort to do other spiritual reading of books I already own and never read, namely, Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales and Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux.
For our family, I will find a place to make a family altar where we can go to spend quiet time with the Lord. That might be pretty challenging since I have 4 kids who run all over the house, but I will try to figure it out.
I am considering adopting the practice of the Universal Church of abstaining from meat on Fridays, even though it is not required in the US anymore. I think it will be a good thing for our family to maintain a little extra Catholic identity, to separate us from the world a little bit more and to awaken ourselves to the fact that Christ suffered and died for us on Good Friday by making this little sacrifice on a weekly basis. I haven't discussed it with Kevin yet, so this is still in the air. If we do this, then we will also make sure that Sunday is a little Easter every week with some kind of special treat. Maybe it will be a nice brunch or dinner or maybe just a little treat. It won't have to be big.
I will paint all the little spots that got skipped as we painted the house. There are plenty! No room that has been painted, except the baby's room is 100% done. Guess who painted that room? Also, I will paint the Master bedroom.
I will continue my quest to organize this house. This has been a resolution I have made for 3 years running and I have kept it every year. The house is still not organized, but I keep making progress. Maybe by the time the baby goes to college it will be done. I'm working against 4 kids, a pack-rat husband and my own nature, so I think I'm doing pretty well.
Ok, these are my resolutions and goals. They are measurable and achievable. I hope to publish my successes every Thursday under Small Successes with Faith and Family Live.