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? 


  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

  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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