Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 goal assessment

I've been enjoying blogging again- granted this is week 2 in my 2-week vacation from work so I've had a ton more free time but I think blogging with more frequency should be a new goal! 

Speaking of goals...

With February coming to a quick close I thought I'd take a look at what I want to achieve in 2010:

Workout at least 3 times a week in January; move up to 4 times a week in February
        I'm wavering between 3 and 4 times a week.  I definitely dropped the ball in this department at the end of January and the beginning of February due to the move.  I say needs improvement!

Run 1 mile without stopping by March 1st
        Not yet.  I think this goal may have been too ambitious.  I'm going to amend this goal to April 1st.  We'll see what happens...
Move up to Level 2 of 30 day Shred by March 1st
        Fail.  I have not done even level 1 of the 30 day Shred since December.  I should get back on track- the 30 day shred is fun but brutal!

Healthy Eating
Bring lunch to work at least 3 times a week
        Success!  When I am in the office I designate Monday as "eat out day" and bring my lunch the rest of the days.  When I'm working out in the field it's a little more difficult to bring my lunch but I tried it last time I was out and it was fine.  It just depends on who's on my team I think.  I give myself an A+ on this one!
Plan menus for the week on Sunday
        I've been doing pretty good with planning out our meals.  Sometimes they change but it's definitely helped us cut down on the amount of food we waste.

Cook 1 new meal a month
        Considering I ate out almost the entire month on January I'd say I'm not off on the best foot with this goal but pledge to do better next month!

Stick to budget for 3 months (January-March)
        So far so good!

Save 20% of paychecks
Build up 3 month emergency fund 
        Fail.  But I should start on this soon.  As in ASAP.

Eat out no more than 15 times per month
        I know 15 times sounds like a lot but considering that in December I ate out 25 times, 15 was cutting back!  In January I ate out 19 times and so far for February I've eaten out 15 times.  We are getting ready to go on a trip where we will be visiting our fav restaurants so...  Needs improving but have definitely cut down!

Personal Growth
Read 1 book every 6 weeks
        I just finished a historical novel by Phillipa Gregory that was pretty good (I got it some time in January) and am starting to read Shutter Island.  I got the book for free when we went to a sneak peak for the movie!  I'm only 12 pages in but I liked the movie so much I'm sure I'll like the book!

Join some sort of social group
        Does my 12 week 5K training group count?  

Overall I'd say I'm doing pretty good with my goals.  My fitness goals definitely need some attention but since I added the 12 week training program I'd say I'm almost on track.  I do want to start up the 30 day shred again!  I'm doing well on my healthy eating goals as well as my financial goals.  I plan on opening a new ING account for my emergency fund this week and it's still not too late for that new meal for February!  

How are you doing on your goals/resolutions? 


  1. Kudos to you for being so honest with where you are with your goals! Many people don't write them (whereas I feel like I have written them out and posted all over the place!) so it's nice to see someone who has as well.

    I love ING--I have two money market accts and a stock portfolio through them and have been veru happy with the service and rates they give me.

    Goal wise-I am doing well...still puting away 12% of my pay to 401K, contributing to my savings accts, not using my credit cards and trying one new recipe a wk. Fitness wise, I didn't have any set goals except the 5K in March.

    I am envious of you eating out wise though-I maybe eat out twice a wk and wish I could more!! Have you tried various meetup.com groups that serve your interests? I belong to a few and it's a great way to do stuff you like, network and such!

  2. @simplyshaka

    It sounds like your goals are moving right along!

    ING is the best! I don't work for them or anything but it's a really great bank!

    I get really tired of eating out. I travel out of town a ton for work so that's where most of my eating out comes from. But moving really threw cooking out the window since I packed everything and then had to unpack once I moved. I'm the worst mover! Plus eating out makes it harder for me to make healthy choices and to stay away from alcohol!

    I should give meetup at try- I peruse the site but nothing seems to jump out at me or the groups seem so big. Next time you meet with a group from meetup you should post about it!