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Oh, I forgot to mention my big fail: inviting each set of neighbors near us over for a meal in my home.  We got swamped with huge gardening projects for our food forest and didn't follow through with new to us neighbors because we were exhausted on weekend evenings, so we just hung out a few times with neighbors we were more familiar with.  So, new to us neighbors get put back on the list for 2020. 

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I forgot about my accomplishments this year.  I posted earlier about my cluttered house and how I’m going to clean it one stick of furniture at a time for next year’s goal.  But here are my accomplishments from this year: 

In the last year, I lost 15 pounds by watching calories. I was completely unaware of how much overeating I was doing with my portions and not-so-good choices.  I stopped counting the calories a few months ago and have been able to maintain the weight I’m at because my habits have changed.

I started taking hapkido lessons in April and have progressed slowly but steadily.  I sorta don’t like taking the lessons because of inertia (they start at 8:15 at night and by then I’m TIRED), but I make myself go and once I’m there, I’m glad I got myself there.  It’s slowly dawning on me that I might actually be able to defend myself if I were ever attacked. That’s a good feeling, as I’ve often felt helpless in my life.  I’m still learning and my skills are shaky, but I’m getting there.

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I’m also reading Atomic Habits. Well, listening as audio.  I’ve been through it more than once.

My biggest habit/goal accomplishment of the year was a shift from thinking in terms of goals over to thinking in terms of small habits that will add up toward goals. 

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3 hours ago, Jaz said:

DONE Konmari 2.0  (donated 51 bags so far, patio furniture, 2 bikes)

You're blowing my mind! Wow!!!

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2 hours ago, Jaybee said:

I have read 42 books so far, but a lot of them were empty calorie books rather than productive growth-producing books. I haven't lost any weight, and it is much needed. I'm not exercising regularly, though I started a few times.

Had you thought about combining the two? I'm not so coordinated, but many people read and use a treadmill or elliptical or recumbent bike at the same time. And maybe if you put FITNESS books into your list for the year (like one a month), you'd stay pumped? 

Here's one I just requested from the library

                                            Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training                                     

and this will help you feel good while you're doing that treadmill/bike/whatever time

                                            Runner's World Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter                                       

and another you might like 

                                            Delavier's Sculpting Anatomy for Women: Shaping your core, butt, and legs                                     

ok, I hadn't seen this, but it looks pretty popular

                                            Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body                                     

Good luck! :biggrin:

PS. The other way I convince myself to do cardio is with movies/tv, but that doesn't help your book reading goal.

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Well, I'd love a treadmill, but we can't afford one right now. And I might would fall off of it if I tried to read at the same time. Maybe a fitness book or two might help. 

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25 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

Well, I'd love a treadmill, but we can't afford one right now.

I don't know your budget, but January will be a good time for used fitness equipment on craigslist, hahaha. That's where I got mine. Super high end will be maybe $200 or 250. More normal machines are often $100-ish. At least around here. But they go fast so you have to hawk.

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27 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

Well, I'd love a treadmill, but we can't afford one right now. And I might would fall off of it if I tried to read at the same time. Maybe a fitness book or two might help. 

Our Y has a sliding scale for affordability and scholarships. You could apply, see what happens. They aren't all that way, but ours is. We have some big community donors, so it helps. 

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This is such an inspirational thread!

I decluttered, cleaned, and reorganized my house over the summer.  

I did not: get enough sleep, lose weight, or make any meaningful professional progress.  And homeschooling has been very up and down.

2020 is going to bring some major adventure, and my only real goal is to try and make the most of it all.  Well, I'd also like to do better at getting more sleep.

 

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Also, just as an aside, in terms of being inspiring, could we ever have a more beautiful year for making radical progress in our lives than 2020? Such a beautiful, symmetrical number! Just try out the beauty of that number:

1. “I published my first book in 2020.”

2. “I got my graduate degree in 2020.”

3. “I moved across the country in 2020.” 

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This year I started doing yoga. I needed to do some exercise, but I hate exercise. It needed to be from home and something I could enjoy. In April I found “Yoga for the Inflexible” on Amazon Prime, and amazingly enough, I stuck with it, I started out with 3x/week, but at the beginning of November I upped it to 5x/week. They are very gentle, 15 minute videos, but I have seen an increase in flexibility and balance. And Julia always tells me she is glad I am there at the beginning and that I did a great job at the end, and unfortunately, that is sometimes the only affirmation I get throughout the day.😂. I’m pretty surprised I am still doing it, since I have a lot of trouble keeping up with new things like that.

