Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Goals

It's 2012, and from the looks of things on Facebook and the blogosphere, this is going to be a year of change for so many people. I've seen countless posts and status updates sharing lists of New Year's Resolutions.  Like many people, I have things in my life that I want to work on, but instead of coming up with resolutions, I like the develop goals with a timeline and action plan to help me to achieve them.  Here is my list of health and beauty goals for 2012, along with ideas for behaviors that I can do to reach my goals:

Limit restaurant meals to 4x/month or less
  • Plan a week’s worth of meals ahead 
  • Have a cooking day (probably Sunday) where I prep foods for the week and cook enough meat for a couple of days worth of meals
·         Develop healthier eating habits
  • Drink water 90% of the time instead of sodas and sugary juices 
  • Swap my fave junk food (potato chips, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, brownies) for lower-calorie indulgences that I enjoy (homemade smoothies, yogurt, parfait, fruit) 
  • Keep food diary via My Fitness Pal app
·         Work out 3x/wk
  • Use breaks at work to power walk 
  • Do something active w/ fiancé a few weekends out of the month 
  • Develop hobby that is not sedentary (or involve shopping) 
  • Workout first thing when I get home in the afternoon so I don’t have a chance to sit down and get comfortable 
  • Track workouts using My Fitness Pal app on iPhone 
  • Follow a different work out program each month to help w/ variety (Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred, Wii my fitness pal workout, couch to 5k, biggest loser bootcamp dvd plan).
·         Develop my health/wellness “glam squad” (family dr, dentist, poss dermatologist & masseuse)

·         Retain hair growth (4+ inches)

  • Moisturize, seal & set my hair every night (if wearing hair loose) 
  • Protective style at least 2 week of every month (mini twists, bun, or wig/clip-ins) 
  • Deep condition weekly 
  • Try henna to increase strength 
  • Straighten no more than 4 times in 2012 
  • Do scalp massage
Limit use of pain medicine to 4x/mo

  • Natural methods for headaches, cramps, etc. 
  • Try to get adequate sleep 
  • Avoid activities that I know will cause headaches (ex. waiting too long to eat, using the computer for too long, reading in the dark)

In addition to these goals, I have other things that  I want to do to improve my quality of life.  I want to be a better person, a happier person, and live a life that is more in line with my values.  These aren't specific goals, but thoughts and actions that I will commit to doing to become the person I want to be.  
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive one
  • Stop Stressing the small things
  • Leave work stress/thoughts at work.
  • Consider motivations behind what others say/do instead of taking things personal
  • Read 10+ books a year
  • Give away 50 items that I no longer use, want, or need. 
  • Read something life changing every day (quote, tips to improve life in some way, article, book chapter, etc) 
  • Find my “passion”/”purpose” 
  • Travel to a new city or state 
  • Treat others as I want to be treated
  • Limit gossip websites, reality shows, anything that promotes negativity.

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