Monday, October 29, 2012

Goals Challenge-Day 1

First, I want to take a moment and thank YOU ALL for all the lovely comments you wrote about the story of my brother coming back from Afghanistan. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I tried to reply to as many people as possible, but some didn't have email addresses. It does warm the heart to hear things like that, especially with all the negative press out right now. So I just had to share and I'm so glad I did!

Ok. Back to GOALS.

Today is Day #1.

I already really really really REALLY want the crack juice, aka Mt. Dew, but haven't touched any. This sucks porcupine balls.

Other than that, I plan on going on a walk or doing a video tonight when I get home. So that'll take care of the exercise.

And as far as eating right, I'm going to the store tonight to load up on veggies and fruit and everything.
BONUS!! Ryan shot a doe last weekend while bow hunting so we have fresh venison in the freezer again!!!!! Well, at least we will when the deer is done at the processor. No more buying $36/pound burger!!! No more buying steaks!!! YESSSSS!!!!!

And I'm having left over mashed potatoes today, so no more carbs for me today! I'm going to smoke some chicken breasts tonight to keep in the fridge for salads and stuff, so that'll help cut down the carbs for lunch. I kinda miss my lunch salads, so I'm glad I'm going to get back into them!

That moves me right into my budget. Having all that meat will help out so much on my monthly grocery bill, you have no idea.  I was talking to my counselor the other day about my goal of a $200/month grocery bill and he like flipped out, saying that was way too low. But then I talked to some of my friends and they've been on a lower monthly allowance than that for months, and there's just two of them too. So, I'm sticking with the $200. Basically I'm going to buy a $50 per week and that's all I get to spend on food. That also will be used for toiletries and crap too, btw. I can make this work.

Along with my budget, I wanted to start saving some money. My good friends told me that instead of the $100 a month that I was going to do, that I really need to put away 10% of my paycheck every pay period. So that's what I'm going to do. It's going to be a little more than the $100, but I think I can still manage.

I'm also only allowing myself to eat out for lunch once, every other week, on pay days, so that's twice a month. And as far as eating out at night, Ryan and I have been doing pretty good on staying in. I do my cousin's night every other week, but my cousin and I take turns on buying, so really I'm just paying for that once a month.

And my last goal was water, so far this morning I've got in about 36 ounces of my 72 oz/day goal. This one is going to be easy peezy, especially since I'm not drinking any soda.

Here's a recap of what my goals are:

1. Exercise-Cardio & Weights 4 times a week.
2. More Veggies
3. More Protein/Less Carbs
4. No Soda
5. Save $$/Budget
6. Drink 72oz of Water

Time frame=30 days
Weekly Prize: New book/movie
End Prize: New Black Boots

Record my progress at the beginning of every week.

And I get 2 'cheat meals' per week.

One last note, you'll noticed that I added a Weekly Prize to the list above. My counselor recommended I have some sort of weekly prize that's smaller than my End Prize to keep me motivated. I think that's a fabulous idea, so there are like 3 books I want to read right now, but have been putting off buying them. And I love to rent movies too. So If I complete one week 100%, then I get to purchase one of those books/movies. I know I'm going to make it, so now the hard part is picking which one!

Ok. Here I go.
To conquer the world.
Wish me luck.


  1. And venison is so much leaner for you! I envy your no problem drinking water...frankly I think I could go all day and not drink a thing....bad...very bad

  2. Yummy venison! Your goals all sound brilliant, rooting for you! x

  3. Your goal is totally doable. If you use coupons for your toiletries you'll be amazed how much you can save.

  4. $36 a pound? Holy crap!!

    I think you can totally meet the budget. I know families who have lived on less. I am way too lazy to plan that far in advance but I totally envy you.

    Not eating lunch out will really help with calories and $$

  5. You sound very organized. That means you can do this!! I am behind you.

  6. Yeah! Ryan shot a deer! We should have a party, but then that would kill half the goals. Haha.

  7. Love the weekly goals. That is a fab idea. We need to work out a new bidget... might have to suggest that to the Mr. Thanks for the idea.

    Great goals. Can't wait to hear how you do.

  8. I love the idea of weekly rewards.
    I find that if I am more flexible with myself and buy the products on offer that week rather than specifically x, y and z I get much more for my money.

  9. I like those weekly goals...everything sounds good and doable...I kind of want to know what books you want though..but I'm a book nerd that way :D


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