I am always a bit behind the rest of the world at the start of the year as we celebrate through Epiphany which is the 6th of January. So as I write this on the 9th my house is in transition from Christmas to winter with half filled totes and piles of decorations scattered throughout. I have “officially” started on my 2019 goals this week which means I need to finish with 2018!
My aspirations of 2018 were simple: be healthier and be happier. Since I had such vague goals I had vague results. But I do feel like I learned a lot and made progress. Habits I am keeping include meditation, taking calcium, psyllium husk and melatonin and going low carb.
I feel like most of my unhappiness is directly related to sleep and energy issues. Due to impending menopause I only have so much control (if any!) over these two areas. The melatonin and calcium do help with sleep and hot flashes.
Last August I tried my hand at eating low carb and was amazed at how good I felt. Now it may have been a hormonally timed fluke but I don’t think so. So as of 7 January I am going low carb for as long as I can handle it. Even if I don’t get a repeat of the ‘miracle in August’ everything I have read points to low carb being a much healthier way of eating with lots of benefits.
For 2019 I suppose my goals remain the same, be healthier and be happier. Low carb will handle the healthier part. Be happier has more pieces.
- This year I have made a list in my Bullet Journal: “What do I want my life to look like 1 Dec 2019?”
- Be writing on a regular basis
- Get my son’s room de-cluttered and redone (paint, new furniture that works better, area rug)
- Feel content with my current life
- De-clutter the garage
- Have more energy (this is where the low carb comes in)
- Do more things that make me happy and fewer things that make me unhappy
I have steps and timelines and plans on how to achieve my goals this year. I’ll start with small, steady steps. I have promised myself to reevaluate on a regular basis (which I find myself already doing!) and be open to making changes as I decide what is working and what isn’t. And I will not let myself get totally derailed by a bad day or two.
I can’t forget that just because I want to feel better and do more means that I will magically be done with the insanity of getting to menopause.
- Another list: “What to do when I am feeling unbearably, hormonally crabby or crappy?”
- take a nap
- watch a comedy
- stare out the window
- whatever I damn well feel like doing!
I guess that about sums things up. Up next, my word for the year!