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Wednesday, November 2, I went to Wal-Mart to get some Halloween candy on clearance and there wasn’t any!  I couldn’t believe it.  But, what they did have was 22 aisles of Christmas stuff.  All of a sudden, Halloween is over and the gloves come off and it’s Christmas.

Aren’t we skipping over Thanksgiving?!?

Here is a month-in-review of the outfits that I wore during the month of October.  These are not in chronological order, though.  (Check out my gallery page for a chronological listing.)

And, as always let’s go ahead and update the progress for the month towards my New Year’s Resolutions.  We’re done with 10 months of the year–there’s only 2 months left to meet, or exceed, the resolutions that I set at the start of 2016.  (It really does go by faster and faster each year.)

Misc.
  • Travel

No trips or plans for one for the rest of this year, at least.

  • Read 12 books

I did abandon the book that I was reading during September, but I started a new one during the month of October called Eileen.  I’ll be writing my thoughts about it shortly on the Book Report page.  But that makes 16 for the year.

Finances
  • Student loans

I just made my student loan payment at the end of October and for the beginning of November.  I am happy to say that I am at the point where I am able to start paying more than the minimum amount.

  • Retirement/Savings

Doing well with having 10% of my paycheck automatically deposited into my savings account.  I like to see that number get bigger every other week.  I’m doing my best to let it alone and let it grow.  I also have 10% put into my 401k and it was hard the first time it was deducted but I’ve adjusted.  I know that it’s important so I am making it a priority.

  • Professional Development

I am not seeking any additional professional development beside the training that I receive for my job.  I am doing my best and my coach always has a lot of positive feedback for me, which is great, but there are some things that I really need to improve and I’m putting my focus and energy towards them.

Health/Well-Being
  • Lose Weight

I have been struggling with this one for a while now.  I’ve tracked my weight for several years on myfitnesspal and I can see that the trend over time has been an increase of 10-15 lbs.  I am trying to get that down 5-10 pounds but it is so hard to do!  I was doing well with working out at least 3 times per week but then I missed one here and there and before I know it the month was over.

I have made a strong effort to consume less calories during the day by packing my lunch, but it doesn’t always carry through when I get home.  It’s just something that I have to keep working on.

  • Brush/Floss nightly

I met my goal of 75% for “perfect days” (brush before noon, floss and brush before bed) with 26 out of 31 days for a 84%.  I missed flossing and/or brushing before bed 3 nights of the month so I missed my goal of 95% by 5%– 90%.  I will keep the same goals for next month.

  • Beauty Routine

This was spotty, again, for the month of October.

-Carla

 

Another month is in the books!  As we say goodbye to September I’d like to take a moment to review the outfits for the month and we’ll do the check-in/update on the goals for the year.

Returning to work full-time at the end of August meant that I was able to provide lots of content for the blog.  Here are the outfits that I wore this month.  (These are not in chronological order.  If you want to see the order that I wore the outfits, check out the gallery.)

Finances
  • Student loans

I just made one of my student loan payments for the month and I made the minimum payment because I am still getting back on track.  But, I do plan to start putting extra money towards them starting with the second student loan payment that I will make at the end of the month.

  • Retirement/Savings

Starting a new job has made this something that I was forced to focus on.  As I mentioned, I already have 10% allocated to my savings but I’ve also signed up for my 401k.  My company matches 6% so I decided to start out with 10% and see how that affected my take-home pay.  Let me tell you, it had more of an impact off my bottom-line that I thought it would, but I am going to force myself to adjust to it.  I also want to re-explore rolling over my 401k from my previous job.

  • Professional Development

I am proud to say that this past Friday I graduated from the first 6 weeks of training.  On Monday I will be starting the second phase, Academy.  As I’ve previously mentioned the average time for this second phase is about 12-15 weeks.  I expect to be there through Christmas.

Misc.
  • Skydive

I’m going to take this one off of the list.

  • Travel

At this time, it doesn’t look as if we will be taking any trips between now and the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t go away somewhere for the weekend.  But, buying a house is the big priority for us right now.

  • Read 12 books

I started a book in early September, but I can’t say that I really love it.  I haven’t felt compelled to read it and so I haven’t.  I might just abandon ship on it and start a new book.  I’m still at 15 for the year as of now.

