Wednesday, July 2, 2008

half way to new year's!

Evaluating my progress towards my New Year's Resolutions, as it is the half way point of the year. How are you doing?

1. Be a good employee. Work hard, you're smart, act like it. I am much much better at this than I used to be. I know there are a lot of times when I still slack, but generally it's because of a lack of work to be done. Doing well here.

2. Same line, stop procrastinating. Get the damn thesis done! Seriously with in weeks here. Just do it! I am TRYING! Granted there were a lot of weeks where I should have been pestering more to get my edits back, and I wouldn't be in this rush I'm in now. But I think I've got a good plan set up for this. I'll let you know more at the end of the week!

3. Take better care of my house. Weekly cleanings need to be reinstated. Weekly cleanings have NOT been reinstated. I think our house is generally about the same as it has been. Hubby and I have just had a discussion about this and how we're really going to try and do better with it. The problem is once something's a little messy, neither of us keep up good habits (hanging up our coats, cleaning up clutter if it's already messy). But I do need to work on this one.

4. monthly dates with hubby. Don't have to be big deals, just 2 hours of just the 2 of us. movies, shopping, eating, skating, anything. But a connection time. Well it hasn't happened yet. But I do have a plan for it, and hubby is even receptive to that plan. I got a coupon book with all these buy one get one meals at restaurants and other things like mini golf and stuff. So I said those will be our dates. Now to actually do them...

5. Rein in the spending. I want to stop using our line of credit and have at least $1000 in the bank. (as I told hubby, if 2008 is the year of saving, 2009 can be the year of spending. Hubby wants a tv and stuff. He can wait a year) I think we've got a good plan for this. We do have $4000 in the savings account, we've got actually access to much more than this but it's for the basement. Once the basement is finished I've agreed that we can buy our "treats" like the tv etc. Plus we've set up individual accounts with a set limit so we can each do our own spending and saving within certain constraints. We're doing well here.

6. Get a body that you're comfortable with in a bikini. I hate that it's vague like that. But I think it means weighing like 125. Of course along with this goes, wear a bikini all summer! I guess I've started right? I wore it in public! I'm not down in the pounds like I'd like to be though. Now that my races are all done, I'm recommiting to my original goal of dropping the fat. I'm only about halfway on this one.

7. Do a race. Maybe a 5 or 10K or maybe a triathalon. I want to be fit not just skinny. I get 400% here though! I've done 4 races, with my sights set on a couple more in the fall. It is sort of cool that it's my thing now, I'm known for it among my friends. Cool.

8. Keep up the strength stuff. I like what I'm doing here and don't have any specific goals (since I already got the chin-ups!) F- here. Strength stuff has seriously dropped since picking up the racing things. Is changing now that races are done. Focus shifting. But needs work.

9. Be a better friend. Don't wait for somebody to call me to do something. Go out of my way to think of them. Done better on this. I do initiate emails and don't flake on plans like I used to. Again hubby and I were just talking about how we really like this one couple and should do more things with them. So a B for this one.

10. Do a minimum of 3 charitable/volunteery things by the year end. MS Bike Tour, maybe my race will be charity, and volunteer with something. I could do Big Sisters or soup kitchen stuff but I want to find something that's important to me. (open for suggestions) I will also encourage others to give blood as I faint every time I do it I just don't want to any more. Well I've done 1 charity thing, and am planning for the second in September. Now that I think of it, I think I've got one in October as well. They're all runs or bikes that you have to fundraise for. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind back in January when I made this resolution. But it is more than a lot of people do and I'm quite happy with it.

So looks like I'm on track mostly. Gotta work on the house cleaning thing and the strength and body thing. And dates with hubby, but that's a tricky one since it's not just me but both of us to do that one. Glad I took a look at these to help me refocus!


Crystal said...

Wow, those are some great goals there and it looks like you have a good handle on the majority of them. Still plenty of time to rein in the other ones, too. Good luck!

Angie All The Way said...

Half way point is always a good time to make sure we're on track! I think you're doing great! ;-)

Sara said...

seems like you are half way there! good work!