Happy May, guys! I think I did a pretty good job of keeping up with my goals for April. Of course, the minute I start to feel like I'm getting back into a groove with my yearly goals, school ends and totally changes our schedule. :)
Here's a look back at April and how I think I did! And, if you'd like to see my overall yearly goals, click here.
1. Eight workouts. A-: I did this! I will say, having it written on a blog for everybody to see has kept me so accountable in this department. There have been a few times I wanted to be lazy, but I knew I'd have to admit it on the internet. :) The only reason I say A- is that I used cutting the grass as one of my workouts...but if you've ever done that for an extended period of time, you know it's a better calorie burner than any class!
2. Get rid of unused items in our house. F: Another month, another excuse why I didn't do this. I should have this month, I just didn't.
3. Clean out our storage unit. B-: We sort of did this one...it's a work in progress. Noah's main branch is close to our storage unit, so last week, he picked up a load of boxes each night, and we sorted them out together (y'all might remember me talking about organizing them last week). I'd say we're almost halfway done. Not as much progress as I'd like to have made, but we're getting there. To hold us accountable, I told Noah to include a note with this month's payment that this would be our last month. So we better get to moving!
4. Make a food budget for the month and stick to it. A: I feel like I did really well with this one. Early in the month, I found a fabulous deal...I've used Enjoy the City coupon books for grocery discounts before. They typically have "X amount" off of "X total purchase" coupons in them. I found out about a month ago that our local one has $10/$40 purchase coupons for our local grocery store. After doing a little bit of digging, I found a deal that let me buy 35 coupon books for $35! They don't expire until the end of the year, so that should be more than enough to get us through.
So that should help my budget until the end of they year. This month, I was $20 under budget for the month...not bad!
5. No buying clothes. A: Stuck to this! And it was tough sometimes. There are still cute (and very frugal) preorders coming out on Facebook...and let's not forget the whole Lilly at Target debacle. But I stayed away from it. Literally the only piece of clothing we bought this month was the one outfit for Emma Ramey on the first, before I made this a goal. And, it's technically not clothing, but I did buy a hat for a Kentucky Derby party we have this weekend...but I don't think that should count against me. :)
And my goals for May...
1. Maintain my weight without tracking. Right now, I'm at a good weight for me. I'd love to maybe lose 5 more pounds, but I'm not really stressing over it. My big goal for this month is to live normally and maintain my weight. I've got to get back to eating regularly and not counting every calorie eventually...it's not realistic to diet all the time. But at the same time, I'd like to stay where I am and not fall back into my 5-10 pound gain that I've had for the past couple of years.
I have crazy weight fluctuations...it's not uncommon for me to gain/lose 3 pounds in a day. So, I'd like to stay within 4 pounds of my average weight right now. Anything more than that is a red flag for me to get it in gear.
2. Finish cleaning out our storage unit. Mentioned this above, but it's definitely "do or die" time with the storage unit. This is our month!
3. Cut $50 off grocery budget while still prioritizing the use of healthy/fresh foods. I think this is totally doable. Last month, I included the $35 I spent on the coupon books in my grocery budget, so that makes up a huge part of the difference right there. And there are definitely areas where I could clean up the budget a little.
4. Slim down the restaurant budget this month. I feel like this is the area of our budget that got kind of out of control last month. I also feel like this is one area that is kind of unnecessary...we could do without some of the restaurant visits we have. I want to set this budget this month and actually stick to it!
5. At least 3 days a week, work out or clean for 30 minutes before sitting down at nap time. Emma Ramey is going to be out of school this month (she's doing a summer program 2 mornings a week, starting in June), so I'm going to have little to no workout time in May. My best solution for it is to get in short workouts at home, during nap time. I discovered this month that youtube has basically any workout video you could ever want...seriously, check it out, it's awesome! So, I'd like to make it a goal to either force myself to clean 3 days a week (because, let's be honest, I should honestly do this every day), or do a short workout. I think 3 days a week for this is totally reasonable...I might even shoot for 4! I've started doing this a little bit already, and it makes me so much more productive during nap time.
Here's to a successful month of May!