Goals, Goals, Goals (In Depth 8,9, &10)

To see the full list of my 19 in 2019 goals click here.

8) Open an Investment Account

Along with Goal 1 this is some financial housekeeping to push me closer to my early retirement goals.

Action Steps to reach my Goal:

  1. Do research to choose where to invest.
  2. Do research to choose what to invest in.
  3. Decide what amount of money and how frequently to invest.
  4. Open the account and set up automatic deposits.

9) Work toward a 5am Wakeup

This is the first step in many to improve my fitness.   I know from past experience that the only way I’ll fit exercise into my day is to do it in the morning.  The problem is, I HATE mornings.  I really struggle to get up early.  My goal is to slowly push my wakeup time earlier and earlier until I’m waking no later than 5:15.  At first I will use this time to make myself better breakfasts and just not have to rush so much in the mornings.  But once it’s early enough, I will implement some sort of exercise.

10) Be active at least 3 times per week.

Are we seeing a theme with number 9?

Action steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Leave a pair of sneakers at the office so that I can walk during lunch or breaks when my workload allows.
  2. Plan family activities that are more active. (Hikes, walks, swimming, yoga with my daughter, etc)
  3. Schedule long dog walks into my week.
  4. Try to start off Saturdays with lifting weights, yoga, etc.
  5. Schedule these activities on my planner and make them a priority!


Anyone else trying to kick the couch potato habit?

Goals Goals Goals (In Depth 5, 6 &7)

Moving on to goals 5,6, &7 of my 19 goals of 2019.  (Find the full list here)

5) Increase my Veggie Intake

I think this is pretty self-explanatory.  I don’t eat enough fruits and veggies and need to change that.  I plan on making a conscious effort to include a serving or two at every meal and have ready to eat fruits or veggies on hand for snacks as well.

6) Send Birthday Cards to siblings, parents, nieces, and nephews.

I’m ashamed to say that I’m TERRIBLE at this.  I really want to be a thoughtful family member, but to be honest, it just doesn’t come naturally to me.   I don’t remember birthdays and even when I remember one is coming up, it’s always when I’m at work or driving and can’t actually act on it.   I need to put processes in place to let my loved ones know I’m thinking about them.

Actions Steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Buy or Make cards for the whole year before the end of January (we have a nephew’s bday at the end of the month.)
  2. Make sure all addresses are in my phone contacts, if not, add them.
  3. Pre-address the envelopes.
  4. Pre-Buy small gift cards for the nieces and nephews.
  5. Make sure we have plenty of postage stamps on hand.
  6. Add reminders to my planner and google calendar for one week before each birthday.

7)Paint Trim

We got new flooring LAST January.  That involved pulling up and replacing the quarter round in most of the house.   It’s not been touched since the installation.  I’ve spent a full year dreading this task but also hating that it’s not finished. It’s embarrassing that I’ve let it go this long.

Action Steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Scrape any old caulk from the baseboards.
  2. Spackle/Caulk all nail holes, gaps, seams, etc
  3. Sand and clean up from step 2.
  4. Find a piece of trim I can easily remove to take to the store to color match paint.
  5. Buy paint, tarps, and LOTS of painters tape.
  6. Paint, clean up and breathe a sigh of relief.


Any big projects that you’ve been putting off for way too long?


Goals Goals Goals (In Depth 3&4)

Continuing on with explaining further my 19 goals of 2019.

3) Create a Money Binder.

As I mentioned in my last post, I handle pretty much all of the financials for our household.  My husband isn’t interested and as a result, doesn’t’ really know much about our financials.

I have been meaning to create a binder that has all of the basic information he will need to know if something were to happen to me.

Action Steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Purchase supplies.
    1. Binder
    2. Dividers with Tabs
  2. Gather contact info, account numbers, etc.
  3. Create Binder
  4. Review Binder and it’s location with Hubby.


4) Go To NYC

I definitely wanted some of the goals to just be FUN.  This is definitely one of those.  I went to New York City for a visit when I was in college.  My husband went for business last year.  My daughter has been dying to go most of her life.   We’re going this spring break!

