We are six months into the new year and I have to say my New Years Goals are falling a little short. I have yet to lose more than 3 pounds, I’m still drinking soda, I’ve read several books (but by no means as many as I should), and we’re still eating out way more than we should (we’ve discovered take out…bad).
With that said, I’m NOT giving up. There are still 6 more months to this year and I will reach these goals. A few things are helping me on my path.
1. Weight. In six months I’ve lost all of 3 pounds. I’m going to blame a little of that on my back injury, but I’ve learned a couple things this week that I think will help me get back on track. 1. When I spin, my back doesn’t hurt anymore. Strange but true. While I’m on the bike, I feel no pain what-so-ever. This is a very interesting development and I’ve decided a blessing, really. So I’ve been on the bike nearly every night this week. And the final night I rode for 25 minutes and barely broke a sweat, so I need to amp it up. All good news. I’m thinking that if I get in better shape the back problems will take care of themselves. 2. To that end, I’ve signed up for Yogilates at my friend’s studio for Monday evenings through the end of summer. I’m pretty pumped about it. I’m feeling back on track and with just a week of working out I’ve noticed my mood has improved as well. The house is even clean (although cluttered).
2. Sugary sodas. Okay I’m drinking a Coke as I type this blog. Sad, but true. I have three more Cokes in the fridge and I intend to drink those as well. But then…that’s it. I’m not buying one more soda and bringing it into my house. I’ve purchased coffee, and I’ll start my morning with that to ward off the headache. Hopefully the working out will increase my energy levels and I won’t need that afternoon Coke to get me through until evening. Keeping my fingers crossed because I have this feeling that the sugary sodas are thwarting my weight-loss attempts. I guess I don’t have a “feeling” as much as I know that they are thwarting my weight-loss attempts.
3. Reading. Okay, so working from home even part time has been interesting. I’m not putting in as many hours as I should and kids are expensive. With that said, Nate and I have a much tighter budget than we’ve had in the past and it’s been quite an adjustment to just his income and less than a quarter of my previous income. So we’ve been looking through our budget at possible trimming we could do to save a little cash. One item keeps popping up – cable. We pay a ridiculous amount on cable, and I’ll admit I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching cable. It’s silly, really. I should be reading books. I’m sick of TV, and there is nothing I really want to watch, so why am I paying for PREMIUM cable. To that end, we’re dropping HBO/HBO On Demand and all of our premium cable channels. We’ll at least save $20-$30 per month. It’s a start and it will help this reading goal a lot. Of course, reading can be and expensive habit as well, so I’ve renewed my library card and we’ve already started using it. Much better idea than buying, plus my shelves are full and another shelf will not fit in our living room.
4. Eating out/cooking. We’ve already started getting better at this. We looked at how much money we were spending on going out and decided that it was crazy. So we’re starting slow and we’ve been going to Trader Joes to pick up food. It’s way cheaper, especially for two + people and our grocery bill has nearly been cut in half. Plus, the majority of the food is organic which has made me feel much better already. Strange how that works.
Well that’s the New Year’s Goals update. I refuse to give up on this. I want to be able to say that I’ve accomplished all of these goals in December. I know I can do it. A little will power and a little determination and I’ll be able to push through.