First of all …
I love a fresh start. It’s like spring time, just in the winter. 🙂
I try to make New Year’s resolutions every year, but usually by February 1st, I’ve long forgotten what they are. And while I continue to make resolutions and continue to not keep them, I still find it important to make goals and at least try. I love looking back and seeing how my goals were achieved, or morphed into something completely different.
Dave Ramsey says that in order to have successful goal setting, you must make it specific and measurable. Don’t just announce, I’m going to lose weight! That will never work. A specific and measure goal is something like this: I will lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2013 by limiting my daily intake to 1,200 calories a day and working out 4 times a week.
So, I am going to make some resolutions (goals), share them with you and hopefully that will keep me more accountable.
1. Save money on food by meal planning monthly and freezer cooking once a month. I know there are many people out there who do this, and I want to join in! I’d love to take a weekend each month and do a big grocery shopping trip, cook up a bunch of food and put it in the freezer. Not only do I think this will lower my monthly food budget, but I also think it will be less tempting to eat out if I have whole meals in the freezer that I just need to pull out and stick in the oven or crock pot. (Was that the longest sentence ever? I think so!)
2. Build *something* and sell it. Probably this summer. More to come. 🙂
3. Go on a monthly date with my hubby.
4. Start to have more structured learning/play time with Miss A. I’d like to have 3-4 learning/play activities per week that we try to do. I’m not a fan of getting to lunch time and realizing we’ve been sitting in front of the TV all morning, especially easy to do when it’s cold outside.
5. Read one book a month. I know that sounds like nothing, but I am the world’s worst at starting 10 books and never finishing any of them. I have got to be more productive in my reading life. There are just too many good books out there to not read!
6. Exercise 3 times a week. Again, I know that sounds piddly, but it’s a goal I think I can manage.
7. Create an eating plan for five days a week. I feel so much better when I write down my food plans every day. I eat better and in return I feel better. (And usually weigh less too! Bonus!!) I would have two days a week where I don’t plan out my every meal and snacks, but the rest of the time will be planned out.
And of course I have goals and plans for improving my home. Stay tuned for that post coming soon!!
Do you have any resolutions this year? If you’ve posted them, I’d love for you to leave a comment.
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