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.
Eh, not so great. Our budget is up to date on the computer, and we are overall doing well. Our “allowance” idea would have worked better this month if we had planned better. My husband spent January finishing up residency interviews and therefore was on the road quite often. We had not decided ahead of time how these road trips would factor into our allowance. Therefore, we spent a bit more on dining out than I would have preferred.
Moving into February, we will be reattacking this goal. I have prepped our envelopes with our allowance and we’re going to give it our all! We do have a weekend away at the end of this next rotation, so we decided our allowance would not factor into the eating out those days. Instead, we will plan ahead to bring what we can and budget appropriately.
2. Go to the gym (or workout at home) a minimum of four days a week.
Ugh. Well, not so good on this one! Two of the weeks, I achieved my goal. Which means that the other two weeks, I did not. One week I only went three times. I made several excuses and did not push myself. This last week of January was made difficult due to Blizzard Juno. I find it much harder to motivate myself to do workouts at home.
Sadly this means my success was only 50%. I will certainly be looking for improvement in February! My husband’s work schedule is changing, so I will be utilizing the babysitting services at my gym. I am hoping this will allow me more flexibility to reach my goals since before I was limited to the time before my husband left for work.
3. Reduce my PR of a 9 min mile pace to an 8 minute mile.
Every week, I would push myself to run as fast as I could on the treadmill. Yesterday I decided to really haul it and see what this body could do. I ran a mile in 8:28! I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself. I had no idea my body could do this. My February goal is to get below an 8:25. The goal seems small, but currently I’ve only run an 8:28 once in my whole existence. I want to work on that becoming a more comfortable run, rather than getting stares from the neighboring treadmill occupants as I gasp along.
4. Try one new recipe a week and blog about it.
Pork “Fried” Rice
Clean and Easy Crockpot Pork Tenderloin
Breaded Pork Chops
5. I want to continue nursing Cupcake through 2015, unless she chooses to wean earlier.
Check! I experienced a major dip in supply following some weight loss combined with Cupcake getting sick and not taking all of her feeds. Thankfully, through a lot of work, my supply is back up and I have a very content little girl!
6. Visit my grandma every week before our move. Call her every week after we move.
Check! I went to visit my Gramma three times this month. In addition, there were two weeks where we had to stick with a call. The first week Cupcake was sick. The next week, my grandmother and her roommate both were too sick for Cupcake to visit. It’s getting harder and harder to keep my wiggly worm occupied at the nursing home, but thankfully she’s such a good girl!
7. Text/call/email a different friend every day to keep communication open.
So, this was one of the best resolutions I made! It really forced me to reach out to so many people in my little world. It made me realize that sometimes I rely on others to do that part of the friendship too much. It was great connecting with so many and I look forward to seeing how this resolution will help keep my relationships strong once we move!
8. I will cut my monthly consumption of soda.
My goal for January was to reduce my consumption of soda to four 8-oz cups a week.
This goal was really achievable! In fact, I am super impressed with myself because just a few years ago I lived off of soda. I easily would drink 2-3 cans (which translates to at least four 8-oz servings) a day!!!
My highest week I had 3 servings. I had a total of only 8 servings over the whole month.
My February SMART goal will be to maintain my current goal of no more than four servings a week. I want to turn my focus to the situations in which I drink soda and try and address the behaviors associated with that. I have noticed that I tend to want a soda for my afternoon pick-me-up. I do not want to drink coffee in the afternoon since that level of caffeine is likely to affect my sleep. My second goal will be that if I find myself wanting a soda, I will first make sure I drink 2 cups of water to ensure that I am not just thirsty. If I still want my soda after that, I can have it. I’m hoping the extra water will keep me hydrated, perk me up, and make me too full to drink the whole soda!
9. Subscribe to FlyLady Emails. Complete tasks to maintain clean and decluttered home.
I subscribed again to the emails and started on New Years Day. I created an organizational binder, which I love! I have found when Cupcake has an off-day, I cannot always get to the daily task. To combat this, I doubled up on days when I had more time. Over the course of the week, all chores would get done! I love how much cleaner my house is getting.
It also makes me happy because now Cupcake is becoming more aware of what Mama does during the day. I have to take her whole mattress out of her crib to change her sheets. This month, I noticed that Cupcake was intently watching me each time I changed them. I would show her two different options for her new sheet set and let her “pick” one (wherever her hand landed first haha). It makes me feel good that my habits will rub off on her and hopefully encourage her in the right direction!
10. Reduce time spent watching TV
This month I focused on the time I spent watching the news. This was a very hard habit to break, but there are a few ways I was successful.
-I stopped watching nightly news and only watched in the morning. Sometimes the stories on the nightly news were upsetting or bothersome and likely was affecting my sleep. Plus, most of the PM stories were covered during the AM newscast. I also realized that with the virtual world in my cell phone, I didn’t miss out on as much as I somehow thought I would.
-I never spend an hour on the treadmill. I counted whatever news I watched at the gym as my time for the day.
-In the mornings where I didn’t go to the gym, I turned the TV to a music station as soon as my time was up. We have a portable music player that I may eventually switch to so that the physical TV is off, but this was a good transition.
I encountered some difficulties as my husband was used to watching the news with me. However, he was supportive as always. He was also raised on a steady diet of TV, so this is a big change for us. I also found that I didn’t feel quite as “in the know” as I like. I digest news better in the TV format as compared to reading it online or in the paper. Moving into February, I hope this part will get better.
My SMART goal for February is to go through all the shows I have set for the DVR and figure out if they really add any true value or enjoyment to our lives and delete all that don’t. Big Bang Theory stays! If I truly love it, fine. However, if it isn’t truly meaningful in my world, it is a waste of time! I will not add any new shows to our lineup.
11. Post progress each month on the above goals.