We are already 15 days in to 2012, so I figured I better get my butt in gear and post my goals for this year.
Start walking every day
I really need to learn to love exercise and if that fails, I just need to get myself into a routine so it doesn’t seem as awful when I’m doing it. Running, at least for now, is out of the question. I absolutely detest running. I live in a nice community with lots of sidewalks, we have a nice community gym, and I got my mom a treadmill for Christmas so really, I have no excuse. My goal is to walk at least 5 miles every day. I’ve already stopped taking the elevator in the parking deck at work (5 floors to get to my car = 10 sets of stairs to walk) and I hope to end each night knowing I’ve walked at least 10,000 steps that day.
Since we moved into this house in 2004, we haven’t done much with it. My bedroom is painted and in a layout I love and our kitchen is painted and redecorated (backsplash tiles, new knobs on all the cabinets, new faucet, etc) but that is about it. Now that I’ve got a fancy new Hello Kitty fabric shower curtain (first time having a non-crappy plastic one… shhh!) I have the itch to paint my bathroom. I get tired of things pretty easily so after thinking long and hard about a color I wouldn’t get sick of quickly that would go with whatever colors I want, I’ve decided on grey. I need to get some paint samples to see exactly what shade of grey, but I am thinking a lighter blue-grey would be nice.
I have seriously been slacking on reading books, which is a shame because I love to read. Since leaving high school (wow, I feel old saying that), I’ve cut way back on my reading unless it involves a comic book/graphic novel. I absolutely love reading classics, fantasy, science fiction, teen dramas, and dark fiction so I really have no excuse! My biggest problem is that the TV just sucks me in and before I know it, I’ve been watching 10 hours of Kim and Kourtney Take New York.
Cook dinner at least 4 times a week
In order to live a healthier life as well as work on my future Housewife skills (you’ll thank me, future husband), I would like to cook at least 4 nights a week. Meal planning has never been something I’m good with. I’ll go to the grocery store with a few things in mind, but never an entire meal so when I got home, I’d have chicken with nothing else to eat with it. Now before I go to the grocery store, I write down what meat, vegetables, and other side I would like every night. Unlike my mom, I get insanely tired of eating the same things over and over again so I also spend hours searching the internet for possible new ways to cook chicken, marinate steak or season my veggies.
Pack lunch at least 4 times a week
This goal ties in with the one above it. For almost a year, I was eating fast food every single day for lunch while at work. The thought of that honestly makes my stomach turn and I am ashamed of myself for letting it get that way. For the past 2 months, I’ve been bringing my lunch every day and I really want to stick with that through the entirety of 2012. My current obstacle is what to bring for lunch. I have a bad habit of just throwing the same stuff in my bag every day: a turkey sandwich, a few chips, a piece of fruit, and one other snack for later in the day. I absolutely love sandwiches, but it is getting old super fast. I need to start bringing in leftovers from dinner the night before or find something other than a sandwich to bring at least one day a week.
Finish tattoos; start more
Currently I have three tattoos that need touch-ups. One will be for free since I got it done less than a year ago, one will be just refilling in some color that I was lazy about getting done when I got the tattoo a few years ago, and the last one might be pricey because I am going to switch artists to finish up something I didn’t like from the current artist. Before I get any comments about switching artists, the piece is “finished”, I just didn’t like something about it and even when I spoke directly to the artist about it, he acted like he understood but didn’t fix it so I am going to find someone that will. Once I get all of those minor things taken care of, I am going to start on the big pieces on my forearms.
Cut back on sweets and salt
Hi, my name is Laura and I have a sugar addiction. It is to the point of craving sweets every night and when I don’t get my chocolate (or cupcake, or cookie, or ice cream…), you better watch out. I have always prided myself on the fact that I avoid common addictions. I don’t do drugs, smoke, or gamble, I drink maybe once a month (if that) at parties, and I don’t drink soda or coffee. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how heavily I depend on sweets and I swear my ego shrunk 3 sizes that day. So now I am determined to get this under control. I don’t want to cut out sweets completely because I absolutely lovelovelove baking and, let’s be honest, cupcakes and cookies make my entire world go ’round. I also have a tendency to add salt to food I don’t really like to make it taste better, which is terrible. My Gram used to put salt on pretty much everything so I lovingly blame her for this habit. So to complete this goal, I am going to limit my sweet intake to maybe 2 days a week or at least not eat all the cookies and I am going to learn to love vegetables without adding salt.
Save a little money each month
There are many things I want in life. Most of them are expensive, like owning a corgi, get those sexy Jeffrey Campbells, or buying a new car. I have decided I will put a TBD* amount of money away each paycheck so help save for those things.
Learn to finish what I start
I am absolutely the worst at finishing what I start. I have always been this way because my perfectionist side freaks the hell out when I am not amazing at something within .5 seconds of trying it. This is especially apparent in DIY projects. I become so frustrated or feel like it isn’t absolutely the best so I give up. I am also lazy, so finishing books and video games takes me an embarrassingly long time because if I set it down for long enough to become unaddicted, it is so hard for me to pick it back up. Currently, I have 3 half-read books and probably 5 (if not more) unfinished video games. Well, I am sick of it. I want to finish all these half-done projects, finish reading all these books, and beat all of these video games.
I am the most unorganized organizing-lover ever. I swoon over peoples’ planners, the Container Store is one of my favorite places to go, and I am obsessed with making lists, yet I am a disaster. I have wild wires, too many clothes with not enough space, and my shoes are everywhere. My entire house needs to be looked at, room by room, to determine what I need to do to make it the most efficient living space possible. And I absolutely have to stop dumping things in the spare bedroom.
*To be determined
Now that you know mine, what are some of your 2012 goals?