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2013: I Resolve….

I have a secret.

I actually love reading/hearing about people’s New Years’ Resolutions. People are already complaining that they are sick of hearing about them, that they are dumb, blah blah whatever. I think it is fun to hear what goals people are setting for themselves and how they plan to reach them.

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That is the whole reason I love a new year… it is a fresh start.

And yeah the gym goes from empty at the holidays to temporarily full until like, March, when people forget about their resolutions, and I know that is semi-annoying, but actually I try to embrace it and be happy for people that they are getting off their asses. Because really, I would rather have a full gym than hear someone whine about being unhealthy as they are sitting on the couch stuffing their face with pizza (<—-okayokay, that has been me before).

Anyway, point being… it is that super magical time of year where we all share what we would like to achieve/change/adjust/fix this year.

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Last year I aimed for pretty specific goals: Drinking 120 oz of water per day, run a 5k, lose 20lbs, get more organized.

I succeeded at 2 of those goals the (water and organization), blew off one of them (running a 5k- I lost interest), and failed at the other (losing 20 lbs). I am okay with the way things turned out.

But this year – I’m keepin’ things simple with 3 little (not really little but you know what I mean) goals:

Lose 20 lbs.
Yep, this one is getting carried over from my 2012 failure.

I am ending the year the exact same weight I was last year. Literally… I think down to the pound. However, being that I worked out with a trainer all year (besides the last 2 months), I am in much better shape than I was at the beginning of 2012, so I’m starting things out on a really good note. Now… if I could just stop shoving so many delicious, fluffy, carbs into my carb-hole pie-hole….

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So how will I achieve this?

  • Sticking to working out at least 3x a week (with my trainer) and possibly a day or 2 on my own. The day or two on my own is always where it gets tricky, because frankly, I am all over the place lately. I am not going to hold myself to the extra day or 2 a week on my own, if I do succeed at that though, it will just be an extra bonus.
  • The biggest thing is I need to get my eating under control. Over the last 2 years I have significantly cleaned my eating up…. as in eating lots and lots of whole foods and minimal processed stuff (except cheese. I love cheese). I just need to… clean it up some more. I am still working on the specifics of this with my trainer.

Really, the importance of this is pretty crucial. I have had an extra 20 lbs lingering on my body for like… the last 6 years. Basically, since high school. Such a bitch the way that happens isnt it?

Plus, I have a plethora (<—-thesaurus) of clothes that are just a little bit too tight that I cannot wait to wear again. I would basically have a new wardrobe waiting for me if my ass and thunder thighs would just so graciously melt a little bit.

Which leads to my next goal….

It’s time to embrace my fashionista
”There’s no such thing as a woman who is unattractive – just a woman who is lazy.”

Whoever that quote came from, was talking about me. We all know how much I dislike doing my hair and makeup. I am weird and find this 100% not fun or exciting at all. I have worn my makeup the same for like, 10 years now (foundation or bronzer, brown eyeshadow, black mascara. Every.Day.) and my hair is either down and straight (air dry!), in a pony tail, or on a rare occasion when I’m feelin spunky, I rock the “half up/half down” look. Yes, I am a wild animal.

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I can get ready (shower included) in 20 minutes flat. That is how I like it though. I have no desire to spend 30 or 45+ mins in the bathroom primping (unless it is a special occasion of course or a night out, that’s different).

But, I love and adore fashion and I have tons of shoes (tons and tons of heels), scarves, etc. so the potential is there, but again, I am lazy because I will seriously wear the same 2 or 3 pairs of shoes repeatedly just because they are  already out of my closet. I have decided that I need to knock that off and put in a little more effort.

How will I achieve this?

  • I really need to start buying clothes in outfits. Because lately I will buy random stuff and then not have things to go with it (or accessories that match it).
  • Stop.Being.Lazy. Really, that is what most of this is about. I have just been sticking to convenience and my comfort zone and even though I have like 100 shirts, I will wear the same 15 over and over and ignore the rest… for really no reason.
  • I am cleaning out my closet with stuff I really have decided I wont wear because I don’t like the style anymore (thanks ADD), it shrunk, I wore it once and decided I didn’t like it, etc. I realize this sounds counter-productive being that I want to expand my wardrobe and I am getting rid of stuff, but I have decided I need to do a little restocking and buying some new, fresh stuff.

Stick to a budget.
Yes, this is somewhat of a contradiction with my last resolution to expand my wardrobe…. I want to buy new clothes yet stick to a strict budget. Yeah, yeah.

Confession: I am kind of a nerd when it comes to numbers.

Even though I am pretty good with finances and such, I felt like last year we (Torrance and I) did a lot of unnecessary spending. And now that we are all officially settled in and are pretty much done with the whole “rebuilding an entire household” after selling everything we owned, (mind you, our house was still pretty empty at the start of 2012), we can get things back on track now.

How will I achieve this?

