Happy 2021! Goals and First Book

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone 🎉. Tis the season for reflection and thinking about what the new year could bring. 2020 has been a year of challenges, loss, and unexpected silver linings for many of us. I’m an only child who loves/needs to be around people and isolated by myself in equal measure. Having Jason and Gage home with me 24/7 since April has been a true blessing, but one that leaves me perpetually drained. My mantra of ‘just get through it’ isn’t something I want to carry over, even if the challenges of the pandemic do continue. So I’ve got two big things I want to do this year.

I’m calling my first goal #booked365. I’m going to read a book a day and post them daily on Instagram. I’ll most likely post here every few days. There is a caveat. Because my goal is not to be anti-social I might throw in a movie based on a book on the days when we need family snuggle time on the couch for a few hours. Figuring in at least a once a week movie that still leaves over 300 books. Is this even possible? I think so. Gage and I read at least 2-4 books together a week and those will count, but it will still be a good personal challenge. And for those weeks that are hard I can sit back and watch a movie based on something I’ve read. I’m looking forward this bookish year.

My second goal is very cliche as far as resolutions go, but it’s to lose 50 pounds by the time I turn 50 in October. A few weeks ago, during a sleepless night, I joined #noom with that goal in mind and I’m already down 5 pounds. I’m still a newbie but it did help me get down to root inspiration for my goal and having that front and center has helped. Losing a lot of weight is rarely (if ever?) just about looking better in a pair of jeans and it’s no surprise after some reflection and work on the noom lessons that my inspiration has to do with the little man who needs me to live forever.

I’m so excited that Sheila continues to do this every year. When I read Untamed by Glennon Doyle last week there was a chapter about racism and white women’s role in it that struck a cord with me. So much so that when I was going through my possible first book of the year choices this one called my name. See if you can find me! I’m also representing my Buckeyes who are playing in the Sugar Bowl tonight 🙂

21 thoughts on “Happy 2021! Goals and First Book

  1. Diane says:

    Happy New Year Stacy and I hope you achieve all of your 2021 goals. A friend my age lost a lot of weight last year on Noom, so best of luck to you as well.

  2. Mary says:

    I love your reading goals as well as your goal to drop some lbs. That’s one of my goals as well especially since I’ve had a covid gain. That stops today. Two of my sisters and I are going to be cheering each other on. The goal is to get to a healthier weight range.
    Enjoy the game today!!

  3. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) says:

    I did that as well Stacy for my 50th birthday. I lost weight and donated 14 inches of my hair. I continue to donate my hair every other year since it grows so fast. Now that I am 60, I need to lose a few pounds that I gained in the last 10 years. I wish you success on all of your goals!

  4. kaysreadinglife says:

    Stacy, Happy New Year! I think both your goals are great. Good luck with ‘book a day’. I suspect that with the books you’re reading with Gage and the movie angle, that one is destined for success. And, as you might suspect, I am definitely cheering for you in the ‘healthier Stacy’ and losing a few pounds challenge. I hear you, girl. I definitely hear you. And will be in your corner all the way. My food choices have suffered through this year and I hope to get them back in order so that I can do all the things I want to do and be all the healthy I want to be when life allows us to travel and get out more. We had to cancel our 40th anniversary trip last year and we’re really hoping to make this year. With more energy and spring in our steps. Take care and here we go in 2021!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I hope you can take that 40th anniversary trip this year! I’m getting so stir crazy that I’m ready to pack up up and buy and RV. The winters are hard here because I can’t take the walks I love so much (I can take walks, but I don’t find the frozen ones all that enjoyable! ). Here’s hoping we can make better food choices in #covidyear2.

  5. Literary Feline says:

    I wish you a wonderful New Year, Stacy, the best of luck on your goals. I want to focus more on my health this coming year, which includes losing weight. Enjoy your reading this year!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      In the past I’ve always come at the weight issue from a health standpoint, but this year I just need the pounds to come off. Hopefully, both can happen at the same time 🙂 I think we can do it!

  6. Gofita says:

    I saw you! Stamped. Can’t wait to hear what you think. Good luck with your goals. I remember doing a book a day in September that one year with you. That was tough even with children’s books, etc. But also fun and challenging. So big kudos to you this year. May you achieve all you’ve set to do. Big hugs from my neck of the woods.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Thanks, Heather! I did tweak my challenge because of my monthly book a day experience. I’m reading a day ahead so that I can post first thing in the morning. It’s too easy to fall behind if you’re reading late into the night to finish the day’s book! Hugs to you too! Maybe this is the year we finally make it to Utah. I’m so stir crazy!

  7. Les in OR says:

    Good luck with your challenges, Stacy! I can’t imagine reading that many books in one year (I average around 50+ most years), but I think it’s a great goal. I’m also curious about Noom, which I’ve seen advertised on Facebook and IG. I would love to lose some weight, but those pounds are so stubborn! Right now I’m focusing on cardio and strength training with my Peloton, but it’s probably time to get serious about portion control. I don’t really eat a lot of junk, but I’ll turn 60 this year and my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. 😦 Good luck!!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Noom has been great so far. I like that everything is in one place. And it’s super easy to log meals and water. The daily lessons take up to ten minutes a day and they keep them fun. I just joined a team so we can share our struggles and tips. I’m hoping the 50 pounds happens!

      I’ve never before contemplated reading this many books, but if I count the ones I’m reading with Gage I think I can do it with minimal stress. We’ll see how I fee in February 🙂

  8. Michelle Stockard Miller says:

    That’s a lofty goal…the reading! Good luck with it.

    I’m also going to concentrate on my weight, which I’ve been doing, but not officially declaring it as a resolution. I lost 29 pounds between September 2019 and April 2020. I use an app called FatSecret. It’s free. I kind of put things on hold during my move (packing from April through the move in August through unpacking…ongoing lol) so hadn’t weighed since April. Got on the scale the week I saw my new doctor in November. I had lost two more pounds! So 32 pounds!!! I didn’t gain any weight during that time I wasn’t paying attention! I have more than 200 to lose, but my initial goal was 106 pounds…so 74 pounds to go. Really going to work on it and hoping to have that off by the fall. We shall see.
    Sorry to ramble. I’ll be watching your progress and I’ll keep you posted on mine. Now I’m going over to look for you in the First Book photos. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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