Wellness Wednesday:
What 2017 Goals Do You Have?

Warning to new parents: this post may stir up your rage nerve, as it involves talk of sleep.

With the new year comes a feeling of renewed opportunities. Even if you weren’t making up new year’s resolutions, your friends might be talking about theirs and getting you thinking. I also have a few who eschew the term ‘resolution’ and prefer to think of ‘goals’. So, in deference to them..

This January, I’m attempting a goal to finally fix up my sleep habits, which currently consist of going to sleep too late, then waking up kind of early anyway. It’s been about a two-year slide into staying up later and later, between 10:30pm and 1:30am. Current target: 7.5-8 hours of sleep. Besides, I kind of feel like I’ve tried plenty of food and exercise-related goals and this will be an interesting change of pace. I’ll try to check in each Wednesday this month for a recap of how it’s gone. Step 1 in increased self-discipline: get next week’s “Wellness Wednesday” notes online before Thursday!

I’m going to try to tackle one primary thing each month (provided previous month’s goal is met) with an overall theme of more self-discipline. Last year’s “read more” goal went well for the list of books I started with, but fizzled in momentum mid-year.

What are you resolving to shift in your life in 2017?

Inspiration: hop on over to my fellow Minnesotan and food-related blogger Lee Hersch’s Fit Foodie Finds for other ideas on getting more healthy!

For those with small children who tenaciously still red this:

Any lessons learned or reflections from sleep training your kids, that you think could transfer here?

3 comments

  1. I feel like it’s harder to sleep train myself than my own kids. 😉 It’s hard for me to sleep before 11:30, but one thing I’ve been trying hard to do is to wind down by 10:30 (which ends up being more like 11, if I’m honest). By “wind down,” I mean take a shower and be in bed, even if I’m reading until 11:30-12. But at least I’m not working until that time, which only makes it even harder to get into the bedtime mindset. Sometimes I feel less productive when I have to stop doing something by a certain time, but I think my mind and body thank me when I give myself time to relax and unwind before actually trying to fall asleep. 🙂

    1. You strike me as a night owl, based on our conversations. Do you identify that way, or is it a product of the kids’ schedule?

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