Thursday, January 6, 2011

A new challenge

I don't know about you but I am not huge on New Year being a big new start. After all, I still weigh pretty much the same as I did last week, bank account is still about the same, kids haven't turned into perfect angels. Everything is pretty much the same except I have to correct myself every time I write the date (I will finally get used to writing 2011 about April or May).

On the other hand, January does seem to be a good time to challenge myself and I do have some goals I want to practice. Did you know it takes 21 days to make a (good) habit? So if you start now, by the end of January you can have a new habit.

With that in mind I have decided to do 3 in 30. Meghan Tucker and some others decided to break all these goals down into manageable pieces by tackling 3 a month. That's all. No 20 page lists of self improvement goals. Just 3.

Then next month 3 more.

See it doesn't sound too hard does it.

So what are my goals for January? Mostly things I have been needing to do for a long time.

  1. Read the Bible everyday Last year I signed up to to the Bible in 90 days and I wasn't able to finish. This time I will. If you want more information about this years reading challenge (its not too late, it only started January 3rd) you can go here
  2. Cook more meals I mean real meals not just a quick throw together of omelets or mac and cheese. I need to increase how many veggies we eat too. I am not saying I can do it for every dinner but I would like to cook 5 healthy main meals a week. (ok, I would rather have a genie or fairy that would do the cooking for me, but we all know that won't happen.)
  3. Keep a food journal Being gluten free has helped me tremendously, fewer headaches, less joint paint, better digestion, clearer thinking. I know suspect that there might be something else that bothers me. I do still have headaches and more frequent than I would like. I am hoping a food journal will help point to whatever else I need to remove from my diet.

And that is the gist of it. Do you want to take the challenge too?


  1. Good for you! I'm doing 3 in 30 as well, and love having attainable one-month goals :) Oh, and if those cooking fairies show up at your house please tell them to stop by my house next, and to bring their friends the cleaning fairies and laundry fairies!

  2. Gosh, 3 almost seems lofty to me, but that's probably because I'm going full speed ahead on 1 BIG one and it's your #1 also - reading the Bible. I appreciate knowing that it takes 21 days to form a habit. That's a goal in and of itself. If I can make it to 21, then I'll be in good shape (I hope!) The weekends will be hardest, since so far, I've been reading/studying at work when I have some downtime. The excuses are plentiful at home with critters, TV, a computer, chores..and the list goes on!

  3. I'm doing the 3 in 30 as well. Your goals seem very well thought out. I'm learning so much by reading about the goals you all have chosen.

  4. Your like the third person I saw doing this, so I just had to join in. So much fun!
    It will be nice to see how everyone does and we can encourage each other!

  5. Wonderful goals that you have set for yourself. Cooking more "actual" meals is something that will be going on my February goal list. I am the queen it seems of opening a bag or a box. Definitely something I would like to move away from.

    I too am doing following the bible in 90 days reading plan through Moms Toolbox. It is such a great challenge. Knowing what I am going to read each day and spending that time with God. Love it.

    Have a great weekend!

    (stopping by from the 3in30 linkup)

  6. I have to agree with you that the "new year" doesn't quite motivate me to be a "new me." But, I love that we've started this new challenge! I am loving the encouragement and accountability that is a part of this group!