Posts tagged ‘Goals’

Meteorological Spring

Hark!  ‘Tis March!  This means that Spring is a mere three weeks away.  If you want to get all meteorological about it, we are technically in Spring as Meteorological Spring is March 1st – May 31st.  It’s a beautiful, sunny day.  Henry has his four-month doctor’s appointment today, so I hope we can walk there instead of drive (love living in Toronto!).  There is a McDonalds nearby so we can stop for some free small coffees afterwards.

Since it’s the first day of March, I must re-cap on the goals I made for February.  I truly embraced my New Year’s Resolution of failing by not successfully completing these goals.  So, yay?

1.  Drink a Green Monster every day — FAIL

I pretty much drank one every day for the first half of February, but by the end, I was enjoying a mashed banana in my morning oatmeal rather than having it in smoothie-form.  I also got kind of sick of cleaning my blender every day.  These are my excuses and I am sticking to them!

2.  Lose 2 pounds – WINNING! (phrase stolen from Charlie Sheen)

I would go weigh myself to confirm (or deny) this, but I have a stomach full of oatmeal and a pair of jeans on.  Everyone knows that jeans easily weigh 10 pounds on their own (don’t try to tell me otherwise).  The last time I weighed myself, I was around 174, which is a 3 pound weight loss, so let’s go with that.

I’ve been eating my usual amount (possibly more as I finished a whole bag of Zesty Doritos in a mere two days all on my own!), but have been walking more.  Henry continues to be my personal trainer with his demands for rocking/lifting/swaying.  I don’t even need to lift weights anymore!

3.  Check out the community/early years centre in my neighbourhood – DRAW

I haven’t gone there physically, but I did check out their list of programs online.

4.  Try a week of vegan eating – WINNING!

Success!  This is the goal I am most proud of accomplishing.  I had a fun week of eating tofu and drinking almond milk and experimenting with recipes.  I haven’t used cow’s milk for my oatmeal or Green Monsters since.  I felt really great during my week of vegan eating, which is not to dispute the fact that I felt pretty great while eating cheesy pizza afterwards too!

5.  Put $500 into my high interest savings account – WINNING!

I sure did.  See, this is why I get excited about free McDonalds coffee.  It’s all about frugal pleasures!

6.  Sell something in my Etsy Shop – FAIL

I added another listing to my Etsy shop, but still no dice!  I continue to crochet dish cloths, though, with the idea of giving every man, woman, and child I know one for Christmas this year.  ‘Tis the season…to wash dishes?!!??

So two FAILS, three WINNINGS, and one draw.  Not bad, I don’t think!  I haven’t made a list of goals for March, though.  I’d just like to go for more walks, try some new recipes, and have fun with Husband and Henry.

March 1, 2011 at 10:14 am 8 comments

Happy February!

Happy 1st day of February!  To celebrate, I had a bowl of Carrot Cake Oatmeal.  I have been out of work for three full months and still the novelty of making hot cereal on a weekday morning is not lost on me.  I am very blessed.

Did you hear that we are getting a giant snowstorm tonight?  I am not sure if I prefer the term “Snowmageddon” or “Icepocalypse”.  They say it’s going to be the largest snowfall in three years, and we will get more snow within 24 hours than we did for all of February last year.  I will happily stay ensconced in my house with the furnace and the hot coffee, thankyouverymuch!

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Since today is February 1st, it means a new list of monthly goals!  Ah, the excitement is palpable!

What I shall post on my bedroom mirror

Yes, I am going to try veganism!  I wonder how successful I will be at this?  My goal is to try this starting next Monday (after the Superbowl!) to the following Sunday.  I am going to try to prepare myself the best I can with lots of vegan treats and recipes to try.  I tried a vegan weekend once and failed miserably.  I am not sure why I think I will fare much better, but it’s February and what else am I going to do to entertain myself?  I just hope the store has lots of almond milk.  I am going to have to stock up!

February 1, 2011 at 8:22 am 8 comments

January Goals

And so we meet on the last day of January!  Starting this month, I decided to give myself a list of goals to accomplish.  My goal is to create a list like this each month of 2011 and try to accomplish some mini-goals.  2011 is all about goals, I guess!  Fitting, since my 2011 resolution is to fail!  🙂

Here is January’s list which I kept posted to my bedroom mirror:

Overall, I think I did pretty well in accomplishing these goals.  Having this list in my face each day was a definite motivating factor.

1.  Lose 2 pounds

I received a scale for Christmas (nothing says holly jolly like a quantitative measure of your body weight!) and have weighed myself sporadically throughout the month.  I haven’t owned a scale in years and was surprised by how much weight fluctuates.  You could really drive yourself crazy with this thing!

My weight at the start of the month was 180 pounds.  Now I am going to go weight myself.  Caveat:  I am wearing lightweight pajamas and have a bowl of cereal and two clementines in my stomach.  It is very important that you know this information.

Ok, the verdict is in: 177 pounds!  Truly this accomplishment can be entirely credited to nursing, as well as my son the personal trainer (aka “squat nazi”).

