Resolutions Check-in and January Goals

So here we are in February. I laugh thinking about me this time last year – 8 months pregnant, so uncomfortable, and having regular contractions. For over a month. I remember being grumpy when people would try to plan things in the last two weeks of my pregnancy because I was obviously going to have a newborn and wouldn’t be able to be there. Ha! Sorry about last February anyone who knows me, I was not myself.

 

January was successful as far as goals go. My resolution to “Be Present” in 2015 has been mostly successful so far. There have been times where I’ve caught myself on my phone and needed to tell myself, “Put the phone down, do you want the kids to remember you as a mom who played games with them, or was constantly checking her phone?”, but I’m recognizing those moments and doing pretty well with keeping my phone in it’s designated spot while the kids are awake. So part two: disconnecting after they go to bed. This is hard when B travels – I find myself laying on the couch with TV on in the background and scrolling through blogs or Pinterest or Instagram on my phone. What’s the point??

No Spending January was great. As I’ve said before, this mostly comes into play – for me at least – with shopping. Groceries, I just buy what’s on the list that’s needed for meals that week. I fill the car up when it’s empty, but I don’t do an excessive amount of recreational driving – to and from preschool, activities (which are few at this stage in the game – but I know will be a big contributor to gas spending in our future) and to the grandparents on occasion. But shopping – throwing one extra thing in my cart at Target or Costco, or stopping into HomeGoods “just to look” are budget killers.  There were plenty of times when I filled my cart online and then had to physically remove myself from the office to remember that I didn’t NEED to buy those t-shirts for Tom this month. Or that, wouldn’t I prefer to buy those jeans after I finished my Whole30 and P90x3 and things fit differently? And honestly, this was a really good thing. I went through all of the kids clothes. Nell has so many (great and my style) hand-me-downs that all I need to buy her for summer are swimsuits and sandals. And if I’d just filled my cart, we’d have too much. The boys are a different story – Tom needs all new clothes for spring and summer, and Peter can wear a lot of Thomas’s hand-me-downs, but that three month difference in sizes makes a little bit of a difference, so he needs a couple things. I spent January assessing our closets and organizing what we had instead of buying more…and it was great! I have a couple house projects I want to put some money into (mostly paint purchases) in February, but otherwise I’m keeping shopping to a minimum again, preparing for spring wardrobe shopping for everyone (and a first birthday party! wahoo!) in March.

 

My Whole30 was meh this time around. This was my 3rd attempt and I didn’t finish. I knew from the start I wasn’t going to finish, and I was perfect for 21 days. But after my one allotted night of not perfect, I gave myself a lot of leeway. A few things: I weighed myself the morning of our party (B and I turn 30 within a month and a half of each other, and instead of having two parties, we decided to combine it and do it once) and had only lost a pound and a half. And I was discouraged. I KNOW this is why they tell you not to weigh yourself during your Whole30. Self sabotage. I’m back on track – eating Paleo with the occasional treat. There isn’t a good 30 day period for me to redo a full Whole30 until April, and I’m ok with that. I’ll consider it then, but for now, I think I need a break. I’m a big believer in moderation with diets, which is why I like Paleo and the Whole30 – you fill your body up with good, wholesome foods. Nothing processed, no chemicals. And I know that’s healthy,

But my workouts are going great! I am loving P90x3. I need a daily schedule and varied workouts to keep myself motivated. The workouts are challenging, and there are days I dread them, but I also feel like I’m getting back into my daily workout groove and it feels so good. P90x3 is BIG on strength – I am seeing muscles that have LONG been hidden. I feel strong and slim and healthy and over the first 30 days, I lost 2 inches in my waist and hips. I do think the strength and muscle building focus has a bit to do with my only losing 1.5 pounds over 21 days of perfect clean eating. I’ve talked to my BeachBody coach, and we think I need a more cardio based program going forward (T25 or Insanity Max are top contenders for April). I have a little less than two months left of P90x3 and I intend to finish it, but I will be adding running in soon (I’m a fair weather runner – March – June, and then evenings or early mornings July – August, and again September-October) to get my heart-rate up more.

So that’s my recap. How were your Januaries?

June Goals

May Goals

April was kind of a biatch.  I told B the other day that I was “in a mood” and he said, “Em, you deserve to be in a mood”.  Which is true. But I’m choosing not to be from here on out.  We have a healthy and happy son and dwelling on the what could have happened scenarios isn’t going to get us anywhere.  But April? Not so great on the goals. I committed all my time after the daycare fiasco to holding Thomas close to me, trying to cram his childhood development into the short awake periods between his naps, and cranking out work during naptimes and after B got home at night.  And let me tell you, that’s no way to live. So luckily we have found a solution to bring that work-life balance back and it’s going swimingly right now.
So, onto May.  With brighter spirits but more timid hearts.  If anyone has any recommendations for first birthday gift ideas for friends’ kids, I’m all ears!

April Goals


Workout and healthwise, March was a very successful month.  I worked out daily (starting a week late because the flu took up residence in our house the first week of March) to Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred and lost 7 pounds (I’ve been about 3 pounds above my happy/wedding/pre-pregnancy weight since the week after Thomas was born, but 4 pounds below is a super fun place to be), lost inches and feel like I’m in really good shape.  And I suddenly feel like working out daily is normal.  Must. Keep. This. Up.  I have 5 days left and am looking forward to seeing the final results.

