I really, really love the beginning of the month. As is well documented on my blog, I love goal-setting and I love the freshness of the beginning of the month for setting new goals. I like sitting down to rehash what went well, what didn’t go so well, and decide on five goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming month. Let’s dive right in!
Recapping March goals…
Observe Lent, and eliminate chocolate and soda from my diet. FAIL. I knew this goal was going to be very hard to meet, but I really tried! My downfalls came on the weekends, but I really put a lot of effort into trying to meet this goal and I’m proud of the slight step forward I took in releasing this addiction, even though I could have done so much better. You win some, you lose some.
Pay off my cruise deposit. PASS. Paid in full, and now my mom and I just need to figure out our excursions for the three ports we’re stopping in (Key West, and Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas).
Spend less than $100 eating out. FAIL. I was actually on track to make this goal until the last week of the month. Then things seemed to fall apart.
Try one new recipe a week. FAIL. I only ended up making two new recipes this month. I made turkey meatloaf (in a cupcake pan!) and honey mustard chicken. The rest of the time, I fell back on old favorites.
Start the 30 Day Shred challenge. PASS. I didn’t work out every day, and I’m only about halfway through Level 2, but I did it! Very proud I stuck with this one as it’s not easy.
In April, I want to…
Lose 4% of my weight and “win” Amber’s Spring Shape-Up DietBet. I am really excited to start this DietBet! I’ve never done one before, but I really think it will motivate me to get super serious about healthy living and losing weight. I want to win my $25 back!
Set up a therapy appointment. I really need to get myself to therapy, even if I have to somehow choke up the $55 fee every month. I think I found a good therapist – she’s young and specializes in anxiety disorders and women’s issues, like self-esteem and body image. I just need to see if she takes my insurance!
Work out every day. Working out has really turned into a hassle for me. It’s annoying to wake up early to work out, and I never have energy left at the end of the day to work out after work. But I also know I have to put more effort into my workouts, that I feel good when I get regular exercise, and it’s an essential part to losing weight. So, for April, I’ve decided to attempt to work out every day, for at least 30 minutes. I need to get some sort of activity in every day, even if it’s a simple walk with Dutch.
Make two meatless dishes. I don’t believe I will ever go full vegetarian (I love red meat and turkey subs too much!) but I would like to cut down on how much meat I consume because a) it’s not that healthy and b) it’s so inhumane. So I’m going to start taking itty-bitty baby steps to cutting out meat from my diet. This month, I want to attempt to prepare two meatless dishes. Meatless meals scare me a little, mainly because I’m a picky eater and every meatless meal I’ve seen doesn’t sound delicious, but I’m willing to try anything once. (Your suggestions are much appreciated!)
Spend less than $150 eating out. In January, I spent $200 eating out. In February, I spent $250. And in March, I spent $175. I love eating out. I love it, love it, love it. But I also need to gain control over this area of my life, both in my quest to become more frugal and in my quest to lose weight. But I realize that making a goal to spend less than $100 – after usually spending twice that or more in any given month – is setting myself up for failure. Instead, I need to focus on baby steps. So in April, I’d like to spend less than $150 eating out. Honestly, the feeling of relief that washed over me when I set this goal helps me to see this feels much more manageable to me at this point in time. Ideally, I want to get to the point where I’m eating out only 1-2 times per week, but that’s going to take a serious lifestyle change and those happen in small steps.
What are your goals for April?