Health/Well-Being
  • Lose Weight

I am still working on making the number on the scale go down– I haven’t had much success yet, but I am getting into a groove that is going to get me there. . . eventually.  I did beat my goal of 9 runs with a total of 12 workouts.  My goal is to workout at least 3 times per week.  My hours will be switching so it will be much easier to work out after work.  Also, I am working on my diet.  I packed my lunch all but 4 times during my 6 weeks of training which gives me a lot more control over what I am eating.  I have also been slowly decreasing the amount of calories that I consume during the day.  Now that we are done with the classroom training and doing the job I don’t have as much time to snack–which is good.  I am busy and I don’t think about eating as much.

Also, I get points on my fitness app through work for my daily steps so I have set a goal of 5,000 steps per day.  With a job where you sit for 8 hours that can be hard to do!  I have to force myself to get up during breaks and walk around just to stretch my legs and get my steps in.  I try for a minimum of 5,000 everyday but I have only been making it about 4 days out of the week.

  1. 5,000 steps per day
  2. workout 3 times per week
  3. eat fruits/veggies; drink water
  4. be mindful of calorie intake
  • Brush/Floss nightly

I met my goal of 75% for “perfect days” (brush before noon, floss and brush before bed) with 23 out of 30 days for a 77%.  I missed flossing and/or brushing before bed 2 nights of the month so I missed my goal of 95% by 2%– 93%.  I will keep the same goals for next month.

  • Beauty Routine

I didn’t do great with this one this month.  I slipped up too much.  A few nights I went to bed without even using a cleansing cloth to remove my makeup.  I need to get better at this one for this month.

There you have it!  That’s my progress for the month of September and my goals for October.  What are your goals?

-Carla

In August I returned back to work and regular posting.  Here’s a month review of my outfits.  (These are not in chronological order.)

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the progress that I made on my New Year’s Resolutions during the month of August and any changes or updates to those goals for the month of September and beyond.

Misc.
  • Skydive

I am thinking that this one might be off the list, but I’m going to keep it on there just in case.

  • Travel

This is still low on the priority list right now.  I have already started accruing vacation at my new job but I am not permitted any time off for the first 90 days– which will take us in to December.

  • Read 12 books

I’ve ended August at a total of 15 books for the year so far.  I would like to try to read one book per month for the remaining 4 months of the year but I am not sure if I will be able to complete that goal.  I am still going to try, though.  I will need to pick a new book for the month of September in the next few days.  Any recommendations?

Health/Well-Being
  • Lose Weight

My weight didn’t change from the start of August to the end.  I did create a weight lifting routine but I only completed it twice.  I did start to get back to running, though.  I met my goal of more than 7 workouts by completing a total of 9.  The first week back to work I didn’t work out during the week, but this past week I worked out once after work and once before work.  I think that I could make working out before work at 6am something that I do at least twice during the week.

Also, my new employer participates in a program that rewards you for healthy choices like eating fruits and vegetables, working out, and taking 10,000 steps per day.  The points that you earn can then be redeemed for gift cards.  Making healthy choices a game is something that totally works for me!  I have also downloaded a new app that will work with this program and track my calories when I work out.  I am going to try to beat my 9 runs for August in the month of September.

  • Brush/Floss nightly

I am so winning on this one!  In fact, I even stepped up the game to the next level.  I brushed and flossed every day in the month of August for a perfect 100%!  The new level is logging my morning brush for a perfect day!  My goal for September is going to be above a 95% for brush and floss and at least a 75% for perfect days.  Because I have to brush before noon in order for it to count I am just starting with weekdays and not counting weekends.

  • Beauty Routine

I am solid on this, but I have yet to find a way to track it.  I also tried out a new eye serum, but I don’t think that it’s worth the price when there are other products that do the same thing for a lot less money.

Finances
  • Student loans

Now that I am back to work and I have an income source again I can start making more headway on these.  I have planned to make the minimum payments for the month of September and resume paying as much extra as I possibly can starting in October.

  • Retirement/Savings

I have already set-up my direct deposit to automatically allocate 10% of my paycheck to my savings account.  This worked really well for me in the past and made saving a painless process.  It’s a hard thing to balance saving money and paying off debt!

  • Professional Development

Since I just started a new job I am not in a situation to do any professional development.  The goal is to complete the 6 week training program and then I will move in to another training environment that will be anywhere from 12-15 weeks.  I don’t need to be the first one through that training, but I wouldn’t mind being in the top of my class.

There you have it!  Over the Summer I felt as if I was basically hitting pause on most of my goals and now that I am back to work I have hit play!  I am hoping for some big gains in my goals during the next several months.

Thanks for reading,

Carla