There’s something so refreshing about a new month!
I’m one of those weirdos that loves Monday’s, early mornings, and new seasons.
But what I’m most excited for this month is that it’s the start of FALL! Bring on the PSL, college football, and all the fall bucket lists.
I’ve really been shifting my focus this year. I’ve wanted to get away from focusing on weight loss and really start pressing into healing my soul and feeding my heart.
So my goals for September would normally look like:
- No junk food
- Workout lots
- Don’t eat ____ (insert food item).
But as I get older, I’m realizing life is so short, y’all.
And life is such a gift.
So I want my goals to be a tool to STRENGTHEN and add to my life, not point out what I do wrong and how I’m not enough as I am.
So, I just wanted to share my goals for this month and I hope to encourage any ladies to write out things that will feed your mind, body, soul, and ultimately put your focus on Christ and how you can bear HIS IMAGE better each day.
MY SEPTEMBER GOALS
- Spend quality time with Jesus every single day.
I used to be such a stickler about when and how I did my quiet time. Now, I just feel lucky if I can find 5 minutes to sit in silence in God’s presence.
I also really want to prioritize prayer & listening in my life. My brain is literally always filled with thoughts, ideas, worries, past, present, future… and I feel like I often hide behind my “quiet time journal”. I always write so much during my quiet time and I feel like I never just let God speak to me.
more positive & joyful.
I am generally a happy person. But a lot of times I let the burdens of life get the best of me & steal my JOY. One of the main things recently is that I’ve really struggled to find a job/career path that I like (at all) since I’ve graduated college. That has taken a huge toll on my attitude. So I just want to learn how to be happy, positive, and joyful even when things don’t go my way.
3. Zero guilt. EVER.
So, I’ve always been a guilt-driven person. Especially in this season of my life, I’ve found that I have made many decisions based off of guilt. Which can easily start to take over your life. It’s been hard to discern if I’m doing things out of the goodness of my heart, in reflection of Jesus, or just because I “feel bad”/obligated. I want to operate more out of love and grace, instead of a place of “well, if I were a good christian/person then I would do ____”.
4. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
I don’t know if I’m just late to the game, or if I’m just stupid, but I never realized exactly HOW IMPORTANT getting sufficient sleep was for your health. Hormones, metabolism, appetite, skin, emotions, physical healing + etc etc etc etccccccc. So dumb, but I literally used to sleep like 3-5 hours every night in college because I thought getting up for my spin class was a better use of my time than sleeping. So naive lol. But seriously, this is hard because Trent and I love life and it sucks to go to sleep at 9:00 pm when we just want to cuddle, make popcorn, and go on nature walks until the wee hours. But I guess happy functional Sam is more important than popcorn (?).
5. No mindless snacking.
Ah, my dreaded nemesis. So I came upon this light bulb moment during my senior year of college. I had convinced myself the reason I ever gained weight or couldn’t ever lose weight is is because I had a slow metabolism. Which, who knows, may be true but I realized it was because in the midst of all my 3 meals + 3 snacks I have errday, I would just graze/nibble/pick at random things throughout the day as well. I found that I would cook dinner while munching on almonds, or finish my lunch and have some dark chocolate 20 minutes later just because. I didn’t realize HOW MUCH this adds up. I’m not at a place where I’m trying to lose weight but I just want to be aware of if I actually want/need what I’m snacking on or if I’m just bored/stressed. This is such a struggle especially now that I’m married because Trent is a different human than me (took my 6 years to figure this out), he craves different things than I do, and he’s hungrier at different times. But I thought, eh, if he eats then I need a bite because #EquallyYolked. Merp. Wrong.
6. Choosing the right Portions.
Hello, nemesis #2. I love love love healthy food. I have no problem eating healthy (most days….) But I am the worst at justifying eating 500 handful of almonds at a party since everyone else is eating chips. So so wrong lol. Not only are those excess calories just so unnecessary, but it’s just a horrible habit to not practice restraint. Regardless of how healthy something is. Now, I’m not saying all my portions of everything have to be teeny tiny but I am saying that I want to be aware/conscience of what the portion servings are. I want to be clear: I AM NOT CONCERNED WITH COUNTING CALORIES. At all. But I just want to want to have the discipline to not over-indulge in anything. Whether it’s carrots or potato chips, I want to be a good steward of my body and mind. We don’t realize how much we eat when we just keep sticking our hands in the bag. We think we gain weight because of WHAT we eat, but it mostly is because of HOW MUCH we eat. That’s why I’m not a proponent of “cheat meals/days” because they encourage unhealthy portions. You can eat the things you crave while maintaining your weight (even lose weight) as long as you practice portion control. This is the only way I got through preparing for fitting into my wedding dress DURING SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE, AND moving to a new state, AND graduating, AND preparing of a new job. It wasn’t realistic to eat healthy 24/7 when I had wedding showers, football games, etc. So I told myself: eat healthy as often as possible but if you really want something unhealthy, have it, just portion it out. This also goes into the aspect of making sure you’re eating ENOUGH. I know sometimes we try to “make up” for a big/unhealthy meal or a missed workout, but if you’re hungry, your body needs fuel.
SO, these are my September goals.
I just want to be Happy, Healthy, and aware of Jesus in all aspects of my life.
Let His love transform your desires.
What are your goals for this fall?
Hebrews 12:11 – For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Comment below some of your biggest goals you want to crush.
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