Saturday, January 7, 2017

January goals - one week in

We have a crazy busy day tomorrow (one futsal game, two futsal practices - at the same time, at least, two flag football practices, and two flag football games). The calendar is magically clear today. Futsal is supposed to be on Saturdays, to spread out the love, but was adjusted due to a coach's conflict.

I like to check in on my goals, particularly in the earlier months/weeks, where I literally forget some of the goals I've set. ;-)

1) Financial - Figure out our housing situation, and get it all resolved (i.e. moved, job changes as needed) before school starts.  - I've started on our housing range. We contacted our renters, and they are unable to buy now. That puts us in a place of needing to re-evaluate our buying timeline & plans. I need to set up a meeting with our accountant & understand the best options for selling. I did inventory & track the stockpile of our toiletries. I'm still looking for the January "permanent" savings, but have some ideas!

  • Build our pricing range (it's not fixed, as there are a variety of contingencies, depending upon the sale of our Seattle house). 
  • Inventory & track various stockpiles, to reduce waste & minimize what we need to move.
  • Come up with one new way to reduce what we need on an ongoing basis. Examples I've kicked around: find an alternative to all of the ziplock bags/plastic wraps we use for kid lunches. Put a container in the shower to save water for the yard. Collect rain in buckets. Create a compost bucket for the kitchen, so it's easy to compost food scraps. All of these are meant to be permanent changes, so not focused on one time savings. 

2) Family - Spend more time together as a family! - We went to the movies, which was really fun. We also went on a family fun run on New Year's Day. M & I haven't had a date, but this is a good reminder to schedule something. And, we figured out our February trip & ended up canceling. We lost the flight value due to change fees, but it was a good tradeoff. We won't have to take the time off of work, but we will need to find a camp for the boys. More details to come, but I feel good that the bandaid was ripped off the decision. Given our tenuous housing situation, I need to stop being a planner & trying to book travel in advance. I like having everything sorted months in advance, but it's clear that isn't a good option given where we are right now.
  • Do a minimum of one fun activity/month with the kids. This can be family puzzle night, cooking dinner together, board games, going out somewhere, etc. 
  • Be more present with the kids & M - play games, minimize computer time, exercise together, etc.
  • Have two dates with M per month (one lunch, one evening) 
  • Figure out what to do with our February trip. We were originally going to spend 10 days in Seattle/Portland, getting the boys familiar with the area & skiing. Given our change in plans/unknown status, we may stay here instead. 

    3) Fitness/health - Lose 20 pounds, bringing my weight to 133. This may sound familiar, as it's also a carryover goal from last year! - I did have a glass of leftover champagne on New Year's Day, but have had none since. I ran 3 miles on 1/1, and I've had 4 days of eating a minimum of 5 servings of fruit & vegetables. I've also done 3 strength workouts, 2 stretching workouts, and 200 minutes of cardio. Trending behind on the cardio, but I'm okay with that, as I'm putting in the workouts. I've lost zero pounds, which is expected. The first few weeks of setting good habits are the hardest!
    • No alcohol in January!
    • Run 16 miles in January. 
    • Eat five servings of fruit & vegetables (combined) per day
    • Complete 1,000 minutes of cardio
    • Complete 6 strength workouts.
    • Complete 6 stretching workouts. 

    4) Work/career - Improve my work life balance. - This is a work in progress, and going back to work after the holiday time off was no small feat. But I did work from home one day already. 
    • Keep better perspective at work/reduce stress (until I leave)
    • Work from home 2x this month.

      5) Personal/creative - Spend more time on myself/creative pursuits. - I've volunteered, but this is the limit of my accomplishments so far in this one. I removed the reading goals, as it's a regular part of my life. I've been reading in the evenings. 
      • Bake bread, and try a new recipe.
      • Do something social at least once per month.
      • Volunteer a minimum of 1x/month.

      What about you? How are you doing on your January goals? 


      1. It is too early yet for me to see any progress or change, but I'm focusing on eating healthier and more exercise goals.Horrible cold weather has put a damper in exercise so I need to figure out better indoor options.

      2. I am trying a no alcohol January, on day 7 :) Hubby is flying out today, easier when he is not here as we tend to have a drink together in the evenings. This not being able to plan for you must be stressful but it will sort itself out. Manage what you can control which are things like groceries and exersize

      3. You are doing well sticking to your goals. I have been doing 30 minutes a day on the recumbent bike.