I feel like I am a fairly committed person. When I make my mind up to do something, I most always follow through. However, if I’m not focused on a certain goal, it often gets put on the back burner.
Lately, I’ve been very committed to:
Family time. Family is incredibly important to me. Even more so, now that we have a little family of our own.
Career. I’m excited about where I am and where I might go. I also am committed to and passionate about the blog, mostly my relationship with you guys. I am incredibly thankful that you visit me here and I am committed to making it a site worth visiting.
Getting involved in the community. We’ve lived in the Lake Norman area for over a year and I still don’t feel like we’re completely tied in here yet. Most of our friends live 20-30 minutes away. We’re working on being around more, making friends and really getting out there. Proof: we even tried a new church out yesterday!
Enjoying time with friends. I’ve been focused on living it up every weekend. With trips to the pumpkin patch and football watching with friends. And I’ve been making up for those 10 months without alcohol by sampling every pumpkin beer I can find 😉
With all this focus, something has slipped down in the priority list.
My focus on my health.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it has gone down the tubes. Like I often say, I actually love eating healthy foods, but lately there have been a few too many wings, beer and tortilla chips making their way into my system. And exercise? Though I’m feeling a bit better every day, I’m not ready to go full speed ahead. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t be doing some exercise. I could totally handle some walks and some simple strength exercises at home.
I was pretty excited when I fit back into pre-pregnancy jeans this past weekend, but even though they ‘fit’, I didn’t feel like me. This leads me to believe that it actually has nothing to do with my weight or size.
Health goals make me feel challenged, focused, strong and alive. I haven’t been working towards any lately, and I definitely feel like something is missing.
So today, I refocus.
- I’m committing to getting some exercise everyday. Whether it’s a walk, push-ups or Hailey bicep curls.
- I’m committing to eating whole foods most of the time (so if some wings do sneak in on the weekends, I’m a-ok with it).
- I’m committing to making dinners at home throughout the week. Even if it’s tomato soup and grilled cheese, it’s better for me than the take-out Mexican I had Hubbs pick up last week.
Do you ever find yourself having to stop, breathe and recommit yourself to a goal that is important to you?
Are you like me and find Mondays to be the perfect day to refocus?
I do tend to refocus on the weekends, it’s a perfect start to the week. I find that writing goals down help me to get back on track and work to take steps toward achieving that goal!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
I don’t think you’re alone here at all! I just had an internal conversation with myself about just this regarding desserts…ha! Seriously though, sometimes you do need to refocus and spell out what you’re committing yourself to to make it happen. Good luck 🙂
Let’s see if this comment will post.
Recommitting to certain previous goals is something I too do sometimes. Especially if something life changing have happened, so I understand why you did this post today.
Thanks for this post, this is just what I needed for a pick me up! I need to become more committed to eating healthier and working out. I have WAY.TO.COMMITED to working that both have lagged.
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
Good for you! I think that understanding the difference between health and weight and wanting to feel good, rather than just “fit into your jeans” is a great way to approach your (re)new(ed) commitment. 🙂
My first comment. 🙂 Yikes! I enjoy your blog very much and just wanted to say this is a very good post. Refocusing is what I feel like I do quite often. I am glad I am not the only one who gets off track and then has a pep talk with myself and get back in the swing. Physically and mentally I feel so much bettter when I am eating clean. I guess we are all human.
I love first time commenters! And It makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one that has to focus on re-focusing (does that make any sense?!) 🙂
Susan @ Real Life Travels says
Yes, I’m trying to get back in the gym despite how much time and effort it takes to just get there. It’s a struggle for sure … which church did you check out?
It’s a satellite church that meets at the YMCA. I’ll have to tell you about it.
I can relate to the eating out. We just moved to a new city, so of course we just want to explore and eat at new places!
I am trying to eat clean through the weekdays and then enjoy a splurge on the weekend. 🙂
Yes, somewhere between Sundays where I usually get a lot accomplished, Mondays wind up being a great day to refocus and recommit, knowing everything is lined up thanks to Sundays push. I then feel great about the goals I have in front of me and a rejuvenated sense of determination. BUT… I think it is largely in part to feeling rested when I woke up this morning. 🙂
Oh, I am totally on board with you. I love productive Sundays and feeling like I have everything lined up for the week. It’s a great feeling!
Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers says
Yup, sometimes I need to step back and look at what I’ve been up to and what I want to be up to. I drift here and there and need to come back into my routine from time to time. Nothing major, just repositioning a bit. 🙂
Kristen @ The Concrete Runner says
I think your goals sound completely manageable and I know you can do it! It’s amazing what feeling healthy does for your body image! 🙂 Good luck on your new commitments!
Love your goals … Health, family, friends, & volunteering are so important! I think every year I have the same goals but by the middle of the year one of them gets put on the back burner. This year it’s volunteering. My husband & I recently moved to the LKN area as well (off of exit 23). Any recommendations … restaurants, things to do, etc?