I haven’t done great at the lack of sweets for lent, but I’ve rocked the lack of fried food (with one tiny slip up when I forgot that tortilla chips were fried).  I’ll get back on track this month.  The cold season veggies are peaking out in the garden and the seeds are chugging along on our kitchen counter.  All in all, March was a good month.  Bring it, April.

March Goals

February recap:
February wasn’t super successful goal-wise (actually, the only goals I didn’t do well with were work-out goals), but it was very happy and fun-filled and I felt an immense amount of support and love throughout the month, so I feel like I win no matter what. 

Workouts weren’t super well thought-out, but I did get some miles run and logged additional ones on the elliptical.  I read two books – In the Woods was a good one.  B had a great birthday party/Denver Brewery Tour and we had several fun date nights.  Thomas and I did go to the pool weekly (and therefore I bought swim diapers - I opted for reusable ones rather than pricey – and leaky – disposables because I’m pretty much a pool fiend and intend to raise Thomas to be one, too).  While I love my long weekends with Thomas, most mom and baby activities are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when I’m working and Thomas is at daycare.  I’m not a huge believer in scheduling myself (and my kid) into activity after activity, but I do like having something we can do together that gets us out of the house and active.  Our local rec center offers a Mom and Baby Water Aerobics class on Fridays, so Thomas and I started doing that and we both love it.  We also head to the library together once a week for a Mom & Tom date - self-directed since baby storytime at our local library falls on a day that doesn’t work for us.  I love our outings.  I love that I’ve found the perfect balance for me and my family.  And I love where we’re at in life right now.

Looking forward to one of my favorite months – Happy St. Patrick’s Day Month!

February Goals

January was semi-successful.  Except for finishing the office and losing 5 pounds.  Apparently giving up Diet Coke for calorie-laden drinks doesn’t help you lose weight.  Thus the water goal for February. Anything you’re planning to tackle in February? It’s a short month…the sky’s the limit!

January Goals

I Resolve

I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions.  But this year, I’m feeling inspired to:

1. Give up Diet Coke once and for all. 
2. Drink more water.
3. Run a race (preferably the Bolder Boulder).
4. Save money.
5. Lose 10 pounds.
6. Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece and friend.
7. Get exercise daily.
8. Really clean my house weekly.
9. Put clothing away as it comes out of the dryer.
10. Live in the present.

What are you inspired to do this year? Any vices you’re planning to conquer? Trips you’re dreaming of taking?  Recreational goals?  Here’s to 2011!

December Goals

Let’s take a look at a less than successful November:

1) Workout 4 times a week. 2 of those need to be swimming (because I have a free gym membership [thanks to a 24 hour fitness class action lawsuit I didn't know I was a part of] and I should use it).  I injured my knee and am in PT, but other than that my activity has been limited.

2) Find new doctors across the board and make my yearly appointments since we’ve met our yearly deductible.  I went to new doctors (general and ob/gyn) but definitely have not found my new doctors.  In fact, I could write an entire blog post about how rude the OB was, but I think I’ll skip it for the sake of my sanity.

3) Limit my sweets and refined sugar intake to once a week.  Not a snowball’s chance in hell this lasted more than 3 days.

4) Eat lots of vegetables.  Note to self: Upping your veggie intake is great, but you probably won’t see results if you also up your sugar intake.

5) Cook one new recipe a week.  Most of them were terrible.

6) Read two books – one work related, one for fun.

7) Refresh my wardrobe.

8) Finish Christmas shopping.

9) Plan our trip to Florida for Tommy to meet his great grandparents.  This one is fully dependent on B’s work and class schedule – which has been busy this year.

10) Take, design, and address Christmas cards.  I successfully designed them myself this year and found a reasonable printer.
 
December Goals
1. Finish physical therapy.
2. Mail Christmas cards.
3. Host a Christmas get together.
4. Celebrate my niece’s first birthday.  I have to teach her young not to let her birthday get side swept by the holidays.  Her mom and dad will hate me for it in 20 years, but that’s what Auntie Ems are for.
5.  Make a birthday present for our favorite little neighbor (who’s also plagued by a Christmas birthday).
 
And that’s it.  Otherwise I’ll be focusing on a few big projects at work and enjoying the holidays with my little family.

November Goals

A quick look back at October:

1) Exercise routinely. Run, elliptical, or some workout DVD 3 days a week.  I did really well at this for the first half of the month.  Then I got sick and fell out of the habit.  Fail.
2) Swim at least once a week. See above.  The good news is I can still swim the 500 without drowning.  The bad news is that I have totally forgotten how to judge distance to the wall for a flip turn.  The alumni swim meet should be fascinating.

3) Go to a pumpkin patch..  We had so much fun.

4)  Date night.

 
5) Take Tommy to one of Mr. B’s soccer games. He followed the action and was the least cranky he’s been since he was conceived for that full hour.  Soccer might be my new parenting technique between the hours of 3 – 7 pm.

Now onto November. 
1) Workout 4 times a week.  2 of those need to be swimming (because I have a free gym membership [thanks to a 24 hour fitness class action lawsuit I didn't know I was a part of] and I should use it).

2) Find new doctors across the board and make my yearly appointments since we’ve met our yearly deductible. 

3) Limit my sweets and refined sugar intake to once a week.

4) Eat lots of vegetables.

5) Cook one new recipe a week.

6) Read two books – one work related, one for fun.

7) Refresh my wardrobe. 

8) Finish Christmas shopping.

9) Plan our trip to Florida for Tommy to meet his great grandparents.

10) Take, design, and address Christmas cards.