Thursday, December 3, 2015

Winter goals

As with Autumn, Winter starts on the 1st of December to me. I meant to post this before the 1st or on the 1st, but apparently my brain is still on vacation. Once I remembered, I figured I'd better check in on my goals and set some new ones. Blue is pass and red is fail.

Autumn Goals (Sept-Nov)

- Run. No pressure, just run, and enjoy it. Didn't start off the best, but my friend and I have been running together once a week and it really is so helpful. I didn't run 5 times a week every week, but I ran at least twice a week, sometimes (okay, once) four times a week.

- Try not to eat out for lunch that much. Try to eat healthy. The first couple of weeks of September sucked with eating out for lunch (or eating healthy). Towards the end of September, I slowly started to bring food from home and attempted to eat healthier. Fell off the wagon (intentionally) for Disney World trip but other that that, my food choices have improved, I didn't eat out for lunch at work in November at all.

- Sell some more things on eBay. Oops.

- Clean up my photos. Oops again.

- Make 3 new recipes. I made so much shit you guys. I made baked chicken tacos, sweet and sour chicken, honey mustard chicken, italian chicken (and we started 'grilling' because we got a george foreman), chicken and broccoli, turkey burgers with spinach and feta, honey garlic chicken with veggies, curried sweet potato and chickpea stew, quinoa pizza crust (not as amazing as normal pizza -duh- but super easy and much healthier) and  shrimp scampi. Like you don't even know how much of a badass wannabe I was.

A photo posted by Kristen (@seeyouinaporridge) on


- Do something different in Louisville. Um, technically I did try a new restaurant but it wasn't in my power. I say it totally counts. I'm not a huge fan of mexican really, but their cocktails were great.



- Lose weight. Huzzah! This goes hand in hand with the eating healthy and soda. I gained quite a bit of weight after Europe (who does that?) that took me longer than I'd like to get rid of, but I got rid of it, and now I am at my pre-Europe weight.

- Give up soda again. I drank a lot of soda. I managed to swap from sprite to diet coke, which is just as bad in the cancer and bad for you department, but at least zero calories. 

- Call my mum and Nana. I feel bad that I have to have this as a goal for me to call them, but if it gets me to call them I don't really mind. I spoke to my mum a few times and my nana once (she's not a big phone person). 

- Have a totally awesome Halloween party. We actually cancelled it, womp womp. No Merida. We did go out for Halloween though, and we had a blast.


- Set up a cleaning schedule. Steph sent me her chores list which was super helpful, and Kathy gave me tons of tips. I was able to tweak both for our lifestyle and seriously, the house looks so much better and all I am doing is taking 10-20 minutes out of my day to do shit. I still do a big clean on the weekend but it's more of a medium clean now because it doesn't take as long.

So, not bad but not great. I really like the idea of seasonal goals because it gives me more time to complete them, but I struggle with goals in general. I need to be smarter about them and what goals I set, reminding myself of them etc etc. Then I might actually complete them. So, I'm going to try and take a page out of Paige's book and trying this SMART thing.



This is my first time doing the SMART thing so hopefully I'm doing it right.

Winter goals (Dec-Feb). 

- No shopping in December, January and February budget $100 each. I don't need to do any shopping. No books, no clothes, no accessories. Groceries are fine as are specific items if I run out. December is a must 'no shopping' month, January and February I can loosen up a bit, but be sensible: no impulse purchases, do not spend over $100.

- No paying for eating out at work. If boss buys, doesn't count. Eat out with KC only once a week. Self explanatory.

- Exercise consistently. Winter screws me up every year. Well, actually, I screw myself because I'm lazy. Specifically: exercise a minimum of 3 times a week plus running with bestie on Sundays.

- Organise photos. I really need to do this. Specifically: organise them all into folders, organise which ones to be printed, and how, back them up somehow.

Since I 'failed' a couple of goals in Autumn, I am trying to only stick with 4 goals for Winter. I think I can do it as I have given myself specifics. I don't think any of them are too outlandish. I'd like to make more, but keep it simple stupid right?

67 comments:

  1. Those tacos look so good. It is hard not to spending in December with the holidays but January will be no spend for me too.

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  2. You did great work in the FALL, lady! Love that you group things by season, smart! I hear you on the no spend, I need to save save save for our fun future plans.

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  3. It is amazing how much I accomplish when I put something into a goal. Winter is always so hard for me as well to stick with working out, I just want to nap and eat!

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  4. i think you did great!!! and those tacos...oh, how i miss real tacos. lettuce ones are so not the same :(

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  5. I need to try all of those recipes!! I agree if the boss buys it doesn't count AND Mexican food everyday for me, haha! You did really good, and can totally knock out the other goals in Winter! I did a bit of financial reflecting last week and then again last night and am working on something to try for 2016.

