Personal Goals

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I’m still loving Best Body Bootcamp. Not only are the workouts fantastic, but I’m also so glad that there are personal goals incorporated into the 8 week challenge. For example, we chose two goals for weeks 1 & 2. I chose to read to Adeline daily, and to drink at least eight cups of fluid per day.

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We just began week 3 of Bootcamp, and It’s pretty fun to see how those “goals” have started to transform into habits.

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For the next two weeks, I added the goal of reading my Bible daily. I love the #SheReadsTruth movement, and our church is challenging everyone to spend time in the word. I’m currently reading through Galations, and it feels good to be reading God’s word daily. I haven’t talked much about my faith on the blog in a while, probably because my prayer life and consistency in reading my Bible has been practically nonexistent.

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 like to pretend that I’ve got everything together, but I’m just fooling myself. I feel more anxious, more scatterbrained and less sure of myself when I’m not spending time in the Bible. Our mission group at church has been challenging one another to be in the bible and to be in prayer. Two very simple concepts, yet it’s quite difficult to make the choice to read or pray when there are so many other distractions.

I’ve got a checklist on my fridge with my goals for the week, and having a visual reminder of what I want to accomplish helps me to make time for each activity.

Weekly Goals

It has also been such a blessing to be surrounded with Christian women- single women, married women and other mothers. It is so helpful to know that there are other women who struggle with the same things that I do. We all struggle, but we can also rejoice in the freedom that we have in Jesus.

Throughout the next 5 weeks of bootcamp, I’m excited to see my body get stronger. But I’m even more excited to deepen my relationship with God, because He is my true strength.

Personal Goals

Things we’re Loving: January

Here are some things we’ve been loving this month:

Best Body Bootcamp

It’s been SO awesome to have workouts already put together. And MAN, Tina knows how to whip your butt (in the kindest way possible). I’ve been getting a few evenings to go to the gym, and it’s been totally possible to do some of the workouts at home! And my dear friend Ashley is doing bootcamp too, she posted about it here!

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Adeline is quite fond of watching me struggle through pushups. She benefits from my Bootcamp participation too- two of my goals for the first two weeks were:

  1. Drink 8, 8oz glasses of liquid per day (GOAL ACHIEVED!)
  2. Read to Adeline (GOAL ACHIEVED!)

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She likes Brown Bear and one of her books about colors- I have a feeling that the touch-and-feel books are going to be popular VERY soon!

SodaStream

I’ve been eyeing the SodaStream ever since Emily over at Daily Garnish posted about hers. I’m terrible at drinking liquids (other than coffee- see goal 1 above), but I LOVE carbonated water.

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My dad generously gifted us with a SodaStream for Christmas from Bed Bath & Beyond, and it’s fun to have a bottle of bubbly water waiting in the fridge!

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Micro Fleece

As I mentioned in my Cloth Diapering post, I was planning on making fleece liners and fleece wipes. DONE! Now we don’t have to worry about fetching the regular wipe out of the cloth diapers when we start our laundry.

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Micro Fleece fabric was 40% off at JoAnn Fabrics last week (and may still be discounted). I made a wipe solution of 1 cup of water plus a squirt of baby shampoo. Most wipe solution “recipes” say to add a squirt of baby oil, but I didn’t have any and her bum doesn’t seem to be irritated.

Coconut Oil

We won an entire GALLON of Virgin Coconut Oil from Ashley at My Food and Fitness Diaries. The Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is GREAT!

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I’ve been using a dab here and there as “chapstick” and I’ve even put a bit on Adeline’s skin after she takes a bath. I’m planning on roasting some sweet potatoes with it later this week!

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And, because there is NO way we can ever use an entire gallon, we were able to give a bunch away to our friends!

Ergobaby Carrier

My mother in law got us an amazing Ergobaby carrier for Christmas. We got one from the Performance collection (good for smaller builds, has an easy access pocket and it’s supposed to be more breathable for the summer months).

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Adeline likes hanging out in there, and its really comfortable. Adeline is still a bit too short to sit in there on her own, so we use Emily’s Blanket Trick to help boost up Adeline. I even did my first FULL grocery shopping trip with Adeline in the Ergo (it was successful until we stopped moving at the checkout line).

Oil Cleansing Method

So… I haven’t washed my face with soap this month (aside from when I’m taking a shower). I tried the oil cleansing method last winter after I first saw it on the Meals and Moves blog, but then I just kind of stopped. Basically, I’m using a mixture of 1 part Castor Oil to 2 parts Olive Oil to “wash” my face.

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You can read about the process here. My skin doesn’t look drastically different than when I was using regular face wash for acne prone skin, but it feels so much better. I’m going to keep up with the oil cleansing method, it’s cheap, it makes my skin feel great, and I don’t smell like weird chemicals after I wash my face at night. I’m going to pick up some tea-tree oil this week to help with acne control and inflammation.

A Sleeping Baby

We struggled with sleep last week. So did some of my blogging-mommy friends: Nicole at Making Good Choices and Char at Char Eats Greens. I’m happy to say that Adeline slept much better this weekend, and Daniel and I are VERY thankful.

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It’s pretty cool to have other mommy friends to tweet with in the middle of the night when the babes just need extra food or snuggles!

**If you are a praying sort of person, please keep a little boy named Amir and his family in your thoughts. Amir is a little boy who got hit by a car on Saturday. In the last update that I received, he was in critical condition. My sister-in-law knows Amir’s aunt and her family. Please keep them in your prayers, I can’t imagine all of the emotions the family is facing. We are praying for healing for Amir and we are also praying that God surrounds them with love so that they do not feel alone in this difficult time.**

Things we’re Loving: January

Join me at Bootcamp!

I’m so excited!! I just signed up for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp round 4! I decided to take a mere $25 of my birthday money to join Tina’s Bootcamp. I am stoked!!

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I’ve been reading Tina’s blog for a while now, and my nearly 3 months post partum body is craving some new workouts. Check out her FAQ page for more info, you only have until Monday night to register!!

Join me in #bestbodybootcamp for the New Year! http://bit.ly/TGimAh

Join me at Bootcamp!