Mid Year Resolution Gut Check

I’m a little astounded that we’re halfway through the year already. It feels like Christmas was a few weeks ago — how has the summer gotten here so fast?

I figured it was about time to give myself a little look in the mirror and see how I’m doing with my resolutions.

1) Re-introduce weights.
I could be doing so much better with this. I love lifting. I just need to remind myself of that. This month, I’m re-introducing it in manageable, baby bite sized chunks. Then, next month I’ll add a little more. I want to be toned and feel great come September for the half (more on that in a minute) and our beach trip.

2) Run a half marathon. 
I signed up for this race! Yes, I actually did it! And, to boot, I got my husband and two good friends on board as well. I’m registered, we have a hotel room, I’ve got a training plan, and dammit I am going to do this!

3) Vary my reading.
I’ve been doing pretty good with this little goal. I’m realizing that I’m definitely better at knocking out non-fiction as opposed to classics. That’s a pity because there are so many classics I want to read. I’m hoping that having a Kindle (and free access to a lot of these books) will improve my classics record.  Don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads! I love stealing book ideas from people. 🙂

4) Write letters.
I did pretty well with this for the first few months. Then, I got a few letters back and saved them with the intention of responding. They are still sitting in my cubby of the living room table. Whoops! I’ll work on sending some post cards from my trips this summer!

5) Get student loans under $X.
This is going very well. We are chugging away. I did some calculations yesterday about how much we’ve paid off in the (just under) two years we’ve been paying on the loans. I am astounded by how well we’ve done. Definitely on track here to meet my goal and pay off the loans before this time next year!

6) Cook!
Doing very well here too! Hubs and I have definitely been entertaining a lot. I’ve been picking a lot of our recipes for our meals and am generally starting to feel very at home in the kitchen!

7) Stop wasting time.
I gave up Facebook for Lent and that helped with this for a while. Lately, I’ve found myself killing time again lately. Refreshing facebook, twitter, and news sites. Re-checking blogs that I just looked at. Mindlessly watching TV that Hubs has on. I’m trying to avoid these time sucks but by the time I realize what I’m doing sometimes, I’ve wasted half an hour! Must stop wasting time! 

I’m satisfied with that. Looks like 3 goals could use some improvements and 4 are coming along swimmingly! Thankfully no huge failures on the horizon here! How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions?


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2 responses to “Mid Year Resolution Gut Check

  1. That is quite the progress! And to run a half-marathon is no piddly goal! (I, personally, would rather swim through shark-infested water wearing a meat suit than participate in a running event. But I hate running =\ ) However, I have great respect for anyone who can do that. So kudos!

    Sad to say, I didn’t (consciously) make any New Year’s Resolutions. But, when I think about, there have been things that I’ve said, “Yes, this year, it’s going to happen.” One of those things would be to have a successful art/craft fair. I’d like to be able to get my name out as a legitimate artist/crafter and sell a good amount of wood-burnings, paintings, and photos. So far, so good. I’ve bought the supplies I need to mat my photos and other miscellaneous things. I’ve signed up for a show in October and December, and they’re promised to be big shows.

    Another goal is to enter in the MN State Fair Fine Art Competition. And actually be chosen this year! Two years ago didn’t go so well… and it took me two years to get over it and try again. I have the photo(s) I want to enter ready to go, I just need to frame them. Registration is due July 11, so I have a little time yet, and the Fair is the last week of August.

    My last goal, and this is a big one, is to buy a house. Yes, this year. I’m going to stick with three goals, I think, because this last one may be a little tricky on my salary alone, but by golly, I can do it. I already have $13,000 saved since last August.

    Thanks for this post! I loved hearing about your goals and how well you’re doing on them, as well as allowing me to introspect on my own goals.

  2. Wowza – you’ve done so much already! Great job – so exciting that you’ve already signed up for a race! I’ve been enjoying reading about your book suggestions and workouts, too – keep it all up!!

    I’m plugging along – i’ve done a lot of things I wanted to do this year – but have so much more to do, but i’m excited about it!!

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