Last year, I decided to do something a little out of my comfort zone. I posted my New Year’s Resolutions (I prefer to think of them as goals) on my blog! I’ve always been pretty horrible about keeping my New Year’s Resolutions and usually by the time July hits, I can’t even remember what they were. For some reason, putting them in writing where I could regularly refer them (and the whole world could see them), did me a world of good. Here’s my recap!
1. Lose weight (average at least one pound/week for the year)
I lost 60 pounds this year before my body completely wacked out causing me to gain 30 pounds and lose 2/3 of my hair. The doctors never did figure out what the issue was although they said it could be caused by my lupus, it could be thyroid related, or it could be hormonal. In the last 3 weeks, it seems like things have started to be a little more normal. My hair loss isn’t as crazy and I haven’t been gaining weight so I feel like we’re on the right track again.
2. Exercise at least 10,950 minutes
I am thrilled to be able to say I met my exercise goal in August!!! This is huge for me since I started the year in such horrible shape!
3. Stick to our budget…every single month!
So this is horrible to admit, but I’ve been horrible about tracking my spending this year and as a result, I’m not sure if we stuck to our budget or not. On a positive note, we were able to give more this year than we have in the past, we added to our savings every month, and we didn’t incur any debt….so although we didn’t stick to a budget per se, we did live within our means.
4. Track all of our income and spending.
As I said above, I was horrible this year about tracking our income and spending. This is one area where I definitely want to improve!
5. Read through the entire Bible. (I’ll actually be reading through the entire Bible in 90 Days!)
So I actually did this…twice! I started the Bible in 90 Days in January and anticipated finishing in March. Things got a little crazy at our house and I somehow got off track…way off track. I didn’t end up finishing til June! In July, I joined another group reading the Bible in 90 Days and was able to finish on time!!! I’ll be starting again on January 3rd!
Consider joining all the other wonderful people reading the Bible in 90 Days over at Mom’s Toolbox.
6. Take a trip with the kids to Disney World or Disney Land
Our whole family was able to head down to Disney World for a wonderful week in February. I attended the Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference and our family stayed for an extra few days. We had the time of our lives!
7. Post at least 5 times/week on my blog
8. Try 2 new recipes per month
I wasn’t consistent about trying 2 new recipes each month, but I did try 19 new recipes during the course of the year…some were great, some not so great, but I did manage to add some new easy recipes to our repertoire!
9. Read 1 book or listen to 1 audiobook each week.
Since my round trip commute to the office is a little over 1 hour, I managed to listen to a ton of audiobooks this year. Also, having a Kindle
has made it much easier to keep up on my reading. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can use these free Kindle reading apps to read from all kinds of mobile devices and computers. Amazon offers tons of free books for Kindle so this is a great way to get your reading in!
10. Take a creative writing or public speaking class.
I joined our local chapter of Toastmasters this year and have absolutely loved it. It’s really helped with my public speaking abilities and I’ve met lots of wonderful people too. If you live in the Auburn, IN area, I encourage you to come join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month!
As you can see, I didn’t meet all my goals for this year, but when you consider that I’ve never kept a New Year’s Resolution in the past, I feel really good about my progress. I’ve been mulling over my 2011 goals for a while and as soon as I have them set, I’ll get them posted!
How did you do this year? Were you able to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions? Was 2010 a good year for you? Have you already set your goals for 2011?