I know a lot of people make New Years Resolutions, and then fail. I decided to make some lifestyle changes starting at the beginning of the year, because it’s an easy point to measure from. I don’t want to call them resolutions, because that feels like setting myself up to fail. Besides, these are things that I have been starting the ground work for months.
The changes I’m trying to make are as follows:
- Lose 50 pounds
- Eat Healthier
- Stop Drinking Alcohol
- Exercise More
- Get more serious about my career
- Work on my focus issues
- Get additional training/certification
- Get my finances together
- Curb unnecessary spending
Lose 50 Pounds
This is something that I have been wanting to do for years. I love my body, but it’s not at it’s healthiest. For the last few years my weight has been between 190-200, usually sticking around 195. I really hate seeing that 200+ on the scale, so I’ve been doing a pretty good job of maintaining and not gaining for at least the last 3 years. My goal is to get below 150, and hopefully below 140 eventually. 140 is the heaviest I can be at my height (5’3″) and still have a “healthy” BMI. I have set a couple reward milestones. One of which is to stop drinking any alcohol until I reach <150. I have another set for 175, but that is more of a personal reward, so I’m not sharing that one.
I don’t have a terrible diet, since I have been able to maintain and not gain, but if I want to lose, I need to change it up. I am cutting back on carbs, dairy, and meat, not cutting them out altogether, but I’m trying to only have them at one meal a day. I’m also eating WAAAYYY more veggies. There’s a Farmers Market only 4 blocks from my house, so I’ve started hitting that up once or twice a week. I have started making a weekly meal plan in a new notebook that I am carrying in my purse. I use this for shopping lists, as well as to do lists, so I know I will need a new notebook as the months go on. I’m really hoping that as I make more and more meal plans, healthy eating will become more of a habit, and I won’t need to plan out everything. I’m also using the app LoseIt to track all of the calories I intake. This app is great, because it has a huge library of food, and you scan a bar-code as well. This is synced with my Fitbit, so everything I do gets updated between the two.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
This is mostly a diet related decision. I make bad food choices when I’m drinking, and the alcohol itself is high in calories. I’m still intoxicating with weed (I love living in a legal state), but smoking/vaping doesn’t increase calories. It does give me the munchies, but I’m using healthier munchy options: veggies, fruit, nuts, etc.
I walk everyday already. I don’t own a car, so I mostly bus, walk, and bike, with various rideshares thrown in. I use a Fitbit everyday to track my steps, and with a step goal of 10,000, I was averaging 7,000 steps a day. I’m now trying to hit this goal every weekday, and double it on the weekends. I haven’t met this everyday since the change, but I have more than doubled the number of days I hit my goal in the week. I have started a 30 day challenge with a friend (my abs hella need work), and I’m going to be starting some weightlifting programs in Feb.
Get More Serious About My Career
This is something I never really thought about. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I jumped between so many different career paths and never really committed to a single idea. Now here I am, 33 years old, and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. BUT, I love the company I work for, and I like the work I’m doing. I recently got a job title change, and I want to be able to do the best I can to live up to the new title I have.
Work on my focus issues
I have a really hard time focusing when I’m supposed to be working. I work in a super dynamic environment, with a lot of change happening. This is great, because I can constantly move from project to project. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes I will prioritize the newest thing, and lose track of the other work I should be doing. After doing some internet research (yea, I know…) I think I might have ADHD. This runs in my family, and would explain a lot of these issues. My next steps here are to see a professional for diagnosis and focusing exercises. I’d like to avoid medication if possible.
Get additional training/certification
My new job title has the words Project Manager in it. This has been a little intimidating, and I feel like I’m not going to be able to live up to that title. Especially with no college on my resume. (I did one year at Community College, but dropped out when my dad was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer) There are a lot of certs out there for PMs, and so I want to get some certifications. Both to bolster my resume, and to make sure I am able to live up to the expectations of my position.
Get my finances together
This is pretty general, but I just need to get better with money. I keep a few spreadsheets for all of my finances, but it’s mostly a digital check book. I’m working on getting a monthly budget together, and sticking to it. I’m finding that budgeting for food is my hardest thing right now. I never know exactly how much I’m going to spend to stick with my meal plan. I’m considering a weekly meal service, and I’m trying one week free next week. I’ll decide if the cost is worth the plan after I’ve tried it for that week. The rest of it is impulse control. Like, I know that I don’t need anymore board games off kickstarter, but I want them!
Curb unnecessary spending
This is my biggest failing, but it’s hard to nail down exactly what is unnecessary, because I feel like I need the things I’m buying (even those KS board games). I started this already before the new year, by stopping subscriptions services I was getting. It was all makeup related, and my makeup drawer is now more than full. My next change is to my eating habits. I used to eat out or get delivery 5-10 times a week, and I’m now allowing myself 3/week. This week, I’ve already eaten out twice, and I have 2 more meals planned as out, but this is way lower than it was before. Besides, I was out of town for the 2 that already happened, so I couldn’t make food at home.
Pretty self explanatory, I need to save more money. I have an HSA and a 401k that I make contributions to, but none of that is immediately useful if something comes up. There are a few things that I want to save for (“oh crap,” travel, tattoos, etc), and I’m trying to actually save for these things. The plan is that with no drinking, less eating out, and curbing unnecessary spending, that I will be able to squirrel away what I would have spent on those things.
These lifestyle changes are pretty important to me. I hope that with all of this, I’ll be able to level up a few times, and really become the person I want to be.