2.  Write in blog every day

Aside from one day, I did accomplish this goal!  And that day I didn’t post was followed by a day that I posted twice so pat on the ol’ back for me!

I am not sure where I want to take this blog.  I do have dreams of becoming independently wealthy off of it, but I’m not sure that will happen when it receives only 36 page views on a day like yesterday.  Wamp Waaaaaammmppppp.

A lot of the time, I did not want to write an entry, but I did because of this goal.  Afterward, I felt great.  Kind of like not wanting to work out but then feeling wonderful after you finally do, y’know?  I am not going to set a goal like this for February so we’ll see how that affects the number of times I write.  See you in March!  Haha.

3.  Get Etsy shop up and running

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I like to crochet square and rectangular-shaped objects.  Scarves, purses, blankets — you name it!  If it’s a square or a rectangular, I will crochet it!  One of my favourite things to crochet are dishcloths using 100% cotton yarn.  I can finish one of these up in 30 minutes or so and it’s a great way to keep my hands busy while watching television (instead of eating large quantities of potato chips!).

I decided to start an Etsy shop because I was beginning to swim underneath all of the dishcloths I was producing.  Of course, I have not sold any, but I only have two items in my shop.  I invite you to take a look at my handiwork!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoopyLoos

I hope to put more of these cloths up soon, perhaps in quantities of 5 or 10.  Oh yeah, baby, I am dreaming big!  The sky’s the limit when it comes to crocheted, cotton dish cloths!

4.  Take multivitamin and fish oil every day

I know that keeping this list of goals substantially influenced this achievement.  Since having Henry, my routine had been out of sorts and I no longer automatically took my vitamin and fish oil after eating breakfast and before going to work.  I felt bad since Henry benefits from the vitamin and fish oil (apparently fish oil is going to make him a genius!  Score!), so I am really glad I’ve re-introduced this habit into my modge podge of a routine.  You’re welcome, Henry.

5.  Establish regular exercise routine

Oh yes, I established a regular exercise routine and even wrote it down!  However, I have not been very good at completing it on a regular basis.  Oops!  I have been doing more sit-ups and try to do some low-impact aerobics while watching television, but that’s about as far as my cardiovascular endeavors have taken me.  With this goal, it’s safe to say I did not achieve it.  Boo-urns.

6.  Maintain budget spreadsheet

This goal was easy to accomplish because I hardly spent any money.  This “housebound with baby” thing is good for something!  I use a spreadsheet using Google Documents and recommend it.  If I were to go on vacation for  a week or even spend a day out of the house, I’m able to access my spreadsheet from any location which makes the likelihood of me maintaining it much greater.

So there you have it!  The monthly goal rundown.  Tomorrow I will post my list for February.  I imagine that at least one of February’s goals will involve consumption of heart-shaped chocolates.

January 31, 2011 at 8:51 am 8 comments

Photographic Evidence

Today is a big day.

Since November 3rd, 2010, I have worn nothing but yoga pants.  Even before that, I wore a bevy of expandable maternity pants.

But today, my friends, I wear actual jeans.  Jeans like other 29 year old women wear.  Jeans that make me look like I belong in society.  Jeans that actually fit.  Jeans that make me feel alive!

Thumbs up to pants that fit!

January 28, 2011 at 9:36 am 12 comments

2.72 Kilograms of Strawberries

We have returned from Costco!  I really wanted to take a picture of our bounty, but it is now all packed away in the basement and the freezer, so you will just have to take my word for it.  We really stocked up.  I am mostly excited by the $6 giant jar of Maranatha Almond Butter, as well as the giant bags of almonds and walnuts.  I also picked up a 12-pack of Larabars and 2.72 kilograms of frozen strawberries for Green Monster-creating purposes.

Pineapple for size comparison purposes.

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Other than that, not much is really going on!  Since we were away from home all day yesterday, I will likely spend today just doing chores when I can and trying to keep the wee man entertained.  Maybe I will even be able to sneak out for another half hour walk?  It is above freezing today which should definitely be taken advantage of!

Lately I have been thinking about the sheer amount of time I spend online.  With this blog, emails, Google Reader, Livejournal, and Facebook, along with the all-important world of celebrity gossip blogs (so addictive like candy, with similar results!), I wonder what life would be like with no Internet connection at all.  I contemplate doing an experiment where I limit my online time to something like 10 minutes a day, or maybe even spend a week disconnected entirely.  What would that be like?  I think it would be lonely for one.  I wonder, though, how I would spend that extra time?  Would I cook more, read more, or spend more time with Henry?  Would I appreciate the phone more, or make an effort to do more visiting in person?  This sounds like a good goal for February…

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Well, it is time to go make a Green Monster using some of my 2.72 kilograms of strawberries!  I wonder how many GM’s I can get out of that huge bag?

January 18, 2011 at 11:45 am 10 comments

Extreme Couponing

Ok, so my earnest plan to eat THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY was a gigantic failure.  As it turns out, I love to eat.  Alas, I love to eat more than three measly times a day.  Who wudda thunk it?  I am not really that surprised, but I thought for sure I could accomplish such a simple goal.  It was not to be!  Oh well.  You learn something new every day.

