7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 6 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on February 11th, 2019

 

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

 

 

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  

 

 

I was super snacky this week.  Maybe it was biological.  Or maybe I suck at willpower.  But the way I figure it, if I can get 8.2 pounds off between now and the end of the month, that’ll be 20 pounds total which = 10 per month.  That puts me ahead of where I need to be to hit my goal for the year.  I am not stopping though.  Can’t stop.  Won’t stop.  The goal for this week is to be on point – but still enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Only 88.2 pounds to go!

 

2 – Read 4 books.  

Still working on book #2 In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.

1 down, 3 to go!

 

3 – Canning.  

One of my favorite bloggers is also a canner.  She has this great getting-started-with-canning tutorial, and I took notes from that.  She also has whacks of canning recipes and some of them do not call for garden harvest, like cinnamon anise jelly.  So I took notes (saved links) for those.  The cinnamon anise jelly looks easy enough to be a good starter but that seems like it would be out of season to make and give to someone now.  How long does a jar of canned jelly last?  I don’t know …  I should find that out.

 

4 – Bake a pie from scratch. 

I found a recipe for homemade chocolate crust to go with my peppermint pudding pie filling and I can’t wait to make this Wednesday night for Thursday – Valentine’s Day.

 

5 – Save $1000 cash.  

I lost my debit card (and found it 10 minutes after I had called the bank to cancel it and get a new one sent to me) and had to borrow from my cash to pay at the dollar store.  I had a return that I got cash back for, and then I was charged $12 more at the Fred Meyer grocery pick-up and got that refund in cash too.  So I paid myself back the Dollar Tree money and had some plus taking me to $122 saved.  When I set this particular goal, it was totally random.  No plan for the money in mind.  But then the husband found a deal + used some future cruise credits and booked us a spring break cruise to Mexico in 2020.  So, this $1000 may very well be spending money for that.

Only $878 to go!

 

6 – Self-care. 

 

Loofah.  Nair.  Wax.  Enjoying old-school jams on the way to and from work.  Trekking down to Trader Joe’s in a blizzard to pick up this umami seasoning because new things go out of stock quick there.  We also picked up some pancake bread (because of goal number one, I controlled myself to not even an entire slice).  I enjoyed my Frank Sinatra station on Alexa while finishing Valentine wrapping, crafting, and cards and then moved on to wrap 4 birthday presents for my daughter’s birthday.  In June.  I love to take my time wrapping so that gifts are beautiful, and doing things well in advance takes away stress.

 

7 – Do something with the blog. 

Rollin’ rollin’ rolllin’ ….

 

I’ll catch you here next Monday with this week’s update.

TTFN!

7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 5 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on February 4th, 2019

 

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

 

 

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  

 

 

Oof.  I’m not gonna lie, this week was tough.  We had some family stuff happening, so there was some emotional eating goin’ on.  And I was making Valentine packages for the fam and I may have eaten some York Peppermint Patties hearts.  And some Hershey’s Kisses.  And some mini Kit Kats.  Oh, and yesterday was the Super Bowl.  I actually GAINED WEIGHT this week.  But seeing my progress on the graph above still keeps me drivin’.  I’m kickin’ ass this week.

Only 88.2 pounds to go!

 

2 – Read 4 books.  

 

 

I started reading In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, and it took me back to 6th grade when I loved to read.  I found 2 extra hours to read this week, and I loved every minute of it.  I couldn’t put the book down, and I can’t wait to pick it up again!

1 down, 3 to go!

 

3 – Canning.  

Still in a holding pattern until garden + harvest season.

 

4 – Bake a pie from scratch. 

I added Crisco to my bi-weekly grocery order, so crust is coming …

 

5 – Save $1000 cash.  

Not even a dime this week ….

Only $894.75 to go!

 

6 – Self-care. 

 

Baking.  Cooking.  Loofah.  Nair.  Saturday afternoon nap with my pupper by my side.  And a couple of good cries.

 

7 – Do something with the blog. 

Still goin’ strong.

 

I’ll catch you here next Monday with this week’s update.

TTFN!

7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 4 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 28th, 2019

 

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

 

 

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  

Best. Week. Yet. (In terms of pounds.)  Monday was a holiday, and we went to the Chinese buffet.  That’s all I’m going to say about that.  I did well the rest of the week at work … until Friday afternoon.  There were donuts in the kitchen – and I sit near the kitchen.  I was pretty proud of myself walking by them all day and just looking away.  But then it was 3:30.  And they were still there.  Whyyyyy?  So, yeah; I totally gave in.  And had more than 1 donut.  Saturday was a repeat of last Saturday, but a little better.  We hosted family dinner again.  I did well at breakfast, and at lunch.  I only had 1 dipped chip, and 1 dipped cracker – so I was good on the appetizers.  I started to veer at dinner having a roll and some ice cream soda punch.  And dessert – a small piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream and ice cream.  Some things I shouldn’t have had, but not too much, and I think if you are too restrictive, you won’t stick to it.  My net loss for the week was 6.1 pounds.  

Only 86.5 pounds to go!

 

 

2 – Read 4 books.  

I finished Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing this week.  Next up is In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.

1 down, 3 to go!

 

3 – Canning.  

This is going to have to wait until we plan the garden, plant the garden, and begin to harvest.  I suppose some fruit (or veg) could go on sale before then and I could make something to can earlier than I had anticipated.

 

4 – Bake a pie from scratch. 

Last week I decided that I want to make a pie for Valentine’s Day.  This week I decided I want to make two pies.  So two opportunities to work with homemade pie crust.  I’ll be making a chocolate pie of some sort, and a pineapple buttermilk pie.

