Cooking more…

One of my goals for this year is to save money by eating lunch at home or packing) at least three days a week. Since my DH and I work less than a mile from home it just makes sense to go home rather than a fast food restaraunt. So, today makes the third day this week that we had lunch at home. Pros: easy, cheaper, less fat and sugar. Cons: I do all the cooking and cleaning. Must plan better so I can relax a bit during lunch. For some reason, there are not a lot of leftovers at our house outside of holiday time. I will work on planning ahead more and cooking ‘double’ when possible.

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Starting the New Year!

Welcome 2012! Last year I bought a book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin that I just started reading. This gave me the idea to use this blog this year as my own Happiness Project. So, while the title will remain the same, the focus this year will be practicing various ways to make my own life happier. In my work, I assist people with their goals and outlining ways to make positive changes. Here, I will do the same with myself.

The first step is to outline your personal goals, and I am breaking mine up over the 12 months of the year. For January, I want to work on: clearing clutter & getting organized, eating clean and making meat-free meals two days/week, and eliminating negative self-talk. I’ll post how I’m doing and add to mu list each month. Let me know what you are doing for yourself to make this year a great one! Of, yeah, in the book, there are several lists of tips for various subjects. On exercise, I love the first three:
1. Always exercise on Mondays
2. Never skip exercising two days in a row
3. Don’t link exercise to weight loss. Exercise for sanity, not vanity.

Looking ahead to 2012

Well, here we are, at the end of another year. Looking back over my journals, I see that there were ups and downs, but definitely more good than bad. That was reassuring. I hope that you find that your year was more positive than it felt. I don’t believe in resolutions, but I do plan goals for every year. This year I’m considering making monthly and weekly goals to keep me focused. With that, I am considering changing the title of this blog so that it is more representative of what I’m focusing on in my life. Anyway, here are my big plans for next year: PR in the half-marathon, run a new full marathon, try a duathalon (bike/run), and continue my small garden. Blogging has been difficult, but I am going to post once a week, sharing my training, challenges, and successes. Happy New Year!