August 2020 Goals

I decided last month that it would be a good idea to start setting monthly goals. The first goal I had was to read a book a month, and y’all I did it! I finished A Woman is No Man and boy was it good! It was gripping, sad, interesting, thrilling…I didnt want it to end and kept reading to see how it would end. The ending honestly baffled me for a bit. Then I read online that (don’t worry…not a spoiler) “The point of the ending is not Isra’s literal fate, which the readers know all along, but her inner growth as a character and what her strength and courage will ultimately mean for her daughters in the future. It was an ending of hope.”

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it! (click image to be directed to Amazon…and it is on sale right now for only $12!)

Now it is my second month to write out my goals.

Before we get to August, let’s recap more of June…

  1. Read one book a month. Like I mentioned, I finished A Woman is No Man, but I am still reading my daily devotionals and listening to an audiobook (when I am in the car solo…which when is that happening?!?).
  2. Not look at my computer on Saturdays. Ok. This one just isn’t happening. I thought Saturdays would be a good day, but because it is the weekend, I am able to have more help around the house because my husband isn’t working…thus I can get some stuff done on the computer. I am not spending a ton of time on it, but still need to check it and write a little bit each day (that was I can manage it better…like laundry…a little every day instead of being complete overwhelmed a couple days a week).
  3. No phone from 5-7pm. Ugh. I didn’t do so great with this either! I didn’t realize how much I use my phone! I need to be better about having a notepad out to write things down when they come to me and doing those things later. I am bad about thinking about things to text or ask someone and if I don’t do it right then, I forget and it will never happen. So I wills tart making a list and make it wait till after 7pm.
  4. Spend one-on-one time with my kids. We did better with this. I took my littlest on a one-on-one walk and played with just him. I’ve been reading to our oldest at bedtime and that is proving some great one-on-one time with him.
  5. Write notes. Y’all! I have failed again!! I did not do this at all! I am good about texting people often and asking how they are and just dropped the ball on writing physical notes. Ugh. Sorry friends and family! I do love you all!!
  6. Yoga at least 3 times a week. Haha…man. Maybe I was just too ambitious with my goals! Instead of yoga, I started walking daily and that has been amazing! I haven’t gotten on my mat though in a while 😦
  7. Break a sweat 5 days a week. SO this is am doing! Does it count that it is so dang hot when I walk that I sweat?!? In addition to my walk, I have been occasionally doing a new Tone It Up workout and sweating it out that way, too.

Now for August! Hopefully I will be better about accomplishing my goals…and maybe not be too unrealistic 😉 haha!

  1. Read one book a month. I am continuing this goal and already working on a new read!
  2. No phone from 5-7pm. I am going to be explicit with this goal…no social media from 5-7pm. I will still have to be on my phone occasionally when necessary, but I will NOT scroll and look at any social media during that time.
  3. Get fall seeds plated inside. Now is the time to get my fall garden going and I hope to have some seeds planted in the next few weeks so they can start sprouting and be ready to be transplanted in the garden outside by early September.
  4. Be better focused with preschool work. Now that I am homeschooling 1st grade to our oldest son, I notice that I don’t have much structure in place for our 3-year old. I created my own curriculum for him but I need to finalize it and get it printed and then gather the materials for the following week. My goal will to have that done in the next week or two so I can officially start preschool work for him by the second week of August.
  5. Date night 1x/week. I want to be better about putting the kids to be a bit early one night a week and cooking a special meal just for the hubs and I and then watch a movie or play a game…whatever it is I want to make sure that I am better about spending quality one-on-one time with my husband.

That’s it for my August goals!!

Also, the planner I use has this great goal setting page before each month. I LOVE my planner and right now they are having 20% off all accessories (no code required). And I just noticed that they have a homeschool planner!! My 2021 planner just might be that one! 😉

Let me know what your goals are for this month!  I love new ideas!!


July 2020 Goals

Happy Wednesday friends!! It is officially JULY!! I feel like June flew by and hoping July can slow down and we can absorb this last full month of “official summer” before school starts.

I was reading another sweet momma’s blog and she decided that the first of the month she would set herself some goals for that month. I think that is a great idea…especially in the current climate. It seems like everyday is Groundhog Day and with restrictions starting to gear back up, I think setting intentional goals each month is a great way to stay motivated, on track, and to have more fun!

