Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Goals


1. Floss my teeth everyday - accomplished! I hate flossing my teeth.  I rarely do it.  True story.  Although my daily routine involves brushing my teeth quite a bit, the idea of flossing makes me cringe.  It has always been exacerbated by the thought of having sore teeth the rest of the day.  Despite the above, I decided that I may want my teeth whitened sometime this year which means dentist which translate to the proverbial "You should floss more." I decided January was the month to start and I am proud to say not a day went by that my teeth were not assailed with flossing.  The beginning of the moth was rough, I will spare you the details.  By the end my mouth knew a daily beating was coming and were only a little sore for a few hours in the morning.  I attribute the continued soreness to my teeth being tightly placed together. I hate to admit this, but this goal has spilled over into February and I continue my daily besieging on my teeth and gums. with a little more verve.

2. Drink 72 ounces of water a day - partly accomplished.  I carry my 32 oz. Nalgene bottle with me to work everyday and make a valiant effort to drink two a day plus a little.  Most days I am successful. Other days, stress takes over and I forget to eat and drink.  Weekends are also hard as unless I make a huge pot of tea in the morning, my water consumption drops to the level of dehydration as I am never aware of the time with errands being run and studying being done and therefore have no gauge on how much water I should have had.  I am still working on this goal as when you are dehydrated your body tends to hold on to weight which is quite the opposite of what I have worked so hard for.

3. The stragglers - towards the end of the month I jumped onto my sisters bandwagon of trying to eat 30 grams of fiber a day as well as added my own goal of making sure to have a good workout 3 days a week.  When your eating habits are out of whack, your fiber count tends to be awfully low.  I have moved this goal to February and am really trying to reach this goal this week. Both of these goals.  I have in the past tended to let my health fall by the wayside when I get busy and stressed at work.  This year I am working on staying healthy to help me cope better with the stress.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My updated goals

Happy Year of the Horse! I have realized that I have been a little lax about my goals lately and it has shown.  Being in school and busy with work is no excuse to neglect my personal life.  I like to set yearly, monthly, and weekly goals for myself.  Somehow ever Chines New Year is a reminder to get back on track.  (I refuse to make resolutions as those just appear to be nebulous dreams.)

I came across an inspirational quote a few weeks back that really gave me a kick in the pants.  "A goal without a plan is just a wish."  I did not want to be a wishful person, but rather one of action.  I planned my 2014 goals in December and they have been turning out well.

1. Use up my existing stationary - I have tons of great stationary and I have decided that it will all be used before the year's end.  This is a piggyback goal from last year when I decided I was going to be more active in my relationships.  Whenever I thought of someone I was going to let them know as I have a tendency of keeping things to myself whether that is a text, email, call, or note.  So far I am doing well on the stationary usage front.

2. Improve my vocabulary - I have to admit, Benedict Cumberbatch was really the impetus for this goal.  Watching and reading interviews with him really galvanized me to take the next step and to be proactive about improving and using my existing vocabulary that I may tend to refrain from using as I am afraid others will not understand.  Maybe by using such words and expressions I will arose that desire in others as well.

3. Be a little more hedonistic - I tend to put aside my needs and desires for others, even without expressing I am doing so.  I tend to keep my dissent to myself and allow others to sway my movements.  I love buying other people gifts, but I also realize I tend to not buy things for myself out of some weird and twisted outlook that I am not worthy.  I have decided that I am going to actually take the book of Ecclesiastes more seriously and live and enjoy life for who knows how long we all really have on this Earth.

4. Make a large purchase - ...more to come later...