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Egad!  It’s April 5th which means that I am almost a week past due on my recap for the month of March.  Having said that, I think you might have a hunch how the month panned out for me!  But, let’s get into it.  First, here’s my outfits for the month (in no particular order).

Health and Well-Being

  • 137 lbs. by April 1/ Work out

I did not make this goal.  The closest that I came was 139.6 on 3/22.  But, I totally dropped the ball on my regular workouts.  For the first 3 weeks of the month I legitimately tracked the food that I ate for each day.  And, I wasn’t doing too bad at staying right around 1,250 calories a day.  But then I didn’t hit the 3 workout goal.  I had intended to do 4 during Spring Break week to sort of make up for it, but I didn’t.  And then, I did something to my neck/shoulder/back and got out of the routine.    I completed 10 workouts for the month when I should have done 12+.  This always happens to me.  I do really well for 2-3 months and then I just get tired of the effort and I give up.  But, this time I want to be different.  I want to re-commit for the months of April and May.  Plus, I do have a goal in mind: vacation in late May.

137 lbs. by May 1/ Re-Commit to 3 Workouts per week

This is a reachable goal– it’s 3.2 lbs in 3.5 weeks; I can do it!

  • Drink more water, 2 cups of coffee a day and 48 ounces of water

Uh, this is not happening.  I have sort of even given up on trying.  I have a cup of coffee immediately when I wake up, another one when I get to work in the morning and then usually one in the afternoon.  I have just decided to live with my 3 cup a day habit.

  • Eat better

This is another one of those goals where I was doing really well and then I dropped the ball.  When we first go grocery shopping our fridge is filled with fresh fruits and veggies and really healthy options for snacks and packed lunches.  And then as the cupboards start to become barren and the crisper drawer is empty my eating habits start to take a turn for the worse!  I start buying candy for snacks at work and just putting whatever/whenever into my mouth.  I need to get back on track with this one.

Track food with myfitnesspal

  • 5,000 points on Vitality by April 1

I made this goal!  I hit 5,137 at the end of March.  I am halfway to my overall goal of 10,000 points and we are at the start of month 4 so I am tracking to meet my goal.  They give you points for things like dental check-ups, too and I have one coming up in May so I am where I need to be for this one.

5,500 points by May 1

Finances

  • Student Loans.

I just made my payment for student loans this week.  I have another student loan payment to make at the end of this month.  Next month, May, will be the last month that I make my “extra big” payments.  Then, I will go back to paying slightly more than the minimum due and adding in more whenever I can.

  • Retirement savings.

I did it!  I finally rolled over my previous 401(k) into my existing one!  It feels good to have combined them and to see the total slowly growing.  I’m not going to retire a millionaire but at least this gives me hope that I can actually retire one day.  Currently, I am contributing 12% to my 401(k) and my employer matches 6%.  I should do some research into whether I am making a wise choice or if I could make my money work better in a different way.  I shall consult Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman.

  • Savings.

This is another area where I am seeing the fruits of my labor!  I am trying to build up my emergency fund and also save for a down payment on my next car.  And, depending on what makes financial sense I may use some of this money to blast away at my student loans.  These are all things that I need to research, but right now I have 10% of my income automatically funneled into my savings and when I find myself with a bit of extra money at the end of the month, I spend some and save some.

Misc.

  • I did not read a book during the month of March.  I picked one and started it but I didn’t put in the time or effort of reading it.  I have back-burnered the book for now and have started a book by Candace Bushnell called Killing Monica that I got for my birthday.
  • Travel– It’s looking like the trip to Cali is going to happen.  We have narrowed it down to the Santa Monica pier area with trips to Universal Studios and Griffith Park and Observatory.  Are there any must-see/must-do’s in that area that you can recommend?  I’d love to hear them.  My husband and I have both secured the time off from work–now we just need to book flights and hotel.

There it is.  My month of March.  Some great progress in the area of finances, travel plans, and student loan debt but some set-backs in reading, working out and losing weight.  I know what I need to focus on for April.  What do you want to focus on for April?  Let me know in the comments below and we’ll meet back here in May to discuss.

-Carla

 

 

Yesterday was a super casual day—mostly because it was Saturday and my last day of the workweek.  I’ve found that Saturday’s can go one of two ways at my new job. 1. They can be laid back, slower-paced, and bordering on fun OR 2. They can be filled with lots of grumpy or not nice people and since it’s a skeleton crew it can be difficult to get assistance.  Yesterday was a number one until the last hour of the day, but let’s not focus on the 15% of the day that was trying.

My outfit consisted of a very warm and comfy black thermal that was a gift for participating in Bar Championships when I worked at Friday’s.  I paired it with lighter wash bootcut jeans, tennis shoes, minimal makeup sans eyeliner, and day 2 hair with a healthy dose of dry shampoo.

🙂

Now that it’s December I am in full-fledged Christmas mode.  I’ve been decorating the house over the past week or so.  This is the first year that we’ve ever put up lights outside on our balcony.  I’m not quite done with everything but once it’s finished I’ll post pictures.  On Friday I busted out one of my Christmas shirts to wear to work.  I was super excited about it but my husband muttered, “It’s a little early.”  But it’s not.  Christmas is 3 weeks from today and in 4 weeks from today we will be toasting in the New Year.

How are you doing on your resolutions or goals for 2016?  If you haven’t met or exceeded them now is the time to kick it in to gear and give it the ‘ol college try.  With the break that I took from blogging I didn’t do a monthly update but I plan to do a big re-cap and wrap-up in the next few weeks.

-Carla

This week has been a short work week with Thanksgiving on Thursday.  I was off my normal Wednesday which was great for getting things ready for the holiday.  I had the pleasure of hosting my first Thanksgiving for my parents, my husband’s parents and sister, and my grandma.  There were 8 of us in total.

Here are some pictures of the table, appetizers and munchies, and of course the turkey!  I used Alton Brown’s method and brined it the night before cooking it.  It turned out very well–beautiful browned skin, great flavor, and juicy and moist meat.

My husband asked me what I thought he should wear and I had already decided on my outfit (duh!) so I picked out something that would complement mine.  He didn’t realize it at first but he should have known better.  We took this photo before everyone arrived to eat and it may very well become our Christmas card photo.  I also made sure to get a photo of all 8 of us before everyone fell asleep or left for the day.

Thanksgiving 2016 (9)

My husband and I both had to work on Friday after the holiday and I wore the very same outfit to work.  When my husband got out of the shower and saw my outfit he said, “Repeat!!”  I just laughed.

My outfit for Friday was my recreation of this pin, here.  I think I nailed it: plaid collared shirt, white cable knit sweater, distressed jeans, and tan booties.

Now that we have celebrated and enjoyed Thanksgiving I am in full-on Christmas mode.  I have been chomping at the bit to get my totes out of storage and see what I have for this year’s theme (blue and silver) and what I need to complete my Winter Wonderland.  I was also thinking about printing out my pictures for my Christmas cards and get a start on addressing those.  It usually takes me a few days to get them all done and get the addresses from a few family members that may have moved or I neglected to write down.

What about you?  Do you celebrate Christmas?  When do you start decorating?  Sound off in the comments below.

-Carla