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?

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?

January Mini-Goals

by Lisa on Sunday: Dec 23, 2012

Happy day before Christmas Eve, everyone!

It’s been an interesting month leading up to Christmas and the holidays this year, in that it hasn’t really felt like Christmas-time at all. Things have been so hectic and crazy with work, home, friends and family that I haven’t even had the time or motivation to get into the spirit. Usually I’m all about it, but I haven’t even listened to any Christmas carols. That’s so unlike me!

But if there’s one thing I have been thinking about a lot lately it’s the new year and how I want to make it a big year for myself, especially on the health and fitness front. In addition to my big, full year resolutions, I’m going to set up mini goals for myself each month to help me reach them.

Up first for January:

Joining Diet Bet — I’ve never joined anything like this before, but I heard about it recently and I love the idea! If you need some motivation to lose weight in the new year, you should check it out. The more people that join, the more fun it will be! The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in the month of January. If I can accomplish this, I’ll be well on my way to reaching my weight loss goal.

Tracking calories — I’ve done this off and on over the years when trying to get into better shape, but I never seem to stick with it for more than a few days (or a week at most when I was really on a role) at a time. My challenge to myself is to track calories for the ENTIRE month of January. I’m going to be going back to use My Fitness Pal, and if you’d like to join me, look up my username (msmarvelproject) and add me as a friend!

If you’re celebrating the holidays this week, I’d like to wish everyone a happy time with friends and family!

Resolutions for 2013

by Lisa on Monday: Dec 17, 2012

I’ve been starting to see other bloggers post about their upcoming resolutions for the new year and it’s gotten me thinking about what I want to do. Last year, there were a few resolutions that I didn’t complete that I really hope to achieve next year (though I did complete the most important one: paying off my debt). So, here we go:

1. Get in shape!
I’m sure this one is going to be on many people’s lists as well, but this is one that was on my list last year and though I did exercise very consistently all year, I didn’t lose any weight, and in fact gained about 10 pounds. I’d love to get down to my ideal weight by losing 25 pounds, but even 20 would be amazing.

How am I going to do this? Well, I’ve signed up for a Fitmixer Boot Camp which starts in January which will hopefully help me get some nice muscle tone going. But if there’s one thing I learned, especially in this past year, it’s that exercise isn’t going to make me lose weight, even if it is technically getting me in better shape. Food is the key. I need to put together a plan to eat more whole foods, less processed foods, and overall, eat a whole lot less than I currently do. I’m sure I’ll be posting more about this plan as I figure it out.

2. Move up at work
It looks like there’s a possibility for me to get a promotion within the next few months at the office so I’m going to work hard and try to make it happen!

3. Grow the blog
2012 was the year I bought my domain and actually started trying to make something with this blog. I feel like it’s already come a long way, but I want 2013 to be the year that it gets even bigger! I’d love to have more readers and I’ll be working on making this happen too.

4. Cook more new meals
This was another one on the agenda for this past year. I did well for the first half of the year, then the second half was kind of a bust. I want to get more creative in the kitchen, coming up with more new recipes of my own, as well as trying a whole lot of new recipes from all the cookbooks I have.

5. Buy a house
This is a big one. A HUGE one actually. I know there’s a chance it might not happen, but I want 2013 to be the year that I become a home owner. With my debt paid off, I’m now able to think about doing this and I’m really ready to stop renting.

6. Make more time for friends and family
This one is self explanatory. I get so caught up in all the to-dos in a given week that it can seem really difficult to find time to see my friends or visit family members. I want this to change!

Well, that’s a pretty good list for the time being. I may add to it over the next week or two as more things come to me.

Any interesting resolutions on your list for 2013??