I’ve been thinking a lot about whether I want to set “New Year’s Resolutions” this coming year. In the past the only resolution I’ve been able to even somewhat keep has been “no more caffeine”. I quickly abandoned that resolution the second the next New Year came around. As it turns out I LOVE Dr. Pepper. Having only ever really successfully completed one resolution I hesitated to sit down and really set some serious goals. Would it be worth my time? Am I just setting myself up to be disappointed come February when I have failed at all of my resolutions? These are the questions I have been asking myself as the New Year approaches.
After thinking very seriously about it, I have decided to set some goals for 2015. I don’t want to call them “New Year’s Resolutions” because I think that just begs to not be accomplished. I feel like I am at the best point so far in my life in so many different areas. I finally have a dependable job that offers me reliable pay. I might not make a ton of money, but I finally feel like I can set a budget and even put some money aside for savings. I am in a very stable relationship with the most supportive of boyfriends. He might not go to the gym with me and he might not like every new recipe I try out but he supports me no matter what. If I say I want to eat healthier or want to go to the gym on a regular basis he is right there pushing me off my lazy butt. I have a great friend who seems to have the same fitness goals as I do. Granted she lives in Boise but she is always there to support me in my gym adventures, run races with, and vent to when I fall off the work out wagon. I am in such a great place in my life that even if I fail miserably at each and every one of these resolutions I know I will still be happy and satisfied with my life.
So here goes. My list of goals for 2015. I have thought long and hard about this and am only listing the most serious goals I want to accomplish.
Run a half marathon. Kyrene (my race buddy) and I are really wanting to run the haunted half in October 2015. We are figuring out a serious plan to make this a possibility in the next few days. While a half marathon might not happen this year, maybe a 10k? We have accomplished a 5k, but can always improve and progress right?
Lose some weight!!!! This hopefully goes hand in hand with running a half marathon. As I have previously posted, I have gone up a couple sizes in the past year and a half or so. Funny how that time line corresponds with how long I’ve been with John. . . No I’m not blaming John for my weight gain. Since starting to date John a LOT of things in my life has changed. I’ve had a couple different jobs, we’ve moved a couple of times, we’ve gotten busier, etc. Now that our life has kind of slowed down and at least stabilized a bit I think it’s a good time to get serious about shedding those few extra pounds and just being healthier in general. My sister-in-law gave me some great ideas after I posted about wanting to be healthier. She has inspired me to set a menu every week, which definitely helps me not go out to eat every night. I hope to get better about eating healthier, going to the gym, and making smarter decisions in general. Some subsets of this goal are:
a. Stop the soda drinking. You have no idea how much this pains me. I seriously LOVE Dr. Pepper. And I am addicted to caffeine. I get a horrible headache without it and am a bit cranky. But soda is bad for you and does not help with weight loss, so away it will go.
b. Cut back on fast food. If I absolutely HAVE to go out to eat I need to choose healthier options. But ideally I won’t be stopping at McDonalds for chicken nuggets at all. Thank goodness fast food joints have some decent salads these days J
c. Go to the gym at LEAST 3 times a week. The only adjustment to this is if I decide to go for a run outside while training for the big race. But for the most part I choose the gym over outdoor running. Something about being able to watch tv while on the treadmill makes working out a bit more bearable.
Save some money! I need to assign an actual dollar amount to this but until I sit down with my spreadsheets and pay stubs and figure out what I can feasibly afford to save every month I am keeping this pretty generic. I’ve been working on paying off some debt (yay student loans!) so that’s where a lot of my extra cash has been going. I want to continue to keep ahead of loan payments but also put some money away for a rainy day. I think I will focus all of my cleaning checks on paying off debt and put any money I make in overtime at Big Mountain into savings. Or something like that. Like I said, I need to think this one through a little bit more.
Become a better couponer. Yes I said it, coupons. I first realized how much money I could save by watching Extreme Couponing. Granted that show is a bit unrealistic. But the reality is you really can save some serious money using coupons. I have done it myself a time or two and have watched some youtube videos featuring real people in real situations save some serious dough. I have finally found a blog to follow that really helps piece together great deals. I just need to be dedicated to it in order to really reap the benefits of couponing. I’ve been casually couponing for the past year or so but I really think I want to delve into this. It takes some time, but I think the money I could save is well worth it. We’ll see how beneficial couponing is I guess.
Alright so there you have it. My most serious goals for 2015. I really think I can keep most of these. I just need to be dedicated to it, and not succumb to the laziness that I have fallen victim to time and time again. Hopefully Kyrene and John can help me stay focused on the fitness goals, as those are the ones I really want to accomplish this coming year.
I hope you all have success in any New Year’s Resolutions you might be embarking on as well. Hopefully we can all stay motivated and have a great 2015!
Until next time,