Linking up with Steph & Sara to share the results of my Autumn goals and share the next lot of goals.
- Declutter and get rid of stuff. I did so well on this I accidentally got rid of a house. But seriously, moving is a great way to get rid of stuff because you don't want to pack it.
- Track eating and lose weight. No. I need to learn once and for all, tracking my eating is never good for me. I just need to eat well without tracking every calorie or meal.
- Focus on running and speed. Not so much with the speed, but I ran semi consistently up until Richmond. After, not so much.
- Pay shit off, don't spend, save money. I am still going strong with not buying stuff for myself (clothes, shoes etc) but we spent a lot on the house and a few things here and there, plus Christmas gifts. We made a large payment on the car (high five) and I paid off another card.
So, I'd say I did pretty okay.
I know lots of people don't like new years resolutions, and I totally get that, but I love them. Sure, you can be cynical and say it just gives you an excuse to be a lazy sod until January 1st, or you could just say yay for clean slates, lets do this shit! Like I do.
I love making yearly goals. It's fun.
Here were 2016's:
- Exercise consistently (3-4 times a week) and eat well (lots of fruit and veg). Check! Less on the eating well side, but still.
- Try new recipes. Check-ish (first of the year great, second half bad).
- Shop less. Save more. Check-ish again, working on that shopping addiction, focusing on saving.
- Pay off debt. I have paid off a lot of my debt but I am still working on it. I shopped too much in the beginning of the year.
- Fix the house up a bit. Nothing crazy, but paint some rooms and work on the list. Yep, and we sold it.
- Successfully set up some sort of meal plan routine. Nope.
- Give up soda. Also nope, but I decided I don't care. One vice.
And for 2017...... I don't know. Even though I love making yearly goals, there's just no telling where you will be or who you will be a few months down the line, and goals and ideas change.
I have some things I want to work on this year - pay off my debt, turn 30, go to Australia & NZ, meal plan and get the grocery budget down, don't go crazy when my shopping challenge ends, break 2 hours in a half marathon... I want to work towards all those things but making goals at the beginning of the year and only halfheartedly looking back on them or trying to adapt them as my life or opinions change just wasn't working.
So, instead, I thought I would do quarterly goals. I think that works better for me vs seasonal goals (but I still might link up with you ladies if you continue to do the link up).
But first, here's a picture of Penny being Penny.
But first, here's a picture of Penny being Penny.
Moving on, first quarter of 2017:
- Continue exercising 4-5 times a week. Run, weights, yoga. Focus on speed with running.
- Get grocery budget down. Seriously, the amount we spend for just the two of us is ridiculous.
- Meal plan. I know this goes hand in hand with the above. I always kind of half-assed meal planned and I wanted to get better, but now with our current living situation we are eating a lot of frozen pizzas (KC) and raisin bran (me) and it needs to stop.
- No eating out for lunch. SERIOUSLY KRISTEN. This is SUCH a waste of money, it never tastes as good as something I can bring from home, and it is just a ridiculous waste of money. STOP IT.
- Organise photos and plan photo books. I had my photos organised a few months ago but I decided I don't like the way I did it, and I didn't keep it up and they are all over the place and need to be done again. Also I really want some sort of year book or photo book collection and I need to start getting them organised so I can order them (sporadically throughout the year because $$).
- Book NZ & Australia. I wanted to book the flights by the end of the year but we haven't yet. Other than that, hotels, tours, tickets etc.
- Go to the doctors or at least make appointments. Dentist, lady doctor, skin doctor, normal doctor and eye doctor.
- Pay off debt. I have 2 cards left. I really wanted them gone before my birthday. I have been making this goal for like 2 years (or if we are being honest/technical, 10 years) but this is the first time I have actually focused on it, made a plan, stuck to the plan and gotten close to the end, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have NO desire to get back into this mess - whereas when I was younger, the goal was to pay off so I could spend again. Not this time.
- Find a house! Oh yeah, this is pretty important. We are currently living in my MILs basement and to be perfectly honest, I don't want to start looking until I've paid off my debt, booked Australia, finished paying the car off that we wanted to pay off, and have a little more in the bank... I know that all seems like a lot but it's not. Once we get the ball rolling on everything we should be good.
- Turn 30. Yes I know this one is a silly goal especially since I don't really have any control as long as I keep.. you know.. living. But anyway. 30 is coming up and there you go. Let's do this shit.