August Reflections

As part of my 2015 resolutions, I post my status each month to keep myself accountable for the goals I set for myself!

1. Design 2015 budget goals with husband to reflect past spending and current saving goals.

My goal for August was to evaluate our car situation. I feel like I am way behind the curve, but I recently discovered Dave Ramsey and have been learning more about his methods for getting out of debt. My darling sweetie graduated from med school this year. This translates into an amount of student loans that …well there are just no nice words for it. We really want to eliminate all of our debt as soon as we can. One of our cars is completely paid off, but the other was under a lease. My husband and I both agreed that this would be our last lease.

So, we bought a new-to-us car and are working towards paying that off. Although we are not at the point we could comfortably buy the car outright, we are at a point where we can pay it off quicker than the terms of our loan. I am (weirdly) excited about the prospect of finally being able to eliminate car debt. It may take us years to get there, but we have a plan and I know we can do it.

My goal for September is to really understand what Dave Ramsey’s philosophy is all about. I plan on checking out one of his books from the library and really reading it, as opposed to just gathering bits and pieces from online. I know enough people that have benefitted from his books that I am willing to give it a try! I love reading, so this is my favorite “budget” goal of the year!
2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.

For August, my goal was to work out a total of 12 times (or an average of three times a week). I was almost thwarted from my goals when our jogging stroller broke a few days into the month! It is hard enough to find time to work out, but without my jogging stroller I was forced to look for new ways to work out. I really tried to do whatever I could, but Miss Cupcake thought it was fun to crawl over and under me while I did pushups or crunches or she tried to pick up my weights. We decided to start looking for a new jogging stroller and were blessed to find a used one for only $55! I was doubly blessed when my dear sweet Dad decided to buy it for us. I am one lucky lady! With that, I immediately got back into my running groove. This was a success!

3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.

I completed a 7:57 mile in April. This goal is complete!

4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.

I am absolutely loving cooking and baking so much from scratch lately. This month’s delicious recipes included:

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Bread Crumbs

Easy Breaded Chicken

Crockpot Lasagna

5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.

CHECK!

My little girl just turned 17 months old and has just started sleeping through the night regularly. Holy moly has that been a game-changer. It took me weeks to adjust to being able to sleep through the night. I’d wake with a start at 2 am thinking I heard a cry, or wake up because my bladder no longer was used to go all night, or wake up because I missed my baby. Such a complicated feeling! However, we are mostly all sleeping through the night these days.

Cupcake has always been a big fan of nursing to sleep. This rarely happens now. She asks to be put in her crib for nap or bedtime and just wants to hold my hand until she drops off. I find it adorable 99% of the time. It makes me realize what a big girl she is becoming! Her favorite is nursing to wake. She would nurse all morning if I let her- and unless we have to be somewhere, I do! Pretty much from when she wakes up at 5 or 6 until we go out for the morning at 9, she is nursing on and off. I find it a great time for us to connect and set us up for the day ahead.

6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.

My grandma turned 93 this month. When my grandfather passed away, she moved back to Connecticut to be with our family. For the first time in over 20 years, I missed her birthday party. I was so sad. So sad. It just wasn’t feasible for me to visit. I am hoping and praying for a visit in September, because I miss her.

7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.

Check!

8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.

My goal for August was to have no more than eight 8-ounce servings. A weird thing happened this month. I am not sure of the exact number of servings, because I couldn’t keep track. You know that amazingly refreshing moment when you open a cold Coca-Cola on a hot summer day? I took one sip and noticed I didn’t like it at all. I passed the can to my husband and got a seltzer water.

A few days later, my sweetie opened a Coke and I asked for a sip. Yuck.

I lost my taste for Coke and Pepsi and anything like that. I just couldn’t get into it. It was weird. It was nice.

I did have one delicious can of orange soda because Kel, I mean I, love orange soda. (Please tell me you get that reference!)  

I don’t know what made the switch in my taste buds, but I am happy about it! I have no cravings for the sodas that I most loved before. My goal wasn’t to completely give up soda, just to reduce my monthly consumption. However, I am definitely okay with the idea of eventually not wanting any sodas at all!

My goal for September is to have no more than six 8-oz servings.

9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.

My goal for August was to organize our pantry so that I can ensure we are using the oldest food items first. This was awesome. I realized I have entirely too many boxes of macaroni and cheese! I just kept buying it and apparently didn’t realize we already had some. I discovered items I had forgotten about, like a green tea with jasmine. It has become my new favorite beverage to turn into iced tea! We were able to use up some lasagna noodles that were close to expiring to make a new family favorite. I am SO happy I did this (and so is our food budget!).

10. Reduce time spent watching TV

My goal for August was to limit my TV to the following items:

  • News (no more than 30 minutes a day)
  • Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (an episode if its a rainy day for Cupcake)
  • No more than two movies

Ugh. Okay. I had a rough time this month. My dad came to visit and he enjoyed a LOT of screen time with Cupcake. So, that was a fail. Also, Chris had an “easier” rotation this month, so we got back into watching The Wire. We binge watched Season 4 (SO GOOD!). I did not make the progress I was hoping to make this month. I am most disappointed about the screen time that Cupcake had. I found myself resorting to a quick TV show or youtube video so I could shower after my workouts or make dinner because it worked. I am not anti-TV by any means, but I also do not want to develop it into too much of a crutch. It is still August. If I am doing this now,  I will definitely overdo it come the cold winter months.

How do you do it parents that don’t show television? My LO will play independently and read to herself, but at the end of a long day, there is no way she won’t be all over me while I cook. I have tried including her in the food prep, but that isn’t working either. Suggestions, please!

11. Post progress each month on the above goals.

Check!

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