2016 New Year’s Resolutions

by Lisa on Saturday: Jan 02, 2016

Happy new year! I hope you all had a great time celebrating New Year’s Eve and welcoming in the year 2016. This will be a big year for me, which I’m hoping will include a lot of positive changes. Not to mention the fact that it’s the year I get married! I started writing down my goals for the new year yesterday in my Erin Condren planner, and I thought I’d do a post summing up what I’m going to attempt.

Happy New Year

Health and Fitness

I’ve decided that for the first half of the year, my main focus is going to be on this category and the next (my wedding). I’m getting married on June 25th, and I have a long way to go to feel the best about my fitness for the big day. I honestly didn’t hit too many of my fitness goals in 2015, so it’s time to really buckle down and make sure I do the right thing for myself. I have some new workout DVDs which I’m going to start working with on Monday. Also, I’m going to track all my food for the entirety of January in order to kick things off on a good note.

Wedding

There’s a lot left to do for the wedding, but my biggest goal is to slow down and enjoy the planning process. Thus far, it’s been more stress than fun and I don’t want the good parts to pass me by. I have a ton of wedding to-dos and goals that I’m going to be working on in this category.

Blog

While the first two categories are going to be the biggest focus for the first six months, this and the following two will still be in the background during that time and then take primary focus after the wedding. For the blog, I’m going to try to keep up with a 3 times per week posting schedule as well as joining and building up some new social networks. Also, since I discovered my passion for planning in 2015, I have some exciting thing I’m planning in that category coming up pretty soon.

House

As always, there will be several things on the 2016 list related to the house. I’m continuing on with my massive reorganization of certain areas of the house. Next up on the list are the hall coat closet, the drawer on my vanity and the coffee table drawers. If I have enough time in the year, I’d also like to start strategizing how to completely redo the bedroom closets.

Personal

I always try to make some room on my goals lists for things that are just for me. This year, I’m aiming to read 12 books (one per month), and to make some time to play certain video games that have been sitting on my shelf for a few years.

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Are you making any new year’s resolutions this year? What kind?

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?

Thoughts on Joining a Gym

by Lisa on Thursday: Sep 19, 2013

After re-evaluating where I am in my goals for the year, I knew I needed to make some sort of drastic change in order to get my fitness goals on track. I felt like I’d been trying and failing over and over again for so long now that I didn’t know if anything would work. But one thing that’s been on my mind, and something that D and I have discussed a lot, is finding some group fitness classes to take. Notably: Zumba. I love playing my Zumba Wii games and dancing is something I’ve enjoyed my entire life.

Then, I began thinking that if I’m going to sign up for fitness classes and pay a fee to attend, why not take that money and join a full gym that offers classes as part of a membership?

I’ve talked before about my current workout options: Wii games, the office gym, my old apartment gym (which obviously isn’t an option anymore, even though it was never a great option to begin with). But this is something I’ve NEVER tried. I’ve never actually belonged to a gym. The office gym works out okay, but it’s small and there’s something that makes me very self conscious about working out with my co-workers. I would rather just work out in my own little world without worrying about socializing. I really am a bit of an introvert.

After researching some options in the area, I found an all women’s gym across the street from my office. It doesn’t get more convenient than that for location purposes. I went after work on Tuesday and signed up for a week-long free trial. I stayed there that night and worked out for an hour, getting a feel for the machines and seeing what they have to offer. I caught some glimpses of classes that were going on during my time there, and one looked INTENSE and another looked very fun. They do offer Zumba and also spinning (something else I’ve thought about trying), and also have personal trainers and nutritionists on staff.

It feels like a big change for me and will mean I’m spending a lot more time out of the house and working out. However, it kind of feels like the right decision. I want change and this might help me get there.

Plus, I can try to learn to run on the treadmills there without completely embarrassing myself in front of people I work with!

Do you belong to a gym? If so, what convinced you to bite the bullet and sign up?

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Re-Focusing on Goals

by Lisa on Monday: Sep 09, 2013

Somehow, some way, 2013 is almost over. There’s only a little more than a quarter left in the year and if you ask me, the time flew by faster than almost any year in history. Now that the weather is turning colder, autumn is coming and it’s a season of change. I wanted to sit down and review the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year and formulate a plan to make more progress on a few of them. Thinking about them today, I realize that a few are totally in the bag, while the rest have kind of fallen to the back burner (in a big way).

1. Get in shape
Total fail! If anything I’ve gained another 8-ish pounds this year and not only that, but I FEEL very out of shape. I think this can be attributed to the extreme stress and eating my feelings that came with buying a house and moving (the biggest reason why thus far I haven’t achieved some of the goals on this list). Yes, I drank a little more wine than I should have. Yes, I had takeout quite a bit and didn’t hold back on comfort food. Yes, there was a period of about a month where I didn’t work out. However, this is the biggest goal I have for myself for the rest of the year. I’ll write more about my specific plan in an upcoming post.

