Friday, February 1, 2008

SMART- January reveiw and February goals

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You can find my first SMART habit Saturday post here. My priorities for January included 1: Weekly Menu Planning and 2)Tidyness (cleaning my kitchen/dining room/living room each night before bed.

1) Weekly Menu Planning- first off let me say that I really like doing this. It takes a little time but I know what I need to buy at the grocery store each week, I don't tend to over buy as much (I don't think), I don't think we are wasting as much "fresh" food that I would buy and not get around to using and we do not have the "what do YOU feel like for dinner" conversation 4 nights a week; maybe just once a week now. Making my menu, shopping for it and posting it online makes me feel more accountable to it and I think this has been a successful habit. I will be continuing to menu plan but I won't be updating our success during SMART Saturday updates. If you are interested in how it is going in February, be sure to check out my blog Sundays when I list my menu plan for the week.

2) Tidyness- I have to say that I LOVE waking up to a tidy front of the house. I feel motivated to do things through out the day and to keep it tidy. It isn't easy with 2 toddlers running around here 4 days a week (not to mention the fact that hubby is home 2 of those 4 days- I somehow find myself feeling less productive when he is home, imagine a wife actually wanting to spend time with her husband...what a thought eh?). This habit is one I am committed to, but it has not been as successful as the menu planning. I think I need to continue to work on this one more consistantly in February.

1) Tidyness- see above. I really need to be more consistant here. I think that is the key. My chore list should help in this but I need to be more consistant in making sure the chores get done. Both mine and Brad's.

2) Exercise- Yes, the dreaded E word. My goal for February is to do my prenatal dvd a minimum of 3 days a week. I would also like to take a walk (1/2 hour or more) at least 2 days a week. And finally, I would like to take Ryan to the pool once a week. I do have a plan for this. I could easily do my yoga video either when the boys are napping or once Mason goes home and Ryan is down for his afternoon nap. I can take Ryan to the pool Thursdays or Saturdays. I could walk with the boys any day if the weather is nice. If the weather is not so great, I could always walk at our "mall" (although for a half hour that is mybe 15 laps of the mall). I could do this with Mason and push both boys in a cart or stroller. Also since my main grocery store is at the mall, I can do my walk before I get my groceries. When the weather warms up, I can take both boys for a walk to check the mail downtown at the post office. This one is going to be difficult for me. But it is one I need to do. I need this for me, for the baby growing inside of me and for the type of delivery I want.

*sorry if there are any typos, I can't seem to get the spell check to work tonight. Sad to say I am quite dependant on it.


Thea said...

That sounds like a great exercise plan! Since walking the "mall" sounds like it might take 2 seconds, and you have time to do exercise tapes...maybe you could invest in a walk at home tape. I really love Leslie Sansone, and she has different length tapes depending on how much time you have during the day!

MOMMY said...

Good luck with your goals!!! I have been going over my goals as well. Walking is HIGH on the list!!! If only the weather would get better! I do walk at our mall early in the morning, before it opens for an hour then usually get some shopping or browsing done. It helps if you have a friend with you. It helps the laps go by faster!

My husband holds my cleaning up too! Whenever he is home I tend to lose control of the mess! Glad to hear I am not alone! LOL

Rebecca said...

Great job on your meal planning! Sounds like you have a great start on keeping tidy & a good plan of attack for exercise. Have a great week!