Monday, January 31, 2011

January - Goal Update

Can you believe that January is already over? I sure can't! Even though the work days seem to drag by, time still seems to be flying!

The last day of January seemed like the perfect time to reflect on how I'm progressing with the goals I've set for myself for 2011 (plus a few I added along the way) and also how I'm doing without the 11 things my life doesn't need in 2011 (probably one of my favorite #reverb10 posts!).

Goals Accomplished!

Personal Training - A week or so ago, I finished the 8 personal training sessions The Hubs got me for Christmas. I had a really awesome time learning new workout skills and techniques. Even though I hated being pushed by the trainer while I was in a session, I always felt so accomplished afterward. When it came time to sign up again, the trainer was pretty hard core about getting me to continue, but the true cheap skate in my passed. I feel like I shouldn't let money stop me in my training goals, but just the thought of dropping $600 - $1000 for a month or so of sessions is really hard for me... We'll see where this goal goes for the rest of the year. For now, it's transformed into a resolution to get into the gym 4-5 times a week and doing both cardio AND weights.

Take a Trip - Although we haven't yet gone on or even planned a big trip for this year, I DID spontaneously plan a trip to San Luis Obispo this past weekend. It was a great way to unwind after what was a crap work week for me. It is amazing how even a short trip recharged my battery, even if it was only a little bit. I think it is probably the reason for me not coming into work today crying my eyes out (which happened pretty much every day last week!).

Avila Beach - Jan 2011

Take a Class - I took a meditation class in the beginning of the month, which I really enjoyed. I do however need to find more time to practice what I learned. I would like to take a class a month, if possible, so I need to start doing research into what classes are available in the topics I want to study.

Buy Stuff - The Hubs and I bought an area rug for the living room...a small step in the right direction (see before and after below). We still need curtains for the bedroom and a TV console, but research has begun in at least one of these areas.

Living Room - Before
Living Room - After

New Habits Started

Flossing! - I started flossing twice a day at the beginning of the year and I'm happy to report that the habit has stuck! I did skip over this past weekend since we were on vacation, but I got right back on the wagon last night and this morning. It is amazing how quick of a task flossing really is and how much cleaner your mouth feels after!

Making the Bed Daily - I had read on BlogHer awhile back about changing up your morning routine for a better day, so I thought I would start by making sure the bed was made every morning. It takes a little bit of extra time, but I have found that if I start making the bed, The Hubs will usually help out making the process a lot faster. I love that it makes the room look clean and less chaotic. I need to get a habit like this started in the kitchen by dealing with the dishes sooner rather than later!

I haven't had soda all month! It has helped that we haven't had any available, but I do know that The Hubs has some in his truck. I almost caved yesterday and had one, but stopped myself before I even had The Hubs go get it.

I have been fairly good about not using plastic bags at the grocery store. I've been better at remembering to bring in my reusable ones or I go back to the car to get them if I do forget. One hard part has been remembering a reusable bag when I go to the drug store or to the mall, places where I don't normally bring them in. I ask for no bag when I have a few things that I can just carry to the car, but this is hard to do at the mall when a bag is necessary if you are going to continue shopping around. Plus, you don't want people thinking you are stealing things. I'm not quite sure how to deal with this part of it yet...

Celebrity blogs are no longer on my blogroll, but I do occasionally peruse them when I need some mindless thing to do.

Cursing and harboring animosity are still things I'm working on getting rid of, as they are harder habits to break, but I have been trying to be more aware when I find myself doing either one of these things...

I'm still working on getting rid of the other 8 things. I either haven't had time to get to them or they are substantially harder to do.

I am very proud of what I've done so far, although I still have a long way to go and quite a few goals to accomplish and things rid myself of for the rest of the year. Writing this has reminded me of what I want/need to accomplish to make my life brighter and to be a happier person (which is sometimes lacking these days...).

For those of you still reading this, thanks! I love that blogging makes me accountable to all of you for keeping on top of myself to continue growing and accomplishing!

How have all of you done on your resolutions/goals so far this year?

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