30 (plus) days later…

January 31st is here. We are 30 days from those resolutions we shouted out on New Year’s Day. What have you advanced on those resolutions? How have you lived into that One Word?

Instead of full blown resolutions for a year, I decided to pursue a change of course. Let’s be honest, 12 months with only four goals would get stale and boring. Hence why we typically don’t keep resolutions. So my commitment was for 30 days, and then after 30 days I would reassess, potentially getting rid of it or adding to it.

January’s 30 Days:New Image

1-Track my daily food and exercise regime. Prior to the holidays I wanted to join Weight Watchers in order to lose weight that I had tacked on since moving to Nashville. I also wanted to be more aware of what I ate, when I ate it, and why I ate it. Instead of forking over $64+ for three months, unsure of if I would stay with the tracking, I chose to use a free app on my phone to keep up with things. I researched calorie intake and set a daily goal. For the last thirty days I have tracked everything from a snack, to my cardio step class, to how many glasses of water I had a day. It’s an eye opener for sure.
Result: Realization of the fact I emotionally eat at times, and that I need to better educate myself about the calorie intake on foods I eat.
Next 30 days? Keep!

2-Workout more than half of the month. I had often defined workout as some three hour regime done in the morning. Then I understood that just being mobile and active for 30 minutes made all the difference. I tracked my habits on a calendar I keep on the fridge (also a deterrent to forage for food when you see that calendar). With one final day left, I have worked out 18 days this month! There were days I didn’t because I just didn’t feel like it, but I didn’t let that deter me from the next day. I took Saturdays off because I didn’t want to overwhelm or guilt myself. I had a motivator and encourager. Most of all, I dumped my gym (where it was easy to excuse not driving there) for the fitness center across from my office. It’s also free, bonus on saving $50 a month now!
Result: I have more energy and a better sleep regime on the days I work out. I have lost eight pounds over the last 30 days.
Next 30 days? Hit at least 20 days of workouts.

3-Pray and read my Bible. Talk about the most impactful of all commitments this month. God’s really used this daily time with me to teach me, discipline me, and encourage me. I was relatively good about having a daily time of reading Scripture or devotions. What I am horrible about is taking time to talk and listen to God each day. That’s where alot of my discipline and struggle come in with relation to God.
Result: I am being intentional in talking but also listening for Him even outside of the time in the mornings. I have come to understand the “Pray Continually” verse more and more.
Next 30 days? Keep, keep, keep!

4-Eat at least one meal, out, alone. While that used to not be a big deal, in Nashville it’s a bit daunting at times. Nashville is a connection city where people use meals out to group and fellowship, more than any city I have ever been to before. I had gotten into a funk of allowing fears to not let me experience great food just because no one wanted to go.
Result: So I went to breakfast on Saturday morning alone. It was this mom-and-pop place and I was encouraged to see many people eating solo there. Great food by the way too…
Next 30 days? Eat dinner out alone at a fine dining restaurant.


So what are some of your resolutions/goals for this year? Where are you at in those? What can you quit today (as Thursdays are great for quitting)? February is tomorrow…it brings newness and refreshing….start something tomorrow.


I am beyond excited about one of my February goals. I am still eight addresses shy of what I need to accomplish it…so if you’d like to help me out shoot me an email at sarabstacy (at) gmail (dot) com!

4 thoughts on “30 (plus) days later…

  1. I have been dieting (well watching my calories) since November and exercising since then too. (It was my pre new year’s resolution resolution haha)I thought about joining weight watchers as well – but then started using My FitnessPal on my phone. What app do you use? Congrats on sticking it out! I’ve been working out 6x a week – and some weeks it is really difficult to get motivated to go there when I have a lab practical and 250 slides to prepare for the next day – but it’s been worth it so far!

    1. Kylie, that’s so great!! It really is difficult but the benefits far outweigh the costs. I use MyFitnessPal too! I forgot to put that up there. It’s essentially Weight Watchers just in a calorie setup.

      1. Hooray! I like it. It made me realize why, essentially, I have gained so much weight (besides the whole I sit on my butt and study all day). It makes you realize just how small portions are and YES that’s how many calories those 10 small chips are! I’ve lost 12.2 pounds so far! Hoping to hit 20 no later than the end of March! And that’s good to know it is a lot like WW – and FREE! I also have my food diary visible to my friends as an accountability thing. I find I stick to it better having it all out there for my friends who use that app to see. If you want to add me, my username is kbeukema. If not – no worries!

        Keep it up! Congrats on your weight loss too! 🙂

  2. Hey, here is a great sermon my pastor gave around the same time you posted this. (The pastor is Jim Florea of Forward Church.) It was the last sermon in a series on living a story that is worth telling about. He talks about how who we have our ear tuned to dictates our destiny. It is a great and challenging sermon to listen to God and trust in Him. Just thought I’d share if this is something God is still working on in your life.

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