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WIAW #32 & Goals for 2013

Posted Jan 09 2013 12:04pm

Hello there! Happy Wednesday :) I am in a great mood for some reason today (maybe because it’s already hump day and I have some awesome weekend plans?! Maybe it’s also because of the huge cup of tea I just drank? Hm. Maybe. Lol.) But I apologize in advance if I seem overly-cheery. Although on second thought, what’s wrong with that?

But since it is a hump day and all, you know what that means…it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday!

Yayy! Thank you Jenn for hosting such a fun blogger linkup every week so that we can all get together and talk about food. Because, who doesn’t like talking about food, right? :)

Ok so let’s jump to it! Here’s what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast

For breakfast I had 1/2 cup of Fiber One original cereal (measured out for precision, because otherwise I would have eaten way more than this!) with skim milk and blueberries. I also had a banana on the side. This is a new-to-me cereal that I have been trying out and so far, so good! I am also just a huge fan of cereal in general so I’m pretty easy to please. Bring on the cereal!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 4

Lunch

Yesterday’s lunch was pretty typical around these parts. In the mix was regular turkey breast (a new grocery store I went to didn’t have reduced-sodium turkey, womp womp) on a sandwich thin with American cheese and mustard. On the side I had some baby carrots and hummus. BTW I found these cute portable dip containers at The Container Store and I have been using them to bring hummus to work! It’s so much cheaper than buying the individual packs, which is what I used to do. I honestly don’t think there is any snack more delicious and satisfying than carrots and hummus. Seriously. So good.

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 9

Snack

Fabio and I have a ton of fresh fruit in the fridge leftover from when his dad came to visit (his dad loves having fresh fruit on hand so we wound up buying a lot!) and we have been trying to use it up all week. I have to admit it’s been really nice to have such a wide variety of fresh fruits available, since usually all I have are apples, bananas, and the occasional clementine when they are in season (I usually only keep berries in the freezer). Unfortunately it’s too expensive for me to have this kind of fruit on hand all the time, so I have to take advantage of it when I can! Awesome snack.

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 0

Dinner

For dinner I enjoyed a small piece of steak that we’ve had in the freezer for a while (Fabio took it out of the freezer over the weekend so I could use it to ice my ankle lol so now we had to use it up!). I hardly ever eat steak (or any red meat for that matter) unless I’m out at a restaurant, so it was really nice to enjoy this wholesome meal! On the side I had some potatoes roasted in olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. This is definitely my favorite way to eat potatoes! I also had some brussels sprouts and broccoli that I cooked in a skillet with some red onion, olive oil, salt, and pepper. So delicious! I made sure to keep my portions for the steak and potatoes small and really load up the veggies. Such a great dinner!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 9

Dessert

After dinner my sweet tooth was ravaging (psh, what else is new) so I ate a delicious chocolate chip cookie that I made recently. They are made with a secret ingredient that keeps them pretty light in calories, so this cookie made a great sweet snack (hint: it’s similar to this recipe and this recipe ). I promise to share the recipe with you guys soon!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 3

Daily Total Weight Watchers Points Plus: 25

Daily Activity Points Earned: 1

Daily Activity: Since I can’t do any high-impact workouts because of my ankle, I’ve been taking it easy on the workout front. Instead of my usual workout, I did some strength training exercises while watching TV. I worked out my biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, and abs. (Tonight I’m planning to tackle lower body).

I only gave myself one point for this because it wasn’t a very intense workout. However, I did reach my daily goal on my pedometer (took 10,325 steps, walked 4.2 miles) which at least means I was pretty active during the day and walked around a bit. Better than nothing!

Although it’s already the 9th of January, I have yet to talk about any resolutions for 2013. This is mostly because I wanted to make sure that I really thought everything through and didn’t post a bunch of lofty ideas that I knew I could never stick to.

Now that I’ve had some time to think it all over, I am finally ready to write it all out and commit to some aspirations that I will try to accomplish throughout the year. Also, I should point out that these are not so much “resolutions” that I want to stick to, as goals that I want to accomplish. Hopefully by phrasing them this way and setting a firm benchmark for myself, I will be able to measure whether or not I was successful at the end of the year. So, here goes!

1. Add at least $1,500 to my savings account. In terms of finances, I am generally doing fine. I make money, I spend money. I have emergency backup money in case I need it. I’m sitting on a small comfortable little pot, and I don’t generally have to worry about needing money. I’m not in debt, and I’m a lot better off than a lot of people.

That being said, I recently did a little math to see how much I would need to start saving a month if I eventually want to be able to put a down payment on a house. Like, years from now when I’m married. Know what I found out? I’d need to start putting aside $500 a month in order to do that by 2020!

Okayyy so that sounds a little scary. And hopefully I’ll get a few promotions in between now and then so it won’t be so bad. But it did shock me into realizing that I need to stop spending so much and start actually saving more than just a comfortable little nest egg. So, by the end of 2013 I hope to have at least $1,500 more saved up. Let’s all please pray to the Gods of Mint.com to help me.

2. Run a half-marathon. While it’s all well and good to say “continue to lose weight” or “continue to work out,” I can’t measure that. I can’t look back in a year and see whether I continued to do something. Of course I want to do those things, but I also want to achieve something more specific. I thought about losing a certain number of pounds, but I don’t really need to do that. Instead, I set a concrete goal for myself to run a half marathon during 2013. Period. In addition to that I will obviously keep eating well and exercising, but this is a big milestone I hope to be able to cross off my list. I’m hoping to complete one around Central Park in NYC with my aunt and uncle, but it’s not set in stone yet (come on New York Road Runners’ Club , get your summer schedule up!!). Wish me luck! And of course, I’ll share all the details with you guys along the way.

3. Get Jack to stop jumping up on people. I realize that this sounds really silly. However, my dog has a lot of energy and he is a big ‘ol loving pooch, so when someone pays a little extra attention to him (either by petting him or talking to him or something) he gets all excited and sometimes jumps up on them. I don’t mind this and neither does Fabio, but that’s because he’s our dog and, like proud parents, we’re a little blind to this.

However, it embarrasses me to no end when we have company over and Jack jumps up on them. He’s gotten much better since we first got him (he used to jump on strangers on the sidewalk. Talk about awkward.) but if guests show him a little too much enthusiasm he will still jump up on them. I really want this to stop, so Fabio and I are going to get serious about training him better. Sure he can sit, lay down, give you a paw, roll over, and crawl; but I need him to stop jumping on people. Sorry if this is a lame goal, but you’d think after having Jack for more than a year we would have this under control by now. Woops.

And that’s it. Really. Other than that things are going perfectly in my life and I don’t want to change anything. Sure, I could say cut back on sugar, worry less, relax more, workout more, etc. but they’re not main priorities in my life right now. As long as I keep on doing what I’m doing for the most part, I’ll be satisfied :)

Question of the Day: What are your goals/resolutions for 2013?

 

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