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resolve 2013

Last year I made some resolutions that I actually kept (sort of)

I resolved to lose weight… I lost the same 15 pounds 3 different times.  I found them soon after losing them.

I resolved to keep my house cleaner… It did… until I let the boys out of their rooms.

I resolved to get our finances in order.  We were successful on this one.  We started tracking every penny we spent and were able to do a great job of cutting expenses.  We are on a good track to be debt free (including our mortgage) within 6 years!!!

I also resolved to read the Bible more… I read the whole new testament in 90 days. I didn’t set a new goal after that so I was not as consistent in the spring or fall.  We went on a mission trip over the summer so the months leading up to and following the trip I was studying and consistent.

This year I am want to keep it simple:

I want to be a better mom.  I want my kids to know how much I love them and that means telling them and showing them.  I need to spend more time playing with them rather than Bejewelled Blitz.

I want to be a better wife.  I need to work on showing my husband respect and letting him be the leader of our family- trusting him.  This is going to be a hard one for me… I am not very nice to him. I am bossy and come across as demeaning in our everyday interactions.  After 11 and a half years of marriage I have not gotten the “wives submit to your husbands” thing down.

I want to be a better teacher. I want my students to know I love them and that they are worth something. I want to be prepared in advance with my lessons and caught up with my grading.  I want to be teacher of the year material- I have a long way to go with that.

I want to continue to grow as a child of God. That means more reading, studying, taking, listening, and learning.

Wish me luck.  What are your resolutions for 2013?


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march resolution update

So here we are… 2 and (almost) a half months into 2012 and I am (sort of) sticking to my resolutions.

Here is an update:

As of last Friday I have lost about 15 pounds.  These are real pounds- not just water weight.  I am going with last Friday’s official weigh in from our biggest loser competition because I did not like today’s unofficial number.  I ate Chinese take out for dinner on Saturday and have gained 7 pounds since Friday!!!!  I feel like a water balloon that is about to pop.  I have been drinking a ton of water and eating produce like there is no tomorrow.  (this is providing great entertainment and conversation for Bubba and Dude (see here for more about that) but not so great on the air freshener budget if you know what i mean…).  Anyone have a great “get rid of water weight fast without doing long-term damage” tips?  Please post them in the comments below.

I continue to track every penny that goes in and out of our bank account and as a result we are starting to build up our emergency fund, are seeing the snowball start to grown as we pay down some debt and we are even starting to save up to replace the windows in our house.  We have not been eating out in 2012 like we have in years past and I really don’t miss it too much.  Especially after Saturday’s (our first take out in over a month!) Chinese food bloat.

I am failing miserably at my resolution to keep our house clean.  I suck at cleaning.  I am keeping the kitchen clean and not letting the laundry pile up but our tiny (800 sq ft) house is super cluttered so it always looks a mess.

I am most proud of the fact that I have read about 3/4 of the New Testament so far.  I am keeping up with my resolution to read the New Testament in 90 days.  Only 24 days left and I am on track to finish on time.  Thanks to this site and this site for letting me follow along.  My Lenten discipline has been to read the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idelman.  It is a challenging book that is making me think and reflect on who I am as a Christian.  Check out the book’s website here.

I am off to drink some lemon water.  Hope to not be so puffy in the morning.

How are you doing with your resolutions?

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so it has been 15 days since i made my resolutions and i have not blogged anything.  i feel like such a slacker.  well not really.  i have been busy keeping up with my resolutions.  i am happy to report that i am doing pretty good.

here’s a recap of my progress:

I have lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks.  yes, i know most of it is probably water weight but i have been making really good choices in the last 2 weeks. i have been staying away from the yummy cookies the lunch ladies make for the teachers.  i have stopped getting donuts in the morning and i have switched from soda to tea. i am sort of starving right now but it is the price i have to pay since  i have not been to the y nearly as much as i would like. the hubs has been sick and he is my motivator.  but hey, 10 pounds is 10 pounds and i am on track to lose more.

my goal to track every penny is working out great.  hubs is on board and in the last 2 weeks we have had some great conversations about our goals and what it will take to get there.  we are both working hard to keep our spending in check and track where everything is going.  we are even on our way to a real budget.  i feel pretty grown up about it.

i am not doing so hot at the housekeeping thing.  hey give me a break though, i am starving over hear (see above). i have gotten back into the habit of making my bed everyday. it is amazing how much better our room looks when the bed is made.  i am also trying to get into the habit of putting the dishes away after they are washed rather than letting them sit in the drainer on the counter (remember we don’t have a dishwasher,boo).  the kitchen looks a lot better when the counters are clear.  i do need to recognize the hubs now because he does a pretty good job of whole house cleaning on saturdays while i am working at the shoe store.  maybe i made the housekeeping resolution for him.

