2017 New Year’s Resolution… Number 1

This year I’ve decided to type up my New Year’s Resolutions in separate posts. I like to do a little bit of explaining when it comes to goals and this will help me elaborate each goal without writing a novel! ;)

Resolution #1?

Reduce my/our (sorry, Kyle) unnecessary spending.

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The driving force behind this resolution is that I have been able to pay off debt by limiting our spending and paying off debt is one of the best feelings EVER! I checked my car off of the list back in June and my $30 grand of student loans will be DONEZO come the end of January if everything goes as planned.

We thankfully don’t have other debt (besides our mortgage) after my student loans have been paid off, but why not save our “extra” money for big item, fun things… Like remodeling our kitchen or putting in a pool/larger lanai or a trip to Europe? I’d much rather put my money toward these larger things than spend it on spur-of-the-moment, unnecessary splurges.

So, what do I consider unnecessary?

It totally depends!

Sometimes lunch out is NEEDED for my sanity, but most of the time it is an unnecessary expense.

That “sale” at the outlet mall? Yep, I most likely need to skip it unless I’ve been eyeing something for a LONG time or Dean has no clothes that fit ;)

My super expensive facial care line that I LOVE but that costs me $200+ every few months? *sniff, sniff* I don’t need it.

A pricey bottle of wine at our local liquor store? Maybe needed for a special occasion, but for most days, box wine does the job JUST fine.

Family dinner at a restaurant? HAHAHAHA – We always think this is a good idea UNTIL we sit down and Dean wants to run around. It’s much more pleasant to let him run around, jabbering up a storm at home while we make our own dinner (for a lot less money too!) than to stress about noise at a restaurant ;)

I LOVE a good mani/pedi so it pains me to say these are unnecessary, LOL. They are needed before a vacation or a fun girls’ day out, but (sadly) they are not needed weekly.

Weekly golfing trips during season. Sorry Kyle, not worth the crazy expensive price!

I would say that we already do a fairly good job of keeping our spending in check. I have a monthly budget Excel document that I update bi-weekly so we know where our money is going and can pull back if anything looks out of control. We also (normally) check in with each other prior to larger purchases.

I am excited to continue with this goal into 2017 and see what fun things we can do for our family with our savings!

What is one of your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year. The time of year where everyone is contemplating self-betterment and what they can or should be doing to improve themselves over the next 12 months.

I’m no exception to this rule and even though some tend to give a side eye to us “resolution setters,” I’m a huge believer in fresh starts and there is no better time to begin anew than January 1st!

This year, instead of resolutions, however, I’m referring to them as my 2016 goals. The terms are one in the same but I like the sound of goals better ;)

So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2016… and now that they’re on the internet, they seem much more real!

Oh, and if you’d like a peek back at my 2015 goals, you can find those here. I think I did a pretty good job of accomplishing my list!

1. Grow my personal training business.

As a believer in SMART goals, I know I need to be more specific here, but with a baby and a lot of other things on my plate, I’m leaving it pretty open. Considering the fact that I JUST started my business a few weeks ago, any movement upward will be considered growth! As of right now, I’m leading a Facebook group that is meant to inspire and motivate others to stay/become physically active. I’m also launching my first online bootcamp in January! I had a much larger response than I anticipated so I increased the size of the bootcamp and am excited for it to launch in a few short days.

In 2016, I would like to begin local fitness classes/bootcamps, expand my online training, and really nail down the direction I want to take my business.

2. Make one new (and healthy) recipe per week.

Kyle and I tend to have the same dinners week after week. By the time he gets home from work and I take care of Dean all day, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time cooking! Needless to say, we’ve fallen into somewhat of a rut. I’m excited to put some more pizzazz into our meals and have been hitting up Pinterest and Google for some inspiration.

3.  Remember that friends’ online lives are just that… Their online – not their true, lives.

Also known as, do not compare yourself to what you see online, be happy for others’ successes, take social media posts with a grain of salt.

It is far too easy to get caught up on what we see on social media. There is a lot of boasting and self-encouragement happening – which is fine, don’t get me wrong! – but what we see online isn’t the full picture. Your friend that always posts about their happy relationship probably isn’t happy with their partner 100% of the time. Your friend that is “over the moon successful” in whatever business they’re pursuing is only showing the positive aspects online. I think what I’m trying to get at here is that while I do tend to stay very positive about my life, I shouldn’t compare (or even believe) to what other people post on their social media networks. Comparison is the thief of all joy, right?

4. Save more moolah!

Over the past year, I’ve gotten a lot better at not buying “useless” items. I take the time to think about (most) of my purchases before handing over my cash. I’ve realized that I should be saving/investing the money I am not spending. This year, I’ll continue analyzing my purchases and then putting any extra into savings… or as I like to call it, my rainy day fund :)

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5. Continue pushing myself to achieve my fitness goals.

