It is TIME!
Time for me to set some goals so I can get back on track. I've decided that I will do the 10K at Big Woods this year (last year I did the 5K--my first race!) in October. So if I'm going to be ready for that, I have some work to do. Not only do I want to get my running schedule down so I know I'm ready for the Big Wood Run, but I want to focus on fitness to help me with my weight loss. I lost 30 pounds in the last year, but almost all of that happened before November 2011. Sad and pathetic! If I had stayed on track, I could easily be at my weight loss GOAL by now. Things happen, though, and I need to get over it and move on (as my dear hubbie likes to say).
So what are these goals going to be? First of all, long term:
I want to be at my goal weight of 145 by summer 2013. I have about 40 pounds to go.
I want to be able to easily run the 10K at Big Woods in October 2012, followed by the 10K Cardinal Cruise in April 2013.
I want our family finances to be in the positive. No debt except our mortgage, which we will eventually also pay off.
I want to build my faith--God put me here, and I gotta lean on Him!
We will finish the deck on the back of the house.
OK, that last one sounds like it doesn't fit, but we built our house 11 years ago. To save money at the time, we opted to not finish the deck. DUMB. It would've cost us very little at the time, and we would've been able to enjoy it all these years instead of having the "doors to nowhere" in our dining room. So this is going to be a high priority for me. We will work hard to make a "deck fund" to get that done!
Next, how will I accomplish these long term goals? By breaking them up into manageable chunks. I already mini goals/rewards set up on my SparkPage for weight loss. I will have to revamp them a little, but most of them are still about right. To meet those mini goals I will have to do this:
Track my food daily. That means everything, April. And while you are at it, cut down on the coffee (and needed creamer--blows your tracker and you know it!) and no pop. Period. End of story.
Workout daily--3 runs per week using 5k to 10k app (M, W, F) and strength training 3 days a week. ST will start out at 20 minutes, but I plan on building it. I really want to focus on my core--a strong core supports the whole body and believe me, I need all the support I can get! This belly has carried around a few kiddos, and it shows. I wanna work towards a nice shapely body--no spare tire or muffin top. I like my shape in general (got the bust working for me... gotta accentuate the positive!) and am not aiming at "skinny." I want "shapely." ooo lala!
Daily prayer time--I need to make time for it. I will find those little moments and grab them to thank God for all He has blessed me with and to talk over everything.
As for the financial stuff--hubbie and I are working on tweaking our budget. It's a tight one, let me tell you. I will have some fun (not!) squeeking every penny out of our food budget. We are going to a total envelope system. Checks will be written out for bills and then the checkbook and checkcard are going into hiding until the next paycheck, when they will make an appearance to pay the scheduled bills again, and then back into hiding. This has to be how we do it. We need to track our spending, too. So receipts are going to be kept and tallied. "Extra money"--those little bonuses from a few extra hours worked or a side job will be disbursed into savings envelopes so they don't just disappear. We will have to be strict with ourselves and do our best to revamp the budget so that "surprise expenses" (You know, those $10 field trip fees, unplanned trip to ?, etc.) are no longer budget breakers. Instead there will be a "surprises" fund just to catch those things. This part of my goals will actually be a lot tougher than my weight loss goals, except that when we fail here, I stress out and that leads to throwing my weight loss work out the window. NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN!!!
These goals start NOW. Not next week, not next month. NOW means NOW. In a month I will do a progress report and see what I need to tweak to stay on track!