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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 pretzelsย andย 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 loftyย 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 withย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  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?

 

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Write 31: March 27th

Vacation! Staycation! A little of both ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Today: running, massage, basketball game (Go Cards!)
  • Tomorrow: movie, dinner, dancing (Jack’s birthday celebration!)
  • Sunday -> Tuesday: mountains (hiking, hot tubbing, cheap Mexican food!)
  • Wednesday: hanging out with my nieces during their spring break (Cinderella movie!)

I’m excited. I’m glad we get to travel a little bit, but I don’t have to worry about flying or a long road trip. Mostly I’m looking forward to spending time with Jack, and then with my family.

Accountability

  • Food: Breakfast was a PB sandwich, then some yogurt and strawberries a little bit later. Lunch was a salad with tuna, an apple and some cheese. Dinner was a soft taco with leftover cheesy-pork. There were like a dozen cakes in the office for our CMO’s birthday. I managed to resist them there, but took a slice home to share with Jack. I was good with not snacking yesterday. I ended the day with some popcorn, that cake, a glass of wine, and a vodka-soda.
  • Workout: Arms and abs at home, and then I walked enough to get past the 10k step goal.
  • Spending: $23 at Hallmark on birthday cards and a gift bag.

Happy Friday y’all!

Write 31: March 26th

OK, this #write31 has officially become tedious. I know I don’t have something interesting to share daily. But I do appreciate that habit-forming portion of it, and most mornings I look forward to writing. Maybe the takeaway for me is to continue to write daily, but to work on just two or three posts a week, so they’ll be more thoughtful/readable and better written.

Today is my Friday! Jack and I are taking a few days off for his birthday. Long runs, massages, basketball, good meals, dancing, hiking, mountains, hotel (sans puppies) are in our future. It’s like it’s my birthday too ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday was a pretty good workout and food days. Something I’ve been eating this week is messing with my stomach though. I thought I was just overindulging, but it’s not that. It’s also apparently not the protein bars, and it’s not the salads. I can’t figure it out, but I am SO bloated. I haven’t really been drinking this week – could my stomach be revolting because it’s not getting a buzz??? LOL.

Accountability

  • Food: Wednesdays are bagel days in the office, when I normally work from home. I did enjoy a French toast bagel for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ Lunch was leftover Chinese food. Dinner was a salad with a veggie burger patty on it. Snacks were chocolate (duh), carrot sticks with ranch, an apple, popcorn, two glasses of wine.
  • Workout: 3 mile jog, 4 mile walk after work with people from my team (so fun I didn’t even notice we walked 4 miles).
  • Spending: $176 on birthday presents and workout clothes for me; $21 on groceries and Ditto’s meds.

Write 31: March 25th

Today it’s three months until I turn 40. So soon! I’m actually pretty excited about it. the older I get, the happier I get – plus I always love an excuse to spoil myself ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime, Jack’s birthday is this weekend, so I’m looking forward to celebrating with him. We’re taking a short trip to the mountains for some hiking, but first spending the weekend here in Atlanta, drinkin’ and dancin’. Good times.

My office is doing this odd, last-minute walk/run today. We’re supposed to all walk two miles (or run if we’d like) to Dunkin Donuts together. Then they’ll buy us a treat, and then we walk or run back to the office. Weird, right? Doesn’t the treat in the middle sort of defeat the purpose of the four miles? I’m debating whether or not to do it, as I already had a run planned this morning. But seeing how I missed two days of workouts on Sunday and Monday this week, it wouldn’t hurt me to do both, right? I guess I’ll do the ol’ wait-and-see approach, being sure to take my running stuff with me.

Accountability

  • Food: Juice, Lara bar, for breakfast. Apple with PB for snack. Leftover pork, spinach and brown rice for lunch. Crackers and PB for another snack. Protein bar, popcorn, cheese, and raw veggies for dinner. One glass of wine. I feel like I’m forgetting something. There was also some random chocolate snacking at work. They are making us all fat with the piles of snacks they give us!
  • Workout: 40 minutes; half in the gym doing weights and half walking the little trail around my office building. Such a pretty day outside ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Spending: $31 on CO2 refills for the Soda Stream, $72 on my hair.

Write 31: March 24th

I was WORN OUT yesterday from the weekend. I feel like the day went by in a haze. Work was a little intense but productive. Jack is sick, so I brought him home Chinese food for dinner. Nothing helps a cold like hot and sour soup! I was in bed before 9pm, which was so what I needed.

