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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

 

 

February Done

The New Year always seems so fresh and so new but then the excitement starts to wear off.  February is such a short, little, quick month that it seems like it ends before you even know it!  But, let’s check in on my month of February.

Health and Well-Being

  • 138 lbs. by March 1/ Work out

I have done a great job with working out regularly!  For the last 9 weeks I have successfully completed 3 workouts.  I am extremely proud of myself for meeting this goal.  But, the best weigh-in that I’ve had has been 141.6–3.6 lbs. away from my goal.  The goal is for 137 lbs. by April 1.  That’s 4.6 pounds which is totally doable!

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

I’m still not doing very good with this one.  I’m trying to drink more water and I’m starting to get there– one bottle at a time.  I have to keep working on this and I’m hoping with the warmer weather that drinking cold water will be easier.

  • Eat better

Because I haven’t made my weight loss goals I have started to count my calories.  My goal is about 1,200 calories each day–regardless of whether it’s a work out day or not.  I am hoping that this is going to get me on track!  I have a sweet tooth and I like to indulge in food so I have to start reeling it back.

  • Reach platinum level on Vitality (10,000 points)

I totally hit this goal out of the park!  At the end of February, I had reached 4,318 points.  I am going to keep pushing forward and hope to hit 5,000 points by the end of March.

Finances

  • Student Loans.

Hopefully with the extra that I have been paying I can get the total down to 24,500 after my payments for the month of March.

  • Retirement savings.

I took the steps to have my old 401(k) closed and the check sent to me so that I can forward it to my current 401(k) provider.  I sent it to them but I filled the paper out incorrectly because they sent it back to me to correct.  I want to take care of this by the end of March.

  • Savings.

I am working on putting money in to my savings but I know that there are going to be a few upcoming things where I will use some of that money.  But, that’s O.K. it’s all part of the plan.

Misc.

  • I read a book in January called Only the Truth by Adam Croft.  I enjoyed the book but I did feel like the writer spent a lot of time developing the characters and the plot and then it seemed like the ending was rushed—almost like he was forced to just end it because of a publisher’s deadline.  I just downloaded and started a nonfiction book today.
  • Travel– I’m still working on the details of the trips to Cali and to Columbus but I hope that everything pans out as planned.

There you have it!  How are you doing with your goals?  Please sound off in the comments below.

-Carla

Here we are– one month in to the New Year.  How are you doing with your resolutions or goals?  Have you fallen off the wagon and given up?  Are you one of those that always thinks that tomorrow is a good day to start?  I’ve been there and made some of those mistakes in the past.  But, for me I have found that doing a monthly check-in of my goals and resolutions helps me to stay on track and get me back moving in the right direction if I’ve started to stray.

Health and Well-Being

  • Lose 4 lbs. (142 by Feb. 5)/ Work out

I’m not sure if I’ve met this goal, yet.  I have 3 more days until I need to weigh in and then I will see where I am.  I have done a great job with committing to working out regularly, though.  For each of the 4 weeks in January I successfully completed 3 workouts.  I am extremely proud of myself for meeting this goal.  There were many times when I didn’t want to work out or I put it off until the next day— but I did it!

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

Um, I did not meet this goal.  I am having the worst time trying to cut down to 2 cups of coffee a day.  I have a cup first thing in the morning when I wake up and then I like to have something warm in my travel mug for my drive to work.  Once at work, if I haven’t already had a second cup of coffee I’ll make one then.  And then in the afternoon I sometimes get chilly or feel like I need a pick-me-up for working out or class that evening and I make a 3rd cup of coffee.  I’ve tried making my second cup of coffee herbal tea, instead, but it just hasn’t worked out.  Most days I am lucky if I drink one bottle of water (approx. 24 ounces).  I try for two, but haven’t made it many days.

  • Eat better

I have done a fairly good job of eating better.  I do pack my lunch for work almost every day and I have a piece of fruit for my morning snack, leftovers or a heat-em up meal for lunch with a yogurt, and a 110 calorie snack pack for my afternoon snack.  This has been working out well, but I know that I could also stand to me more strict with my diet.

  • Reach platinum level on Vitality (10,000 points)

I am well on my way to meeting this goal!  I hit Silver level about mid-way through the month and currently have 2,792 points.  There are a lot of online education courses that I can complete to earn points and I want to start knocking some of those out.  My goal is to reach 3,000 points by the end of February.

Finances

  • Student loans– pay $600 per month

I just paid for January and I paid slightly over the minimum ($450).  I will begin paying the extra this month and continue through June.

  • Retirement savings– roll-over previous 401(k)

I have my retirement set-up automatically at my current job but I do need to see if it automatically increased at the 1st of the year or if it’s on my first anniversary date.  I know that I set it up to increase 1 or 2% each year, but I don’t know when it goes in to effect.  I have not done anything with my old 401(k), either.

  • Build up savings

I’m working on this one.  It’s hard to balance paying off bills and saving money but I’m trying to make it happen.  I am one-third of the way to my goal but I know that there will be things that come up that I need to tap into my savings to take care of so I’m not trying to count my chickens before they hatch.

Misc.

  • Read one book per month

So far, so good!  I read In the Shadow of Lakecrest for my first book of the year and I posted my thoughts about it on my Book Reports page.  I will be checking out the free Kindle first-look books this evening and starting on my February book.

  • Travel

We are busy planning our potential trip to California.  I knew that CA was big but I didn’t know it was that big!  After doing some research I found out that we would not be able to see wine county, the redwoods in the Sequoia forest, Yellowstone National Park, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood, Universal Studios/Disney, the Golden Gate Bridge, LA, and San Diego.  We have narrowed it down to the southwestern part of Cali–most of what we want to see is around that area.  But, that’s about as far as we are in the planning process.

I am happy with my progress towards my goals in most categories but not in all.  I am very curious to see where I am when I weigh in on Feb. 5.  I have this unsettling feeling that even with meeting my workout goal that I may not have met my weight goal.  But, that doesn’t mean that I am going to stop or give up– I have noticed a lot of my dresses and work pants fitting better.

Thanks for reading,

Carla