Saturday, February 2, 2013

What did I accomplish in January

I'm not going to lie, January was a *tough* month for me. I'm knee deep in a new job, M traveled a LOT (again), we got the news about our taxes, the kids were sick, & M was sick.

Given the challenges that January held, I think I kept things together pretty well.

I had some very lofty goals for the month:

  1. Lose 4 pounds. This should be very doable. Goal end weight for January is 143. - ha ha. Yes, so doable. ;-) I lost two pounds, & honestly, I'm pretty thrilled. I'm in pretty good shape, & have really good eating habits, so getting my weight down further is an exercise in patience. I'm not looking for short term wins, but long term progress. I also know that as I ramp my running, my muscle tone changes, which slows down the scale, but makes me look noticeably fitter & makes my clothes fit better. I'll take it.
  2. Track food & exercise every day in My Fitness Pal. - Done! My goal for this month was really to get into the habit with this, & I did it. I didn't follow the calorie goals every day (more on that later), but I did track myself every day.
  3. Complete 1100 minutes of cardio. - I completed 1036 minutes, which is well above my monthly average for 2012.
  4. Complete 10 strength workouts. - I completed 8 strength workouts.
  5. Complete 10 stretching workouts. - I completed 4 stretching workouts. Honestly, the only time I have to do these is after the kids go to bed, & I'm typically too beat to make it happen.
  6. Run consistently, which means:
    1. Run 1 race. I'm currently signed up for a very close (& frugal - $15!) race on January 12th.  - Done!
    2. Run 20 miles/week. - Nope. This was unrealistic this month, given our skiing schedule.
    3. Run 100 miles for the month. - Ditto above. I ran just over 64 miles this month.
  • Buy one tuition credit for each child. - Done!
  • Pay $5000 principal on mortgages. (This will be dependent upon the timing of our refinances.) - Not done, due to timing of our refinances. I need to evaluate where we are once all of the money "settles" & recalculate my monthly goals. We did pay $1360 on principal separate from the refinances.
  • Have one date night (or lunch) with M. I have a gift card to keep the costs low. - Done!
  • Get together with two friends. - Done!
  • Track spending, stick to budget, & create a monthly report. - Well, yes to the first & third. On the second, we are likely going to finish right on the nose (over in some categories & under in others). More details to come.
  • Increase charitable giving by 10% - Yes!
  • Clean my closet, dresser, & donate/purge 20 items from the house. - I purged well over 100 items for the month, but didn't fully clean either the dresser or closet. I started, & I'm about half way there.
  • Practice my baking skills by trying one bread & one English muffin recipe. - Done! I found an asesome bread recipe. I've failed at the English muffin bread twice now. :-(
  • Research wills online (i.e. what do we need to do to prepare? Is it covered under my legal insurance, etc). - Done! And, we agreed on a guardian, which was a huge step! I have a list of attorneys, but haven't been able to get in for an appointment yet.

  • What about you? How did you do on your January goals?


    1. You did awesome!!! A lot of those in 'yellow' are pretty great as is! Especially with sick kids, etc! :)

      I didn't accomplish 2 of my Jan goals out of 12... pretty happy with that number though! :)

    2. What a great job this month! wow

      1. I'm pretty exhausted, but we made it through! On to February!

    3. Can you write a post about buying tuition credits for your kids? I don't really get that.

      1. You bet. THe short version is that, in Washington, the GET accounts are set up to pre-purchase tuition credits at current prices. It's basically a college savings account.

    4. You did so well! I'm going to post my goals in the next day or so. I really, really, really need to start working out!

      1. Join in on the February challenge!

        PS - love the new blog layout! Looks awesome.

    5. P.S. I have a new URL for my blog:

    6. I would say put this month in the win category!