Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 for 12

I know I've talked about this before, but I've never been a fan of New Year Resolutions. Apparently I'm not a fan of any kind of goal setting, either, because this was a massive fail (mostly due to THIS, but I digress). I am, however, a fan of this idea of Katherine's. Instead of setting huge New Year resolutions, I'm going to focus on one small goal each month of the year that I'll work toward.

The following are my goals for the first 3 months of 2012:

January - Sober January. I think most of my calories between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve have come from alcohol. There might as well be wine flowing from our faucet. I'm feeling lethargic, bloated, and all around unhealthy from the booze I've consumed lately so I want to start the year off exactly the opposite of that. I want to get out of the almost daily habit of opening a bottle of wine or having a cocktail (or several) in the evening. I'm also thinking of putting the money I'll save on alcohol into our wedding fund.

February - Rise and shine February. I'm not a morning person. I never have been, never will be, and I'm ok with that. I'm NOT, however, ok with sleeping in 'til noon when I don't have class until 5 pm (or on days when I don't have class at all). School has really messed up my sleep schedule, so I'd like to get back into a regular pattern of waking up at a decent hour. My goal for February is to wake up by 9 every day. And for those of you who think 9 is sleeping in? You can kiss my ass, because for most of my adult life I've had jobs that have started at 7 am or earlier.

March - Meal planning March. The Scientist and I both love to cook, but we're terrible about planning ahead for our meals during the week. This leads to going to the grocery store almost every day of the week and/or eating later than we would like. I don't mind the latter, I've always preferred a late dinner, but walking to the store every night for just a few things gets old after awhile. I used to keep a well stocked fridge and pantry when I lived alone. We don't have as much space for that in our kitchen now, but I would love to keep some big staples on hand at all time, and create a menu for at least 4 days out of the week.

If you're interested in participating in 12 Changes, stop by Katherine's blog and leave her a comment! 


  1. Oh I'm so glad you're doing this too. It's gonna be good, I think. :)

  2. ooh love this. I gave up drinking back in August and it is amazing the impact it has had on my life. I feel healthier, happier, and sleep better than I have in a long time. Even for a month, you'll notice a difference. Especially with your pocket book :).

    I'm not much of a morning person either, but several months ago I put an "every day" 9am alarm on my phone and while it was really hard at first I now find that a lot of days I get up before my alarm even goes off.

    Good luck! Love your goals.

  3. I've just started putting together my list, but I think like most I've read, I'm just going to start with the first 3-6 months, and then figure out where to go from there. I might even do month-to-month.

  4. I definitely want to do this too. I'm like you, never have really been a big goal setter, and this seems like a smaller, more possible alternative to big New Year's resolutions. I like your first three, too.

  5. Love your goals, Steph! I can't wait for March... I've always wanted to be a meal planner, just never got motivated to do so. I hope you'll be posting about your goals, because I'd love to see how they go for you!

    As for the not drinking, I think you're going to feel AMAZING. Obviously, I haven't had any alcohol for awhile... and when people say, "Don't you miss it?!" (because people always assume I miss drinking), I can honestly tell them that no, I do not miss drinking. I don't miss the hangovers or the overall crappy feeling alcohol always left me.

    I'm rambling now, but all to say... good luck!

  6. Well...I've accomplished two of your monthly goals, but alcohol would be hard for me ;)

  7. Meal planning is definitely on my list as well!


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