Happy 2015 and my resolutions

First of all...I would like to say a Happy 2015 to all of you who dare to read this little slice of the blogging world. I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2015!

Now as for me...

As for looking forward to 2015, I thought about New Years past and how I would make grand resolutions which in turn would be broken 2 weeks later. It never fails. So I decided that instead of making yearly resolutions, I need to break any resolutions that I would like to achieve into smaller goals. But even that did not give me narrow direction....so I decided that I might try to break the smaller goals into monthly goals. I learned by following the Blogmas 2014 meme that I could do something for at least 25 days, why can't I take that idea and follow something similar for each month.


So I decided to take a look at what my BIG goals for ME are for 2015. They include:

  • Losing weight (In order to meet my goal of losing 40 lbs by July 28 2015, then I need to still lose 29 lbs).
  • Find some sort of stress relief method that works for me
  • Read 50 books
  • Find a way to make more money for our family finances
What I have decided is to break these down into monthly challenges. I don't have all 12 months planned out yet, but I do have January planned out. 



For the month of January to help with losing weight I will NOT be drinking any pop at all. I have been drinking it almost exclusively and I KNOW that it is not healthy for me. I will be replacing this with water and decaf tea without added sugar. 

For the month of January to help with losing weight and with helping our family finances, I will NOT eat any fast food. We are doing this as a family challenge for the month. I will also NOT be buying any junk/ snack food at the store, with the exception of tortilla chips and graham crackers for the kids. We can eat what we have here and when that is gone I have things that I could make. This will help with weight loss as well as our finances. 

For the month of January to help with losing weight and with stress relief I will exercise everyday. I have decided to do an exercise challenge each month. For January, I will take on the Ab and Squat Challenge seen here. I will also reward myself with a bubble bath at least once a week.

For the month of January to help with my 50 books goal, I will read at least 2 books for review purposes and at least 2 books for fun!

I know that I can do this, it is just a matter of doing it!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Any advice on any of mine? 



Comments

  1. Happy New Year, Rachel! As I read your list, the first thing that came to me is that instead of looking for ways to increase income, why not take a look at your cash outgo to see if there are areas that you can reduce/eliminate? Do yuo keep a written budget? do you hand onto your receipts and record actual spending? How about keeping a weekly journal of every expenditure and at the end of the week, sit down with your Dh and discuss the outgo of monies.
    I also don't do New Year resolutions, instead choosing to make personal goals, which I reassess a few times a year, usually in Jan and June, as well as Sept, once my new paychecks are in.

    Agree that skipping take out/fast food will save you a ton in both calories as well as money. Do you meal plan? Have you inventoried what is on hand and can you come up with a week's worth of menus? A Crock pot is your best friend-do you have one? On busy days, coming home to a house that smells wonderful and knowing that supper will quickly be put on the table is a real de-stresser, and saves my grocery budget.

    I hope that helps! Good luck!
    Carol in CT

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  2. When you break your goals down like that they seem very achievable. Perhaps review weekly to see how it's going? Good luck!

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