 

5 – Save $1000 cash.  

I found a quarter on my desk, and that was it.  

Only $894.75 to go!

 

 

6 – Self-care. 

My son and I went on a shopping spree – to the dollar store – LOL!  While there I decided that we’re going to throw a Valentine’s party and I bought the tablecloths, napkins, plates, etc. and am looking forward to planning that.  Being organized and knocking things off the to-do list makes me feel so good, accomplished.  I finally got all the Christmas wrapping stuff out of my craftroom (I was waiting for this year’s Christmas wrapping paper to arrive from Papyrus) and got much done on the Valentine list.  I also started a box for charitable donations, which included getting rid of about 5 pairs of shoes that I have never worn.  

 

7 – Do something with the blog. 

Well, hello again.

 

I’ll catch you here next Monday with this week’s update.

TTFN!

7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 3 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 21st, 2019

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

1 – Lose 100 pounds.  I think I’ve heard that if you are trying to lose weight, you should only lose 2 pounds per week.  So I guess there’s that.  But because I’ve got a lot to lose, more than that should be coming off each week.  If I’m being real good.  I did good at work Monday through Friday.  And I did well staying on track at my Sunday job too.  My first issue though was Friday night when I got in to some Trader Joe’s cookies we had hidden (and forgotten about) from the holidays.  And then there was Saturday.  Oof.   We hosted family dinner, so I snacked all day as we were cooking, and then at dinner I didn’t eat much of the good stuff, but I did eat way too much of the bad stuff like soda, chips, and cake.  My net loss for the week was 3.9 pounds.  Only 92.6 pounds to go!

2 – Read 4 books.  I should be able to finish Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing this week.  And then I’ll be moving on to a Judy Blume book I have.  I would then need to read 2 more books for the year, and I chose my third: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  My daughter was watching the movie this week, and she had read this book for school in the past.  I had heard the name, but didn’t know what it was about.  I watched the ending of the movie with her (so I already know how the book is going to go), but I’d like to read the book now. 

3 – Canning.  Nothing to report here.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  I’ve decided that I want to make a pie for Valentine’s Day.  And I think I’m going to do a chocolate pie of some sort because I can just make the crust, fill with the chocolate, and then be done.  This will help me master the crust.  Ideally the pie I envision for this goal is one with a crust, filling, and a top layer of crust.  I started a Pinterest board for pie recipes because a goal without a plan is just a wish.

5 – Save $1000 cash.  The pharmacy gave me – and charged me – 2 of the same prescription.  We gave it back, and they weren’t able to put the $20 back on my bank card, so they gave me $20 cash which promptly went in the back of the book where I am keeping my saved cash.  (I really need to find a better place to keep the money.)  Only $895 to go!

6 – Self-care.  I finally gave in and bought myself some new shoes.  I have some black shoes that I wear for work that have a giant hole on the outside of the right shoe.  And when winter comes, and I’m walking in rain and snow, my feet get wet.  I tend to make sure that my family has their needs met before I take care of mine.  But shoes with holes is just not a good thing.  So, I bought some new black shoes, these sparkly silver shoes, and a sweet pair of Vans.  I also dyed my hair and did a face mask.  And, today is a holiday which means a 2-day weekend that I rarely get so more time to do something just. for. me.

7 – Do something with the blog.  I’m still here.

I’ll catch you here next Monday with this week’s update.

TTFN!

7 GOALS FOR 2019 – WEEK 2 OF 52

Posted by Michelle on January 14th, 2019

Hey hey, I’m back today with an update on my goals for the year.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

1 – Lose 100 pounds.   Oof.  Not a good week.  I barely lost another pound.  My dailies were pretty good.  But we have too many desserty sort of things at home left from the holidays and I know about them.  I think about them.  My husband calls it “doing clean-up.”  Yeah.  I have this thing in me that says that I need to finish them off so that I get rid of the temptation.  So finish them off, I did!  The upside to the week though is that I did well at my Sunday job – only eating the food that I brought and not hitting the vending machine.  Only 96.5 pounds to go!

2 – Read 4 books.  I started reading Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing.  I found an hour that I can read every other week.  I almost got halfway through the book.  I can’t say that I’m enjoying it though.  She brags a lot about her success as a coach on The Biggest Loser and it gets to be a bit nauseating.  I’m not really getting anything out of the book or learning anything new.  But I am going to finish it because a girl’s got goals!

3 – Canning.  Nothing to report here.

4 – Bake a pie from scratch.  Nothing to report here.

5 – Save $1000 cash.  I picked up some hours at my Sunday job over the holidays and netted $140.  I gave myself $35, put $35 towards my $1000 goal, and then gave the other $70 to the house.  Only $915 to go!

6 – Self-care.   I worked on some more Valentine’s cards Saturday morning.  I made myself a giant cup of coffee, and put on the Frank Sinatra station.  I have been working only with crafty supplies that I have on-hand because I just have too many things that I have bought or have been given as gifts, and they go unused.  This week I used some little matryoshka cards that I had and stamped them with a Valentine sentiment.  I also sent out 3 (not Valentine) cards – sending real mail makes me feel good.

I trashed my knee at the end of November and just started getting Synvisc injections.  This week was the last of the 3.  They say I should feel better 2 weeks after the last one.  Here’s hoping, because I have been in pain + walking with a cane! for far too long now.

7 – Do something with the blog.  Hi, 2 weeks in a row!

I’ll catch you here on Monday with this week’s update.

TTFN!