Good morning and Happy Hump day! How’s your week going? Anything exciting? So far this has been a fairly calm week – AND I LOVE IT!
I cannot believe it is May 2nd already. We are 1/3 of the way through 2012. Time to update my 2012 Goals, ToDos, and Resolutions. Some household, some personal, some professional. Some very specific, some general.
1 – Reduce spending by using up items we have before buying others.
*** Doing pretty good on this one. My so-called budget in April was a disaster, so I have restarted this month.
2 – Donate old/unwanted clothes/household items to KARM or Goodwill.
*** 3 bags of clothes and 2 bags of kitchen appliances/etc. have been donated. There is much more we can donate, I just need to take the time to go through our stuff.
3 – Complete a race longer than a 5K.
*** This one is complete!
4 – Save 10-15% of each paycheck. Now that I am back working full-time in a fairly stable job, time to start the savings again.
*** WOOHOO!!! Still on track with this one – saving 15% of each paycheck first. I also put some of the money I made from selling my car into my retirement fund. I put the rest back for emergencies, Christmas, etc.
5 – Try CrossFit and Spinning (at least once each).
*** Still pending. Once my personal training with Tina is done, I am going to try one of the free Crossfit classes and a Spinning class.
6 – Become Google AdWords certified. Professional goal to help with my job.
*** On hold for now. Much too busy for me to take the time to sit and study.
7 – Learn to cook one meal per season. As you know, I am not a cook. I would like to learn to cook one complete meal (edible and healthy) each season.
*** Completely failed on this one for the first quarter. Second quarter isn’t looking so good either.
8 – Walk/Bike/Elliptical at least 500 miles. Last year I completed 450+, so I am adding 10% to that number.
*** April 2011 was 12 miles. April 2012 was 18 miles. This is more than a 10% increase. Since the first quarter was on track, this goal is on target. Looking forward to really adding some miles once we get out our bikes.
9 – Utilize craft room (make handmade cards, gifts, etc).
*** Ummm….this hasn’t happened yet. And now the craft room is a little messy. Sigh.
10 – Blog at least 5 times per week.
*** I blogged over 30 times during the month of April, so this one is still on track. Also, April was a record month on the blog – thank you!
11 – At least 1 – 5 day vacation and 2 weekend getaways.
*** Still hoping to get one of these scheduled soon.
12 – Continue all goals to become healthy and get to feel great weight. These include logging what I eat on a regular basis, following my online personal trainer’s plans, and more.
*** Still following Tina‘s, my online personal trainer, plans. My weight is still not decreasing, so I bought a body fat monitor. My body fat percentage is decreasing. Wish I knew what it was when I started. I can feel myself getting stronger and my clothes fit better, so it is not all about the number on the scale.
7 out of 12 goals doing good. Must work on the others or change them. Thoughts?
So, as I discussed in early March, I was giving up diet soda for a while. I officially went without any diet soda (or soda) for March AND April. 61 days in total. I did resume diet sodas yesterday. The good news? They didn’t taste as good and I drank far fewer than in the past. My intent was never to give up diet soda completely, but to drastically decrease my intake. I would say this is a success. I can honestly say I didn’t feel better or worse than usual when I was not drinking the diet sodas.
So, I was cleaning out my wallet yesterday afternoon and realized I have a bizarre habit. I hate to carry around too much change, because it makes the wallet heavy. However, when I empty the change into my change jar, I always leave 4 quarters in my wallet. I have no idea why I do this or why it is specifically four quarters. Do you have any bizarre habits/rituals?
Looking for a challenge in May? How about a challenge to move more? Check out this challenge. There are even prizes at the end. Just read Janetha’s post for complete details.
Every little bit helps! I am trying to move more. That’s why I got a fitbit. It tracks all my steps, movement, stairs, etc. The great part is that it links with MyFitnessPal. I will be doing a full post on this once I have a little more data.
Happy Wednesday! Make it awesome!