It’s March and My Resolutions are Still Going Strong

Here it is March 3 and we are still FREEZING here in New Hampshire.  At least the latest storm to sweep across the country is missing us by several hundred miles!

Time to check in on my annual goals, you know, those New Year’s Resolutions.  I find that if I hold myself accountable by reviewing them at least once a month, I am much more likely to stick to them, and so here goes:

 

Work and Career:

Learn the basics of coding and learn to build a website either through an on-line tutorial or through a physical class

I’m sorry to say, I did not work on this at all in February 🙁

Post at least twice a month on my professional blog, Grace’s Rantings 

I posted once in February (which was one more time than January).  I really have to work on this!

Update my website

I really have to do this too.  I want to revise the copy a bit and get some new photos taken, as the existing ones were when I weighted about 15 pounds more than I do now!

 

Home and Family:

Train my new puppy

Still working on it.  Just when I think we are making progress, she has an accident in the house.  But I’m not sure it is an accident, that would imply she understands the concept of going outside, which I’m not sure she does…Stay tuned

Paint my downstairs bathroom

Maybe I’ll go get the paint this month so I’ll be ready when the inspiration strikes!  Honestly, I can’t get much of anything done until the puppy is fully trained and I don’t have to keep her in my sight at all times.

Paint my basement steps — See above

Visit with my (grown) children at least every 6 weeks

I had a long weekend ski trip with Kelsey in February.  It was a blast.  The snow was perfect!  But I need to visit with Taylor and Nora sometime SOON, it’s been almost 3 months.

 Take Kelsey to NYC over the holidays — I still have time on this one

Friendships:

Get together with at least 2 friends each month

February was a good month for friends!  I got together with Terri, Martha, Trudy and Jen.  Lots of good food and wine was shared by all!

Write 52 letters in 52 weeks

In February, I sent letters to Colleen B. and Taylor, and I sent Valentines to 8 special people, and birthday cards to 4 relatives with early March birthdays — Nora, Ellen, Kristen and June.  I did my part for the post office this month!

Physical Health and Fitness:

Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week, preferably more!

I exercised 11 times in February (not including shoveling), not as much as I would have liked, but I’m moving in the right direction.

Move my dumbbell weights up  from the basement and do at least 4 sets one exercise them daily!

How hard could it possibly be to carry a set of 3lb, 5lb, 8 lb and 10 lb dumbbells upstairs from the basement and set them up in a quiet corner?  This is definitely a March resolution

Run a 5k in under 24 minutes and/or a 10k in under 50 minutes

I have 2 5Ks and a 5 miler on my schedule for March.  While I won’t make these times, it is another step in the right direction!  And I just realized that a sub 8 minute mile for a 5K is under 25 minutes, not 24 minutes, so I am changing this goal to running a 5K in under 25 minutes!

Run a 10 miler or half marathon in 2014 (or better yet, one of each!) — see above!

Bench Press 4 reps at 75 lbs

I’ve only been to the gym twice this month, so I am not making any progress on this goal!

Participate in the annual Yoga Mala

The Mala was yesterday, March 2. It was great

 Continue to eat a vegan diet, be more diligent about processed foods and restaurant food

Doing well on this, although I recently went to an Indian restaurant thinking it would be easy to find vegan dishes and I found out that they use a LOT of cream and yogurt.  I will have to call ahead next time.

Continue to cut out (or at least cut down on) use of plastic

I had to throw away 2 of my glass containers as they got stuck together!  I didn’t want to force them too much as I didn’t want to end up at the hospital with a huge gash in my hand!  I will have to get some larger containers for all the soups/stews that I make and freeze.

Floss my teeth daily

February wasn’t quite as good as January in the flossing department, but I have high hopes for March!

 

Mental and Spiritual Health:

Don’t fret over or complain about issues; either act to change it or accept it

This is one of those ongoing resolutions…baby steps…

Be grateful every day, keep a gratitude journal/Study more about the Law of Attraction and other philosophies/Meditate daily

 I’ve combined these three into one as they are related.  I am still keeping a gratitude journal on my computer, unfortunately I only had 2 entries in February. Meditation and working with the law of attraction would go along nicely with the gratitude journal.  Hopefully I will develop the habit…

 

Hobbies, Leisure and Organization (yes, organization is a hobby of mine!):

See all the movies nominated for the Academy Awards Best Picture (This was a resolution last year too, and it was fun to achieve!)

Well the Oscars were last night and truthfully I’m not so sure I’m interested in this resolution.

Consistently blog 2-3 times per week on personal blog.

10 posts in February!  The weekly Link Up that I am participating in certainly helps! 

Finish Kelsey’s High School scrapbook (she graduated in 2007!)

I need to get on this.  Let’s see, she graduated in 2007, 7 years ago this June!  I will make this a resolution to accomplish before the end of June 2014.

Organize my vegan recipe book

I am getting closer to getting this done.  I bought a bigger binder, punched holes in all the recipe sheets and have started putting them in the proper sections.  I will definitely have this done by the end of March (as it is all over my kitchen right now!)

Clean out unused items around the house (electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, make-up)

Another on going project, but I am tossing things out…slowly

 

Well in addition to the general, “I will work on this”, I made myself some specific promises for March —

  • Buy paint for bathroom and for basement steps
  • Move my dumbbells upstairs
  • Organize my vegan recipe book

 

 

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