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  6. Yay for new goals!! I have just started organizing our photos because I'm doing yearly photo books and I am losing my mind with it...half on my computer, a quarter on hubby's computer, a quarter on an external hard drive, duplicates everywhere...driving me up the wall but it will be good once it's done (sometime!) haha. Good luck with your goals!!!

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  7. You rocked your fall goals girl! And I need to join you on the no eating out thing, I'm great about it for lunch at work as I always bring my own. But H and I are bad on the weekends, and it all adds up quick in the money and weight department. We'll stay strong together ;-)

    Green Fashionista

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  8. We have goal setting every year for work, and we totally use the smart goal system. As obnoxious as it is, it really helps to hold you accountable. I love your goals for the winter! They all seem very doable, and I like the fact that you tweaked the one about only being able to eat out at work if somebody is paying for it. If the boss is paying, you definitely need to go!

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  9. I so need a spending goal - especially with the holidays. Mercy. I want to buy all the deals for me :)
    You two on Halloween just look ADORABLE!

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  10. You were a cooking machine this month! I should also make it a goal to call my grandma this month..she recently moved to Florida so I never see her anymore!

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  11. Looks like a great set of goals! The budget is always a tricky one, especially around the holiday time I find, but good for you for setting that goal!

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  12. That Halloween costume is super cute. I need a cleaning schedule. Right now it gets done when it gets done. Since I started working in an office alone, I rarely eat out now. I get to be the sad girl eating alone at her desk.

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  13. well i'd say you did fantastic! lol at gaining weight after europe. that's something i'd do!! you got this next set of goals i have a feeling! and thanks for making all the recipes :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  14. Can I please just come over to your place for dinners from now on?! All this cooking you're doing = amazing! You did really well with your autumn goals, girlfriend! Looking forward to seeing how the winter fares out. I can't wait until I can get back to a normal workout routine. I've been taking really long walks a couple of times a day just to keep myself somewhat healthy during the holiday season! x

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  15. Organizing photos is so time-consuming -- I've pushed this off my goals list a million billion times. You did so good with your weight and eating goals, so go you!! :) Let me know if you find any awesome ways to get your photos organized fast!

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  16. I need to be on board with this no shopping goal. I was doing so well recently until that bike I bought (oops). Good luck with your photo organizing! I think that might be the most difficult goal you've set for yourself because that one is probably going to take some time to conquer.

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  17. You did great with your fall goals! I like your no shopping in the winter goal, I will have to use that as well. Except maybe some more Christmas gift shopping that we've been slacking on. Constant exercise is good too, I've been going to the gym twice a week :/ but I should be going more often!

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  18. You've got this and you'll do great! I'm struggling with the gym thing too! We can both do it!

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  19. Good luck on your goals! I definitely am going to go over my spending limit this month for sure. I have so many gifts to buy!

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  20. We use SMART goals at work for performance evals but I've never thought to use them for my own personal goals! Good luck! I think you'll do great!

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  21. Love the SMART acronym and that's what I do without even realizing it! Your goals are very reasonable and you can do this. I have to tell you, photos are like my least favorite thing to organize and stay on top of. (Sorry, just ended that sentence with a preposition and don't want to re-structure.) 2014 was a turnaround year for me where I got organized, and 2015 I have managed to stay that. What works for me is when I know I have a certain amount of free time, I require myself to work on photos for 10 minutes before I do anything fun. I set a timer. It's amazing what progress I can make in ten minutes, and sometimes I will keep going beyond the ten because I am on a roll. Sometimes I set my time requirement for 20-30 minutes just because I either have the time or I know I really need to make a serious dent in my progress. Anyway, just some ideas for you to keep you motivated!

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  22. I like the idea of doing a quarterly goal setting as opposed to a monthly one! But girl you gotta kick that soda habit! The acid on your teeth alone is well worth it - it rots your enamel and you can't get that back once it's gone! And you're doing awesome running with a bestie - I wasn't kidding when I commented on your IG pic that the stroller adds a mega calorie burn. Have you taken that think up a hill? Faced it into wind? Holy sh*t that's a workout! Get it girl!

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  23. I feel like you did a kick butt job with your goals- better than before, right I managed to majorly ignore my fall bucket list, but I had a great time. SMART goals make me shudder after doing so many while getting my MBA, but they are helpful!

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  24. Congrats, you did a great job for your goals! All of the recipes you made meals from look so good...especially those tacos. Your winter goals look great, I like that you applied the SMART thing to them!

