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2019 Resolutions: I’m coming for ya!

Sure, I failed my 2018 resolutions and I’m sure I’ll fail with my 2019 goals, but at least I can say I’ve made an effort to change and do better. That’s better than being unhappy as a stick in the mud, with no drive or will to improve whatsoever, right?

Just like last year, I’m giving you the list, and then getting in depth below:

  1. Lose 30 pounds (which would put me at around 120)
  2. Record 3 total videos each week (one per channel)
  3. Read 50 books – trades and graphic novels included
  4. Make a task list every. single. day!

Four goals, not too difficult, right? Well, we’ll see. Now, to the nitty gritty.

FIRST GOAL: Lose 30 pounds

I’m in the 150 range, so I think 30 would be a healthy amount to lose to get me to a starting point where I can start focusing solely on strength and muscle building. My current state of chronic pain doesn’t allow me to do much weight training as I’d like. Every time I want to dive back into lifting, I get a few days in, a couple of weeks if I’m lucky, and then my body starts reverting into that “hell no, you need to rest for a month” stage, which causes me to slip into depressive, though functional, states.

I should be meeting with a doctor this month, so my intention is to bring up my goal of losing 30 pounds and see if there should be any adjustments to that. If there is, I’ll update you guys. If not… I’ll still update you guys as often as my butt can get on here. Clearly, that is a challenge.

SECOND GOAL: Record 3 videos per week (one per channel)

This one will be met with some friction, I already know. I take a long time to edit even just a 10 minute video because I have an entire house to keep clean, 3 kids to keep happy, well-mannered, and healthy, and having a social media presence is sort of required if I want my channels to grow. I’m hoping that with a goal of ONE video per channel instead of two per channel, it’ll give me a chance to focus on my home life, social media presence, and also work on the quality of my content, rather than me just trying to push out content for the sake of content. If that makes sense.

With the growth I’ve seen in the last two weeks on my discussion channel, I’ve purchased a new mic to increase the quality of the videos… for some reason my webcam’s mic just doesn’t pick up sound as well.

THIRD GOAL: Read 50 books – trades and graphic novels included

Last year, my reading goal was 25 books, which I exceeded by 3, if we’re just counting novels and not graphic novels, comics, novellas, etc. So why not double it and give myself a bit of a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, I want to incorporate the 2018 Read Harder challenge into this 50 book goal, which you can find here! Thanks to the overdrive and hoopla apps (and our frequent library trips), this could serve as a much more realistic, solid resolution.

FOURTH GOAL: Make a daily task list

I did this for months in 2018 and it helped me stay on top of our home, though I didn’t always get to everything. It tapered off in the summer, and started up again when we moved into our new house. I’m hoping to keep to a DAILY list this year, to maximize my productivity, and minimize my anxiety.

This year I’m hoping to throw caution to the wind and be unapologetically me, without worrying about the judgment of others because let’s be honest, not everyone has a goal to focus on. Let them eat cake and judge.

Let’s go, 2019!

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No Junk January

Every month I’m doing a special challenge. Something that will push me to my limits. I’m someone who has a violent relationship with food, so naturally I need to start the new year with a bang.

January is a month where despite restrictions, I want to harness my inner mental health heroine. This month is a HUGE mental challenge for me. My eating disorder is not allowed to resurface this month, this year, and hopefully not ever again.

My own PERSONAL rules:

  • No fried food, salty or sweet stuff (cookies, pretzels, chips, candy), nothing with added sugar or salt (i.e. if it doesn’t need it for baking or cooking purposes, it’s a no), fast food is a big no (unless salads are optional), no alcohol
  • Photograph meals and snacks, to be posted at the end of each week
  • Measure every Monday
  • Cardio 4-5x/week
  • Legs-centric month

My body goals are to build my running legs for later 2018 challenges. I want to lose an inch of fat overall (so half an inch per thigh), but measurements are hard to determine especially with muscle growth vs fat loss. I’ll be taking body progress photos every week, but I probably won’t post until the end of the month. ANYWAY, enough rambling that I know you probably aren’t interested in hearing…

I hope everyone has an AWESOME month!