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40 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

This year I started doing yoga. I needed to do some exercise, but I hate exercise. It needed to be from home and something I could enjoy. In April I found “Yoga for the Inflexible” on Amazon Prime, and amazingly enough, I stuck with it, I started out with 3x/week, but at the beginning of November I upped it to 5x/week. They are very gentle, 15 minute videos, but I have seen an increase in flexibility and balance. And Julia always tells me she is glad I am there at the beginning and that I did a great job at the end, and unfortunately, that is sometimes the only affirmation I get throughout the day.😂. I’m pretty surprised I am still doing it, since I have a lot of trouble keeping up with new things like that.

I think when moderators thank you for participating, it’s very affirming, much moreso than it seems like it would be to have a voice on an iPad or whatever telling you nice things. 

Both the meditation and yoga apps I use include some type of thank you for sharing your practice type of thing and I admit, I do like that acknowledgement. 

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On 12/1/2019 at 4:58 PM, Quill said:

What about you? 

 

Move never been great about setting long term goals. Generally I make short term goals that impact long term and so it works, but it’s generally a , “How can I tweak what’s not working?” 

My food and nutrition habits have changed significantly. It started around March/April and I can’t believe how well I’ve stuck to it. It was big for me. I’ve always been health conscious but this was a huge change - adding in a ton of greens and completely cutting dairy and grains.

i have t thought about the coming new year, just the new semester. I’ll be working on a project I’m fervent about and with a professor I’m eager to work with, thus I need to make a plan to carve out time to write. I’m open to suggestions! I think perhaps your idea of getting up before the hubby might work well, but I know I’ll wake him. 😞 My kids are very early risers and I’d love to change that, or at least modify how mornings go. I want a slow, reflective morning and it’s the polar opposite of our lives.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Jaybee said:

Well, I'd love a treadmill, but we can't afford one right now. And I might would fall off of it if I tried to read at the same time. Maybe a fitness book or two might help. 

 

I do a little walking every day that I can.  It’s relatively low cost (except shoes and such wearing out faster).   (I have a dog who walks with me, which isn’t low cost, but also isn’t critical to being able to walk for most people.) 

I play audiobooks while I walk

 

If you haven’t read it I recommend Atomic Habits.  One principal of making things work is to do even a tiny bit toward a desired activity  (such as get dressed to exercise, even if you don’t yet do the exercise) as a first step can help.  Action.  

 

Jump rope also can be a great low cost fitness booster!  A good jump rope can be gotten for probably $25 or less.  A decent starter one for around $10 probably. 

And Or home tai chi and or yoga from YouTube 

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1 hour ago, Quill said:

I think when moderators thank you for participating, it’s very affirming, much moreso than it seems like it would be to have a voice on an iPad or whatever telling you nice things. 

Both the meditation and yoga apps I use include some type of thank you for sharing your practice type of thing and I admit, I do like that acknowledgement. 

 

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No exercise program I’ve tried that I’m aware of does this, but it sounds good to me.  

I wonder if it would be possible to make an affirming recording for oneself and if that would help accomplish any number of things.  

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This was a very successful year for me. I’ve lost 37 pounds since January. It started with consistent gym workouts in Jan. In May, as my school year wrapped up, I did the Whole 30 and started working out 5 days a week. During the fall semester I have continued to work out 3-4 days a week and kept my diet in check about 80% of the time. I’m doing another round of W30 in January, right before I start nursing school. 
 

I am proud of my accomplishments this year. My main goal is to maintain my healthy habits through nursing school. 
 

My most recent habit added is skin care. I invested in Rodan and Fields for myself and I’m trying to take the time to do more and more self care. 

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I thought of one more big goal I accomplished this year. I wanted to go backpacking this summer.  My son spends a week at a camp in the Tetons, and I wanted to go backpacking with dh and dd18 during the week of the camp.  My husband is a big outdoorsman, but had spent the year away from the mountains - I thought it might be healing to be completely outside of civilization and enjoy the peace of the forest and mountains. 

It took some big planning and preparing through the spring, and there were some things that came up that made it seem like we would have to cancel, but we did it!  We camped a couple days before and the night after, and backpacked for 4 days.  It was so hard and I was underprepared for the climbing, but it was incredible! We camped at a glacier fed lake and at the most beautiful stream.  We purified our own water and ate freeze dried meals (most were really good, one was terrible).  

I don't think dd quite appreciated it as a graduation trip, but I hope she will look back on it as an awesome adventure! 

The backpacking trip was in the middle of a whirlwind of craziness, and I had almost forgotten about it.  I need to make a little photo book of that adventure!!