  • Knock off the crazy grocery store spending. It is no secret that I love grocery shopping. I mean I can buy some shit at the grocery store, let me tell you. I really need to stick to our budget of $100 a week at the grocery store. Enough said.
  • Being more religious with tracking spending. There’s an app for that! I love the Ace Budget app for iPhone. I have tried like 6 different budget apps and that one is my favorite because it is the simplest and you can set a budget for each category and then input purchases/money spent daily and put it under the category and then at the end of the month I take 15 minutes to input all the numbers into a master spreadsheet that I have (because I love spreadsheets) and I can see what categories we went over/under on (the grocery category is always over… incase you were wondering). It is so simple. I have just been to lax on it lately.
  • Make specific savings goals. Usually I will just throw any extra money into savings, but I actually want to make specific contributions to specific savings goals each month (i.e. vacation fund, long term savings, etc).

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So there you have it.

Boom. Resolutions officially declared.

  • What is your “top” resolution this year? (And if you’re feelin’ spunky, tell me how you plan to achieve it).
  • What is a resolution from last year that you are happy to report you succeeded at? Any that you failed at?
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  1. My top resolutions are a little vague … I want to be a good wife and (future) mother, and I want to grow in my faith. These will probably be goals for the next 30+ years haha! 😉

    January 1, 2013
  2. Connie #

    I declared my primary goal early this year via Facebook. And even though its only been a couple days, I am doing ok sticking to it. I decides I want/need to cook better for myself when my husband is gone. With his working rotations out of town, I tend to be slack in making actual meals for myself (cooking for just me feels like a waste of time and dishes). But I need to start making the effort so I don’t just snack all night long and get fat! Haha needless to say I will be watching your blog for great recipe ideas! 🙂
    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2013
  3. I think it is awesome how you took the time to really think about your goals and how you want to achieve them! I use Mint.com for budgeting and it is awesome. I don’t have to input anything it automatically track my accounts for me which is super convenient!

    My top resolution is to get back down to my hs weight – I haven’t gotten any taller!! I weighed myself today and it looks like I have about 15lbs to lose to get there! I plan on not eating with my bf at night! I eat great from 6am-8pm / until the end of the night IF I do not see my bf. If I am with him though all my happiness turns into a carb overload. Gross.

    I didn’t make any resolutions last year I don’t think, maybe to work out and run? I definitely did both of those!

    January 1, 2013
  4. Connie #

    By the way, your quote is Coco Chanel 😉

    January 2, 2013
  5. One resolution/goal that I knocked out of the park was less treadmill running, more running outside! In 2013, I want to run more trails and STOP stockpiling food. Kind of like your grocery store goal, I love to stock up on things when they are on sale. But they will be on sale again. So I need to stop.

    The Kidless Kronicles

    January 2, 2013
  6. I love reading people’s resolutions, too! Mine are pretty similar to yours this year.. definitely working on the budgeting/saving and trying to stick with the healthy eating. I like your fashionista resolution, though. I’m the same way.. I do my hair one of two ways every day, and if I wear makeup, it’s a minimum and the same as the way I wore it the day before.

    January 2, 2013
  7. Great resolutions! I also have the “budgeting” goal….I just downloaded the Mint.com app on my phone. So far it seems to be a great app! And I’m with you there on taking time to look good. Since I’m so lazy and love to hit the snooze button, I tend to only take about 15-20 minutes in the morning to get ready. That includes taking a shower, ha!

    January 2, 2013
  8. Love your resolutions! I am the same way about my hair…I just can’t get it to do ANYTHING! It doesn’t hold curl, so I always say my hair is to blame. 🙂 Maybe I should work on that!

    Last year, I made the resolution of running. I wanted to be a consistent runner and to run my first distance race (I had only done a couple of 5ks previously). I trained and successfully completed my first half marathon in October! It was amazing!

    This year, I want to declutter everything – my house, my car, my desk at work, and my life. Get rid of anything and everything that does not help me out or make me a better person. I want to spend all of that “cluttered” time strengthening my relationship with Jesus, my husband, family, and friends.

    Oh, and I guess I should resolve to blog more than once a month…oops.

    Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2013
  9. Kayla Borba #

    Seriously not only do i love reading your posts, but i literally laugh out loud lol. Amen to all of that! loveeeeee it! Mine were pretty much the same. You go girl! =]

    January 3, 2013
  10. Once upon a time I was a New Years Resolutioner and I can’t believe how MEAN and RUDE people were and apparently still are. I’m just in utter shock at the fact that people are making fun of someone wanting to get in shape. I don’t care if you start in January, June, a Monday or at noon on some random day in July. EVERYONE deserves motivation and encouragement when getting started and it makes me so ragey and sad that they are getting made fun of publicly. UGH. Ok, rant over!

    I do have some goals in mind for the year, about 10 of them. I’m seriously excited to cross each one off my list!!

    January 4, 2013

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