Happy 2013 to you! I honestly can’t believe how fast 2012 flew by…where does the time go?! In any case, I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2013!
Sweater: Old Navy (recently on sale)
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Nine West (DSW)
Necklace : Gift from sis-in-law (Charming Charlie’s)
After dinner, we came home and jumped into our pajamas and busted out the Wii and watched movies. We enjoyed some delicious Cupcake Moscato and red velvet cake balls that I made, courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats. They are SO good. And addicting. #chocoholic
I also have some personal resolutions for 2013 and now that I have a blog, I figured I should actually write them down so I can make myself more accountable and just put it out there so here goes!
1) Blog more!
I’m pretty new to the blogging world still (just had my first post at the end of September), so I plan to make more regular posts about my style in my clothing, home, fitness, etc. After reading/following some of my favorite blogs, I’ve got plenty of inspiration for posts to take me through the next year. I resolve to have lots of fresh and fun content, and continue to learn more about blogging, blog etiquette, unique post ideas, etc.
2) Stick to the budget.
Every year, my husband and I make a detailed budget based on our previous year’s income and expenses. (We are Excel geeks.) One of the areas in which I want to reign in my spending is in the clothing category. I plan to track my clothing expenses and make a post each month with what I bought and if I stayed within budget, much like Franish or other budgeting bloggers. I’ve never really tracked it before, so it should be interesting! I’m hoping this will help me look at my closet and remix items I have to make new outfits. I’ve already done the trick where you put all your hangers backwards in your closet and anything still facing backwards at the end of the year gets donated/sold. Other items in the budget include a few home projects too like updating our stairs, making a custom built-in desk and a few other things…posts will be made accordingly :-) We’ve also got a couple of weddings to look forward to and a vacation on the docket, so it should be a busy and fun!
3) Maintain weight (or lose some!)
Back in July, I decided to join Weight Watchers to help me learn to eat properly so that all the running/working out I did didn’t go to waste. As of today, I am down 30 pounds and feel GREAT! I hope to maintain this weight (or lose some more) by eating healthy and continuing to run and workout as usual. Our upcoming vacation and weddings will be good motivation to maintain my healthy lifestyle!
4) Drink less pop.
Let’s face it, pop (or soda- depending on where you live), is really bad for you. I don’t like to drink my calories so I drink diet pop, but it is still terrible. I plan to drastically reduce my intake and replace it with water or coffee (for caffeine purposes). It’d be great to do this as well as the “Month Without” exercise I found on Pinterest…mine would involve lots of baked goods & chocolate. :-)
I LOVE to run, and plan to continue all through 2013. I hope to push through winter with treadmill workouts and then get outside ASAP once the weather gets nicer and hit the pavement/trails. I really want to track mileage, race results, etc. like MagMileRunner and ilaxSTUDIO (did I mention that I love numbers and infographics?! I can’t help it…I’m in marketing!) I also have several races written down in my planner that I’d like to do (lots of 5ks, at least two 10ks- one in August and one in September), and I’m still considering doing a half marathon. I did the inaugural Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon in 2009 and really enjoyed it so I’m not sure why I am hesitating…but I will continue to ponder it!