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Resolution Recap – January Edition

February 3, 2014

So…resolutions. Ideally, at the beginning of the year the only thing we can think about is how, “This year it will be different, this year I will change _____ habit.” But change is harder than it appears especially when we want to make SO many changes in our life. I originally wrote that in 2014, I wanted to…

  • Lose 30 pounds by May 1st
  • Read 10 books
  • Learn more about WordPress (php, html, css etc.)

Ha!

My January Progress

Lose 30 Pounds by May 1st

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Minus a week of sickness – exercise log is good.

In my opinion, this one is most important. I want to be healthy and I want to look really good on my wedding day. The last time I lost a lot of weight was a couple of years ago and I followed a strict regimen because it was a competition. In retrospect, I see that the motivation was to beat one particular person and even though I don’t remember if I did…it motivated me to stay on track. This time, while I am doing really well with exercise, the eating bit isn’t as good.

In February, I will focus on eating healthy, whole foods and staying in my calorie budget. While I like Lose It, I find that Anytime Health does a better job in helping me understand how much I can eat and how much I need to work out. I know I need to switch to that platform instead because it’s what works.

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Post-workout in our fitness center at the apartment. One week of being sick really took a toll.

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Healthy, sweet snack at work

So far, I am down 2 pounds. Not ideal for getting to my goal in time. I’ll need to up the ante in the next month which sucks because Valentine’s Day is around and chocolate haunts our office hallways. I need to re-learn moderation and accept that this time, it won’t be like last.

Read 10 Books in 2014

I finished my first book of the year, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. This book is a MUST READ. Gladwell is inspiring and blunt. I highly recommend it. I just can’t believe how many amazing points and theories can be brought up in a single book. I will make sure to do a full review in the coming weeks of the book, so stay tuned for that.

Generally though, I am not focused on this goal. I am focused on my first goal, health. I will need some recommendations for books though, so feel free to let me know in the comments. :)

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Sen Jo snuggled with my during my week of Influenza. Isn’t she darling?

Learn More About WordPress

This one is just laughable. I haven’t done anything to actively learn more about coding or wordpress other than what I need for my job. I want to learn about WordPress hooks, editing CSS, child themes, and more but I just don’t seem to have the time. Although, I could watch less Castle and then I might have time (I’m addicted – marathoning it – currently on season 3). I need to set aside some time to really look at this particular goal and figure out why I want it, why it’s important, and how I can make it a priority.

Hoping the weather improves so I can work out outside.

Hoping the weather improves so I can work out outside.

Focus for February

Resolutions are hard especially when we make multiple big goals. My first priority is to lose weight, not only for my health but for my wedding in May. I also know that I’ll have time post wedding to focus on the other two so maybe that’s why they aren’t too big of a priority for me. Right now, I just need some motivation/inspiration to continue on my weight loss journey even though I am not seeing the results I want (probably because I am not working hard enough on them).

What about you? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

Life

What I Read Wednesday {Link Roundup}

January 29, 2014

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Great quote from Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Can you tell I’m craving chocolate?

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{Shameless Plug} Moodboard: 50 Shades of Winter from Lemon & Lapis (My Design Company)

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Bye Bye, Focus. Hello Sally!

January 24, 2014

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Last night, I bid farewell to my Ford Focus. While it was a great car while in its prime, lately it started having issues. I just wasn’t prepared to continue putting money into it. So I started the look for my next car. Obviously, I wanted a Subaru Impreza. The AWD alone is enough reason to buy it in Minnesota. I test drove a beautiful one at Minnetonka Subaru and fell in love but quickly realized it was out of my budget. :(

So, I thought to myself. What do you want in a car?

  • Heated seats
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Hatchback
  • Great gas mileage (I drive 60 miles daily)

I found two cars matching what I wanted in my price range: the Hyundai Elantra GT and the Ford Fiesta. I loved them both and am confident I would be happy with both.

I decided, after doing calculations in a spreadsheet, the Fiesta was the way to go. It had all my wants and needs for the right price.

So, I’d like to introduce…SALLY!

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Celebrated with a trip to Caribou this morning!! :)

 

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Favorite 2014 Planners from Around the Web

January 18, 2014

This year one of my goals is to start using a paper planner again. I used to love getting a new planner and filling it with the years plans and looking back over the year after it’s over. Now with iPhone’s we can get a lot of our calendars online but writing things down is something I have found necessary for myself.

I wanted to show you the ones I have been stalking online for the past weeks, hoping one or two would go on sale making the purchase easier. I have gone to Barnes and Noble, put 3 planners in my cart at Target (and back on the shelf), and almost bought the Simplified Planner. Alas, I am still waiting to find the perfect one.

Here are some of my favorites!

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From left to right
1 | 2 | 3
4 | 5 | 6
7 | 8 | 9

What’s your favorite paper planner?

Health

Amanda’s Sexy Arm Workout

January 9, 2014

Sometimes I love working out, other times I just hate it. Today was a day that I loved it. I thought I would share my workout with you because it was one I enjoyed. I created it myself and because I am not a fitness professional I must disclaim that I am not a fitness professional so make sure you’re able to do this workout before attempting. There, that is over with.

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Update: My mom reminded me that not everyone knows what these exercises are. Here are the links to learn how to do each exercise.

Tell me: How did the workout go for you?