Hello first post of 2012! I love even numbered years. I’m an even numbered gal; there’s just something about those odd numbers I just don’t trust, even if I was born on one.
2011 was a busy year, what with finishing my last degree and plunging into the job market once more. However, there’s lots I want to accomplish in the next few years, which means I have more than a few resolutions for 2012!
Healthy living. I needs to lose me some weight ASAP. Now that I’m in my 30s, it’s time to get serious about improving my diet and getting more exercise. Ideally, I would lose at least 70-80 pounds, but that seems a bit too much to chew off in January. Ideally, I would like to be rocking the two-piece bathing suit this summer. More realistically, though, I have some smaller resolutions.
- Eat more fruits and veggies, with at least one orange and one green fruit or vegetable every day. Homemade salsa and lots of turnip and carrot sticks are a great way to start!
- Cut back on white sugar and choose more alternatives like honey and maple syrup for the sweetening I do need.
- Buy more from the organics section.
- Make more stuff from scratch.
- Move at least once a day, starting with walking this winter. I also have an ancient stepper from the Acadia University Dump and Run that could be useful.
- Add in more light activities like stretching and weights, which are currently buried and dusty under my bed (including some modern version of the ThighMaster that I barely know how to use).
Healthy finances. University has ruined my financial health, so I’d like to get back on track. Maybe, eventually, I can even get a house (at least that’s the five year plan)! It’s a daunting task when you’re carting around a student loan after attending one of the most expensive universities in Canada.
- Pay down my credit cards, starting with the high interest card first. Then cut up the high interest card; I only got it because I received a free hat when I signed up. Oh, the joys of being a university student courted by creditors…
- Set aside money for some things I really need, including glasses.
- Save a little money for a rainy day.
- Avoid impulse purchases so I can save more and put it on my debts.
- Begin couponing extremely. I started by joining Extreme Couponing Canada on Facebook!
- Cut back on groceries WHILE eating healthy.