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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

December 2017 Look Back and January 2018 Goals

Not to be confused with New Year's resolutions (you can see those here). I like to set myself small, attainable goals each month in addition to big honking resolutions. I feel that this process is far more effective in helping me to get shit done and maximising my year overall.

ALSO! New year, new graphic. Hooray!

A look back at December's goals:

Spend less money
"I've spent a lot of money that I shouldn't have over the past couple of months. Oops. With my Christmas shopping finished (I KNOW! I've never been so organized!), I have every intention of reining in my spending, even though there are SO MANY things that I want to buy for myself. #TreatYoself."
Cross: In hindsight, this probably wasn't the best goal to have over the festive season. This was a fail x1,000.

Get to the gym at least three times a week
"I keep setting fitness goals and I keep falling short. December is always the month that I fall off of the fitness train hard, with all the festivities and all. I want this month to be as healthy as it can be, giving me a head start on the new year. Hitting the gym three times a week isn't as often as the four times that I used to commit to, but I think three is realistic over the holiday season."
Cross: I did so well at the beginning of the month.. then along came the lead up to Christmas and it all fell apart.

Visit the city at night
"Perth city is quite magical on a December night; they've put up big, beautiful Christmas light installations, organize free entertainment and events, and of course, the night markets. It's so easy to get in to the Christmas spirit after a stroll through the city on a warm night."
Cross: We never got around (or could be bothered) to heading in to the city for the festivities. Sigh. Maybe this year.

"I never was one to really get in to the Christmas spirit. I like Christmas and all, but I've never bought in to the pre-Christmas hype. This year, being the first Christmas living out of home, I think that it's time we made out our little traditions. It might be fun to make a night of putting up the tree, decorating the house, wrapping presents and drinking eggnog. Throw a post-decorating Christmas movie (The Grinch, obviously) and you're set."
Tick: We put up a tree, I made eggnog, I wrapped presents, we watched The Grinch. It was the most Christmas-y that I have ever been.

Bake something sweet
"I have been craving baked apple for weeks now and in the name of cozy Christmas spirit, I think I'd like to make a baked apple-something myself. I'm thinking something like this, or this. Or I could get fancy with this one. I love the way the house smells when I bake, and it would be perfect to snack on as we're doing our Christmas decorating!"
Tick: This one was fun! I made an apple pie/tart/thing and Jesse and I gobbled it all up in about 3 minutes flat.

Goals for January:

Book a holiday
One of my New Year's resolutions was to travel so I'd like to get the ball rolling and ensure that it happens by booking flights and accommodation this month. Jesse and I didn't get a holiday last year, or the year before come to think of it, and I've been craving a holiday for so long now. The Plan is to visit The Whitsundays, which is actually an item (as is seeing The Great Barrier Reef) on my lifetime bucket list - ka-ching times three.

Use MyFitnessPal for all food input
Rewind a year-or-so ago, I was using MyFitnessPal religiously and guess what?! I saw results. Shocker. I eventually grew tired of the tedious process of entering every single thing I ate and lapsed in to not using it. Queue the weight gain... Re-gain? I'd definitely like to get back in to the habit of inputting my meals and snacks in to MyFitnessPal. It's annoying, but it works.

Get back to the gym
Another of my resolutions is to lose 10kg before January 2019. It's a slow process so I'm starting as early as possible. Easing back in to the gym after a week or two off is probably the best way to go. Aiming for my regular 4 times a week may be asking too much this month so if I can get there at least twice a week, three times ideally, I'll be happy.

Meet the neighbours
I'm one of those super awkward, super shy neighbours who will pretend that they don't see you until you call out "hi" to me (hello, social anxiety), and apparently, so is the rest of the street. We've been in our house close to 5 months now and I've not communicated with any of the people who live around me other than the nice old man across the road. Rather than keeping my head down and pretending that they don't exist when the neighbours just so happen to be outside when I am, I'm aiming to say hello every time. Shudder.

What are you hoping to achieve this month (or year)?


