I love lists and goal making. And of course there are many many goals/lists that I have running at any given time (project get out of debt, for example, is going REALLY well. hooray!). But with the rise of the new year there is one overwhelming goal for our little family:
As in a physically stronger, thinner, crazy vegetable consuming, only occasional sweet indulging, active family. (Oh and for Evie switch that thinner to packing on the pounds).
I've been really inspired to change by this blog and this book. We do okay right now. Not great. And there are some specific target areas we're taking on:
- Go to the gym 3-5 days per week. I've already become a bit of a gym addict, but a work trip out of town and a stomach bug over the holidays has thrown off my groove. I'm ready to get back.
- Eat vegetables. Every day. Vegetables should cover half your plate at any given meal...still figuring out how to do that at breakfast. Maybe we'll just do more at lunch and dinner to make it up.
- Eat less sweets. We have a real sweet tooth at this house. I don't think it's practical for us to say we'll only have dessert once per week. But we could do some serious portion control -- like when the oreos say a serving size is 3 cookies we should just eat 3 cookies and not laugh at the serving suggestion. I'd also like to see our sweets incorporate fruit more as the main portion (hello apple crisp with extra apples!).
- Active family outings: I really miss the warm weather. As spring comes on I want to do more bike riding, swimming, and park romping. And this year I think we'll also attempt hiking with a 2 year old. Instead of a bike trailer I want to get one of these to put Evie Lou in. I think she will LOVE riding up front with mommy (though she will not sleep like this child pictured, I guarantee it):
- Quitting my job -- this has been on the docket for a long time, but I couldn't be public about it on the interwebs until I'd discussed it with my boss. I'm looking forward to a new phase in my life this spring/summer.
- Back to school -- I'm applying to graduate school, hooray! Staying here in Utah, but a Masters of Public Policy which means plenty of the statistics and analysis classes I love. And a few scary econ classes too. Most courses are at night which allows me to still be home with the munchkin.
- Becoming debt free -- in one year the only debt we might still be working on is an unplanned ER bill and my very small student loan (which will be in deferment anyway due to change 2) and maybe a small amount left on our one car. But no big car loans, no other debt, nothing. And we plan on never going into debt again except for buying our home. After five years of marriage (and an initial debt payoff plan derailed by having our moving van stolen in the first 3 weeks of our marriage) this is a VERY big deal to our family. I might cry tears of joy for weeks, just sayin.
- Moving -- we had thought that it would be buying a home this year but my decision to return to school means that its much more practical to move up to campus family housing for two years than add in a long commute from home to campus. So project buy-a-house is being deferred and we're embracing the cinder-block walls and cheap rent of campus housing.