I feel the most successful in my goal of reading the bible daily.  i am on it.  i have started following a blog about reading the new testament in 90 days.  it has really helped me to stay on track and has some great explanations for things i get stuck on.  if you want to start up, it isn’t too late.  you can join up now.

so there you have it.  my first update.  i need to get back on track with a regular blogging schedule but i am cleaning (sort of) and reading and starving myself right now so there isn’t a lot of time left over.

how are you doing with your resolutions?

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i resolve to…

It is that time of year again.  You know, where we all make promises to ourselves and each other about losing weight, being healthy, accomplishing some major goals.  By February, though, most of us have forgotten about those promises.

I have started writing things a notebook of things I want to do/remember/think of/don’t want to forget/can’t keep track of on my phone. I modified the idea a post that sort of sucker punched me in the gut from a great blog I follow called The Simple Dollar. Anyway, I started writing down my new years resolutions for 2012 in this notebook and it quickly got out of hand.  My list was growing longer by the minute.  Here are a few of the items:
-lose weight
-keep the house clean
-save money
-pay off debt
-be a better blogger
-be a better wife
-be a better mom
-be a better leader

I was planning on blogging my list in hopes that publicly stating them would help to hold me accountable but after reading my friend Greta’s blog I realized it need to rethink.  She mention’s SMART goals in her post.  Oh how I how I used to dread SMART goals (specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, and time-bound) were the bane of many professional development days when I taught at Ritenour. A little maturity and time, however, helps me to see that this is, in fact, a pretty good system for goal setting. I also stumbled on to this blog that put the same thought in different words to reemphasize my need to edit my resolutions.

So here is my revised list of resolutions and my plan for getting there (divided into categories):

Weight/Health (isn’t this at the top of everyone’s list?)
I have struggled with my weight forever but now it is impacting my health in multiple ways.  I will lose 36 pounds by Christmas 2012.  That is 3 pounds a month.  Of course I would like to lose about 60 pounds but I need to be realistic.  I will lose the weight by joining a the T/R aerobics class at the Y and lifting weights with the Hubs on Mondays.  I will also walk the dog on a daily basis.  I am going to stop drinking soda and reduce my junk food intake.  I will pack my lunch daily with healthy options.  By joining the biggest loser competition at school I will be doing weekly weigh ins to track my progress.

We have money problems… we have debt, spend too much, and don’t save enough.  I am terrible about tracking where it goes.  I will start writing down what we spend.  I will keep the check book balanced on a daily basis.  I will cut up my credit card.  My car will be paid off this spring and I will roll that payment into a credit card payment.  I will think about what I am buying (and whether I really need it) before going to the register.  I will continue working at the shoe store as well as pimp my Pampered Chef wares in addition to teaching middle school.  I would really like to start couponing but I won’t start that until the summer.  I need to get other things organized first.

Sometimes I am not a great housekeeper.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I am terrible housekeeper.  It bugs my husband. It bugs me, too. I will make my bed everyday (I am on day 4 now!).  I will put things away when I am done with them.  The boys and I will do a 10 minute “sweep” everyday to pick up- we will make it a game. I will do a “chore” everyday (bathroom on Monday, floors on Tuesday and Thursday, etc.)  By doing this, I will feel better and the Hubs won’t be so annoyed.  Also, our tiny house feels so much bigger when things are cleaned up.

Prayer is easy for me.  I find myself praying constantly.  Reading the Bible everyday, though, is not easy for me. My goal is to follow through with one of the hundreds of daily reading plans I have started.  Hubs and I also lead Alpha in our church and want to be more organized in my planning and leadership.  I have set aside specific times for planning and administrative things that go with leading this group.

I have decided to stop there.  I think these are super lofty goals for me and  I want to be successful this year.  My plan is to blog regularly with updates (I have reminders programmed into my phone). I have also posted these goals so I can see them frequently. To my friends and family that see me or talk to me on a regular basis I ask for you to hold me accountable.

What are your resolutions?

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