This year my new Year’s resolutions centred around one basic theme:
I HAVE TOO MUCH
- too much extra weight
- too much debt
- too much stuff
So I set resolutions in an effort to “Trim the Fat”:
- Lose weight (10-15lbs) by running 4 times a week, completing a 10K and maybe even a 1/2 marathon.
- Reduce our debt – get a line of credit to pay off credit cards, cut the cards up and begin to make some big payments!
- Have a garage sale and sell all of the baby crap and clutter!
- Work harder at work – ask more questions, get involved and do more!
Now that it’s February, most people have long forgotten the resolutions they made (if they even bothered to make any). But this year I’m keeping mine. Want proof?
Last month, according to NikePlus I ran 11 times – though my training journal at sweat365.com disagrees (it says I ran 10 times) and I would further disagree – I distinctly remember that I ran twice without my iPod and therefore not getting credit for my run, so make that 13 times. (Hopefully next month I’ll do a better job of tracking my runs).
According to my Wii Fit I’ve lost a grand total of 3 lbs. This totally sucks – I ate really healthy, said no to cake and ran more this past month than I did all of last year. Which means I totally have to step this up by adding more. More running, some swimming and some core strengthening. Which is why I set this month’s goal on NikePlus to run 16 times, which is in line with my resolution. I’m also going to swim 2 nights a week, Monday and Wednesday nights, so you may see less of me on here as I strive for there to actually be less of me. Before I cuddle up to my laptop boyfriend I will spend some time doing some core strengthening (I may have to visit some fitness websites for some ideas).
My second resolution was to decrease our debt. What I didn’t mention is that my hubby and I haven’t filed our taxes since 2003. Yes – you read that right – I said 2003. Now you would think the government would be all over us like a fat kid on a smartie (an M&M for all you American folk ’cause apparently you don’t know what the f–k a Smartie is), but they aren’t. Yes the government generally leave you alone when they owe YOU money. Unfortunately filing taxes from past years is a royal pain in the arse. So I called up Intuit, those kind folk who make QuickTax and asked where I could buy QuickTax 2004, 2005, 2006, & 2007. Intuit is one kick a$$ company because you know what they told me? They said if I buy QuickTax 2008 and provide them with my order # they would provide me with the download links and activation codes for ALL of the software that I need! Yes INTUIT YOU ROCK! So that’s what I did and now I’m the proud new owner of QuickTax 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008!!! Happy Dance! So guess what? i have a hot date with my laptop boyfriend this weekend to do our taxes and then send away for the oodles of cash the government owes us (I estimate this to be in the ~$5,000.00 range). Not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but enough to make a bit of a dent in our debt. I’m well on my way to accomplishing resolution #2.
Resolution #3 was to get rid of the baby crap – unfortunately yard sales in 4 feet of snow don’t do well so that resolution is on hold until Spring (though i hear Spring will be coming soon ’cause our good friends the groundhogs saw their shadows this year).
Resolution #4 was to work harder. I’m happy to say I wasn’t late for work even once last month (and that’s sayin’ alot ’cause we sure have gotten a shitload of snow this month). I’ve even registered for a college night school course in my field. Every Thursday night I get to spend 3 hours being bored to tears and discussing “Supply Chain Management” with 8 of my peers. My class started last week and I’m already behind on my homework (my text book that I ordered online hasn’t arrived yet). Sigh.
Yes – with 1 month down this year, and eleven more to go, I’m off to a great start. How are you doing with your resolutions?
Thanks for stopping by!
-Janice aka @momontherun
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