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Uninspiring month

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This blog entry is part of my grand plan for 2011 - accountability each month to myself. This is going to be my best year ever.

1. Review progress every month.
Report card for January has to be a 'D'.

2. Be a FORCE on Spark.
Actual : I started strong, then fizzled. Logged on every day.
February Assignment : Earn 50 Spark Points daily; post to a Spark Friends page every day.

3. I will save more than I spend.
Actual : Saved 3x what I spent. Learning to live with less.
February Assignment : Find & read a book on living frugally. Save 30% of what I get this month.

4. Weigh less at the beginning of every month than the one before.
Actual : Gained 1.5#.
February Assignment : Be diligent and disciplined to lose 8# this month. 10# would be ideal and a great success!

5. No charges to my personal credit card.
Actual : Most recent statement shows zero balance. No new charges. Shredded card; still trying to delete online.
February Assignment : Run yearly credit report.

6. Eliminate sugar from my diet.
Actual : I had some great days sprinkled through the month; needed many more.
February Assignment : Drink one glass of water for one glass of anything else.

7. Complete one major project each month.
Actual : Nothing completed, chipping away at them.
February Assignment : Complete GGMs quilt; taxes ready to file.

8. Do something special for hubby daily.
Actual : I never know how to measure something like this. Can I ever do enough for this wonderful man?
February Assignment : Actually PLAN (on my planner) some spontaneity time.

9. Stay current:
a)Saving statements
Actual : Did nothing. Have learned that I will have to save previous years updated EOY statements due to the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger.
February Assignment : This will happen during tax preparation

b)Tracking nutrition (by mid-yr, PRE-tracking)
Actual : Pre-tracked for one week.
February Assignment : Pre-track breakfasts of Feb 1-6
Pre-track breakfasts and dinners of Feb 7-13
Pre-track breakfasts, dinners, and snacks of Feb 14-20
Pre-track breakfasts, dinners, snacks, and lunches Feb 21-28

c)Yard projects
Actual : Did all planned tasks.
February Assignment : Continue to keep the HOA off my back and remain diligent in praying that the dead tree does not fall on the house. Ck on renters insurance.

d)Home care
Actual : Some progress in old tasks.
February Assignment : Need improvement in daily routine. Perfect my evening routine this month.

e)Family correspondence
Actual : Did my part; waiting on replies.
February Assignment : Call my brothers once this month. Call my parents every Wednesday evening. Call my daughter every week just to tell her I am thinking of her.

10. Exercise programs this year:
a)P90X (again)
Actual : In 3rd week, only doing upper body workouts.
February Assignment : Reduce reps to 8-12 range; increase weight.

b)Turbo Fire (beginning 10jan2011)
Actual : Did 7 classes. Developed pain in left leg.
February Assignment : Ditch the TurboFire pending doctors visit. Replace with elliptical workouts, minimum 4x weekly, 30-45 minutes long.

c)Insanity (after 30# loss. Still gotta guard my knees)
d)Swim once pool opens
e)Train for walking of Texas Marathon on New Years Day 2012

11. Enjoy new Bible-reading plan.
Actual : Nice progress.
February Assignment : Eliminate the need for a catch-up day.

12. Learn to really use my computer and Office
Actual : Received Windows 7 manual from my library. DVD waiting for me now.
February Assignment : Read the 3 books from library, work through DVD.

I am not sure if I am stretching myself too thin, or if I just have poor time management skills because I seem to be insanely busy with limited results. Scholarship research is almost a full time job and the time it requires online greatly reduces online time for other things.

This week I will be making an appointment to see my orthopedic. There is no hope for my knees unless I get dead serious about losing this weight. I'm not sure that I can walk around with a brace on both knees.

I can do what ever it takes, even if it means starting over.

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    Actually PLAN (on my planner) some spontaneity time

    Just made me scratch my head . . .

    How if Feb going so far?
    2526 days ago
    Holy Smokes! That's a lot of goals! I hope to accomplish a third of them! Good luck! emoticon
    2548 days ago
    WOW! i can't even think of that many things to be disciplined about. my brain won't let me!
    i did start a new thing in december, just to be more aware of finances. pad on clip board, i am listing all of the monthly income, all the bills, and as they are paid, i check them off and subtract it from the total income. we have multiple accounts and it seems the best way to keep track of them for me. so far, so good! i suppose there is some software that could make things easier, but i just don't want one more thing to keep me attached to the darn computer.
    Thanks for the inspirational ideas!!
    2548 days ago
    Wow! I am so inspired by your comprehensive list! Yay you for saving 3x's more than you spent. Saving is a learned behavior, just like pre-tracking your food. You impress me with your discipline! Here's to February and more success!! MIH!
    2549 days ago
    Just a suggestion: Track all foods and put more stress reduction in your plan. Pick a couple of projects that can be managed in one week and get them done and out of the way instead of chipping away at several. Then do the same thing for week 2, 3, and 4 Prioritize which needs to be done first. Don't fret you did manage to get some personal projects done in January. I hope this helps! emoticon
    2549 days ago
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