I wasn’t going to make this, because I was so worried that I would fail. Now, however, I realize that it is so important to have goals on the horizon, even if I don’t meet them the way I want to. I’d rather have something to strive for and fail, than not doing anything at all.
With the New Year finally upon us, I thought it would be best to make some new commitments.
Yes commitments. Not ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’ No. “Resolutions” are things that you start and quit two weeks in. No way. This year, I’m making commitments and I’m going to stick to them. Even if they don’t go the way that I want them to, I’m going to fight.
This list is organized in sections. Some are physical, some are mental. I’ve realized that fitness and health doesn’t mean anything if you’re not in the right mindset.
- First and foremost, I will be bringing my kids home this year. I’m going to bust my butt to get them home within a few months. If you’re interested in learning more about our story, check out His Mission, Our Home.
- I’m going vegan and I’m so excited. We’re not completely vegan only because we still use honey because it’s amazing and so good for you. But other than that, no more animal products will be entering our bodies. I will be sharing our journey with you. I’m going to try my best to post daily, but at the very minimum I’ll post twice a week. There are some amazing recipes my husband and I have come up with and I’m super excited to share them with you. Before I get the backlash and sarcastic comments, please do your research. The China Study is a wonderful resource. There are also several documentaries available on Netflix that are awesome and very interesting. I’ll list those soon.
- 100% organic and non-GMO. I’m going to be even more diligent to make sure that everything we eat is organic, and I’m super excited to find out how my body does. Don’t know what a GMO is? Don’t understand the big deal about eating organic? Have no fear, a post for you is coming soon.
- No refined sugar. We did the 100 Days of Real Food challenge early last year and it was amazing. You only ate real food. It couldn’t have more than 5 weird ingredients, no refined sugar (anything ending in -ose is sugar), just real, good-for-you food. We’re going to follow those guidelines again, except we’re going to do what we can to stick to it for a whole year (yes, holidays included).
- I’m going to make the effort to exercise every day. I know there are some days that are going to slip by, but I’m going to make a real effort to do something. Whether it’s playing a video game on the Kinect, taking Axel to the pool, or just doing five minutes of yoga. I’m going to do something daily.
- #BurpeesforOrphans. I’m so freaking excited about this one, guys. I have opened my eyes to the horrors that happened to kids with special needs in countries around the world. That’s what lead us to adopt in the first place. But it can’t stop there, and it doesn’t. I’m going to do a burpee every day, along with advocating for a child who so desperately needs a family. Every day will tack on a burpee. Today will be one, tomorrow will be two. So on and so forth until December 31st, which will be 365 burpees. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to do it all the way, but I’m going to try my hardest to. I will be sharing the videos mainly on my Instagram and Facebook pages, but at the end of the week (because we all know how awful I am about posting daily) I’ll compile the list of kids for that week along with the videos of me struggling to do burpees. I would love for this to take the world by storm. Something as simple as a hashtag doesn’t seem like much, but I’ve seen things go viral. Where only one person may have seen, thousands of people end up seeing. It’ll stretch you physically and emotionally, but really it’s nothing compared to what the kids go through, and I’d love to have you join me in spreading the word. Even if you only do it for ten days, a month, or six months, every little bit counts. If you don’t know what a burpee is, find out here. (Disclaimer – I am IN NO WAY affiliated with the person who made the video. I just thought it had an awesome way of explaining how to do it.)
Just for Me
- I’m going to start taking the time to care about my appearance. No that doesn’t mean I’m going to start spending an hour doing my hair or putting a ton of make up on. But I’ve been finding myself struggling at work, running errands, or even at home. I don’t feel confident, or even happy, because I always feel like I’m the total frumpy mom. I have to be to work early every morning, so I can’t guarantee I’ll always look my best. But I’m going to make the effort to start looking in the mirror and finding things I like about myself. Maybe I’ll go all out with the eyeliner, mascara, lip-gloss. Maybe it will just end up being some shiny lip balm and mascara. Heck, it could be something as simple as wearing a cute hat without any make up on. I want to try to feel more confident about who I am and how other’s see me.
- I’m going to keep my home clean. This statement is a very loaded one because it involves a lot more than vacuuming every day. We have way too much stuff. We have so much stuff the room we have for one of the kids we’re bringing home is over flowing with boxes and buckets of crap we never even look at. I’m getting rid of all of it. The main focus will be a clean, uncluttered home. Vacuuming, dishes going directly in the dishwasher, all that fun stuff.
- Drink 16 cups of water a day. I had an almost 100 Day streak going last year. I missed one day, got mad, and stopped. I’m going to start thinking about the water I drink daily and track it.
The one thing that I almost put on my list, but realized was unnecessary, was losing weight. Duh I want to, and it will happen, but it’s not something I’m going to put all my focus on. If I start paying more attention to my health and less to the number on the scale, the weight will come off all on it’s own.
What are you committing to this year? What are your goals? I’d love to know!