Lean in 13 Resolutions: January Update

So – how are you coming along on your 2013 resolutions?  Remember those???  Those ambitious goals we set for ourselves about 31 days ago?  Well, I promised to share my resolutions update with you guys to see how I’ve fared, so here goes…

I’m not going to lie…it’s been really hard.  Changing major aspects in your life is rarely easy, and my lofty resolutions list has been no exception.  I’ve done well with some, and could use some improvement with others, but the important thing is that they are still a priority for me and I’m going to keep on trying.

First and foremost, I have not smoked a cigarette ALL YEAR! Smile  Not even a puff.  This was the resolution that I was most nervous about, since I’ve been a smoker since my teen years and have tried to quit numerous times (unsuccessfully) over the years and just couldn’t do it.  So far, 2013 has been my year.  Do I still crave one?  Sure.  But I just have to remember to keep my health a priority, and that has helped tremendously in keeping me away from cigarettes.

And, speaking of health, I managed to exercise every single day in January.  And before you start on the “give your muscles a rest” lecture, I do not work out “hard core” and only work out 20-45 minutes.  In January, I split my weekly workouts between 2 XBox games – EA Sports Active and Zumba Core.

XBox Workouts

The XBox workouts keep it fun for me and I’m thrilled to report that I lost a total of 5.4 pounds in January!  I know I said that I wasn’t going to focus solely on the numbers, though, and I haven’t…the weight loss, while great, wasn’t everything for me.  The absence of cigarette smoke coupled with my daily workouts has left me feeling pretty energetic these last few weeks so I fully intend to keep this up!

The last resolution I’ll update you on today is Saving Money.  This one, by far, has been the toughest.  When I start my budget at the beginning of the pay period, I always think I’m going to have money left over to put into savings.  Sadly (and inevitably, I guess) something always comes up unexpectedly that makes it impossible to sock away the money I has hoping.

52 Week Challenge

I did, however, start the 52 Week Money Challenge, so my little mason jar currently has a whopping $21 in it.  It’s not much, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

If you missed my previous Resolutions post, you can check it out here:

Lean in ‘13: 10 Resolutions for 2013

Hopefully I’ll still be going strong in February!

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  1. Judy Hoenig says:

    Well….I’m really proud of you for not smoking in 2013. I know how hard it is for you to give it up. So keep up the good work! You’ve always gone through workout crazes since I’ve known you but I won’t knock your dedication to be healthy. I’ve been cleared for physical activity so let’s plan for Friday lunch hour. Something light for the light weight aka me. LOL I’d like to add one resolution update you left out here, something about being a better friend. I had my quality time before January was even over so A++ there. I’d like more please just not as expensive to keep in line with both of our goals to save money. LOL

    • LOL…yes, a slightly less expensive meal will be planned soon. Although let’s shoot a little higher than BK or McD’s…I hear Portillo’s is good! LOL

      Fridays are good for me – you should come over to try out the XBox Zumba!

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