Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Third Quarter Goals

Insert obligatory holy crap how are we already in July?!

Lets just ignore the fact that the 3rd quarter of the year has already started and I'm only just posting this. Let's also ignore the fact that I pretty much didn't accomplish any of my 2nd quarter goals... I mean, I crossed off the obvious ones that were already in motion so they don't really count, but other than that, nada.

So lets just move on to the 3rd quarter goals. Why not. I've been making too many goals and not accomplishing any, so I tried to keep it simple this month with only 5 goals.

- Stick to all budgets (grocery, eating out etc) and stay under kitchen renovation budget.
- Aim for 5 days of exercise per week (yoga, run, weights, kickboxing).
- Go to the doctor appointment I have sometime this month. Make eye doctor appointment.
- Meal plan. This is essential to stay under our grocery budget. I really need help with this.
- Read all books older than 3 months on Netgalley. Currently 12, though I have 26 total.

I'm sure I've asked before, but seriously - any meal planning tips, tricks or hacks for those who just can't seem to get the hang of it? My biggest problem is that KC and I have such different tastes - not to mention schedules (ugh, I hate summer*).

*not the season, just KC not working and not on a routine of any kind, which messes with my routines

21 comments:

  1. I know it's crazy we are in the middle of July! Hope you conquer all your goals this quarter...some good things on the list to keep life in check and well your budget also! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  2. You can do it! I don't know what to say about the different schedules though... although I don't work and matt does but he's home when he works? But we do have our favorite meals on a list and we rotate through that, trying to keep shopping trips to one a week if that.

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  3. I'm working on my Netgalley shelf too... 9 books older than 3 months and 13 current titles so sounds pretty similar to yours, lol. For meal planning, what we try to do is just have the meat pre-cooked (i.e cook up 6ish chicken breasts on a Sunday) and then use it in different ways: on pasta, on a salad, fajitas, quesadillas, etc. It's useful if people have different tastes because you can just grab it and make whatever you want. I do the same thing with boiled eggs or roast beef or pork or whatever we choose. Also nice to do a few meats to have variety :) good luck! How are you enjoying the kickboxing?

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  4. you got this girl! i really need to get on the meal planning too. not only for my wallet but my waistline! i wish i could help with the dual planning but it's just me myself and i so it's kinda easy ha.

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. Meal planning for different schedules and tastes is really hard...which is why it is a disaster in my house!! I'm with Heather ^^ in wanting to hear more about kickboxing!

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  6. Meal planning/prepping is no fun but a necessity for me right now. Its a struggle when I get bored with food, not to just stop off and get something fast and easy - so I definitely feel you. Im trying these days though. Sundays i prep all lunches for work, and well semi-prep dinners. Works for me.

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  7. I love your Netgalley goal! I really need to try and get caught up on those books as well... And we don't really have a meal planning routine, but it always helps us to figure out how many meals we need to make a week based on when Chris is going into the office and stuff like that. Then we figure out what meals will fit into the number of meals we're actually going to eat.

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  8. I feel like your best bet with 2 different tastes is to make large batches of things and freeze them. Then you can pull out meals for the week to let them thaw and you're good. I meal plan over the weekend (when we tend to go out more) so I can prep my grocery/store list. I generally give Teh German a say, but often he doesn't have input. Our weekly menu is also flexible. I try to do crockpot/easy prep meals on days that I know I'm going to get home late and on days that I telework, I try to cook the more demanding meals.

    Last Friday I made no less than 4 different appointments for various things that I had been putting off.

    I have several home projects I would like to do, but committing to the doing part and buying what need is always the problem for me.

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  9. Meal planning is actually my favorite! I do a lot of pinterest recipes, and I find it easier to write it all out and then make them all in one day - it simplifies it a lot!

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  10. Sometimes having only a few goals is better than a bunch. I think these are doable, especially budget-related! Just don't freak out with the kitchen reno because you'll probably inevitably go over budget some ... shit happens and problems occur, that's all I'll say lol. But I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's all smooth sailing for you guys!

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  11. It took me some time to make meal planning work for me, so don't give-up! I plan my meals around the weekly store flyers so I get the best deals, which is definitely important when you have a tight budget. It's just me so I don't have experience planning for different tastes. Maybe now is a good time to experiment with some simple new recipes and see if you can find a few meals that you both enjoy or will at least eat. :D

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  12. Whoa whoa whoa... Goals that have been completed because they were already set in motion 100% count because those are pretty much the only goals I ever accomplish. Hahaha.
    Meal planning tips for someone that struggles... I would base your and KC's meal around the same meat if possible (or same grain, if it's pasta). That way you can prepare and season it differently, but there's less actual cooking that has to vary. Just a tip. K and I eat the same stuff so I don't have to think about that much.

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  13. Girlllll I hear ya on how are we already in July?! Love your goals, definitely need to co-sign your budget and fitness goals <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. I try to meal plan at least 2 meals a week and I try to make them easy meals & things that can easily be reheated because my husband a lot of times gets off work later in the evenings and I'm starving by like 4pm. When I think of a meal I want to make for the next week I put the ingredients on my grocery list app that way it's already there when I shop, otherwise I'm scrambling at the store trying to think of things to make. I use Pinterest a lot for ideas & I'm sure you do too!

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  15. Keeping up with Netgalley was one of my yearly goals and I've done such a bad job with it-- I've realized I'm a really slow reader and I always end up prioritizing my library books, but maybe I can make a bigger dent the second half of the year. (ps. you should definitely read my not so perfect life soon-- SO fun). Zero help on the meal planning/prepping because we're so bad about it too. I did make a double batch of the black bean burgers recently, so it's nice to have them in the freezer to just quickly grill.

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  16. LOL you sound like me with your Netgalley goals! I need to start exercising, period. Please be an ahole bro and call me out on that shit. Thanks. And after 4 years of saying I need to make an eye doctor appointment, I did so and it is next week. Breaking your glasses will light a fire under your ass, you know?

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  17. My mind's blown on the fact that July's halfway over too. WHAT?! Good luck with your Q3 goals! I need to bump my exercise days up!

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  18. Oh man, meal planning for different tastes is hard! Christopher is the least picky person ever so I always just plan on whatever I feel like. I have no help for you there. Sorry! Good luck!

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  19. I failed on 80% of my June goals. Oh well.

    Meal planning was so lost on me until this year. I used to love to cook, and then when David and I started dating i stopped cooking because I was only home half the week, and we would always go out to eat once or twice when we stayed at my place. I seriously have no idea what I ate for dinner in all of 2016. Anyway, I have a good system going now that totally helps me save money and throw out way less food and be more on top of meal planning that I will most happily tell you about, if you'd like :)

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  20. Great goals. So straightforward. We are REALLY struggling with the same things in terms of meal planning. He always wants meat, or fried things, or tacos.. and I'm like how about veggies and pasta please? LOL. Share if you find something that works for you. We also tend to plan meals and then get too busy to cook. It's ridiculous. It's hard to balance even when we only plan maybe 2-3 meals in a week instead of 7. The odds should really be better. *grumble* Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  21. I was going to go on an epic meal planning ramble but I don't want to just spew at you unasked. So let me know if you want the ramble and I'll happily hit you with both barrels! But I love it and it saves me so much time and money. It must be strange to have KC not at work all day, is it strange?

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