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21 hours ago, Jaybee said:

This has been a floundering year for me. I'm disappointed in myself. I have read 42 books so far, but a lot of them were empty calorie books rather than productive growth-producing books. I haven't lost any weight, and it is much needed. I'm not exercising regularly, though I started a few times. And so on. I don't like the lack of discipline I have shown this year. I'm struggling with working, because now that I've been doing it almost two years, I'm just not a fan, lol. When I come home, I'm tired and only want to waste time on the computer or binge-watch something. So I haven't really accomplished much this year. That's not the way I want to live, so this thread is a good wake-up call. I hadn't even thought about it until you asked the question, Quill, and now I'm thinking, "Wow, I need a kick in the pants and some goals!"

On the bolded, that's still a lot!  I managed to reestablish and maintain a reading habit a couple of years ago (kids are out of the house now, so I have more time to read - but I also need the intellectual stimulation!)  What I've found is good to help me be more intentional with book choices that have some nutritional value (to continue your metaphor 😉 ) is to keep a running to-read list on Goodreads.  My paper lists would always get lost, or would get unwieldy, or both.

As to your other goals, I'll echo what others said about adding one habit at a time, and even a little progress is progress.

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I'm another doing atomic habits.  It has been so helpful to focus on small things.  Having a baby again and ADHD I really am loving making changes tiny bits at a time.  Check the garbage and recycling on the way out of the house and have a kids grab it.  Empty the dishwasher while my kuerig warms up.  Go to the gym after dropping kids off at school the time o have is shorter but it gets done a a 20 min workout 4 days a week is better than a 60min once or twice.

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9 hours ago, wintermom said:

Great idea! I will be moving to a new country in 2020.

I saw your post before you edited it and just want to send you lots of good thoughts and well wishes.  2019 has been an incredibly hard and painful for year for me.  I am more than happy to see it go.   I say this to let you know you aren't alone.  Hugs...

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Just now, peacelovehomeschooling said:

I saw your post before you edited it and just want to send you lots of good thoughts and well wishes.  2019 has been an incredibly hard and painful for year for me.  I am more than happy to see it go.   I say this to let you know you aren't alone.  Hugs...

Many thanks. Only the last 2 months of 2019 were horrible. Hoping that 2020 is better.

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I really have no idea what my goals for this year were supposed to be.  The year started off difficult and just got more hard and sad as it went on.   However, I did accomplish a few things (some that don't need to be public):  while I didn't meet my personal goal of reading 52 books, I have read 46 so far.  I won't make my 52 goal but I would like to finish at least one, if not two more.   We joined the YMCA and I have been consistently fast walking on the treadmill.   We just got a new puppy after losing our elderly dog in April.   This sweet puppy is certainly not a replacement for our other dog, and I miss our other one more than words can say,  but, it is so nice to have a lovely wonderful sweet puppy.   We have another dog, but this is definitely a 2 dog home, and was too quiet with only one.  We found a new and wonderful church (happens to be a different denomination) and feels like it is where we should have been all along.  We love it.  We still need to meet more people and make friends but getting established is hard (we have only been members for 3 months).  In many areas I failed miserably due to overwhelming sadness and stress and just trying to keep my head above water (still there actually).  So accomplishing these few things (plus the ones that are private) count as wins.

I just really pray that 2020 is far kinder to our family.

Reading all of your accomplishments is inspiring.  You guys are pretty amazing and have doing awesome things!

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Hey, @regentrude! I think I saw one of your poems as I looked around on Thimblelit. It was “At the Crossroads.” That’s you, right? 

So fun! Reading the poetry on there inspired me and I wrote a poem today. 😊

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1 hour ago, Quill said:

Hey, @regentrude! I think I saw one of your poems as I looked around on Thimblelit. It was “At the Crossroads.” That’s you, right? 

So fun! Reading the poetry on there inspired me and I wrote a poem today. 😊

Yes, it is 🙂

So awesome that you wrote something! Care to share? pm? 

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13 hours ago, regentrude said:

Yes, it is 🙂

So awesome that you wrote something! Care to share? pm? 

Sure, I’ll pm you later today...heading out to a job interview this morning. 😬

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1 hour ago, Quill said:

Sure, I’ll pm you later today...heading out to a job interview this morning. 😬

 

Rah! rah! Rah! Go, Quill! 

(ETA: that’s a cheer!   Also “good job moving forward.  Thank you for your participation.”  🙃. ) 

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On 12/3/2019 at 2:13 AM, Jaybee said:

Well, I'd love a treadmill, but we can't afford one right now. And I might would fall off of it if I tried to read at the same time. Maybe a fitness book or two might help. 