So here you go friends, my July Goals…

  1. Read one book a month. This one seems pretty easy, right? I LOVE to read but finding time to read these days have been a struggle. So my goal is to read and finish at least one book a month. And by book, I mean fiction/nonfiction, something that I will read in addition to my Bible studies.
  2. Not look at my computer on Saturdays. Sundays we have virtual church and Life Group, so I can’t pick that day. I usually do pretty good about staying of the computer on Saturdays but noticing that I am doing it more and more. So Saturday will be my “off” day!
  3. No phone from 5-7pm. I have been on my phone more than ever it seems, so I want to be intentional about not looking at my phone at all from 5-7pm. So if you text me at 5:45pm…I am not texting you back till after 7pm! 😉 Haha!
  4. Spend one-on-one time with my kids. With quarantine and COVID-19 happening, this will be a bit more tricky…but will force me to be creative! From riding bikes together, going on walks, painting together, going for ice cream, whatever it may be, I will find something that we can do together and have solo time, while still observing the current restrictions in place.
  5. Write notes. I love getting cards in the mail, so this month, I’m going to send some to people I love. I know text messages and emails are nice…but so is a good old fashioned card.  I’m very thankful for so many people, and this month, I’m going to be intentional and send notes of encouragement and love to those who I know need some right now.
  6. Yoga at least 3 times a week. I LOVE yoga! Stretching, improving flexibility, and just the overall slowing down to move is so appealing to me and I love it when I do it. I was doing really well and completing my Yoga with Adriene series but then slacked and have fallen off the mat! 😉 So I will do better and my goal is to do at least three sessions a week.
  7. Break a sweat 5 days a week. I have been following the Tone It Up workout series: Summer Tone Up and I love it…but like yoga, I haven’t been super committed recently. I will do better! I am going to make sure to workout somehow 5x a week…be it the TIU app, walks, Body Beast, whatever it may be…but I will move by body and sweat it out!

So that’s that!

What are you focusing on this month?  I’d love to know!


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A Busy Mom’s Practical Guide to Strength Training

Maggie Batten – Fit Mom to Four Children

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life.[1] The World Health Organization recommends that the average person get 2.5 hours of moderate or 1.5 hours of intense exercise every week, but with gyms and recreation facilities closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many Americans might be puzzled as to how to maintain their health and fitness.

One of the best activities that we can do for our bodies is strength training. Lifting weights in essential in combating lower abdominal fat, reducing cancer risks, strengthening mental health, and boosting brain health, among many other benefits.2 In addition to strength training, aerobic exercise is also important as it improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps to regulate blood sugar, reduces asthma symptoms and chronic pain, as well as aids in sleep.

Maggie Batten and her family

So how can we work, care for our kids and their schoolwork, cook, clean, and stay motivated? Maggie Batten is a brand ambassador, completed certifications in spin instruction and fitness, and mom to four kids (two of which are under two!). She knows the struggle all too well! Here are her tips to keep you motivated and on track:

  1. Be prepared. I try to prepare my meals in advance. Obviously, I don’t prepare everything and I am flexible for “life.” I try to have my breakfast and lunches ready so I can just grab them and go. Having kids makes it harder to make sure you are getting your proper nutrition, so by preparing, it is like my magic key to being healthy.
  2. Be ok with putting yourself first. This took me awhile to learn. The laundry, house cleaning, dishes, yard work, emails, etc….it can all wait. When my two babies napped I would try to get everything in and have no time for me. I’ve started using that small amount of time to do things for myself. That right now is working out for me and our schedules.
  3. Don’t mind the people that don’t understand your fitness or health journey. It’s not about anyone else but you. It’s a lifestyle and not everyone gets it. Keep doing it! There are so many wonderful friendships I’ve made on social media through fitness. Seek out positive vibes.
  4. Be patient. I’ve been through four pregnancies, three surgeries, depression, and a lot of hardships. I know our bodies can be amazing, stubborn, and very difficult. It is also very capable. Give yourself time. Change will happen. Maybe change takes longer than you want, but you will get there!
  5. Take progress pictures. I know not everyone does this but I think it’s a good idea to do it. No matter what your fitness goals are I recommend taking pictures of your starting point for yourself to look back on. You will be amazed as you go along in your journey to health.
Maggie Batten

Some states are slowly starting to open back up from quarantine, but things are definitely not how they were, and more than likely, may never be the same. So here are my tips for working out from home during quarantine:

  1. Find a program. My favorite app right now is the Tone It Up app. I love the quick workouts, recipes, and how each day it is different. I love variety and each day is new and different! In the past I used a DVD program through a popular fitness company and used that as my guide. Once I completed it a few times, I was able to skip watching the videos and follow the written plan with the workout schedule. There are also a myriad of gyms and fitness companies offering free workouts online and on social media while the quarantine is happening. In addition to these free programs, there are a lot of popular fitness DVDs available online, too.
  2. Don’t skip more than three days in a row. I personally have noticed that if I skip one or two days in a row, it’s ok! However, if I skip three days in a row, I am likely to fall of the proverbial wagon. I aim to only skip one day, every couple of days, or workout 5 days in a row with one rest day. 
  3. Involve your children! Do a push-up challenge with the whole family, see who can curl canned goods the most, compete in a plank challenge, do standing calf-raises to music, ride bikes as a family, go on a walk/run. Be creative and find new ways to workout together and make it fun!
I competed ONCE, a long time ago…back in my heyday! Terrified, but proud that I got up on that stage!

Whatever you do, make it enjoyable! You are more prone to stick to a program that you like, so make it fun, change it up and include the family.

What are you doing to stay active during these uncertain times? Share below! I love reading your comments and can always use more ideas!! And don’t forget to subscribe!

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[1] https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/national-physical-fitness-and-sports-month

[2] https://www.yahoo.com/news/11-benefits-strength-training-nothing-muscle-size-142928464.html