As we begin a new year, I am reviewing the goals I set at this time last year and setting new goals for myself for 2017. I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions because those just beg to be broken. I prefer to set goals that are attainable yet challenging.
I’m happy to report that flossing my teeth became a daily habit for me in 2016. I only missed two days the whole year! My dental hygienist even noticed that I have been taking better care of my teeth and gums. Unfortunately, I did not fulfill my 2016 goal of working out for at least five minutes a day every day. I did work out more in 2016 than 2015, so at least I am making progress. Another goal I had for 2016 was to memorize the book of Ephesians. I’m happy to report that I completed this scripture memorization challenge in October. I had planned to memorize half a chapter each month, and I was doing well until school started. Then I ran out of books to read while working out, so I spent about a week studying verses from Ephesians for 20 minutes to an hour each day while on the elliptical. I memorized most of chapter five and all of chapter six in record time that week! The whole book of Ephesians is now on my weekly review ring, but I’ve been trying to review more than once a week because we will be studying Ephesians at church this spring, and I want to keep it fresh in my mind.
For 2017, I want to lose a few more pounds and then maintain that weight. I did not reach my goal weight by the end of November, but I had made tremendous progress. Between Christmas and New Year’s, I put on a several pounds, but those came off quickly this week. I weighed 129.8 this morning, and that’s where my weight has hovered for a few months. It’s time to shed those last five pounds! I have been working out every day this week, and I am keeping a log of my workouts. Along with my cardio exercise on our elliptical, I do two sets of my age in crunches each day and one set of 15 squats. (I’ve learned that my knees can only handle 15 squats a day.) I want to tone my arms and build muscle because I arm-wrestled my son last week, and he won! He’s not quite eleven years old. I need to stay stronger than him for a few more years at least, so I have been doing bicep curls, tricep extensions, and tricep kickbacks in addition to push-ups each day (except rest days). I have researched types of push-ups and why you should do your age in push-ups each day, and I have been working towards doing a set of 38 full push-ups for a few months now. I have gotten so much stronger and faster, my feet are close together now (not several inches apart, which was easier), and I’m getting closer to the floor on my push-ups. Many people say they can’t do push-ups, but anyone can do a wall push-up and progressively reduce the incline as they get stronger. I challenge you to get to your age (or at least half if you are over 50) in push-ups by the end of 2017.
I am now memorizing Psalm 119, which contains 176 verses, making it the longest chapter in the Bible! The whole book of Ephesians only has 155 verses, so it will definitely be a challenge to completely memorize the whole chapter this year. This acrostic poem is divided into 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so I will need to memorize approximately two stanzas a month. Fortunately, I started several weeks ago and have already memorized 12 verses. I only have 154 to go!
What goals have you made for 2017?