Monday, August 20, 2012

The Weekly Chase Update & New Goals

Here are my last week's goals and how I did.  Let me remind you that this was my first week chasing my goals and, well, I think I got tired! 
1. Work on my solo running.  I set out to do this twice a week (for a minimum of 2 miles) and actually only did it once last week.  I did 3 miles the first time and really enjoyed myself!  I set out on my second run and then my 11 yr old son asked if he could come along, so I did one mile of just running then we walked/ran together on the way back.  For me this goal wasn't about the runs so much as it was about actually running by myself.  Which I I'm consider this one completed!
2. Stick to my strength training plan.  This one gets half of a check mark.  I did do my strength training in the evenings on Monday and Tuesday, but had a stressful and LONG interview on Wednesday (combined with a generally busy day) so everything fizzled out after that.  The fact that I did any strength training was an accomplishment, so I'm OK with my progress on this one.
3. Start planning meals...and plan ones that are healthier.  Ummm...I did try to make healthier meals this week with more fruits and veggies, but I didn't really plan them ahead of time.  And the book I wanted to use to make one recipe out of this week didn't come off the shelf until last night.  But I did get a recipe picked out and the squash pureed for it, so I will be making it this week.
4. Organize Allie's room.  I set out to tackle this one early in the week but haven't finished it yet.  We just don't have storage in our house (no basement, minimal closets, etc) so when you start moving storage items around it gets messy.  I did get a few of the shelved cleaned off in the laundry room so I could put all my canning jars (both filled and empty) on them.  So that's a start.  I'm just going to keep plugging away at this project little by little until it's done. 
5. Clean up our finances.  This one was an epic fail.  I paid some bills and actually printed out our statement, however I never got the checkbook balanced or the budget updated.  This will be one of my goals I chase this week.
With that confession out of the way, let's move on to this week's goals!   I'm both excited and sad that my kids go to school this week on Wednesday.  I will miss them a ton, but I'm looking forward to the uninterrupted free time I will have to work on some bigger projects that I didn't dare start with them at home.  And believe me, the list keeps getting longer and longer!  I guess what I'm getting at is that I MAY actually get my goals accomplished this week!  Then again, maybe not because the first part of this week is going to be busy, busy! 

1.  Run or walk at least 4 times weeks for a total of 15 miles.  A friend recommended that I set a mileage goal and try to stick to it, so I think I'll give it a try this week.
2.  Do strength training exercises 3 times this week.  Since I only managed to do them twice last week, I'll strive for 3 times this week!
3.  Read more in Deceptively Delicious and learn about the purees needed for the recipes.  While looking for a recipe yesterday, I made a glorious find!  The author uses summer squash puree in some of her recipes in her book!  Now this may not excite you, however I was stoked when I read that!  I am not kidding when I say I have probably picked at least 50 summer squash from my garden!  Most of which lived out their life in the veggie drawer in the fridge until they started molding and were fed to the chickens.  So to find that I could puree them got me totally stoked!  I did puree some last night and hope to try them in a muffin recipe this week.  (Mental note: get a muffin pan today while shopping so I can actually make muffins!)  I want to become familiar with the purees the author uses so that I can stock up on those fruits and veggies when I see them on sale at the store.  I'd love to get a little stock built up in the freezer!
4.  Go through the kids' clothes.  Since I have two girls, my youngest had a TON of clothes..both her own and those that her sister has outgrown.  While this is great financially, it's a real pain when you don't have much storage.  And it's hard to keep up with what is too big and too small and just right.  Both of the girls have a lot of clothes...too many.  So I would like to go through their clothes and keep the outfits we really like and donate or sell the rest.  I need to do the same thing with my son's clothes because he's 11 and it starting to get picky about his clothes...and essentially wears the same things over and over and over again, which leaves his drawers full of clothes he hasn't touched.
5.  Get finger-printed.  I want to get my name on the sub list at our local school district, but I need to get finger-printed first.  Which costs $55...ouch!  But that money spent will hopefully end up with me making money and possibly getting a job with the schools down the road. 
So there you have it.  Not sure why I feel the need to have 5 goals each week, but I guess that's how I roll.  I get a bit over-zealous at times!  I tried to keep this week's goals a bit simpler aka so I can actually ACHIEVE them. 
What goals are you chasing this week?  Click HERE to learn more about the Weekly Chase!  We'd love to follow your Chase as well!




Anonymous said...

Simple is good! Have a great week!

Christy Brown said...

Back to school time is bittersweet! Good luck on your goals for the week! I'm trying to get on a running/strength training plan as well. Tis the season, I suppose! Have a great week!

Marathon Mom said...

Great goals, good idea to set a mileage goal then you have something to work towards.

I love cooking with sqaush puree, so healthy and no one knows it's there. I think I have a squash mac n cheese recipe on my blog if you are interested.

snyderpartyof5 said...

Thanks for the encouragement ladies! I hope you have a great week chasing too! :)

Holly Johnson said...

Hoping you have a great week and accomplish your goals. It's our back to school week, so I am super busy at the house. We were not ready for summer to end!