But first, Winter goals:
- No shopping in December, January and February budget $100 each. lol no. I went overboard in December, not great but not bad in January... February was birthday month so I don't know what I was thinking with this goal at all.
- No paying for eating out at work. If boss buys, doesn't count. Eat out with KC only once a week. I paid for lunch (like jimmy johns etc) 8 times in December, zero times in January (WHAT) and too many times to count in February. Moving on....
- Exercise consistently. If you add up all the days and then all the workouts, I totally succeeded on average. However, I slacked off a lot in December and the start of January, but picked it up and as of today, I have exercised 39 days in a row. High five.
- Organise photos. boom. Gina suggested I set a timer or work on them 10 minutes here or there and that really helped me get it all done.
2 out of 4 ain't bad.
Also, wanted to check in with my 2016 goals, considering we are now a couple months in.
- Exercise consistently (3-4 times a week) and eat well (lots of fruit and veg). - going strong with exercise, weak with food.
- Try new recipes. with KC and I doing the Sunday thing, and me trying a new recipe or two a week, this is going really, really well.
- Shop less. Save more. Not so great with this one right now, but I am hoping to get a couple of no shopping months under my belt. Our savings account is going strong right now, which is great, but in the words of Ariel, I want moooooore.
- Pay off debt. I am not making enough headway with this, and that is not okay. This needs to be the most important one.
- Fix the house up a bit. Nothing crazy, but paint some rooms and work on the list. We haven't done anything yet, but hopefully will when the weather gets warmer.
- Successfully set up some sort of meal plan routine. Eh. Not horrible, not great. I have good weeks and bad weeks. I will get there.
- Give up soda. After 53 days of no soda, I caved. And you know what, I don't care. I am trying to make sure I drink all of my water before soda, and I am trying not to go crazy and have 75 a day. I know soda is bad for you. But I don't drink coffee, I rarely drink alcohol (except when I do, then I drink it all, but during the week or 'one-offs' is not something I do), I don't smoke, soda is my only vice (besides all the food I eat) and life is short (probably shorter with the addition of soda) so for right now, I am giving up on giving soda up.
Now for Spring goals! (March-May)
- No shopping in March. Be reasonable in April and May if I 'have' to shop. I would like to say no shopping at all for 3 months, but I think it's smarter for me to take this goal one month at a time. If I say 3 months no shopping, I'll freak out and accidentally fall into Target on the way home.
- No (paying for) eating out for lunch. If the boss buys pizza, how can I say no? But seriously. Eating out is a waste of money and it is never as healthy as a meal from home. I need to remind myself of that. Also, no vending machine visits, as they add up
when you go 3 times a day.
- Continue working out consistently but up the effort. I don't know if everyday is gonna work forever, but right now it is absolutely working to keep me motivated. However, I do need to increase the effort in each workout, because right now I am not giving it my all for fear of burning out.
- Organise photos for future photobook orders. The purpose of organising my photos was to get some sort of yearbook thing going. So now I need to go through all of them and decide how to go about photobooks and such. I don't think I want to order them right now, but I'd like to at least get ready.
- Reduce current debt by 15%. I think this is doable over 3 months. The thing I need to realise is, if I don't stop shopping and start paying off debt, we will not be going to Australia next year, we will not be moving in the next 5 years and we will not be paying off our cars.
- Increase savings so that it is triple our 'norm' from last year. KC once told me a minimum he wanted in savings at all times, so I took that as a 'as long as we have this much in savings, I can do whatever I want!' and I'd end up shopping too much or being reckless with money. We are now at double that amount we (I) got too comfortable with, but I'd like to triple it.
- Declutter and purge like a mad woman. I am feeling the spring cleaning fever you guys. I open a cabinet and ask myself why do we have 50 beer glasses? WHY? Why are the closests in the spare rooms jam packed? Why do I have 75 books to read, and another 100 that I will never read again? Shit has got to go.
- Lose weight. I don't 'need' to lose weight. But I feel like crap, and my clothes don't fit properly. I have an extra chin. I have an actual gut. I know this will sound conceited, but I have always had a flat stomach - all my food goes to my butt and thighs, so I didn't get off scot free, but I never had to worry about my stomach. I don't think I need to get 'bikini ready' for the cruise, but I would like my bikinis to fit and to feel good. I am happy with myself inside and out, my happiness does not depend on this goal, but it would be nice to drop a few pounds.
- Train properly for my half marathon. I didn't end up signing up for the triple crown that I mentioned, but I am signed up for a half marathon at the end of April, and to put it bluntly, I am not ready. At all. This will be 4 years after my best, and it always amazes me how far away I am from that best. I'm not going to get any better by sitting on my butt. My goal is to do it under 2 and a half hours, which is not amazing, but whatever. Baby steps. To refresh memories:
- Try and eat well. But mainly, no junk food or binges. No candy, no chocolate, no chips, no doritos (sobs), no ice cream, no milkshakes. This might seem drastic, but with all the food I plan to eat on my cruise, I will more than make up for it. So I can handle a couple of months with no 'bad' food. I hope.
Okay so I know I have a lot of Spring goals. But I feel comfortable with a lot of them because they really shouldn't be too hard. As long as I don't shop - shopping impacts me paying off debt and saving money, as does eating out for lunch. If I don't eat out for lunch and stay away from junk in general, I will eat better and hopefully lose a bit of weight. If I increase the effort of my workouts and runs, I should do better in my half marathon and also lose a bit of weight.
They all go kind of hand in hand, I think.
Anyway. I know this is the most exciting of all posts to ever grace your computer, so here are some recent funnies:
Also wanted to throw it out there that our What's New With You link up is tomorrow if you want to join us!
Happy Wednesday all!