Actions Steps to achieve this goal:

  1. Book lodging (done)
  2. Book travel (done)
  3. Loosely plan activities and buy tickets for activities.  (we have done a little of this, but need to sit down as a family and really prioritize what we want to do so that everyone’s number one “thing” definitely happens.   I’ve bought tickets for two of us to see Dear Evan Hansen, but we’ll definitely want to see more shows.
  4. Start taking frequent and longer walks to prepare ourselves for the amount of walking we’ll do.
  5. Do a little research familiarizing ourselves with the basic geography of Brooklyn and Manhatten as well as the public transportation.


I’ll be back tomorrow going over the next few goals in depth and will maybe give a week one update on progress as well!





19 in 2019 (goal setting)

Resolutions, goals, whatever you want to call them, I’ve got 19 of them.

I’ll be posting more in-depth about each goal over the next few weeks.

  1. Open an IRA for me.
  2. Switch hubby’s IRA to a lower fee account.
  3. Create a money binder.
  4. Go to NYC!
  5. Increase my veggie intake.
  6. Send birthday cards to parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.
  7. Paint trim.
  8. Open a taxable investment account.
  9. Work toward a 5am weekday wake up
  10. Do something active at least 3 days a week.
  11. Schedule family time.
  12. Create a money binder with my mom.
  13. Reduce our monthly food spending by $100.
  14. Memory keeping system for Skylar’s high school years.
  15. Reduce soda consumption to 1 per week.
  16. Invite friends over quarterly.
  17. Learn a good everyday makeup look.
  18. Have someone that actually knows what they’re doing figure out a good foundation match for me.
  19. Take after dinner walks as often as possible.

There ya have it. Look for my in-depth explanations of the individual goals in the next few posts. I also plan on updating my progress regularly.

14 by 40 (Update #3, 3.5 months to go!)

It’s been a long time since I last updated my 14 by 40 goal list.  I’ve got a little over 3 months left until my 40th bday which is when this list “expires”  Here’s the list and what I’ve accomplished (or NOT!) so far!

  1. Train well and finish the Rock n Roll Lex Half Marathon. (I’m already registered and have sort of started training.) I scrapped it.  I was going to do a half marathon, then I changed to a 7 mile option, then I scratched it completely.  I was afraid I would totally regret it, but honestly, I don’t.  Trying to fit the training in and not progressing as quickly as I wanted to was totally stressing me out.  Running is supposed to make me feel good, not like shit. 🙂
  2. Take a family trip to ________.  I’m thinking just a weekend or long weekend trip.  Not a full on vacation.  Chicago or DC come to mind, Chicago is much closer and would be easiest.  We’ll see. Still no definite progress on this, but I would still like to work in a long weekend to Chicago this fall.
  3. Run in at least three 5k races. I ran a 5 miler on New Year’s Day, ya, it’s not a 5k, but I’m counting it.  I am signed up for a 5k in September in my home town, and I also plan on running at least one or two in November.  There’s a small, local 5k right before Thanksgiving that I’ve run the last two years.  I’d really like to try to run it every year.
  4. Take a cooking class.  Hubby and I were signed up for one, but got a stomach bug.  We have a credit with the business, we need to get on that!
  5. Take a trip with Sam (my awesome hubby.)  I really don’t care where, but a few days of quality time with no chores or parenting duties would be like heaven. YAY! Mission accomplished!  We took a 4 day/3 night mini trip.  It was really fantastic, we walked around holding hands, visited a museum, gorgeous gardens, nice parks, and saw Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5.  It was great to have alone time with my better half and I really don’t want to wait so long for the next time.  
    Fireworks outside our hotel room window.

    Fireworks outside our hotel room window.

  6. Get home to visit each of my parents at least 3 times. Not sure if this is going to happen.  I have seen them both, my mom I’ve seen several times, but I haven’t travelled back home much.  I’ll definitely see my mom in September.
  7. Take part in some sort of artistic class or event. I took an online phone photography class.  It was just meh, but, I’m glad I did it.
  8. Host a dinner party or two. No progress yet, need to get on this!
  9. Work on my pathetic push ups.  Train to be able to do 10 good push ups. I’m definitely working on this.  Still suck at them, but I’ve improved my planks tremendously!
  10. Spend a silly amount of money on a pair of shoes I love.  (I’ve NEVER done this, I’m usually way too practical.) Not yet.
  11. Go to at least one concert. Done!  
    Hubby and I waiting on the Kelly Clarkson/Maroon 5 concert to start.  So Much Fun!

    Hubby and I waiting on the Kelly Clarkson/Maroon 5 concert to start. So Much Fun!