Beginning on the 1st, I’m cleaning up my diet and getting to work on my fitness plan. I have outlined it in my fitness group, but I want to work on my core (begin to get some definition back post-baby), transition away from modified push-ups, and increase my BODYPUMP squat weight. And I will be training for a race… specifically a half marathon, I just need to decide when and wear!

6. Stay focused on my AdvoCare goals.

A goal about a goal? Ha! Yes ;) One of the things I love most about AdvoCare is that the business is always there and even if you have/want to take a break you can always return to it. I love that the products are safe and effective. I love sharing it with others. I love helping my team. I love being able to focus on it when and how I want as well! But with that requires a lot of internal self-motivation. It’s easy to get sidetracked so I am going to make a point of staying focused in 2016.

I shared the below graphic in last year’s post but it is mostly definitely still relevant in 2016! Here’s to a healthy and happy new year!

2016 Goals


2014 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2014!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe time full of champagne and laughter and friends last night ringing in the new year.

NYE 2014

I definitely did and can’t wait to tell you all about my night! However, that will have to wait until tomorrow because today is for resolution setting.

Yep, I’m one of those that loves to set New Year’s resolutions. Call it corny or lame or whatever you please but I am a big believer in new beginnings and the new year is a great time to reset and focus on what I want to accomplish over the next 12 months!

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1. Read 6 books. I love reading but never make time for it because of work or blogging or working out or just wasting time on my phone. I know I can make time to read 1/2 a book each month and that is what I’m going to do! My mom gave me 2 great books to start with but if you have any other suggestions, I’m always open to new book ideas.

2. Travel. This isn’t really a resolution, it is just something that I like to do and I want to make a point to continue to travel in 2014. A few places that are in the works include: Jamaica, LA (maybe), Spain, Colorado, Las Vegas and Blend (wherever it is held this year).

3. Stop procrastinating. I am not a procrastinator when it comes to most things in life. I like to get stuff done and out of the way unless it is something I don’t really like doing, like the dishes or making the bed… When I procrastinate (or just avoid…) with these chores, I get super stressed out and annoyed that the apartment isn’t clean. In 2014, I want to do the dishes and have the kitchen cleaned most nights so I don’t have to worry about it and have the mess bother me!

4. Run the Chicago Marathon. All I gotta say is that it IS going to happen this year. End of story :)

5. Enjoy the work week. I suffer from I like to call the “workday blues.” I tend to think a day is ruined or that I can’t do anything besides focus on work during the week which definitely doesn’t lead to a healthy work-life balance. In 2014, I’m going to focus on enjoying my mornings before work and my evenings after work! Some ideas I have include cooking a new recipe for dinner, trying a new fitness class, taking Mitchell to the lake (once the weather is nice!), going to a movie or grabbing drinks with friends.

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All of my resolutions are extremely manageable – well, maybe not the marathon, that’ll take some work… and I can’t wait to live a fun, healthy and fulfilling 2014!

Do you set New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are some of yours for 2014?

Happy NYE!

Hello my little Olives!

A quick post today to wish everyone a very happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you have a fun AND safe night and a wonderful 2013 full of healthy (yet delicious!) food, decadent wine, fun travels and fitness achievements :)

Mitchell NYE

Mitchell’s resolution is to bark less in 2013… We’ll see how long he sticks with it! ;) Check out my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!

2013 New Years’ Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again. Oh yes, the time of year when we resolve to do better and be better and look better throughout the next 12 months.

I have always set resolutions for the New Year. I really enjoy thinking about the next year and how I can strive to be a better person. This year, I am challenging myself to maintain my drive and excitement for my resolutions though out the entire year. Let’s see how far I get :)

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Becky’s 2013 New Years’ Resolutions

1. Save at least 3 months of my income (pre-tax and deductions). You never know when an emergency might arise and I am not so great when it comes to putting money into my savings account. I have a serious spending habit so this one is definitely going to be tough for me!

2. Continue CrossFit throughout 2013. My goal is to continue my training throughout the entire year. I am excited to see how CrossFit will change and improve my body and physical fitness!

3. Run 3 races. I didn’t run ANY races this year and am kind of disappointed in myself. The last race I ran was the Monster Dash Half Marathon in October 2011… I am not looking for anything crazy here, (no marathons for me, thanks!) but a 5K, 10K and 10-miler are definitely in my future!

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4. Learn French. I have a bad habit of opening all mail packages that Kyle and I receive, even during the holiday season ;) I may or may not have opened a package from Rosetta Stone with the French education package that I have been longing to buy! Kyle told me if I make it to Level 5 that he will take me to Paris, I think he had better start saving!

5. Stay motivated to continue blogging. I have only been blogging a little over a month so it is still fresh and new and exciting for me. I hope my passion for blogging continues and I can continue to grow my audience and improve my content and photography!

Do you set New Years’ resolutions? What are your 2013 goals and aspirations?

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