Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 goals

Well, this will be a snoozefest for you guys, but I thought it would be good for me to write down my goals for the year, and hopefully look back on them a year from now and see if I've achieved them, or completely failed.  So here's a list of a few things I'd like to work on, in no particular order. 

Get fit / be healthy.  Ever since we got back from our Hawaii trip in July, I've let myself go.  Paul and I have tried P90X and Insanity and you do see results after 60 - 90 days (we took before and after pics, and no, I'm not going to post them).  I ate what I wanted and never had to starve myself to death.  But I came to realize that my metabolism isn't the same as it was in high school.  I WILL get fat if I don't eat right.  To get ready for our trip, we went on a low carb diet.  I didn't realize how much carbs I consumed in a day.  We did allow one day to eat carbs and I looked forward to it every week.  I did not (never have, never will) have a chiseled stomach, but I felt better about myself.  Now I'm just, blah.  So I'm going to try and work out at least 3-5 times a week, and get back into running.  I was never a runner, but I was doing pretty good for a while.  I want to run another 5K, and hopefully run my first 10K this year.  Who knows, maybe a half marathon like this girl.  Yeah, not likely!

Read more books.  I love reading.  But unfortunately, technology has taken over my life, and I find myself on the internet more than actually reading books.  It didn't help either when I got the iPhone 4 last June because I'm constantly on my phone, either reading blogs, Facebook or Instagram.  I think I managed to read 4 to 5 books this past year, which includes the Hunger Games Trilogy (can't wait for the movie).  I have lots of books just sitting in a closet, waiting to be read.  So my goal is to take at least 30 minutes a day and read.  This seems doable.  Paul did buy me a book light last year so really, I have no excuse!  So...anyone have any good book recommendations? 

Less splurging.  I'm an impulse buyer.  There, I said it.  The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  I'm also very good at returning things.  My logic is, if I don't buy it now, it won't be there the next time I decide to buy it.  Buy it now, have a guilt trip, and return later.  I usually do some damage on my lunch break.  So I'm going to try to stay in for lunch most days to avoid all malls and anything that requires using my credit card.  And I will find a good excuse to buy something stupid.  We should really be saving for more important things like vacations and improvements on the house.

Start sewing.  Paul thought I was crazy when I added a sewing machine on our wedding gift registry.  I told him that I have to learn eventually, you know, to make curtains, pillowcases, sew on a zipper, etc.  Almost two years later, it's still in the box.  So this year, I want to at least get the machine out of the box and say I've looked at it, read the manual, and hopefully make a pillowcase or two.  I just need my Mom or someone to teach me, please?

Learn more about Photography.  I have always had an appreciation for photography.  I try to be all artsy with pictures I take, no matter what camera/phone I use.  So having this new fancy camera just got me all excited, and I hope to take a few lessons whenever a good deal comes along on LivingSocial or Groupon. 

Think positive.  I'm very pessimistic.  I figured if I think of the worst case scenario, then if things don't work out, I can tell myself, I knew it.  And, if things do work out in my favor, I'm extra happy and do a happy dance!  But Paul has been really good at telling me to snap out of my pessimistic self and have a better outlook on things.  I'm very stubborn and I usually don't listen to him, but this year, I'll try to be better. 

Do at least one house project a month.  As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I have great plans for our house, it's just a matter of acting on them.  This is from painting the kitchen cabinets, putting in some hardware, getting granite countertops (please), adding a backsplash (pretty please), painting the bedrooms and bathrooms, and putting some art on the walls.  I think we've come a long way so far since purchasing our home, but I want to keep going. 

Spend more time with family.  Plain and simple. 

Yikes, this got lengthy real fast!  These are just a few of my goals for the year.  I have small stupid ones like:  quit hitting the snooze button 3 times and get up the first time, stop checking my phone every 5 seconds, stop playing with my cuticles, floss often, but I didn't think you wanted a paragraph explaining each. 

What are your New Year's Resolutions?

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