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  25. Brian and I always say we're going to eat out only once a week but we are so bad at sticking to that. I'm like the pickiest, most finicky eater on the planet so half the time I feel sick looking at the food in our house and just want a milkshake and fries. Lol so bad

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  26. You are the only person I know how can restrict their shopping IN DECEMBER!!! I feel like we're hemorrhaging money (which I mean, we've planned for, but still). I actually had a package arrive in my box this morning that I totally have ZERO memory of ever ordering...I'm a fan of the way you've set up your goals. I think I shall try the same. Also--it must be said again--you are effing gorgeous woman. EFFING GORGEOUS!

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  27. Looks to me like you actually had a great autumn as far as your goals are concerned. Remember what I said, it's not pass/fail. You can't always do everything you set out to because things change, but looks like you did really well on some of the more important things and I'm proud of you!
    Also, I love the SMART technique and used to write a lot about it for college students. I do think a measurable goal is infinitely better than the opposite. Your goals for the winter look great and manageable and I think you'll do great. (Hey if you ever are feeling the lazies and need to work out, just text me and I'll send you a video or something?)

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  28. wow you did really well last month!! i want to try some of those recipes. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  29. You did a great job with your goals! Good luck on the winter ones! I need to get better at spending less. I don't even know what I buy!

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  30. Those turkey burgers and the quinoa pizza look good! I will have to check those out. Sounds like you did decent on your goals! Weight is always the hardest thing for me and you are rocking that!!! Let's keep up the workout selfies to keep us accountable :) I need to be accountable on food too. Gosh I haven been bad!

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  31. Good luck! I have a back up drive that my photos are on, but I also uploaded all of them to walgreens.com. They stay there forever! and it's free. Holla.

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  32. Good luck! It's so funny, one of my goals is to bring lunch 4 times per week-- then I decided it doesn't count if someone else buys!

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  33. Four clear goals for Winter and I know you can do it! Wishing you luck on the Spending budget. When I start to spend it's an avalanche and I DO NOT need anything either. I'm asking for no gifts this holiday season, just experiences.

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  34. I'm so glad you love the baked chicken tacos!!! I need to make those again soon. And I swear cleaning up my pictures has been on my to do list for MONTHS... but I just don't even know where to start. It's so overwhelming!

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  35. hey there - just found you through a comment on Helene's page. Just wanted to say - new follower here - looks like you have great info and I'll be reading for sure! I love me some goal setting!

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  36. Those tacos look amazing. I reeeally need to get my shit together eating and exercising-wise. I feel super gross...and it's still not motivating me to be better. Yet.

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  37. Good job with your running! I have been tell myself I'm going to start again and I just haven't. I need to just commit and DO IT, already!

    Those tacos are making my mouth water. It's my goal for the rest of this year and next to cook more. We eat out too often.

    Good luck with the SMART goals! I've recently made some, too!

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  38. Good luck with your winter goals. I like the idea of doing goals per season. I used to set weekly goals, and then I moved to monthly but even that wasn't really long enough for some things. Maybe I'll try the seasons instead.

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  39. That is an awesome amount of cooking you did!! :) Impressed. Sugary drinks are the worst. I want them, they are terrible for me. I have had a lot less recently. I've been saying no to morning sugary coffees a lot lot lot more often than not! Woah! Which is great. Overall I feel like we've been doing better. You did pretty great on the fall goals! I totally get wanting to set less though. It can be nice to have a smaller list! :) Good luck with your winter ones! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  40. Hey, I think trying a new restaurant counts!! And good job on running with your friend!

    LOVE your winter goals, especially the eating out one! Since moving to a new city we have been eating out so much more and having a hard time jumping off that train! Looking forward to being back in the groove.

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  41. Your comments about cooking made me laugh out loud - you KILLED your goal in that department, girl! ; ) YOU ROCK. Also, I'm going to ignore the fact that you're not a huge fan of Mexican food. WHAT!!?!? Ha!

    I am loving the way you set up your Winter goals - you got this! I love "no spend" months!

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  42. I think you did a good job overall with your autumn goals, especially trying new recipes. That's awesome!

    I haven't even done my goal posts for November/December yet because I totally sucked last month, and I'm not sure what I should do next month. The SMART tool is a great reminder, though, so I'll have to think in those terms when I'm coming up with new goals.

    And no spending can be tough (especially for 3 months!), but I definitely understand the need for that. I was thinking of doing something similar in a couple of months. (I can't set that goal for December because I still need to finish my Christmas shopping. Plus we'll be traveling, and I feel like there's no way to completely cut out spending when you're away from home.)

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  43. Looks like some great goals you got there! I like the idea of seasonal goals. Maybe I will try that out in 2016.