  12. Attend at least one play or musical. I’ve attended quite a few with Skylar and have tickets for many more this season.
  13. REALLY for real work on getting a 5k time that doesn’t put me in danger of finishing last. I’m starting week five of c25k this week.  I’m still slow as molasses, but I’m still trudging along.
  14. Plan at least 6 fun mommy/daughter dates with my little SkyBaby. Skylar and I have had many mommy/daughter dates.  Most have been lunch and a play at the children’s theater, but we’ll be doing some back to school shopping together (her idea of heaven) in the next few days as well. 
    My little cutie at "Shrek, the musical"

    My little cutie at “Shrek, the musical”

It feels good to have completed a few items, but man, I have a long way to go, and not a ton of time to do it!

What I’d like to work on in the next month to make progress on this list:

  • Plan a dinner party for sometime in the next few months. (This has been a repeat goal all along for me.)
  • Get signed up for another cooking class ASAP.  (Revisiting the list today just reminded me we still had that) credit.  Hubby is checking out the website as I type to see what classes are coming up.
  • Keep plugging along with my c25k training.
  • Pin down dates for a small family trip.

Are you working toward your goals?

On A Roll

The past two weeks have been good.

I’ve been tracking my food and exercise.


I’ve stayed in my goal calorie range each day.

The exercise part of the equation could definitely use some help, but it’s not been completely ignored.  I’ve hit the gym a couple of times, I’ve done some strength training at home also.  But, I really need to work some more cardio in to my schedule.

I so wish I could figure out what it is that gets me completely motivated at times, while leaving me with no self-control or motivation at all at others.  Right now I’ve had self control like crazy.  I’ve cut WAY back on my soda consumption, even having several days with zero soda, which for me is a BIG deal!  I’ve passed on seconds and turned down desserts.  If I could pinpoint exactly what I need to do to tap into this current motivation when my mood starts to change, I’d be unstoppable

So, i’ve lost 2.5 pounds over the last few weeks.  I’m really happy about that.  It’s not huge, but it’s something.  I’ve not seen the scale move down in MONTHS. So to stick with a plan and see it work is very rewarding.

So, my goals for the upcoming week:

  1. Track my food every day.
  2. Get cardio in at least 3 times.
  3. Fit a plank in my schedule at least 4 times.
  4. Do strength training at least twice.
  5. Get to bed earlier than I have been lately.

What are your plans for the coming week?


Right Now

Right Now

Hoping… that my current motivation to eat well and exercise sticks around for the long haul.

Enjoying… reconnecting with an old friend that I hadn’t talked to in a while.

Hating… That Google reader went bye-bye.  Grrrrr.

Reading… a ton of blogs, a really trashy romance, and about to start Silver Linings Playbook.


Eating… tons of greek yogurt

Planning… my daughter’s 8th birthday party, a weekend trip with my hubby, and weekly menus.   Planning my meals ahead of time and shopping for them at the beginning of the week REALLY has been helping to me to stay on track.

Watching… WAY too much Disney channel.  I really can’t stand that show Jessie, but secretly I’ve been known to leave Good Luck, Charlie on even after my daughter has left the room.

Planking… about every other day, and I’ve finally got to the point that I can routinely hold a 60 second plank.  But I still shake like crazy trying to do it!

Loving… Astrid (an app for to-lists and task management) BUT I just found out that it’s going to be going away in August.  BOO!  I’ve also been loving My Fitness Pal and using it regularly the last few weeks.

Drinking… Woodchuck hard cider, Amber.  yum!


Strengthening… my arms.  I’m liking this video from Pop Sugar Fitness

Challenge update – 2 weeks in.

I spent the last week in paradise.  Seriously a week in an amazing house on the beach with my mom, my brother and his family and my little family.  It was GREAT and as I was tallying up my Super Summer Challenge points while I was there, I learned just how good vacations are for my mind.  My mind points for this week were at least 50% higher than last week. (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I highly suggest you go check out Back To Her Roots and read up about the awesome challenge she created!)

The view from our vacation bedroom

The view from our vacation bedroom

Now, the body part of the equation?  That didn’t go quite as well.  I didn’t eat absolutely horribly, but i didn’t track one bite and I really didn’t think much about what I was putting in my mouth at all.  Aside from a few planks, a stretching session, playing around in the pool and a couple of strolls along the beach, there was little activity.  I’m still on track to be able to meet my goals for the summer. But I REALLY need to pick it up a notch to get the results I want.

