Goal #1: Save MoneyWell, it's only slightly embarrassing to report that we made it to the end of September without dipping into our overdraft coverage. That's pretty good for us. Ken and I both stuck to our "no fast food" pact for the most part. We did buy pizza for dinner twice, but those were planned purchases for nights when we were celebrating. For the most part we didn't spend any money we didn't have to. I skipped the grocery store one week and we ate food we already had on hand.
Goal #2: Get in Shape and Lose WeightI started out the month doing some exercises in the evenings, but then I got hit with some nasty allergy symptoms that had me feeling really drained. I gave up the activity after the first week. I went for a nice bike ride one afternoon with friends and it felt good to be out and active. I've been trying to watch what I eat as well. I had set the goal of seeing 128 on the scale. I didn't quite get there, but I saw 129 a few times. Actually, I did see 128, but when I stepped away to get my phone and come back, the scale went up to 129.2 just to make me mad!
Goal # 3: CleanThis is probably the biggest fail of all! I have been so tired this past month! The laundry is out of control due to a surge of bedwetting activity as well as me trying to swap out seasonal clothing for the kids.
In looking back at these goals, I think I was less realistic than I should have been. The fact is, I have maybe an hour every evening that isn't already dictated to me. On nights when I'm crazy tired, I go to bed. And if we have weekend plans, nothing gets caught up. I'm making my new goals more specific and realistic. And hopefully sticking to them!
New Goal #1: Save MoneyIt's getting close to holiday time, so I want to be extra careful with this one. I've already bought some Christmas presents, but making a list of what's already been done will help to keep me from panic spending as the holiday nears. I'd like to continue with the fast food goal, but I'll go ahead and allow for two free passes this month. Also, I'm going to skip the grocery store and "shop the pantry" at least once this month as well. We have a bunch of good food in the freezer downstairs; I just have to remember to cook it.
New Goal #2: Get in Share and Lose WeightFor a more concrete goal, I am going to get back in the habit of using My Fitness Pal to keep track of what I eat. It's helped in the past, so I know it will help again. I've set reminders, so I can't forget to log my food. I'm also going to take my vitamins. They seem to help me feel less tired so I can accomplish more.
As for getting in shape, I'm going to walk around my building twice a day. It gives my brain a break and helps me to get in some exercise.