Sunday, 7 March 2010

2010 goals revisited: March update

Two months of 2010 down so it’s time for another progress report:

In 2010 I want to:

Volunteer – I haven’t figured out the specifics, but I want to get back into fundraising or other work with a charity that I care about

Oops, still nothing on this down – need to get researching into some ideas

Get organised – This is a goal every year and I think I made a definite improvement on this in the past 12 months.  I’d like to keep my flat at a level of cleanliness that I don’t have to ‘apologise for the mess’ whenever someone drops by unannounced.  Of course, I’ll still say it regardless!

I’m doing pretty good.  The bathroom is tidy, the kitchen is more often than not respectable and the living room is so-so.  I do have to organise my closet and bedroom and I NEED to hang up my pictures.  I moved in about 18 months ago and still have barely decorated!

Save money – I started this one yesterday when I cut my broadband bill in half.  I want to do a full money makeover and get my bills as low as possible over the next few weeks.  Then I fully intend to cut back on my spending, particularly in terms of food shopping, eat out less especially for lunch and get some money into my savings account by stopping spending on my credit cards.  I aim to only put things on my credit card that can be expensed back to work and this will also ensure that I don’t miss any expenses that could have been claimed back each month.

I did put an ipod charger adaptor on my credit card on my recent vacation but I paid it off as soon as I got back so I’m back to all zero balances.  I’ve been taking my lunches in all week and sticking to a £50/week food budget so far. 

Reignite a childhood passion – I’m not sure I’ve figured this out yet either but it’s one of the goals suggested by Spark People (as is the one below) and I really like the idea.  Maybe I’ll join my colleagues at their weekly netball game, maybe I’ll dig out my old flute or go camping.

Nothing yet – still need to think of what I’m going to do!

Look forward – I already cut out pictures and articles about places I want to travel to, restaurants I want to eat at, things I want to try or see and now I want to create a dream board.  It will be something that can inspire me day-to-day to move towards a life that is everything I dream of.

Ok this one I have no excuse for not starting – I REALLY need to get moving on this one

Make peace with my grief – My father died 11 years ago and I still cannot talk about him without tears.  I’m pretty sure it’s not typical to still harbour grief this long and this may require counselling, but it’s definitely a place that I’d like to get to.

Still reading my three grief books – it’s always going to be a work in progress but I’m proud that I’m doing something about it.

Expand my cooking skills – I aim to make one new recipe a week to expand my repertoire of go-to dishes. I’d also like to give my kitchen a bit of a makeover (organisation again!)  I’d also like to experiment with different grains, new spices and find kale to try those crispy kale chips I see throughout blogworld!

I’ve made quite a few yummy recipes this month – love my roasted chickpeas and have been doing some really fun roasted vegetables. I’m all about the zero-point vegetables now that I’m back on WW!

Health and fitness goals are to:

Try a new sport – I never thought I'd do as well as I’ve done this year with running.  Even though I took an almost 6 week break after the half-marathon and then another hiatus after breaking my wrist I’ve stuck with it for most of the year and have even run twice this week between Christmas and New Years, quite likely the only time I’ve ever worked out in these usually gluttonous days. As soon as my wrist heals I want to try Bikram yoga and have already scoped out the closest yoga studio. I also plan to PR at the same half-marathon race next September.

Not yet and I need to get back to the gym period.

Look after my skin – I am 27 and still fall to sleep with my makeup on. I want to establish a skin routine and stick to it. 

My skin is still being crappy lately – another work in progress. Hopefully the regular green smoothies will help!

Eat cleaner – I plan on fully completing Project55 this year and reaching my goal weight finally. As part of this I aim to

  • increase my fruit and vegetable intake to 5-9 portions daily
  • increase my intake of healthy fats
  • increase my protein levels with an aim of 15g at breakfast
  • eat less meat
  • take daily probiotics
  • take a multi-vitamin/supplement daily

Still not taking probiotics or supplements but I’m doing much better eating clean.  I eat some chocolate in the evenings but other than that this past week for example has been excellent.  Low fat dairy, massive amounts of vegetables and meat (chicken) only twice. 

I’m feeling really good about this past month – 10 more to go!

- CJ

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