Well hey neighbor! Welcome to the area 🙂 I’m up a few exits from you, but off of exit 25 there is a new Taco mac that is lots of fun for football watching (if you like football). And Dresslers in Birkdale village is a great place for date night. So is Restaurant X in Davidson. Oh, and you can find the best breakfast around at Toast, also in Davidson.
Good for you! It’s so easy to use our babies as excuses to not work out, or not cook. It takes so much more effort to do anything!
It’s amazing how Fall, football, and fun (all super important) can distract us a bit from our health goals. I loved reading this post as I just wrote about my own recommitment last week and how you kinda have to commit to wellness on almost a daily basis – (http://www.justfocuswell.com/938/recommitment/). Thanks for sharing your refocusing and best of luck with your goals! 🙂
Brittany, you are such an inspiration! But I wonder if you’re being too hard on yourself. 🙂 You’re seriously doing amazing for having a one month old, girl! I hope I’m as together as you are after my little guy arrives.
I know… David tells me I’m trying to do too much sometimes, but I’m a control freak and love having everything in order. But thanks to Hailey, I’m quickly learning that I can’t have a plan for everything 🙂 And I have full confidence that you’ll be awesome after your little man arrives. Heck, you’ll be back to running before I am and I’m a few months ahead of you 🙂
I think you’ve set some really realistic and attainable goals, Brittany. Good for you 🙂 Sometimes you just need an attitude adjustment and it makes recommitting a lot easier. I feel like I’ve been letting too many sugary goodies into my life lately and while I’ve been keeping up with exercise, I haven’t been enjoying it so last week I decided to snap out of it. Lighten up on the eating out and remember why I love exercise. I’ve been feeling so much better! Good luck, lady 🙂
Lauren B says
I see Monday as my refocus/start-over day, as I usually stay on the healthy track throughout the week but tend to allow splurges and rest days on the weekends.
Have a great “refocused” week! 🙂
Noelle (@singerinkitchen) says
It must be a great feeling to know what you want especially when they are truly attainable.
Tanya @ Vegan Faith says
You and your precious family are so cute! Now that you and Hailey are more mobile, you want to grab coffee sometime this week?
I’d love to grab coffee sometime soon! Let me know what morning works for you 🙂
My favorite days to re-focus are Sundays because I am often too bummed about it being Monday to actually make any goals or resolutions for that day. If I do, they are more likely to fail. Setting goals on Sundays gives me something to focus on come the next day, to distract me from the week being just beginning!
Ms. Adams says
Good for you for recognizing areas of growth and potential. So many people have a hard time recognizing things they need to work on. I tend to find myself recommitting to goals after big life events. Like after our wedding, eating healthy and excerising definitely went down the tubes (honeymoons have a way of doing that to you). But when we got back to regular life, I knew I had to get my health self back. I could just feel how the extra weight was holding me down, even though it was only a pound or two. So good luck!
While I agree that committing to your health is important, it seems like you have most of your other priorities in line, all of which contribute to your health in other ways, such as a sense of community, happiness, and support. I’ve recently refocused my energy on family, friends, and taking care of my emotional needs and my healthy habits have fallen to the wayside (hence, no blog posts for a while), so I’m trying to get back on track as well. We’re in this together!
Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun says
It is so hard figuring out how to balance everything isn’t it? I know you can do it, though! And it does feel so good to feel more like yourself fitness-wise.
I won’t lie, on days where I feel like it’s all too much, I think of you. I don’t know how you manage to be a great mom to TWO kids, eat healthy, work out, blog, etc, but I want to be just like you when I grow up 🙂
Thanks for the honesty! I’m glad you’re taking the time to enjoy the “finer things in life.” I think you’re totally on the right path with your plan. I go through that process more often then I’d like to admit – and I didn’t just have a baby!! Go you!
Liz @ iheartvegetables says
You guys are like the most beautiful family ever! You’re like, the sample picture that would come in a picture frame!!
But you’re right, you gotta make sure to focus on your health! 🙂
the sample picture- haha! I love you for saying that. Totally just made my day 🙂
Spear The Mighty says
Love the blog. As someone trying to make some serious lifestyle changes for the better, I will certainly be back.
I love a fresh start and a clean slate for a great week!
I think you are doing so amazing handling all the newness and juggling everything else! I am sure as you continue to adjust things will fall into place. Good luck!
Hey! I love your blog! Congrats on the beautiful little girl! I have a 6 day old myself-a sweet little boy:) Just wanted your opinion on a few things since you seem to be doing well with a baby.
1. when did you start implementing a schedule?
2. how often did you feed/let her sleep until that started?
3. would she fall asleep on her own or did you have to nurse/hold her/use a pacifier/etc?
Sorry this is so wordy–there is so much info out there I don’t know what to do! And I don’t want to develop bad habits with him!