throwback thursday

As April is very close to being upon us, I wanted to reflect on how I am doing with all my resolutions I stated at the beginning of the year (in a post that got deleted when my blog got hacked..), and remind myself of these goals
Here is a recap of what my goals were:

  • Get fit-become more active and hopefully lose 5-10lbs
  • Go back to school in 2015
  • budget more and stay on track with my spending
  • Be more organized and tidy
  • read more
  • get out of my comfort zone more
  • declutter
  • pay off credit card
  • get my nutrition in check-eat better

1) Getting Fit
Honestly, I feel like I’ve been doing really well since the beginning of the year with working out and not taking too many breaks in between weeks of going to the gym. Even like day’s like today, I did a quick leg workout while watching some of Charmed that I’ve been re-watching. It helps that my roommate has been going quite frequently so I’ll go with him. Usually I go 2-3 times a week and already have been noticing a difference, my arms are getting so much more toned (the fastest spot I must admit), my legs are getting definition, and my stomach doesn’t seem to bloat as much (as long as I’m drinking lots of water and eating decently). I may not have lost those 5-10 pesky pounds, yet, but I do seem to be losing some inches and gaining some muscle, which I’m getting proud of and feeling more confident.

2)Going back to school.
While I’m still begrudgingly waiting to hear back from law schools with their decisions, I have already accepted my Postgraduate option for Paralegal for a one year postgrad program, definitely on my way to going back to school regardless of the outcome of law school decisions or not, and I’m looking forward to it.

3)Budget and stay on track of finances.
In the last month I’ve made a personalized budget tracking sheet that meets my own needs more. I like to visualize and see where and when I’m exactly spending my money on to see how much of it is going to what. Although I’m finding some unexpected purchases happening as of late (like a pesky passport renewal putting me back around $150), I’m finding I’m noticing trends better with my spending habits and where I’m spending the most money, and I like it. Especially in the upcoming summer months with not as steady as an income since my job is ending, making rent less affordable at the moment.

4)Be more organized and tidy/5)declutter and stop being a pack rat
This I feel is just a constant struggle for me regardless. Since I’m always on a random schedule, I make more messes than I’m cleaning up as of late. I have been re-organizing and de-cluttering of sorts lately and going through some items of clothing that I know I haven’t worn in about a year to try and take them home to my mom to see if she wants them/my cousin wants them. Still hard for me, but am trying more and more lately.

6)Read more.
Since the start of 2015, I’ve read quite a few books. I would say upwards to about 12-15 books at the moment have been read (and possibly have not tracked that I’ve read them..). I’m trying to find more novels that make me think again, since I miss that about school, thinking about what I’m reading and reading in between the lines of what the authors are trying to convey. One author lately I want to read more of is Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn. I have a huge to be read list, and I’m definitely going to be doing some re-reading of novels that are sitting in my parents basement once I go home next weekend to grab some books. I’m really trying to limit my spending on novels but it’s a hobby I will gladly fork some money into since I tend to re-read a lot of my novels.

7) Get out of my comfort zone more.
Two things I want to accomplish/try for 2015 is definitely Zip-lining (even though the ones around here aren’t ‘the best’ ones to try, so I’ve heard) and some yoga. I’ve been saying for months how I want to try it, blah blah blah, but I haven’t had the courage to actually go on my own and try a class by myself. I’m hoping one day soon I actually go.

8)Pay off my credit card.
I feel as though I’m not getting very far with this one ever. I had it down to about $600 but then we bought Shania Twain tickets in June as a make up thing for me since we missed out on a previous free concert we were supposed to attend but didn’t. As well, my parents used it and then that pesky passport renewal money has to go towards that instead of paying down more of my credit card. I can only hope I can keep it down and not use it when I go back to school so I can put even tiny amounts towards paying it down in the future, but it also depends on my jobs in the upcoming months.

9) Eat better.
I’ve been doing just okay at eating better. I notice I eat a lot of carbs, but I’m trying to focus on eating more veggies more consistently and I find that I’m starting to bounce back from my ‘cheat’ meals a lot better. I do have my cravings but I manage them better, and don’t go on binges that last weeks at a time lately. Slowly, but surely, I am starting to grasp my eating habits more.

How are your resolutions coming along? Do you need a reminder on what you’ve intended to accomplish for the year? Are you failing at any of  them and have given up? Let me know!