happy new year!

Well, here we are.  January 1st, 2014.  I’ve never been huge on resolutions, but this year has to be better than last year.  So I’ve set some goals for myself, as stated in my last blog post.  Anyway, as a refresher, for 2014, I’ve decided on the following as some small goals.

  • 50 Books Challenge
  • Care more about my appearance
  • Drink 64 oz of water (at least) daily
  • Take a walk every day

Today, I started the first 3.

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I downloaded Waterlogged onto my iPhone a few days ago, which has helped me keep track of how much water I’m drinking.  I really need apps like this, or else I’ll never keep up with it.  So far, I’ve made it to 64 oz + every day since the 28th of December.

I started reading I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, to start off my 50 Books in 2014 challenge.  I attempted to read this book last year, but couldn’t get into it.  I am so completely determined this year, that I wanted to read this one all the way through.  Basically, I just found the first 40 pages or so boring.  I’m about 140 pages in right now, and am actually loving it.  If any of you are avid readers, or are doing the 50 Books Challenge, you should add me on GoodReads! Keep me motivated, and give me suggestions!

I bought mascara, since that is the first step of me caring about my appearance.  I didn’t actually wear it today, but I barely got out of bed.  I’ll wear it tomorrow though.  And take a photo to prove it!

I made a few sales on eBay today, so I was able to purchase some new shoes.  Once those come in the mail I’ll be able to start walking every day.  I’m honestly not making excuses, I don’t think that walking for an extended period of time in wedges or flip flops is a good idea.  I’m really excited though, I love sneakers.  This will be my first new pair in over a year, which is almost unheard of in my life.

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Tyler bought me the Nike+ Sports Watch GPS for Christmas, and these shoes will be compatible with the sensor, so if you want to add me on Nike +, you can do that as well.  I can’t say I’ll be running miles or marathons anytime soon, but progress is progress right?

So that’s where I am now, and I’ll post progress photos every now and then so you guys can keep tabs on me, because I know you’re dying to know how it all works out.

until next time,

j

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new year resolutions

How many of you have done this?  Come up with a list of resolutions, and then given up halfway through January?  Just me?  WELL.  This year, I am going to make a bigger effort to stick with my resolutions.

#1.  50 Book Challenge

I’ve never been huge into reading.  Every now and then I’ll find a book I really like, and I’ll read it in 3 days.  Then the next book bores me to death, or frustrates me, and I stop for 3 years.  I’ve asked my friends, and Instagram followers for book suggestions, and I think I’ve got a pretty good bunch to start with.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment and let me know.  Also, this is one of my bucket list items!  Which makes it even more important I stick with it.

#2.  Drink more water.

I quit drinking soda 2 months ago, and I’ve been good about it.  REALLY good about it.  It’s been a lot easier than I thought, however, I want to make a conscious effort in drinking my 64 ounces a day.  With the help of the iPhone app Waterlogged, I’m going to do it!  It’s really great, allows you to track exactly how much water you’re drinking.  At work I have a 32 oz bottle, and the app let me add a photo of it, and I can track if I drank 1/2 of the bottle or 3/4 or whatever.  Then when I’m at home, I drink from a normal 16.9 oz bottle, and I track that as well.  It’s really pretty great.

#3.  Care more about my appearance.

I know that some of you know me, but a lot of you don’t.  I’m known for dressing like a prepubescent boy.  Hoodies, jeans and sneakers.  This is my every day wardrobe.  If I could wear this to work every day, I would.  Seeing as my financial situation isn’t going to allow me to chuck my entire collection of hoodies and buy nicer things, I’m going to start with mascara.  I own one tube of mascara, and it’s brought out probably twice a year.  Meaning, the tube I have is probably disgustingly outdated.  So I guess I’ll buy a new one of those.  But the point is, I’m going to wear it every single day.  I’ll try to work my way up to eyeliner or something, but I’m not making promises on that one.  Just the mascara.

#4.  Family time.

This past year, I’ve realized that I take my family for granted.  After my mom passed away, all of the would have, could have, should haves.  It’s eating me alive.  So, instead of dwelling on that, I’m going to make more of an effort to make sure my family doesn’t feel that way.  I’m going to start with 3 things.

A.  Family game night.  Calista got a bunch of games for Christmas, so once a month, we’ll all play games for a few hours.  We used to play games a lot, and we had a lot of fun.  We need to get back to that.

B.  Family movie night.  Between the 3 of us, we have quite a large selection of movies.  We usually watch our movies separately, at different times.  Once a month, we’ll get a movie, some snacks, and veg out on the couch.  Sounds perfect to me.

C.  Reading with Calista.  Every night she reads for 30 minutes before going to bed.  I’m going to join her with that, which will obviously help with my 50 book challenge, but it’ll be good for us to have that quiet time together as well.

#5.  Take a walk every day.

Pretty much self explanatory.

So those are the resolutions I’m going to stick with this year.  All year.  You all can hold me accountable.  MOTIVATE ME!

Do you have any resolutions?  Let me know how your experiences with resolutions have worked for you in the past!