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  44. Those tacos look really good! I need to organize my photos, too...

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  45. That honey garlic chicken looks good... I might copy you and try making it. I haven't been home in over a month so I'm itching to get back in the kitchen and cook my own food again!

    We use SMART goals at work but I'd never thought to use them for my own real life. Nice idea! I don't set myself seasonal goals but I think I need to start doing it. Otherwise I achieve nothing :/

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  46. I keep trying to encourage my mom to set up a cleaning schedule because she waits until the weekends and then doesn't finish what she wants to do and has stuff lying ALL OVER THE PLACE which means I can't even help keep the house dusted or vacuumed because I don't know where she wants any of this stuff! Currently the house is a mess and we don't have one Christmas decoration out and it's driving me insane.

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  47. All those meals you made were pretty much incredible!! So glad you rocked your Fall goals and I know you'll do the same for Winter!! The soda is a tough one to give up and I allow myself to drink once a week, but even then I dont crave it anymore! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  48. Love these goals... I need to make a list too. I want to get back into running again. I keep saying I'm going to. I've been doing yoga, but running is always a nice supplement and a way to break it up.

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  49. Great goals! Giving up soda is hard. I try really hard to stay away from it but when the weekend comes I always crave it.

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  50. Sounds like you knocked quite a bit off your Autumn list and made lots of awesome recipes too. Your Halloween outfit is so cute too!

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  51. I love the no pressure point. I want to run no pressure this month to ... or anything.

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  52. You did really well! Especially not eating out in November for lunch at all. Great job! My birthday is in January so I tend to set all of my goals for February so I can still go out and enjoy and spend. Haha! I think you can totally handle your winter goals!

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  53. I think you rocked the shit out of your goals!

    I love your winter ones, too, specifically the one about going out to eat. It definitely doesn't count if someone else pays.

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  54. Loved your goals! I should definitely write down my goals per quarter of the year (since we only have summer and well.. rain). You really did well with your goals, too! I only hope I could accomplish as much next year.

    Love, Richel | Richel Goes Places

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  55. Girl, you so rocked all your health goals - look at the master chef that you've become! :) But seriously, you look amazing and I'm sure feel amazing which is most important. Send me all your motivation because the scale wasn't too nice to me tonight ... Your winter goals also are on point, I have to manage the spending too so I have more money for Disney!

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  56. I love your goals!! Its so hard to stay on track with eating healthy during the holidays and exercising consistently!! I applaud you for keeping up with it!! Great goals :)

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  57. You are killing it with the cooking, lately! Those tacos look freaking delicious. And honey mustard makes me think I should try to make some tofu "chicken" nuggets and dip in honey mustard.

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  58. I'm all about the goals and as a teacher we went through SMART training goals many years ago so I always try to keep that philosophy in mind. Also, unrelated, you have great hair.

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    1. aw shucks, thanks girl! i was totally wearing extensions that night :)

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  59. "Fell off the wagon (intentionally)" Hahahahaha... I am definitely guilty of this, too. Shit (junk food) happens sometimes... and there's a lot of shit that does taste better than thin feels, let's be honest people! lol
    It's so hard to give up pop. There's just something about the bubbles that nothing else can beat sometimes!

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  60. I love lists and goals but I tend to not accomplish them as well and I need to be more intentional so I love the SMART idea. Thanks for sharing! Excited to follow along on your goals, I am so with you on not shopping especially this month which means no random target runs for unnecessary things ha!
    happy monday, babe!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  61. For backing up your photos, an external hard drive is pretty awesome if you are still trying to figure out how to back them up. :) I learned this the hard way after losing a couple of years worth of photos once.

    By the way, I've missed your blog lately (since I've been in busy season with work). So hopefully you don't mind me blowing up your comments today as I catch up on what I've missed! ;)

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  62. I love these goals girl! I am with you on the no eating out rule. It helps the wallet and my waistline!

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  63. You did great on your goals! And love your new ones too, I need to join you on the no shop months!

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  64. So many meals!! So many sound really good- I am going to check them out as I'm currently trying to find new (easy) recipes! I need to do better with eating out less (and less starbucks)!

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  65. yum on the food you made! I LOVE trying new, fun recipes. Those tacos look insane! And organizing photos is seriously a bear of a task. Been on my list for years.

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  66. Ugh I have an eBay pile that's been sat waiting for me to list for months. I don't even want to think about it. We use SMART targets at work, although I feel I've never properly understood whether a target is truly SMART or not! Anyway, I don't give myself seasonal goals but I think I should start. Otherwise that eBay pile is going to sit there until 2018.

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