2013: I Resolve….
I have a secret.
I actually love reading/hearing about people’s New Years’ Resolutions. People are already complaining that they are sick of hearing about them, that they are dumb, blah blah whatever. I think it is fun to hear what goals people are setting for themselves and how they plan to reach them.
That is the whole reason I love a new year… it is a fresh start.
And yeah the gym goes from empty at the holidays to temporarily full until like, March, when people forget about their resolutions, and I know that is semi-annoying, but actually I try to embrace it and be happy for people that they are getting off their asses. Because really, I would rather have a full gym than hear someone whine about being unhealthy as they are sitting on the couch stuffing their face with pizza (<—-okayokay, that has been me before).
Anyway, point being… it is that super magical time of year where we all share what we would like to achieve/change/adjust/fix this year.
Last year I aimed for pretty specific goals: Drinking 120 oz of water per day, run a 5k, lose 20lbs, get more organized.
I succeeded at 2 of those goals the (water and organization), blew off one of them (running a 5k- I lost interest), and failed at the other (losing 20 lbs). I am okay with the way things turned out.
But this year – I’m keepin’ things simple with 3 little (not really little but you know what I mean) goals:
Lose 20 lbs.
Yep, this one is getting carried over from my 2012 failure.
I am ending the year the exact same weight I was last year. Literally… I think down to the pound. However, being that I worked out with a trainer all year (besides the last 2 months), I am in much better shape than I was at the beginning of 2012, so I’m starting things out on a really good note. Now… if I could just stop shoving so many delicious, fluffy, carbs into my
So how will I achieve this?
- Sticking to working out at least 3x a week (with my trainer) and possibly a day or 2 on my own. The day or two on my own is always where it gets tricky, because frankly, I am all over the place lately. I am not going to hold myself to the extra day or 2 a week on my own, if I do succeed at that though, it will just be an extra bonus.
- The biggest thing is I need to get my eating under control. Over the last 2 years I have significantly cleaned my eating up…. as in eating lots and lots of whole foods and minimal processed stuff (except cheese. I love cheese). I just need to… clean it up some more. I am still working on the specifics of this with my trainer.
Really, the importance of this is pretty crucial. I have had an extra 20 lbs lingering on my body for like… the last 6 years. Basically, since high school. Such a bitch the way that happens isnt it?
Plus, I have a plethora (<—-thesaurus) of clothes that are just a little bit too tight that I cannot wait to wear again. I would basically have a new wardrobe waiting for me if my ass and thunder thighs would just so graciously melt a little bit.
Which leads to my next goal….
It’s time to embrace my fashionista
”There’s no such thing as a woman who is unattractive – just a woman who is lazy.”
Whoever that quote came from, was talking about me. We all know how much I dislike doing my hair and makeup. I am weird and find this 100% not fun or exciting at all. I have worn my makeup the same for like, 10 years now (foundation or bronzer, brown eyeshadow, black mascara. Every.Day.) and my hair is either down and straight (air dry!), in a pony tail, or on a rare occasion when I’m feelin spunky, I rock the “half up/half down” look. Yes, I am a wild animal.
I can get ready (shower included) in 20 minutes flat. That is how I like it though. I have no desire to spend 30 or 45+ mins in the bathroom primping (unless it is a special occasion of course or a night out, that’s different).
But, I love and adore fashion and I have tons of shoes (tons and tons of heels), scarves, etc. so the potential is there, but again, I am lazy because I will seriously wear the same 2 or 3 pairs of shoes repeatedly just because they are already out of my closet. I have decided that I need to knock that off and put in a little more effort.
How will I achieve this?
- I really need to start buying clothes in outfits. Because lately I will buy random stuff and then not have things to go with it (or accessories that match it).
- Stop.Being.Lazy. Really, that is what most of this is about. I have just been sticking to convenience and my comfort zone and even though I have like 100 shirts, I will wear the same 15 over and over and ignore the rest… for really no reason.
- I am cleaning out my closet with stuff I really have decided I wont wear because I don’t like the style anymore (thanks ADD), it shrunk, I wore it once and decided I didn’t like it, etc. I realize this sounds counter-productive being that I want to expand my wardrobe and I am getting rid of stuff, but I have decided I need to do a little restocking and buying some new, fresh stuff.
Stick to a budget.
Yes, this is somewhat of a contradiction with my last resolution to expand my wardrobe…. I want to buy new clothes yet stick to a strict budget. Yeah, yeah.
Confession: I am kind of a nerd when it comes to numbers.
Even though I am pretty good with finances and such, I felt like last year we (Torrance and I) did a lot of unnecessary spending. And now that we are all officially settled in and are pretty much done with the whole “rebuilding an entire household” after selling everything we owned, (mind you, our house was still pretty empty at the start of 2012), we can get things back on track now.
How will I achieve this?
- Knock off the crazy grocery store spending. It is no secret that I love grocery shopping. I mean I can buy some shit at the grocery store, let me tell you. I really need to stick to our budget of $100 a week at the grocery store. Enough said.
- Being more religious with tracking spending. There’s an app for that! I love the Ace Budget app for iPhone. I have tried like 6 different budget apps and that one is my favorite because it is the simplest and you can set a budget for each category and then input purchases/money spent daily and put it under the category and then at the end of the month I take 15 minutes to input all the numbers into a master spreadsheet that I have (because I love spreadsheets) and I can see what categories we went over/under on (the grocery category is always over… incase you were wondering). It is so simple. I have just been to lax on it lately.
- Make specific savings goals. Usually I will just throw any extra money into savings, but I actually want to make specific contributions to specific savings goals each month (i.e. vacation fund, long term savings, etc).
So there you have it.
Boom. Resolutions officially declared.
- What is your “top” resolution this year? (And if you’re feelin’ spunky, tell me how you plan to achieve it).
- What is a resolution from last year that you are happy to report you succeeded at? Any that you failed at?