 

Audiobooks are my go-to for exercise.  I listen to them while running, walking, and doing heavy housekeeping.  

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My newest good habit: I’m learning simple Cat - Cow  yoga routine as my start to the day.  Habit stacked.  First I Cat stretch then I... 

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7 minutes ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:

 

Audiobooks are my go-to for exercise.  I listen to them while running, walking, and doing heavy housekeeping.  

 

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3 hours ago, Pen said:

My newest good habit: I’m learning simple Cat - Cow  yoga routine as my start to the day.  Habit stacked.  First I Cat stretch then I... 

...take a nap? That’s what my cat does. 

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On 12/2/2019 at 5:21 PM, Homeschool Mom in AZ said:

Oh, I forgot to mention my big fail: inviting each set of neighbors near us over for a meal in my home.  We got swamped with huge gardening projects for our food forest and didn't follow through with new to us neighbors because we were exhausted on weekend evenings, so we just hung out a few times with neighbors we were more familiar with.  So, new to us neighbors get put back on the list for 2020. 

We had a neighborhood party this fall, which we hadn't done for a number of years.  We had about 25 show, and they were happy that we set it up.

I've gotten back in the habit of reading personal growth books for me and for work.  Trying to become the motivator at work.  Big job even for a small business.

 

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Hey, I have an idea...I’m a little bit afraid to commit to this because I may soon be FT employed, but wouldn’t it be fun, for the new year, to have a monthly habits and goals check in thread on here? To sort of keep reminding ourselves of our goals and habits and boosting ourselves and each other with encouragement for the habits established and goals met? I’m envisioning it as a thread on the last weekend of each month. People could pop in and out; I wouldn’t mind someone joining in at any time or if someone misses a month or two. (I may miss a month or two myself.) 

What do ya think? 

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6 minutes ago, Quill said:

Hey, I have an idea...I’m a little bit afraid to commit to this because I may soon be FT employed, but wouldn’t it be fun, for the new year, to have a monthly habits and goals check in thread on here? To sort of keep reminding ourselves of our goals and habits and boosting ourselves and each other with encouragement for the habits established and goals met? I’m envisioning it as a thread on the last weekend of each month. People could pop in and out; I wouldn’t mind someone joining in at any time or if someone misses a month or two. (I may miss a month or two myself.) 

What do ya think? 

I would participate in something like that! I love the monthly threads around here. It's a wonderful way to have some accountability and encouragement.

How did your interview go?

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1 hour ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

I would participate in something like that! I love the monthly threads around here. It's a wonderful way to have some accountability and encouragement.

How did your interview go?

The interview was fine, although sort of weirdly formal. It was very different from any interview I’ve ever had; it reminded me of what I think a PhD defense is like. It was a panel of people, who asked me specific questions in a specific order, and then they gave me a proofreading test and left. So I don’t really have any idea how they felt about me and, other than knowing I scored perfectly on the proofreading test, and another question for which I saw the scoring system, I really have no idea how soon they will get back to me, if at all. 

I have another interview for a job I consider more desirable next Wednesday. So I’m hoping I will get to pick between two offers. The interview yesterday was down in the city, which I’m not keen on that commute. The interview next week is about 15 minutes from my house and accessible through back roads if traffic is bad. It is also less than ten minutes from ds’ school, if I should need to get him in an emergency, so that would be great. 

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I just noticed that the website called zen habits has a blog post on reviewing your year and setting your intentions for the new year. Some of the questions might be helpful to someone.

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7 hours ago, mom2scouts said:

I just noticed that the website called zen habits has a blog post on reviewing your year and setting your intentions for the new year. Some of the questions might be helpful to someone.

This is great.  Thank you for sharing it.

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7 hours ago, Quill said:

The interview was fine, although sort of weirdly formal. It was very different from any interview I’ve ever had; it reminded me of what I think a PhD defense is like. It was a panel of people, who asked me specific questions in a specific order, and then they gave me a proofreading test and left. So I don’t really have any idea how they felt about me and, other than knowing I scored perfectly on the proofreading test, and another question for which I saw the scoring system, I really have no idea how soon they will get back to me, if at all. 

I have another interview for a job I consider more desirable next Wednesday. So I’m hoping I will get to pick between two offers. The interview yesterday was down in the city, which I’m not keen on that commute. The interview next week is about 15 minutes from my house and accessible through back roads if traffic is bad. It is also less than ten minutes from ds’ school, if I should need to get him in an emergency, so that would be great. 

 

I hope you get that next week one!  

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