I am feeling guilty and a little antsy because I haven’t worked out since Saturday. Partly because I didn’t plan well enough to squeeze it in, and partly because I’ve been tired since Saturday’s long run. I had hoped to go for a run after work yesterday, but I couldn’t have been less into it. I didn’t want to force it and have a miserable run, because that would affect my interest in future runs. Excuses, right? I have to leave an hour early this morning, and I’ll be two hours late getting home tonight, so it doesn’t appear that running is in the cards for today. I think I will be able to hit the gym during lunch though, so that’s good ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a hair appointment this evening. I’m debating whether to cut my hair to my shoulders, which would be at least 6 inches off. I’m not scared of having shorter hair – it’s been super short in the past. I just told myself I’d let it grow til my 40th birthday in June, since I don’t think I should be having long hair in my official middle age. But I’m kind of over it. Should I stick to my “goal” (I guess it’s more of a plan?) or chop it off? I think I’ll wait til tonight to decide…

Accountability

  • Food: Breakfast was half a smoothie and an egg burrito, with half a bagel around 10am. Lunch was a Cobb salad from Target, an orange, and a few pieces of chocolate. Another snack was a pack of PB crackers. Dinner was Chinese food: fried rice, brown rice, steamed veggies. Dessert was almond milk gelato and it was pretty dang good. Also, no booze – yay!
  • Workout: None ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Spending: $110 on two pairs of shoes for me and two pairs of shoes for Jack.

Write 31: March 22nd

Well, I made it – I finished yesterday’s long run, and it wasn’t so bad after all. Though I must admit we didn’t do the full ten miles; the route was crazy hilly, much more so than we’d thought, so we stopped at about 9.25. We were exhausted! It was also the first warm day this year, so that made it a little harder too. Our route took us through some of the nicest parts of Atlanta, and it was a sunny, gorgeous day – it made such a big difference in comparison with last week’s dreary, drizzly gray day through a more industrial/depressed area. It was fun being out on the sidewalks with everyone walking their dogs, working in their yards, and going to brunch. We tried a couple of different energy fuels this time, some Clif Bloks and gummy cola chews. I really think it helped.

Those hills were killer though! My legs were so banged up and achy that I wasn’t able to take a nap in the afternoon. Pain reliever was a must, and I really dislike taking medicine. We had a really good lunch though: green goddess salad with crab, baked oysters, lobster macaroni and cheese, and maple bread pudding. SO. GOOD.

We randomly went to hear a Steely Dan cover band last night. They were awesome! We had a couple of beers and shared a sandwich. And maybe a shot of tequila ๐Ÿ™‚ When we got home, our neighbor came over to bring us some roasted pork he made – how lucky are we? I really want to get back to eating vegetarian all the time, but it’s hard to say no to this stuff.

Accountability (I am not looking forward to adding all this up at the end of the month!)

  • Food: PB&J for breakfast; energy chews and juice during the run; salad with seafood and mac and cheese for lunch (plus bread pudding); Cuban sandwich and kale salad for dinner; Booze: glass of wine, two beers, shot of tequila, one cocktail when we got home (that is a LOT of drinking!)
  • Workout: 9.25 mile run with LOTS of hills
  • Spending: Not a good day. $75 at lunch; $60 at the concert/dinner

Write 31: March 21st

Are you a fan of college basketball? Maybe just for March Madness? It’s a big deal in our house. I love the first few days of it because there is so much going on, so many games to watch, so many upsets happening. It suits my multi-tasking, information-gorging brain. Yes, my bracket is busted, but isn’t everyone’s? Isn’t that half the fun?

My graduate school is currently the darling, with an upset win over Baylor. It’s fun to see them getting so much attention, since GSU has historically been just a commuter school. My husband’s school almost became one of the teams that was upset, but was able to squeak out a win in the last seconds. We were watching from a sports bar and I’ve never seen Jack get so angry when watching them play.

Enough basketball talk. Today is another 10-miler. I’m not excited. I think we have a more interesting route picked this week, but it’s still SO FAR. Since I’m such a slow runner, this will be another loooong run. But then we’ll have a nice afternoon of napping before we go to hear bands play tonight. Fun!

Accountability

  • Food: There was no semblance of counting calories yesterday. My office gave us chocolate croissants when we walked in the door to celebrate the lobby remodel. Odd, right? Then our team went out for pizza for lunch. Then I had nachos with Jack while we were watching the game, along with a beer and a vodka-soda. Once we got home, we snacked on popcorn and cake and had a couple more drinks. Not a good day, but hopefully I am super-carb-loaded for today’s run?
  • Workout: None, as Friday = rest day.
  • Spending: ~$60 at the bar watching the game.

Enjoy the weekend!