My New Years Resolutions | JOIN ME!

It’s the day before 2018, and that means my butt is resolving to make some changes! I have a LOT of changes that I want to make and this post in particular includes all of my health-related goals! Naturally I’ve made a list that I can hang up and touch! Something that makes it real.

I also wanted to make this post as an accountability thread! These are all realistic goals, and I can take photos/videos to keep me accountable for each of these goals! Remember, this is just health-related and it’s not even my full list!If that’s too hard to read (which it probably is, my bad) here it is below:

  • Wear a bikini (with confidence) by swimming season
  • Improve form and posture
  • Two Macrobabe videos per week
  • Experiment with new recipes
  • SPREAD POSITIVITY

Now I’m going to break it down for y’all!

Wear a bikini with confidence for swim season! I’ve literally never worn a bikini before, but my body is at the point where I cannot afford to care about the extra skin and chunk around my arms, back, belly, thigh. I’m doing something called a “Supermodel Mom” year, but that doesn’t mean my body is going to look like a supermodel, but it definitely has something to do with having the confidence, self-reliance, patience, and discipline of a supermodel – but in a mom kind of a way.

Anyway, back to the point, it’s not necessarily my body that I want to change (though I do want a stronger, leaner body) but I want the CONFIDENCE to wear a bikini! I grew up in a household where bikinis weren’t an option, but now I have the option and I really want to wear one! A Wonder Woman one would be awesome, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Confidence first!

Improve form and posture! My posture is awful and I really can’t tell my kids to sit up straight if I’m hunched over my laptop like a troll. So I’m determined to straighten my back this year. As for my form, I really want to have better form in my workouts – I don’t exactly look graceful when I’m doing my workouts so it would be nice to actually look halfway normal whilst recording my workouts! Which brings me to my next resolution:

Two Macrobabe videos per week! I want to keep my progress updates – which is Macrobabe Monday, of course. But I also want to do an extra video each week. That might be something like debunking a food myth or another lie that Freelee the Banana Girl has said, or a recipe, or something inspirational. Who knows! But I want to maintain a two video/week schedule for the entire year!

Experiment with new recipes! We all know I’m no stranger to trying new things – we almost always have something new every Sunday for family day. But I want to go wild this year. Different flavors, different dishes, nothing is off limits (except of course cannibalism).

SPREAD POSITIVITY! My final resolution is to not only be more positive, but also to spread positivity and joy! I want to learn how to manifest the feeling within myself and gift it to others. I want to stop letting other people’s negative attitudes and fakeness, if we’re being honest, affect my ability to be the best me! I’m all for staying guarded around the people who just want to be nosy and secretly hope for my downfall, but I don’t want to let that stop me from having an awesome time around the other people I actually care about!

What about you? Do you have any resolutions? Do you want to be a part of a Supermodel Mom Year? If so email me at raineaugust@gmail.com, or join my SUPER HUMANS group on facebook!

I Resolve | The Importance of New Years Goals

I see way too many skeptical, pessimistic posts about people making goals for the New Year. What’s worse is that those posts can actually put a damper on other people who are making resolutions.

The guiltiest to be making those posts are unfortunately part of a community I love, which is that of fitness! My nearest and dearest friends in this community are luckily the types to encourage people to start a healthier lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see all of the negative posts and comments.

Here’s the thing. The first step to knowing what you want is often times the simple act of sitting down and writing out your resolutions. Taking time out of your day to say, “What should I get done this next year?” can open you up quite a bit. That’s exactly what I did and I’m going to be doing it every year, even if I fail! Why? Because it gets me closer to what I want! Less fat, more muscle, organize more, upload more videos, etc.

2018 is going to be a big year for my writing and my body. I have zero plans for any more children (sorry to disappoint some of y’all), which means I can push my body to its limits. If I have to stop after the first month or two, the point is I’ve made an effort to get closer to what I want! Who cares if I don’t self-publish 12 books and I’m not “bikini body” ready?

Making resolutions isn’t about the success rate. It’s about the effort you put forth. It’s about figuring out what you want and doing what you can to get there, or as close to there as you can get!