January was actually a great month! I feel like writing down my goals (and publishing them, haha) really helped me stay focused.
I finished 3 books! Woo-hoo! I finished Thou Shall Prosper--a good read, and one I told my husband I thought he would appreciate more. Maybe when he finishes his stack, haha! I also finished Eat that Frog! which was very helpful to me. If I get a chance this month, I'll do a little review of that one because I would recommend it to anyone looking to be more productive with their time. Last, I read Jen Fulwiler's book Something other than God. I was really surprised the library actually had it! I read that one in 2 1/2 days. Excellent. I love conversion stories! If you haven't read it, you should. Really. You should. :)
Right now I'm reading (frantically because it's due Friday and I can't renew it - someone else has requested it) Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. This one I'm taking notes on. It's one I would probably like to own, but I already have a number of parenting books and really don't need any more. So I resolved to take notes as I go along. Again, I'd like to do a review of it once I'm finished.
All in all - 3 books finished and another one will be by Friday. Woo-hoo! I've definitely been spending more of my time in the evening reading.
2) Physical - workouts are between 4-5 a week so that has been going well. Last week I started working on pull-ups using a progression that DH emailed me a while back. I ended up ordering another pair of assist bands to help. I'm alternating M-W-F as pull-up days and T-R as aerobic and other exercises. Saturday and Sundays are now rest days.
In case you are curious about the pull-up progression, it looks like this:
Warm up with something aerobic - I've been doing jumping jacks for about a minute. Then the pull-up warm-up:
10 pull-ups with 4 assist bands
5 pull-ups with 3 assist bands
3 pull-ups with 2 assist bands
Then the actual work-out: 3 rounds of 5 with 1 assist band.
The idea is to work on getting used to the actual movement of the pull-up by using the assist bands. After 5-8 weeks you are supposed to take a break for an entire week.
The 21DSD - we began on Sunday. I am definitely eating WAY more veggies on this! I can only eat 1 piece of fruit per day, and it's limited to either a green-tipped banana, a green apple or a grapefruit. They are much less sweet than other fruits. I am definitely craving sweet things still. I also am not sure I'm eating enough because I'm finding myself really wanting a snack about 2x a day. We'll see how this week goes. I made some granola and while it was good, after we get past the 21 days, I will be making it again with a dash of maple syrup or honey and adding in raisins or cranberries. :) And I am REALLY looking forward to making a dessert for Valentine's day night!
I'm going to still focus on Our Lady this month because I'm not where I want to be with this yet.
Went to the Science Center once with C - he loved the water activities in the kids area! It was hard to pull him away! Looking forward to going again this month. C has gotten to play outside in the snow a bit, although he mainly just wants to eat it. :)
DH & I ran into another adoptive family at church this week - we met the couple briefly a few months ago, right before they were placed, so we are hoping to have them over for brunch later this month. The little boy is so cute, and also African-American... since our parish is mostly caucasian I am looking forward to having more kids who look like ours there!!
After getting snowed in twice so that we had to cancel, my former voice teacher and I are getting together for coffee this week. She is also an organist at a local church (not Catholic) but I will let her know I'm available to sub. And hopefully this week after Mass I can chat with our parish music director as well. I've played a little of the piece I want to re-memorize, but not as much as I want to. But I've gotten in a few practice sessions each week, I think.
Month one - no clothing or accessories or shoes purchased for me, not even with my gift cards or Christmas money! I have made a little wish list of things, but no purchases yet. It's not as long as it might have been in prior years because I'm definitely thinking more "do I really need that?"
How are things going for your resolutions/goals?