Another month has come to a close. This month had a few bumps and bruises in it that were entirely unexpected and which did some damage to my momentum but since I can’t change the past, I am just going to keep moving forward. Although I didn’t come in as successfully as I would have liked to (or as I had expected to), if I ask myself the question “Are you further ahead now than you were on February 1?”, I would have to answer yes. I feel good and balanced and steady. I haven’t thrown the map in the garbage just because the car got a flat tire. The tire is fixed and the map is crisply refolded and I’m going again.
Let’s take a look at February.
Spending (groceries): the goal was to come in at $740 for the month of groceries. We came in over the line at $853 for the month. Two weeks we came in on target and two weeks we were over.
Spending (personal): I had a $50 budget for the month. I came in at $50.14 which included a cup of tea each weekend, a discounted Christmas decoration and face wash. The face wash I’m not totally convinced should count towards my spending total since it is more of a “need” than a “want”. If I don’t include it, I came in at $16.59 for the month. YAY for no spending! It is amazing to me what a habit “buying” had become. In January I struggled with “wanting” things….in February, definitely less struggle! So far I haven’t missed out on anything or kicked myself for not purchasing something. This is Great!
Spending (eating out): the goal was to only eat out twice this month, one breakfast and one dinner. I completely succeeded…..Ray mostly succeeded but he is known for a donut or a muffin in our travels. But as far as meals eaten we were successful.
Eat at Dinner Table: the goal was at least three dinners each week. We did not succeed. I fully admit to being the one who dropped the ball on it and in some cases Ray was starting to get the placemats out and I asked if we could just curl up on the sofa instead. It was a complete cop out in most cases and was the result of needing mindless time and some physical comfort (after having been hurt and then heading back to work). For complete success we should have had 12 dinners at the table and we ended up with 8. Not awful but it definitely could have been better.
Completely exclude dairy, grains, sugar: I will only abide by 100% compliance in order to call this one successful. I was not. Chocolate almonds when I was laid up on the sofa. Deep fried pickle at pub night fundraiser dinner. A Dark Chocolate Himalayan Salt Caramel yesterday. Maple syrup on the Oven Pancake. It’s not HOOOOORRIBLE….but it is a fail.
Limit alcohol to only Friday and/or Saturday: Success! Two weekends were completely dry, two weren’t. One had the “Chardonnay Incident” and the other I had two glasses of decent red wine….which may have actually fueled the fried pickle issue from above. Meh.
Gym, 3/week: Complete fail. I don’t even want to talk about this. February was a disaster for fitness.
Outdoor jogging, 4 times around Perimeter Trail: as per above
Do Coquitlam Crunch: again….no. However…on the two weekends that I actually did line up time to do this….the weather was horrid. Torrential rain or heavy snow.
Bicycle to work: Nope. As above…I slotted in time on two different weekends to take care of this and it was miserable both times.
NOTE: I will be planning in a HUGE turnaround in March…February was simply unacceptable.
Sort spice cabinet: this is quasi sorted and will stay this way for a while. It’s mostly functional and I don’t want to spend money on it right now.
Finish organizing cookbook: ya…no….this is still an enormous pain in my ass. All the recipes are in a binder and in page protectors with page numbers on them…..my sticking point is in developing some sort of index/order.
No handheld technology after 6pm: I wouldn’t call this a complete success…..but an enormous improvement!
Claim Wednesday nights: YES! I look forward to my evening to do whatever.
Get a haircut: Yep and I love it!
Paint nails once/week: Err…nope….not even once. Told myself to get after it a couple of times…but ultimately didn’t even consider doing it.
Maintain both dining room tables free of clutter: complete success! They both look GREAT!
Three “location” walks: we did two….and they were fun. Our third long walk ended up being at our regular park by our house…but it was REALLY snowy so it was like being somewhere different. The purpose of this one was to get out of our same-old and go somewhere new, hold hands and just be with each other. Success!
“No TV” Friday evening: this happened on a Saturday, not a Friday but it happened.
I’ve gone on long enough now , so in summary…..I didn’t do as well in Feburary as I had planned…..but I still had the map and I kept referring to it. I kept my goals in mind all month and whether I chose to do things that would achieve them or not….I went through the month awake and cognizant of what was happening. As mentioned, March’s list is pared down significantly to include only spending, eating and exercise goals. I feel that some of the habits I’ve been trying to form (eating at the table, no tech after 6pm) are fledged enough that I can keep them going without putting them on the list.
We have a weekend away trip booked for the end of March and I want to hit that trip at the end of the month on an upswing, going strong and feeling good. I can totally achieve that! I see March as an opportunity and I’m not missing it!