Time to check in with my 2012 goals:
Cook 1 new recipe each week
So far, so good. I didn't think I'd get a new recipe in this week because we weren't planning on eating dinner at home this week. Staying home on Sunday instead of going out to San Francisco worked to my advantage. I made split pea soup with yellow peas that I found at the Indian market by my house. Pretty yummy. I didn't follow the directions 100% though... I dumped everything in the pot and let it cook instead of adding the carrots and celery in the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Eat real food
This one I'm falling down a bit on. Most bread in the supermarket has some kind of weird preservative in it. I'm also trying to use up my peanut butter and salad dressings before I buy more (budgets, ya know). And of course the cookies and candy at work don't really work so well for this. I just need to focus more and be more aware of what I'm putting in my mouth and what I'm buying. I can do that. It might be difficult at Disneyland next week, but I'll do my best.
No white grains
Do onion bagels count as white grain? Or the rice at lunch yesterday? Or the flour that's used to make those delicious cookies in the lunch room? I'm pretty sure they do. *sigh* FOCUS Danie! I've been doing good except for those three slip-ups. And my sister was super sweet to buy pizza with whole wheat crust for my nephew's birthday. Thanks Sis! Yay me - I'm almost succeeding with this one!
Finish one quilt or sewing project each month
All I have to do is attach a border to this hot pink quilted throw I made and the project for month #1 is done! I also have the stuff I need to complete at least on project for month #2! This goal is going well.
Buy a house, not a condo
I showed DH some McMansions around our neighborhood that we almost have 10% down on. I think we'll probably end up buying something a little more manageable payment and upkeep wise (read: smaller and cheaper). We have 20% down on bank-owned prices for smaller homes, but we need to save more for closing costs and any repairs/upgrades the houses might need.
Learn basic web development technologies
I haven't even started on this one. DH showed me a series of videos I can watch to get the basics down and then take tests to get certified on this stuff. I'm just not super motivated on this, though. Got any tips to get me motivated?
Get Project+ certified
This is a direct response to some project management training work sent me to awhile back. I have all of the training materials I need sitting in the 2nd bedroom upstairs. Have I watched one refresher video? No. Read one chapter of one book? No. Maybe I need some prizes to motivate me, what do you think?
Run a 5k without stopping; complete three 5k races; complete two 10k races; complete at least one half marathon; wear a bikini comfortably in public
I decided to lump all of these goals together because they each build on one another. I signed up for a 5k, I joined a gym, and my rib is healed so I can focus on these goals more. My weight went up in response to the gym-going though. Just a pound, but I know that is water retention from the upper body workout I did yesterday. Seriously, my arm muscles are so sore that it's a miracle I could turn on the shower this morning. I also jogged on the treadmill twice this week, which felt really good. I'll keep doing that until I'm jogging for the whole 30 minutes the gym allows.