My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

We’re one week in to the new year already! It’s felt like a funny time to try to make any changes. First, starting the year with a three day weekend is definitely not the time to do a juice fast or anything. Jack and I enjoyed the time off together and with our families, and there was absolutely no cleansing going on 😉 In fact, there was one night that we had pizza and linguine for dinner (along with giant martinis) and then went to a bar, where we had tequila shots and soft pretzels and Oreo cheesecake. I am still a little bit in shock at our gluttony.

So then we headed back to work, but we had Christmas #6 with my stepdaughter, which consisted of more linguine and wine and exciting news that she is moving to California. Now, we’re trying to settle in and behave ourselves, but we’re going to Mexico in a week so I’m kind of like, what’s the point???

The good news is that I’m sticking with my diet (in spite of the previously mentioned carb-a-thon) and am now officially down 10 pounds from my summer chubster-ism. Woo hoo! In my dreams I will lose another 8, but no pressure right now.

In terms of my goals for the year, I’m going to start off by focusing on the first half of 2016. And I’m not going to have as many lofty goals as I did last year; this time, they are more specific.

Fitness/Health

  1. Continue my diet for as long as I can stand it.
  2. Eat primarily vegan meals, but not freak out when I have a cheeseburger or some ice cream.
  3. Learn to use the kickass Garmin I got for Christmas.
  4. Run a sub-25 minute 5k by July.

Organization

  1. Clean out the linen closet.
  2. Clean up, organize, and decorate our home office.
  3. Follow a schedule with my volunteering.
  4. Focus our donations on one nonprofit, rather than giving small amounts to a lot of groups.
  5. Make new passwords for all our accounts (and keep track of them!).
  6. Replant all my sad houseplants that have outgrown their pots.
  7. Unsubscribe to a LOT of email lists.

Reading

  1. Stop buying Kindle books. Reserve books at the library.
  2. Read: On the Move, H is for Hawk, M Train.

Finances

  1. Start using Personal Capital (or something like that) to track our expenses.
  2. Pay off my $8700 private student loan.
  3. Limit our weekly going-out budget to $100. Related: learn the weekly specials at restaurants in our area 🙂
  4. Cancel our credit cards that we never use.

I feel like none of these are overwhelming. I’ll probably do something like take on one of these each Saturday, so that I stay on top of everything over the first half of the year. The second half of the year will see me examining my job and what I want my future career to look like, but for now, I want to keep learning and see how I feel after a full year in this role.

Did you make any resolutions? Do you think it’s more important to make lofty, dreamy goals, or (kind of boring) check-off-the-list goals that are more easily attainable?

 

Lose 10: Update #2

So. This whole losing ten pounds thing. It’s reaaaaaallllly hard. It’s really not working. My weight is all over the place, depending on how much sodium I eat, or how much wine I drink, or whether or not I sweat buckets on my morning run. This week it’s been as high as 132 and as low as 127. I’m not sure if I’m losing weight or not.

This is absolutely frustrating and demoralizing.

As of this past Tuesday, I’m back MyFitnessPal. I loathe tracking everything I eat, drink, and do, but it seems to be what I need. It keeps me hyper-aware of what I’m consuming. It will also be helpful, if after a few more weeks I’m still seeing days in the 130s, to better pinpoint the foods and activities that are most beneficial.

In addition to the motivation I’ve got from the promise I made here, I also have two trips planned that are helping to keep me dedicated to this plan, despite my lack of progress. I have my first trip to Dallas to meet my new clients at the end of September, and Jack and I just booked a week in Mexico for January (!!!). It is so important for my confidence at work to feel I look my best. I’m generally older than most of the people I work with, so at least I need to be thin and well-dressed! Shallow, perhaps, but it really helps me feel less insecure. As for our winter vacation, we were excited to realize we have enough travel reward points to cover our flights and hotel, so we can save our money for meals and activities. I would love to spend that week in a bikini and for once not be self-conscious.

I’ll keep on keepin’ on with this diet. (The good news is my running is going well. I’ve been very dedicated to getting out there at least four days a week, despite the ridiculously suffocating heat and humidity we’ve had since May.) I’m only two weeks into my Lose 10 plan, and I’m for once focusing on the Big Picture instead of trying to lose five pounds in a week.

Here’s to a healthy and fun summer weekend!