  1. Love your list. I found out about My FitnessPal last year and have been using it ever since. It's such a great resource to have on hand.

  2. i love how one of your goals is to meet the neighbours. So many of us go through life without ever having a conversation with the people living next to us.

  3. Haha I don't talk to my neighbors either so there's definitely no borrowing sugar or making a plate of brownies and taking it over. I'm excited for your holiday. I don't know where or what Whitsundays is but if you haven't vacationed in years it's time.

  4. Goal number 1 is the most relatable, hands down I spent a lot and need to recover. Exercise and clean eating is also another great goal to set out and achieve. I am going vegan and I want to start slowly getting back into the gym. This year was the first year I decorated my own Christmas tree and I enjoyed every bit of it too.

  5. Those were awesome goals last year! If your ever craving anything with apple.. I'll be posting a recipe blog in a few days for a vegan berry crumble dessert that has apple in it ♡ 😉

  6. Money saving is def not a great idea during festive season. I'm also targeting to go to gym at least thrice a week.. Good luck to you.

  7. I love how well thought out your goals are. I'm in the process of finishing up my goals for the year too. Thank you for sharing. Great post!

  8. Haha, I love your list. I can totally relate to the neighbor thing... I've been here two years and I've barely even nodded at the lady living in the other duplex!
    Good luck with your weight loss journey, if your successful in recording your intake, and you manage to get to the gym then you will totally smash your long term goals! Xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  9. I love setting goals and I think they are better than making resolutions that dont last.

  10. Very good informative, Thank you so much for nice information.

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  11. CourtneyLynne StormsJanuary 15, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    What an awesome set of January goals!!! I need to get back on that fit track as well!!! Wishing you the best on kicking your goals

  12. Love your goals!! I need to get back into myfitness pal asap!!!!

  13. Beth Shankle AndersonJanuary 16, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    I love your lists! I think meeting the neighbours is so important. I need to do more of that too! Good luck with your January goals!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  14. Nice goals. I had never heard of the Whitsundays. Now I'm researching them.
    :) gwingal
    ps. I've lived in my house for 6 years now and never spoken to the neighbor wife. The husband is outside and so we've spoken a lot, but she isn't outside except to get into the car.

  15. Your list is great! I definitely need to plan a vacation, and get back to some kind of work-out routine.

  16. I love My Fitness pal! I use it too!

  17. It's definitely a handy app to have! It has really helped me with weight loss in the past; here's to hoping I stick to it in 2018! x

  18. Isn't it sad?! Some of the most important people are the ones who live around you. x

  19. Hahaha I'm glad I'm not the only one. I'm excited too! I'm well overdue. :) x

  20. You go, girl! I've been a vegetarian my whole life, and I've actually been considering going vegan for a month or so. Let me know how you go! x

  21. Ooooof! That sounds amazing, I'll definitely be checking our the recipe. ;) x

  22. I hope you're going to the gym more consistently than I have been haha! x

  23. Good luck with your goals, girl! :) x

  24. Ahahahaha I'm glad I'm not the only rude bitch out there. ;) Nah, I know how awkward some people find it to start a conversation, or even say hi, with someone you don't know.
    Thank you, lovely! I'm determined to look better in a bikini come my holiday! xx

  25. 100% agree with you on that one, Sheri. :) x

  26. Thank you, honey. :) Good luck getting back on track fitness-wise, I'm having some difficulties aha. x

  27. It can be annoying to input all of your food, but it sure is handy! Hopefully you manage to get back in to it too. :) x

  28. Thank you, Beth! I definitely feel that a good relationship with your neighbours is important. :) x

  29. Hahahha the elderly couple across the road in the same - he's always out in the garden whereas I very rarely see her.
    The Whitsundays is a group of islands off of the coast of Queensland (I'm from Perth, so it's still within the same country) - I'm so excited! :) x

  30. Glad you like it! It's such a great tool. x

  31. You go, girl! I feel that both are important for overall well-being. :) x


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