Another revelation from vacation is just how big I’ve actually gotten.  When I see myself in the mirror, I know I’m woefully out of shape and need to do some serious work.  But seeing a picture of myself REALLY shows just how bad things have gotten.  I took most of the pics, so I’m not in many.  But as I was browsing through the photos my husband took today there were a few of me wading in the ocean with my little girl.  And wow, it was eye-opening for me.  I’m not “just a little chubby” as  I’d like to imagine.  I’ve well beyond that point.

With that in mind, I’m ready to jump back into things this week.  I went to a couple of  classes at the Y the week before vacation and really enjoyed them. (One was a Zumba class, the other a Hip Hop class.)  I definitely plan on going back at least twice this week.  And beginning no later than next weekend I will start the couch to 5k program as well.

Tomorrow will begin with a trip to the grocery so that I can have everything I need to eat well this week.  I made a small list of goals for the week,  (I get 25 mind points for that!) I created a menu of lunches and dinners for the week as well.  Hopefully this little time spent planning and prepping will spell success for the rest of the week for me.

How’s your summer starting off?


It’s a start

Is anyone else doing the Super Summer Challenge from Back to Her Roots?

I’ve been pretty excited about the challenge since I first read about it.   I’ve been in major need of some sort of motivation and this just seems to be the right thing at the right time.

The customizable templates that Cassie provided worked great for me.  I used some of the items that Cassie had on her list and added plenty of my own.  Then, because I’m a total nerd, I printed them out and took them to the office store to be laminated.

I’ve hit a few items on my list so far today:

Drink a cup of tea (10 points) and eat a meal outside (10 points).

Tea with breakfast on the back patio

Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.
Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.

Limit myself to only one soda for the day.

Track everything I eat for the day. (I use MyFitnessPal)

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day :) but I DID track everything.

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day 🙂 but I DID track everything.

It’s not a stellar start, but it’s not bad either.  I still have a few hours left before I go to bed, maybe I’ll earn some more points during that time.  (My first goal is to reach 5000 points, my ultimate goal is to reach 10000 points by the end of August.  That will be TOUGH.)  I need to average about 110 points per day to reach my goal.

Overall, I’m pretty okay with my first day of the challenge.  How did you spend your first day of June?

A Good Day

I finally feel like maybe I’m starting to get a bit of motivation back.  I have no idea why, but who cares, I’ll take it!

Friday was the last day of school for the kids around here.  And summer break definitely feels like it has started, even if mother nature hasn’t got the memo yet.  I really want to just do more with the kids this summer and I started that this weekend.

Today was a pretty day, overcast and a little cool, but not so much that we needed jackets.  Sky was outside playing with the neighbor girls when she came in and asked me if I would take them to the park.  I’m ashamed to say, that normally, I would just say no without even really thinking about it.  But, in an effort to “do more”, I thought about it for a moment, realized the weather was nice and I really didn’t have any plans and said yes

A walk to the park

The girls were SO excited.  Turns out hubby and my 15-year-old stepson were up for coming along also.  YAY!  I gave the girls the option of walking to the park or driving to the park.  If we drove we could bring their bikes along in the back of our van.  I don’t have a bike of my own and wasn’t feeling comfortable trying to keep up with 3 girls ages 5,7, and 9 on bikes riding to the park.  They chose to walk, and I was happy with that option.  I decided to turn on my CardioTrainer app on my phone so we could see how far our walk was.  The girls were great and only the youngest pulled the “are we there yet?” questioning a couple of times. lol  Turns out the park is almost exactly one mile from our house.  We definitely weren’t power walking.  We chit chatted, looked at broken bird’s eggs, pine cones, and leaves along the way.  It ended up taking us about 20 minutes to get there.  It wasn’t a hard-core workout, but it was a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch.

In fact, I felt pretty good about getting up and being active, so much so that once I got home I got on my pinterest account and looked through the pins on my “Fitness” board and tried out two new workouts.  The first was an arm workout.  I really liked this workout.  It was challenging for me, but not so hard that I couldn’t keep correct form.  As I hopefully get stronger, I can easily increase my weights and still use this workout.

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The second one I tried was an ab workout.  Ya, this one wasn’t so great for me.  My core is WEAK.  I just flat-out could NOT do some of the moves *ahem side planks ahem*.  I just did what I could and called it a day.

Overall a good day.