Checking in on 2013 Goals

by Lisa on Wednesday: Mar 06, 2013

In December, I decided to plan out some resolutions for 2013, and as everyone knows – resolutions are only worth making if you’re going to at least attempt to do them! I figured now would be a good time to do a check-in on how I’m doing so far and update the goals a little bit.

1. Get in shape
This is a tricky one to judge right now. I’ve done a ton of things so far to help me get fit and stay in shape. I joined a Diet Bet in January, another one for the current month, started the Fitmixer bootcamp program and have been consistently exercising 4-5 times every week. However, (and this is a big however), I haven’t successfully been able to lose any weight and keep it off! It’s a very frustrating process and I know it’s at least somewhat related to my eating habits.

I feel like I’ve said this very same thing over and over again since I started blogging: I’ve got the exercise part down, but I need a LOT of help in the eating department.

The good news: I do have a lot of muscle that I didn’t have before, and I can now do a lot of different exercises that I had never attempted before (planks, hovers, wall-sits, REAL pushups, burpees, etc. etc.).

2. Move up at work
As of this past Monday, this goal is officially COMPLETED. I officially got my promotion and new title, and I’m very happy about all of that.

3. Grow the blog
This one is in progress. I’ve made some pretty good strides in getting my visitor count higher and my stats on Alexa and other sites are going in the right direction. I still have a long way to go though, and this is going to be a big focus for the whole year.

4. Cook more new meals
So far, I’m doing okay here but could be better. I can think of two meals off the top of my head that I’ve made this year that I had never tried before (eggplant polenta casserole and spaghetti squash), but this needs to become a bigger focus for me. Time to crack open those recipe books and start getting creative in the kitchen!

5. Buy a house
This goal was on hold until #2 happened (or was confirmed not to happen) because I needed to know exactly what my new income would be before I could start searching. Now that I know, the next step, which I hope to get moving on in the next few weeks, is to set up an appointment at a bank and get a mortgage pre-approval and find out exactly what price range I should be looking in. This goal is both scary and exciting, and I think is the biggest one here on the list!

6. Make more time for friends and family
Half and half on this one: I’ve seen my family a good deal, but haven’t really gotten together with any friends for social gatherings the whole year thus far. Another thing to keep working on!

New addition
7. Read more books
I never get time to read books, so this is a new goal that I’m going to work on fitting in to my schedule.

How are you doing on your own goals? Any new ones since the year started?

14 Responses to “Checking in on 2013 Goals”

  1. Good work! Congrats on the promotion and good luck with the house-buying. It is such a daunting process, for sure.

  2. Very nice, what a big deal a promotion is, congrats!
    Good luck with rest of your goals, i’d love to read more as well!

  3. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

    • Lisa says:

      I like a good fiction story for sure, but lately I’ve been picking up a lot of non-fiction books on food/health and even science (I love reading about space in particular). I guess I like a little bit of everything!

  4. colleen says:

    Congrats on the work promo!!! Also, good job sticking w/ your resolutions. I’ve banned all artificial sweetners and processed foods as my NY res. I’m usually really good about not eating any of that crap, but allowed myself to slip over the holidays. Well, I felt like crap (duh…I put crap in my body) and have successfully eliminated it all once again!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks! I should really try reducing the artificial sweeteners in my diet too. I know they’re super bad for you, but I do really enjoy a diet soda every now and then.

  5. Congrats on the promotion!!! That’s a big accomplishment 😀

  6. Christina says:

    Congratulations on the promotion! And for doing so well with your goals. It’s great that you check in with them, keeps you more focused and accountable.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks! I think it’s really important to check in with my goals and having this blog helps me stay accountable 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you! I agree that it’s a great thing to check in on your goals every now and then. I’m going to keep doing that for the rest of the year if I can.

  7. Looks like you’re doing awesome with those resolutions! And congrats on the promotion, major accomplishment for sure 🙂

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