Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Goals

I actually look forward to writing these posts each month!  Not only do they keep me accountable, but they've been really motivating in working towards my big-picture goals for the year.  This has become one of my favorite parts of blogging - I hope y'all are enjoying them too!

Remember, you can check out my overall yearly goals here.  (And a note: if you don't see me actually write down a past goal that I haven't accomplished, just know that I'm still working towards it.)

Let's take a look at how my February goals worked out:

1.  Work out at least 3 hours a week.  B-: Meh - I didn't do a great job of this one honestly.  It's been a really hectic month...we were out of town for a week because of Noah's grandmother, and we've been working on packing for the past week.  Maybe next month on this one.

2.  Only make one big trip to the grocery store.  A: I actually did this!  Maybe the second week of the month, I planned out 10 bigger meals and grocery shopped for just those.  We've had to make a couple of little touch-up trips (mostly for essentials, like milk and eggs), but we did it.  We did have to get a little bit creative sometimes.  Will I do it again? Not anytime soon.  But it cleaned out a lot of the weird, random things in our pantry before the move and saved a little bit of money in the process!

3.  Clean out a lot of the things we no longer need as I pack up the house. A: I'm really proud of the progress we've made in this department.  Emma Ramey stayed with my parents a couple of weekends ago, so we spent the entire time purging the things we don't need or use anymore.  We threw away 8 (EIGHT!) trash bags of things that were damaged, broken, or just too old to donate.  I've got a few bags of clothes I'd like to either sell or donate, and I'm hoping to have time to deal with those next month.

4.  Start an account dedicated to our home downpayment. D-: I don't think we did this.  We've continued to save what we could, but I don't think we actually opened an account for the savings.  Whoops.

5.  Continue working down the credit cards. B: Last week, we were able to make a pretty big payment on one of the cards.  Not quite the progress I would like to have seen, but we had a couple of big (necessary) purchases last month, and we had to put in our security deposit for our new rental.  We'll keep on truckin' in this department.

Alright, here's what I'll be up to this month!

1.  Start (and stick to) Weight Watchers.  I've really been pleased with the way I've felt since switching over to more whole foods in our everyday diet, but I haven't quite seen the progress on the scale I'd like to.  I know this is partially because of not working out like I should - I'm going to concentrate on that some this month.  But, Weight Watchers was running a special last week that, if you lose 10 pounds within 2 months, they will refund your cost of membership for those 2 months.  That was enough to sucker me in.  I've done Weight Watchers in the past and had great success, and I thought just getting that $40 back might be enough of a motivation for me to kick it into gear!  So, starting today, I'll be sticking to Weight Watchers for at least the next couple of months.

I was also really pleased to find that eMeals has a Weight Watchers plan - sort of.  Their Portion Control plan lists the PP Values of each serving for each recipe.  Plus, this one lists the prices of your foods on the weekly shopping list (the Clean Eating plan doesn't), and it's very similar to the Clean Eating plan as far as using whole/fresh foods.  So I'll be switching over to that one this month!

2.  Create a place for everything in our new home.  Many of you know we moved this past weekend (pictures to come, once it doesn't look like a tornado of moving supplies has ripped through the place! :)).  I've vowed to start of organized in this home and continue it while we're there - so that's a huge goal for this month. As I unpack, I'd like to keep asking myself "do we need this?" If so, I want to have a dedicated, organized place for it.  I've got a whole post coming soon on my decluttering/organizing process, because I've got a lot of thoughts about it.  I've become a little bit of an organizing fool! :)

3.  Sell/donate items that we don't need, but that somebody else could use.  Like I mentioned, I've got a few bags of clothes and several random home items that I just don't think we need anymore.  I want to take time this month to sort through those and distribute accordingly.

4.  Try to shop weekly this month.  I know I'm going to the other extreme as far as grocery shopping vs. last month on this one. :)  I just want to try something new - maybe shopping for only 4-5 meals or so per week (because between leftovers and eating out, that's really all I cook), and going weekly.  I'm honestly undecided on whether or not I'm going to like 1 big shopping trip or 4 little ones, but I want to find out!  Maybe this way, some of our produce won't go bad before eating it, and we can shave the budget down that way.

5.  If we must eat at a restaurant, only use gift cards.  Somehow, we have accumulated a ton of restaurant gift cards.  I'm not going to say that we're not going to eat at a restaurant at all this month...that's unreasonable for us.  But, in my effort to use our supplies more intentionally, I'd like to get rid of some of those gift cards (and put the money we would have used for the bill towards our downpayment/credit card fund).