2. Move up at work
Done! I got my promotion in March and since then, I’ve been getting great feedback from my boss and co-workers and have been told that another promotion is on the horizon at the beginning of 2014. I’m very happy with my progress in this category and have been busting my butt this year to get to this point.

3. Grow the blog
Neutral. At the beginning of the year, I was doing great getting more readers, commenting on other blogs and keeping things updated. However (shockingly) once the whole house thing started up, this was another goal that fell off the radar. Time to kick things up here.

4. Cook more new meals
Starting to turn this one around. In the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve started cracking open my cookbooks and playing around with new meals for both myself and D. This one was a little hard to work on while we were still living in our apartment which had the world’s tiniest kitchen. Now that we have a nice, big open space with lots of counter tops, cooking is much easier and there are no more excuses. This will be continuing for the rest of the year.

5. Buy a house
Done! The house is purchased, we’re all moved in and now we are pretty much mostly unpacked. I’ll be doing a series of posts in the near future that will cover what it was like throughout the process for other potential home-buyers out there reading.

6. Make more time for friends and family
Good progress so far. One of my good friends and I have dinner once a month now consistently, and with some others, it’s been hit or miss. Family, on the other hand, has been around quite a bit to help with the move. Still need to keep a focus on this one for the rest of the year.

There will be a lot to do in the remainder of the year, but I’m dedicated to making progress!

What are your goal for the fall?

A New Beginning

by Lisa on Thursday: Aug 08, 2013

After a seemingly endless two months of hard work and stress, we have finally moved into our new home. It’s time to celebrate!

It really has been a difficult few months to get to this point, and if anyone tells you buying a house is easy – they’re lying. I knew going in that there would be stress and unexpected issues and lots of money flying out of my pocket, but that didn’t make it any easier when the time came. However, just as of this past weekend, we’ve finally gotten to a point where we’re mostly settled in and can breathe a sigh of relief.

We officially closed on the house on 7/10 and between 7/10 and the end of the month, sent almost every night carrying boxes over from the apartment to the house. This time period happened to coincide with the worst heatwave Boston has seen in years, which stretched for almost a period of 2 weeks. We hired movers to come on 7/26, which is when we officially moved out of the old apartment and started sleeping in the new house.

Because of the move, I’ve been a little MIA here and frankly, almost everything else in my life aside from work got moved to the back burner. That included blogging, any hobby whatsoever and also unfortunately, my fitness routine. In all the chaos, I found myself eating terribly, getting takeout all the time and not exercising whatsoever. I’ve certainly been feeling the effects and I’m very much looking forward to changing things around and re-focusing the remainder of the year on the other goals I had originally set out for myself.

Now that I’m on the other side of the chaos, life seems so much calmer, more peaceful and free. I have spare time again, which is something I really haven’t had in about 2 months. I had declared this past Monday as “the new start” and so far I’ve actually been making it happen. I’ve been eating better, drinking less and exercising more. I woke up at 6:30 AM Monday through Wednesday to get in 50 minutes of a workout before work and in addition to that, I’ve been taking a 20 minute walk around my office park during the day, each day.

I’m looking forward to catching up on all my favorite bloggers’ lives now that I’m back!

Planning for the week

by Lisa on Sunday: Jun 30, 2013

Let me tell you something: when your life currently consists of packing endless boxes of belongings and working out the logistics that will allow you to move into your own house and be able to deal with the financial burdens that brings, certain things fall to the back burner. One of those certain things is eating well. I’ve been tempted more often than not in the past few weeks to get takeout for lunch, takeout for dinner and to grab anything to eat as long as it’s fast.

We still have 10 days until closing and then another few weeks after that before we’ll really be moved in, so I need to try to make sure I’m still taking care of myself in the process. Therefore, I’m going to try making a food and workout plan for the week.

Monday
Tempeh with brussel sprouts
Bootcamp workout AM

Tuesday
Dinner out with a friend
Bootcamp workout AM

Wednesday
Dinner out with D (it’s our 4 year anniversary)
Cardio workout at lunch

Thursday
Big salad with hard boiled eggs
Bootcamp workout AM

Friday
Veggie and leftover tempeh stir fry
Cardio workout at lunch

Part of the focus in the next few weeks will be to try to eat as much of the stuff in our freezer and cabinets as possible so that there’s less to move. Some of it really needs to be used up. This workout schedule may be a little ambitious, but I need to try to set these goals for myself if I have any hope of making them happen.

Do you usually make a meal plan for the week?