Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years Resolutions

Are you a New Years Resolutions-kind-of-person? Or do you believe that resolutions, while filled with good plans and intentions, are a waste of time? I straddle the fence on this issue, because for the most part my resolutions are the same every year! However, it doesn't stop me from making a list of what I'd like to accomplish in the New Year. Without further ado, my list for 2012. 

1) Lose weight. Finally (and I do mean finally) I need to lose the weight that is, literally, weighing me down. I have struggled with my weight since junior high school. As I've gotten older (and hopefully, wiser) I have started to see this struggle is physical, yes - but emotional too. Let's face it - eating is enjoyable. Good food is everywhere, and it can be difficult to make healthy choices. I live in the South - life and gatherings are centered around food. This year, I will try to remember that "food is fuel" and treat my body a little better. If I can lose (1) pound every week, I'll be at my goal weight before the end of 2012. My goal is to lose (50) total pounds in 2012. 

2) Exercise consistently. I made big strides in this area during 2011, and plan to continue in 2012. However, during November & December of 2011, I really fell off the wagon in a big way. I'm probably one of the only nuts around who started exercising again during the week of Christmas, but I managed to do it. Not only does exercise fuel weight loss, but it makes me feel so much better - emotionally, mentally, and physically. I sleep so much better, and am not nearly as cranky. It's easier to get up in the morning (huge now that I have to get up at 5:15AM and commute to Pensacola every day). When exercising 4-5 days a week, I stand a little taller - am more confident in general - and feel stronger. My goal is to exercise 4 days a week in 2012. 

3) Spend less money on stuff I don't need anyway. OK, y'all can stop laughing now. Let's just say this: I took a good, hard look at the 2011 spending in my Paypal account. I almost had a heart attack, and am fairly certain the DH would have a heart attack if he saw it. There is no way I would ever admit that $$$ amount online, but I will tell you - it's scary. I'm actually embarrassed by it. Seriously, how many NWT dresses does one actually need in their closet? Now I have to consider things like "Can I wear this to work" when making buying decisions. Hopefully that will help me in my goal, as this will certainly be the area that I will struggle with the most. My goal is to spend 50% less in 2012. Heaven help me. 

4) Save more money. Of course this is somewhat related to resolution #3, but will actually be much easier than it sounds. With my new job, I have a new 401K with an automatic employer match of 6%. I've already signed up to contribute 6% of my base pay (as well as any additional earnings), and with the employer match = cha-ching! Note: if you have a 401K at work and are not participating, make this your year to do so. Especially for those of you still in your 20's, you won't believe how that $$ will stack up when you're barely trying. My goal for 2012 is to work my 401K contribution up to 10% of my earnings. I plan to do this in 1% increments at the start of each new calendar quarter. 

Normally, my list of resolutions is much longer than just four items. But in 2012, I plan to be realistic and make smaller, attainable goals. Please wish me luck, I'm going to need all the help I can get. 

What are your New Years Resolutions?


  1. Good luck with all of these. I'm not a resolutions person in general, but I am trying to lose more weight. Not because it's a resolution, but because I put on so much of it post-surgery when I couldn't move and all I did was lay in bed all day and snack. Then I didn't get cleared to excercise for a long time after that, so I am definitely up way more than I'd like to be from May.

    btw- did you get my email?

  2. I didn't make any this year and I feel fine with it. I just have one big goal, new year or not, and that's the get the entire house finished and under control!

  3. I'm trying to lose 10 more pounds. But instead of making it a year resolution I made it a January resolution, because I need to get it done NOW.

    xx Emily @

  4. I am not big on resolutions per se, but this year I decide I needed to make a few major changes. All of my efforts will be poured into making those changes stick.

  5. These are great resolution! I too am going to ramp up my 401(k) contributions.

  6. GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! Your resolutions are exactly mine too!!

  7. I'm doing a resolutions post tomorrow or next week and am right there with you on the spending part of my resolution. Time to do a major closet clean-out! ;)

  8. Just happened upon your blog today and it is too cute!! I hope you have gotten some down time over the weekend, it is always hard getting used to a new year and a new schedule! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and best of luck with all of your busy days :)
    Twirling Clare


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