Bring it On March! Get Motivated in Health!

Another month has passed and another goal has gone.

I decided that this year, my word would be motivation, so I’m trying to keep that in mind each month.

February’s goal was to Magnify My Religion!

Here is how I did with my sub goals:

– Daily personal and family scripture reading with a scripture journal
I did pretty dang good with both! I started in the Old Testament and started a scripture journal. Justin and I are doing pretty good with family scripture reading in 2 Nephi. There are a few nights we miss, but those are nights that Rhys is sick.
– Daily personal morning and evening prayer, as well as daily family prayer
I will admit, this is probably my weakest area. I always say evening prayers and we mostly say family prayer, but I suck at morning prayer. Yes, I always have a prayer in my heart, but to actually kneel down in the morning and speak to Heavenly Father is hard to remember…and kneeling, period, is hard to remember with prayers. I really need to get better at this.
– Read an General Conference talk once a week
I read a few General Conference talks, not necessarily once a week, but I did read a few.
– Hold a full Family Home Evening every Monday
Justin and I had FHE every Monday except one, when Rhys was his sickest. It’s nice to do something other than just watch TV after Rhys goes to bed.
– Participate in church at least once every Sunday
Boy oh boy. This was the sick month. On the first, I was sick. On the 8th, it was our ward’s fast and testimony meeting since the previous week was stake conference. I did participate in Relief Society and I bore my testimony, which I hadn’t done for a year! Then, the 15th, Rhys was very ill, so we didn’t go. Then, the 22nd we were at my family’s house, still trying to catch up on sleep from Rhys still being very ill.
– Find at least two times to perform charity or service to someone else
I will admit again that I didn’t really do this well. But, I did help an old lady load up her groceries! I need to do better at this, like my husband!

I want to blame not reaching these goals on the fact that both I and Rhys have been continually sick for almost this entire month, but it’s my fault. I really need to continue to improve being a better Mormon.
March–Improve My Health
After I got the 6 week approval postpartum, I started running with Rhys. However, he got to the point where he was crying and crying and crying when we went running. So, I stopped for a while, and then it got cold and I wasn’t going to take my baby boy out there. But, I’m no where near my prepregnancy goal. Now, to be honest, I’m not overweight…right now I have a very, very average weight for my height. But, I feel big and weak and slow and unhealthy. My eating habits haven’t even improved. Before I was pregnant, I could run 4 miles within 30 minutes, I could do 100 curlups easy, I ate well, and I was 135 pounds. Now, I struggle getting that far because of my knees, I’m out of breath at 30 curlups, I eat whatever I want, and I’m 155 pounds. This has to be fixed.

Sub Goals:
– Run and exercise at least 5 times a week
– Try new types of exercise, such as kickboxing or yoga
– No sugar this month (I’ve done this for 3 years, I just didn’t do it last year since I was pregnant)
– Try 1 new veggie recipe
– Try 1 paleo recipe
– 1 green smoothie a week

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. I love the goal setting, and the follow ups. That seems to add accountability.
    I can't wait to hear about how you hit all your goals this month!

  2. I've done no refined sugars whatsoever in the past–I think that's a great goal! It's just frustrating because EVERYTHING has sugar in it. Certain brands of tortillas…ketchup…why do they have to go putting sugar in everything? haha!

  3. Thanks! I really need to be successful with this one…but, of course as soon as I post about this goal, Utah decided to have rain and snow nonstop for the past 48 hours

  4. That's why I'm staying away from candy, soda, desserts, chocolate, etc. Just by getting rid of foods like those for a month, I feel a lot better.

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