Sunday, June 2, 2013

May goals recap

The last six weeks or so have been pretty crazy for me, with doctors appointments, and dealing with a lot of stress, etc. So, I'm not too wound up about my goals. I still want to focus my time, money, & energy on the right things, but I'm also trying to teach my extremely Type A self how to relax a bit. ;-) It's a journey, that's for sure.

I didn't set goals until mid-month, but here's how I did.

  1. Make an appointment with an eye doctor. (This is a requirement before I've been on my medication for more than a month, due to side effects.) - Yes!
  2. Get together with at least two friends. I can feel myself "closing off" a bit as I deal with stress, and I need my friends now, more than ever. - Yes! Lots of friends get togethers, & I can feel my mood improving. I feel so blessed to have such an awesome variety of friends.
  3. Work my network. I have 15 years of experience, and a lot of fantastic contacts. My best chance of landing a flexible role that pays well is through my network. - Sort of. Had dinner with a friend (not expecting it to be networking related) & it may end up being that. Also set up a few lunches for next month.
  4. Find one budget category to cut this month. - Well, we cut our cleaning lady back to 2x/month (instead of weekly) but that was mostly planned & agreed upon.
  5. Decide on next ten items for eBay, and take all photos. - I did 8, which I'm fine with. :-)
  6. Figure out what to do with the odds & ends in my freezer, & then actually do something with it. I'm looking at you:
    1. carrots (already pureed). Maybe muffins? - Yes, made some fabulous carrot muffins!
    2. bits & pieces of homemade bread. Bread crumbs or just for the ducks? :-) - Most of it's gone, but haven't given the rest to the ducks. ;-0
    3. A small chunk of ham. Lentil soup?  - It hasn't felt like soup weather, so the ham still remains. Mocking me, in the freezer. :-)
    4. Mango. Smoothies or mango sorbet - Nope, still planning on making smoothies.
  7. Complete 800 minutes of cardio, 15 strength workouts, & 5 stretching workouts. - I did 927 minutes of cardio, 13 strength (a personal high!) & 2 stretching workouts.
  8. Plan vacation in June with M. - Yes! We're going to Las Vegas together. I'm was invited to play in a slot tournament, & it just sounded fun. ;-)
  9. Plan/make reservations for girls trip in July. - I kicked off an email to the girls, but we haven't made any final decisions yet.
  10. Celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday, and Mother's Day with my mom this weekend, and stay calm. Keep the budget under control. - The trip went well & the budget was pretty much as expected!
  11. Have 8 No Spend Days. - Yes, we had 10 no spend days!
All in all, I'm pleased with how I did in May. Lots of opportunities in June, and in July, my focus will turn into serious job hunting for September.

Fun weekend so far. We went to a parade yesterday to see my best friend's daughters dance, and then had lunch & relaxed with them. Today I got up & made breakfast, then pizza dough, a loaf of bread for sandwiches, & 3 dozen cranberry muffins. (M's favorite). The freezer is now stocked with muffins again, and we will be having pizza for dinner. I took the boys to swimming, picked up M's birthday gift, and went for a very slow 4 mile run - with some walking breaks. It felt amazing to run in the sunshine, but I am trying hard to listen to my body & take it easy. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

How did you do with your May goals? Are you having a fun & fabulous weekend?


  1. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog and always look forward to your new posts!
    May was a bit rough. Too much travelling for work which meant lots of time in hotel rooms and bad restaurant food. I think I ate McD's twice in one day last week!
    This month I have already set some exercise goals so we will see how it goes!
    The weekend has been really good with sleepovers and a visit to Build a Bear at the mall(I have a 7year old girl that just had her birthday). I hope you have a relaxing Sunday night!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate that. :-) And, I do not do well with my eating (or working out, for that matter) when I travel for work. I do better when I'm traveling for fun, but only because I can control my own schedule a bit more. I'll go check out your exercise goals! Mine definitely keep me motivated. :-)
      Sounds like a fun weekend - and, I'm a huge fan of 7 (my oldest is also 7). Such a fun age!

  2. Looks like you did well in May.
    So what is DH going to do while you are working the one armed bandit in Vegas? lol

    Today I went grocery shopping for the week, wrote 2 blog posts, helped Hubs patch the pool liner and fix the rusted holes in the skin and reassembled the supports and top parts(technical term-top parts lol), made a menu, finished planting the front flower bed and took some pics, made dinner.
    Now I'm having an adult beverage because gosh darn it!, I deserve it!! lol

    1. Who knows what he will be up to. ;-) He was invited to play in a blackjack tournament this weekend (he was headed to LV anyway for his cousin's 50th birthday), so maybe between the two of us, will win enough to cover cab fare to/from the airport. ;-) It's good to dream big! He'll probably chill out by the pool while I play. I'm also hoping to get a massage & drink champagne. Rough, right? :-)

      You seriously rocked yesterday & most definitely deserved an adult beverage! I felt the same way after my day, & had 1.5 (you know, couldn't push it to two :-)) glasses of wine before dinner, & it was pretty much perfect.

  3. Well done in May! Awesome on the exercise front !! :) I did "meh" in May... Posting tomorrow about it. But June is a new month! ;)

    1. Thanks! I've found that exercising is really critical to keeping my stress in check, so I'm focusing on it from that perspective, instead of my previously more "extreme running" POV. :-) It's not quite the same, but I do enjoy the way I feel, & I can definitely tell a huge difference when I don't work out - in terms of my energy and stress.

      You're right - June is a new month. Go out there & get it done!

  4. Looks like May was an awesome month for you! Totally jealous of the exercise part. Carrot muffins? I love carrots. Got a recipe for sharing? Now that I can bake, I really should get on it.

    1. You bet! These muffins are awesome. I didn't do the frosting - we just eat them plain.
      Let me know if you try them!

  5. I think you did great on your goals. Keep the stress low esp. With auto immune diseases.
    For the family whose mom is in hospice, anything that could just make it easier, gift cards to restaurants, even a prepaid Visa card, gas card.
    When my time comes, I think anything that would make the day to day stuff easier really helps.
    When I had my stem cell transplant , friends brought food, and cleaned the house. So it's that kinda thing that is appreciated.