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New Year's Resolutions Update!

01 March 2013

40% of people give up on their New Years resolutions in two weeks. So how is everyone doing after 8 weeks? Are you still riding the high of the clean slate or are you bruised from "falling off of the wagon"?

On January 1st, I aimed to accomplish/maintain five new years resolutions and here are my successes and failures as of March 1st.
  • One for health: I am going to continue my pursuit of a better me by increasing my exercise habits, reducing my sugar intake, cutting carbs and substituting tea for coffee after 8 a.m. I will be working on staying hydrated throughout the day keeping my tummy full and my system clean. 


    03/01 update: It has been two months and I am two pounds away from my wedding weight. I have been attending BarreAmped weekly since the New Year started but this last week I went twice! If you are wondering, yes, it hurt! Stairs are my enemy.  It is currently Lent and I have given up high fructose corn syrup meaning that I have to shy away from candy, most processed food and baked goods. This hasn't had an effect yet on my weight loss goal but it is certainly keeping me healthy! The caffeine substitution that I wanted to do has not been accomplished. I love my coffee in the morning wayyyyy too much! I have been drinking tea in the afternoon at work not for health but because my window leaks and it is freezing sitting at my desk! 


    01/08 update: It has been one week since I made this goal. In that time, I've worked out at the gym twice. First was an intensive BarreAmped workout with my dear Lori. It kicked my butt seriously for the rest of the week. Sunday I had some free time and took a Zumba class the student recreation center. Despite having so-so experiences in the past, I can report the class was rather lively. I think I shall return this coming Sunday, perhaps make a "thing" of it. I plan on going to Barre on Sunday and then perhaps Zumba or yoga early next week!

    01/01: Reflecting on my current health routine, I can definitely see a difference since the summer. Not only am I five pounds away from my wedding weight (almost a year ago) but I am routinely using lotion to keep my skin hydrated and strong, taking vitamins daily and flossing nightly. A huge improvement from this summer and even a year ago. I am a firm believer in taking care of your body as a method of preventative medicine. As of Thursday of last week, I can run a mile in under 14 minutes. Don't laugh, it is much faster than someone sitting on the couch!!! 

  • One for wealth: This year I resolve to reduce my frivolous spending on clothes, coffee, snacks and groceries. All savings will be set aside and left untouched. Mr. Collier and I are hoping to save enough to get a down payment on our first home in the coming year or two. That and we may have to make a car purchase if his truck decides to bite the dust.

    03/01 update: I received a bank alert this morning informing me that I have $35.00 left in my personal spending account if that sets the climate for how my finances are doing. This month I have struggled because Mr. Collier had a birthday. He wanted to attend the U.S. Women's Soccer game so I bought the tickets ($64.00). I also got a pedicure for the first time in months ($38.00)! So these two things offset my budget for the month. BUT BUT BUT! I have not spent more than $5 these past two months on coffee from the little shop at work! Instead I'm drinking tea or brewing my own K-cup in the departmental Keurig.

    Regarding my 52 week money saving challenge, I have been keeping up with it. But I'm concerned.  Instead of paying into savings a little each week, I've been taking the sum of the weeks off of the top of my budget each month. In other words, come December, I'm not sure how I am going to set aside $250 when my total monthly allowance is $200!!! I haven't figure all that out but I'm sure I'll come up with some solution. 
      
    01/08 update: I have not purchased one coffee at Suzie's, the coffee bar down the hall from my lab all week! I even have a free coffee that I am holding onto for a day where I cannot take it! I made one coffee purchase through the whole week at ABP when I met up with a friend but I used my discount mug. There were no clothing purchases made this week but rather tons of purging at our home. Wait for those blog posts upcoming! I've been packing extra snacks so that I don't have the craving to buy during the day.

    Another financial thing I did this week was begin the 52 week challenge that has been circulating all over the internet the last week. The idea is that every week a little bit of money is set aside so that in the end of the year there is quite a sum left over!  


  • One for me: This year I resolve to spend quality time with the Lord each day in prayer, bible study and prayer journaling. I spent some time throughout the year working on a daily bible verse and devotional in my Christian walk blog but I could always improve in daily renewal in the Spirit.

    03/01 update: I am still in the Women's Wednesday night Bible Study at church and have been reading the book, staying on task or reading ahead. I love the study of "What Women Fear" by Angie Smith.  I'd highly recommend it to all of you! I have also been posting more regularly yet inconsistently on my blog. At the beginning of the month I wrote about God's love for us with Valentine's Day on the horizon. This resolution definitely needs more work!

    01/08 update: Wednesday nights at our church starting tomorrow is hosting a new women's study and my friend Morgan and I are going to participate. I have also been receiving a bible verse each Monday from a coworker to help align my perspective each week. Finally, I have started incorporating praise and worship music into listening selections during the day. 93.9 F.M. in the car and the Contemporary Christian station on Pandora are two of my favorites. 

  • One for humanity: This year I resolve to spend one day per month volunteering and giving my time to those around me. When I moved to Nashville I joined Hands On Nashville to seek out volunteer opportunities but unfortunately, I've never followed through on that one.

    03/01 update: I love this resolution! On Feb 2nd, I went to Second Harvest Food Bank to volunteer. With about 35 other volunteers, we sorted over 10,000 pounds of food that would have otherwise ended up in the trash at the local food stores in town. These items are non-perishable but may have some dents but as long as the food is protected from the outside, they are still able to be used. 300 pounds of food was discarded to trash because it did not meet our guidelines. But it was amazing to see how much a group of people could accomplish in two hours! I'm signed up again in the middle of March! 

    01/08: My friend Catherine from church and I were talking about our New Year's resolutions and it became clear that we both wanted to do something for others. So, we decided to sign up to help at a local food bank in Nashville called Second Harvest which provides meals to families and individuals in need. We settled on going one Saturday per month starting in February. If any of my Nashville friends are reading this and are interested in helping out with us, let me know!

  • One for my marriage: This year I resolve to spend less time saying,"yes," to every person and their mother that asks me to be a part of something and spend more time with my husband. And by time, I mean not in front of the T.V. True, quality time. I want my marriage to be as beautiful as my wedding was.



    03/01 update: Mr. Collier and I have definitely spent more time together in the past two 
    months but I still  haven't mastered the ability to say,"no" to things. I wake up earlier now so that I am able to blog or take of my online obligations before he wakes up in time for work. I feel like I'm sacrificing that way for my marriage. We also attended a married-people event called Romance and Roses.  It was a great event! There was dinner, some dancing AND a magician!!  The theme of the event was "Did You Say Something" which encourages communication between you and your spouse. I love events like these because it is a way for Mr. Collier and I to hear the same information without feeling attacked by the other. It is a neutral marriage information session where we can both access, process and discuss our thoughts and feelings.  A recent development is that we have decided we would go on a vacation this summer! We have no idea where but it is essential for our mental health in that we are both attempting to completed our doctorates in the next year.   
               
01/08: This week I've said," no" to at least two obligations in order to spend more time with Mr. Collier. I've reserved blogging and internet browsing for when we are not together such as in the morning and have made a conscious effort to have quality time with him in the evenings. We have a big date night coming up on Saturday in celebration of our one year anniversary and morning and have made a conscious effort to have quality time with him in the evenings. We have a big date night coming up on Saturday in celebration of our one year anniversary and I'm really looking forward to that! 

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