Part of the problem was that my friend came over for dinner and a movie.  What good is a movie with one’s friend if one cannot consume ice cream, popcorn, wine, and chocolate in one sitting?  We were watching Bridget Jones’ Diary, so junk food was a must.  (If you thought this was a healthy living blog, I am sorry, you are grossly mistaken!  lol)

We started out the evening healthy enough.  Ang made Cauliflower Cheddar soup and brought along a loaf of French bread.  Perfection on a cold winter’s night!

Dinner for two.  And, oh yes, we ate all that bread!

Soup with cheese.  It’s a good thing.

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Even though Henry had a different itinerary in mind this morning, I was dead set on making Carrot Cake Oatmeal for breakfast.  After a bit of nursing, a diaper change, 1 or 2 or 7 attempts at getting him to nap, I was finally able to make it approximately 3 hours after waking.  I could have just grabbed one of my Morning Glory muffins for breakfast, but I really wanted this oatmeal!

Heaven in a bowl

I tried to lighten it up a bit by not using any coconut milk or cream and using just 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and no raisins.  I probably used more walnuts than it called for, because I have a giant bag from Costco.  That, and I am keen to get all my omega-3s.  Yes.  That’s it.

Once you have Carrot Cake Oatmeal, it’s tough having non-Carrot Cake Oatmeal, y’know?

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Today, Henry, Hubby, and I made a family trip to Walmart.  You may think, “Oh, Walmart, big whoop”, but for a housebound lady like me, this is a big event.  Husband decided to take us to a Walmart a bit further away and asked me if I had a problem with  it.  I absolutely do not have a problem with being out of the house for longer than one hour at a time!  I think I’ve mentioned it on this blog before about how I feel like an excited dog on a car ride.  If I could, I’d stick my head out the window, too!

Along with such exciting items as baby gear, bananas, and cat food, I also bought this coupon sorter!!!

$4.95 at a Walmart near you

Ever since watching the show Extreme Couponing on TLC, in which regular citizens of the world like you and me are able to buy hundreds of dollars of groceries for, like, 5% of the actual cost, I have become a bit obsessed with clipping coupons.  None of our weekly flyers really offer many coupons, so I’ve resorted to websites like save.ca and websaver.ca in order to accumulate some.

I haven’t been doing much shopping lately (see:  never leaving my house!), but I hope, one day soon, to resume the role of primary grocery shopper in the Frugal ‘n’ Fit household.  God love him, but my husband is not as obsessed with frugal living as I am.  I know, shocker!  He will often go to the “expensive” grocery store to buy all of our groceries, instead of going to three different grocery stores in order to get the best deals like a certain other member of our household would (Hint:  Not Henry).

So I am clipping my coupons and getting ready to score some deals!

Coupon sorting.  It’s a good thing.

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And to conclude this entry, I just want to say I’ve written the entire thing while simultaneously using my foot to bounce Henry in his bouncy chair!

January 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm 14 comments

Maple Walnut Quinoa

Happy New Year!  2011 is here to stay.  Well, for 365 days, anyway.  Just enough time to prepare for 2012.  Eek!

We had a great time with friends last night, and have the photograph of all the food to prove it!

Excess, thy name is New Years Eve

Even Henry got a bit dressed up for the occasion — until he had an absolute conniption fit which necessitated the removal of his outfit into something a bit more comfortable.  Can’t blame the little dude.  He has only known life either naked or in a cozy sleeper!

It looks like he is trying to fly away

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To start this year off on stable footing, I thought I’d share this recipe for Maple Walnut Quinoa, a delicious, nutritious, and ambitious (?) way to commence the first day of the new year.  I adapted this from Quinoa 365.

Topped with pomegranates.  ‘Tis the season for fuschia-stained fingers (and cutting boards, and counters, and basically every kitchen appliance surrounding the pomegranate!)

Serves 1:

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

1/3 cup quinoa

2/3 cup water

1 Tablespoon oat bran

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Fuschia-stained handful of pomegranate seeds 😉

1.  Toast the walnuts in a small saucepan on medium-high heat.  Stir frequently for 3 to 4 minutes until the walnuts are toasted.  Remove from the pan.

2.  Combine quinoa, water and oat bran in the same saucepan.  Cover, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.  Leave the saucepan on the burner, cover, for an additional 5 minutes.

3.  Remove from the heat and stir in maple syrup and walnuts.  Transfer to a bowl and top with pomegranates.

It just dawned on me that this recipe is also vegan, so bonus points for that!  The vegans, they love the quinoa.  It is a complete protein, after all.

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I am going to try something new to see if it helps me achieve my New Years resolution this year, along with some other goals too. I am going to make a list of goals for January, stick it onto my bedroom mirror, and try to achieve these goals within the month.  Achieving small goals within 30 or 31 days (or 28 — February’s going to be tough!) is much more immediate than 365 days.  I’m not going to share these goals yet — I’ll see if this little plan works and THEN I will share them.  Stay tuned for January 31st’s entry!  Ooh, another tease to get you to revisit the blog.  So clever, that one.  So very, very clever.

January 1, 2011 at 10:28 am 4 comments

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