Thursday, March 31, 2016

Resolution and Goal Update : March

Happy April everyone! It's already time to go over my goals and how I did this month.  To be honest, this month I didn't really pay attention to my goals that much.  It was a stressful month and I felt like I always had my mind on other things and was running around a lot, so some of my numbers are a little lower which is fine. I can't expect every month to be fantastic!  Let's just hope that April is a better month :)

Each month, I'll go through each goal area and talk about my progress on each resolution.  If there's a "+" by the resolution- that means I was successful that month!  If there's a "-", unfortunately I missed the mark.  Some of my goals are more of a year-long thing, so until I complete the entire goal (for example saving $15,000) I'll have a "-" (which is why none of my fitness goals have a "+").  I'll give you a quick update on my progress though, and hopefully there will be a "+" before the end of 2016!

Enough chatting for now, let's get to my monthly resolution update for March!  Let's start off with a visual of my goals, then move into the detail.






Financial Goals

+ Spending freeze until my birthday (June 28)
Still going strong - halfway there!

+ Save reward money (Discover, EbatesIbotta) for entire year


- Save $15,000 in my joint account, $6,000 alone
saved $1640 in joint account, $500 in personal account.
for the year, I have $7619 saved in joint account (50% of the way to my goal!), and $1500 in personal (25% of the way to my goal).

- No fast food, coffee shops, restaurants, bars
broke twice this month :(

+ Get a library card

+ Run commute at least once a week when it's warm
I went twice in March!


Fitness Goals

- Run 1200 miles
January miles : 95 miles
February miles : 122 miles
March miles : 102 miles

+ PR in two distances
15 miles : 2:13:46
Half Marathon : 1:54:34

- Run 20 races
0 races in January
1 race in February (read my recap here)
1 race in March (read my recap here)

- Swim 1,000 yards without stopping
I ended my gym membership in March, so I'm going to put this goal on hold until I get a new gym membership!

- Bike 20 miles without stopping
No biking this month

- Try out 4 new workout classes
#1 - Group Core


Health Goals

+ Get regular check-ups
Had my annual physical and biometric screening in March!

- Clean up eating habits
Not a very good month for healthy eating in March.  Time to get back on track!

+ Take vitamins and supplements
Calcium, Vitamin D3, Omega3 Fish Oil


Personal Goals

+ Declutter 10 items each month
March items : 2 pairs of shoes, 3 belts, all of my nail polish (don't even remember the last time I painted my nails!), sent a bag of clothes to Thred Up (referral link)

+ Set up cleaning schedule
See my post here!

I also added this to my Bullet Journal which has made the process much easier to stay on track.


+ Monthly cooking challenge
January Whole30

February : 4 Ingredients Gluten Free

March : Share 4 recipes on blog
Spring Rolls
Avocado Egg Salad
Brownie Batter Energy Bites
Turmeric Tea 

April : Spend less than $200 on groceries
This is going to be a big challenge, but I want to cut my grocery bill a lot this month!


Blogging Goals

+ Improve photography
Working on it!  Here are shots from my energy bites post
and my S'mores post.  I can already see a huge difference!


- Write an e-book
In progress!

- Get over 15,000 40,000 views in a month
January views : 12,797 
February views : 36,828
March views : 15,500

+ Start to earn money
January : $22
February : $31.22
March : $20

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Other accomplishments this month:

+ Got an offer accepted on a house!  Whoo!

+ Started a bullet journal





How are you doing on resolutions?
Did you have any major achievements in March?
Any big plans for April?

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27 comments:

  1. GAH those smores. I'm doing pretty well with my priorities (which you know what my focus, rather than goals). More to come on that! GREAT job with your goals!

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  2. you rocked the month!! i need to get a library card. i've lived here 6 years and haven't. i just use the one the kids i nanny for have. how embarrassing, right? hehe

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    1. Thanks Elle! Girl get a library card! Haha one day the kids might withhold it from you!

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  3. Actually just shared my race schedule on my blog today- I should've wrote more about my goals but one of my big ones is to PR on a half this year, two spring half marathons on the agenda but coming off an injury. The S'mores pics look great- that's definitely a big blog focus of mine for the year- to improve photography. Congrats on the house offer- can't wait to hear more!

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    1. Those are all awesome goals Jessica! Going to check out your race schedule now :)

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  4. Sounds like a good month! My friend has a bullet journal and loves it! Glad you had a good month last month blogging!
    Hope to see you at the Best of the Blogs linkup today!

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  5. I get so excited for these posts! I love seeing how you're doing on your goals and it's always motivating for me to work a little harder on mine. Congrats on getting your page views to goal for the second month in a row! That's fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Gina! I was happy to see my views are still over my original goal (without the boost of the Whole30 facebook giving me a shoutout!)

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  6. Congrats on the house!

    And I'm way too excited about your grocery shopping goal of under $200. I usually get away with $120 for just me, but that usually includes plenty of splurges. So I KNOW you can do it for under $200! I'm planning a mini series about some of my shopping habits & meals that are tasty but cost effective. So, let me know if you need any help!

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  7. These posts are really cool. I was going to say that I didn't make any goals but I just remembered that I actually did! After I hurt my back at Christmas time, I resolved to strengthen my core, so I've been doing crunches and push ups nearly every day since then. I have built up from 30 push-ups to 100, and 50 crunches to 200.

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    1. That's amazing! I need to work on that this month. I think I'll add that to my tracker in the bullet journal!

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  8. It sounds like you're making great progress on your goals! I always like to read these goal update posts from other bloggers because it motivates me to get going on my own goals. Big plans for April? My bridal shower!

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    1. Yay!! I hope it goes really well and you have a blast :)

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  9. Less than $200 on groceries for a month? That's an awesome goal! You'll need to share your secrets. I spend usually $100 a week on Ryan, not counting beer/wine. I think that's good but I'm always looking to do better.
    Congrats on your house!!! That's so exciting and is a huge achievement.

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  10. I love these posts! Great job on all your goals! That's an awesome grocery shopping goal. April is a month full of weekend traveling and some (hopefully) fun races!

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  11. I agree, you MUST spill how you achieve <$200 in groceries next month. Inquiring minds want to know! You are doing a great job on all your goals, especially all that reading and the financial stuff. The year is still so young, too, so you will accomplish a lot! What is your e-book about?

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  12. This was the most intense and detailed goal post I've ever seen! LOVE IT! Can you come help me meet my goals and plan out my life? ;)

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  13. I think it's awesome how transparent you are with your goals. That is something I am looking at doing as well. I was never that "goal oriented" but I feel like lately I need to be...I've been all over the place.

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  14. GIRL you continually impress me with your blogging and all of these goals! Seriously, this all looks amazing!!

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  15. seriously you are just a goal killing machine! twice a month for fast food or whatever is not that bad, i mean i know you still broke it, but not as bad as i do when i break goals lol. how'd the thred up experience go? i have never sent anything to them. i would love to get our grocery bill down so i can't wait to see how you do that!

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  16. Ohh it'd be so hard for me to not go out for coffee!!

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  17. Bullet journaling looks so interesting! Do you have a post on it (or plans to do one?) I made a goal to trail run once a month and do yoga twice a month, and unfortunately didn't make those happen in March due to half marathon training---but another goal for 2016 was to run a half marathon, so it's a somewhat fair trade off.

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  18. You are a total rockstar! I love seeing your goal updates - you are seriously killing it! So glad you're liking your bullet journal. :)

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  19. I love your goals and I love the way you're recapping them!!
    I think I need to adopt a daily cleaning schedule since I'm very lazy when it comes to cleaning and tidying.

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