Half Blog Birthday and Goal Update

by Jillian on October 3, 2011 · 9 comments

Monday, once again. I will never get used to Monday mornings. They are always terrible, especially now that the weather has significantly cooled down. Thank god for workout endorphins or I’d be seriously miserable and whiny.

Joe and I spent our Sunday in the city having brunch and picking up some goodies at Jack Rabbit. I bought us matching Camelback water bottles. I love the bite and sip tip and it completely cracked me up when Joe couldn’t figure out for the life of him how to get water out of it.

This morning we woke up together around 5:30 and headed to the gym. I did the usual 30 minute ab workout and busted out 5 miles using the same intervals I did last week. It felt so nice to run in my new kicks.

They are the same ones I bought last time, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11. They work for me so no changes here! The old ones probably have atleast 400 miles on them considering it was the beginning of April. Which reminds me..

TODAY IS MY BLOG’S 6 MONTH BIRTHDAY!

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Now, onto the important stuff.

Goals

Let’s rewind a month and talk about my September goals. I hardly looked at the list and to be quite honest I thought I was going to be disappointed realizing that I didn’t accomplish any of the goals I’d set.

Wrong! I was surprised to see how well I really did.

Blog

Get a notebook for my posts/blog improvement thoughts/ideas: Sort of, I’ll explain later.
Finish and send off the article I am writing: Check! You can see it here.
Learn to use my Canon EOS Rebel: Fail.
Setup my Facebook account: Check! Like Sprinkle Massacre on Facebook!

*Additionally, I setup my recipe and workout pages and joined some networks that you’ll see on the sides of my blog.

Workouts

Get up earlier for workouts: Check! 5am bootcamp much?
Focus on cross training: Mmm bootcamp conditioning day kind of counts for that, right?
Put together strength training workouts that focus more on each individual muscle and split up strength training between more days: Well, I’m going to use bootcamp again on this one. We definitely focus on specific muscle groups each class and I learned a lot of new exercises that I can incorporate into my personal routine.

Life

Get a daily planner and keep up with it: Check! I also use the back blank pages as a blog notebook. So, that’s my “check” for the above goal.

Meals

Try to plan dinners ahead of time for the week so I don’t eat so many smoothie bowls for dinner: Yes! I did so good with this one. I made lots of recipes this month.
Stop getting out of hand with buying new products before finishing up what’s already on hand: Done! I am getting low on nut butters and various kinds of breads. I really focus on what I need for the week by utilizing lists and passing on things that are just appealing but not needed.
Organize my coupons and use them: Check! I successfully spent almost half of what I normally spend at the grocery store the last two weeks. I simply used coupons that I had been sent or cut out and also passed on unnecessary items, as I mentioned above. I also save money and time by using my own bags.

Money

Redeem my credit card points for cash: Finally! I made a trip to my bank to discuss combining my credit card and debit card points. As soon as it goes through I’m redeeming that $160 for cash.
Buy practical things for fall (ie. boots, a new outerwear peice): Check! Um, hello!?
Utilize off-price deals and other stores (ie. Rue La La, Gilt, Zara, Urban Outfitters) instead of using my discount (luxury goods are still expensive, even when they are marked down!): Mmm, not so much. But, I guess it’s good that I didn’t spend additional money.

Some exciting things that happened in September:

Took a 3 day personal training course
Fitness Mind Body + Spirit Race

I need to brainstorm and write down my goals for October this week. I’m liking this feeling of accomplishment!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Happy 1/2 Blogiversary! You have some great goals and CONGRATS on the article. I just checked it out. :)

PS- my husband did the exact same thing with the Camel Bak water bottle. He thought it was defected at first. :)

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2 Jillian October 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Haha, It gave me a good laugh. I’m like “bite and sip”…what’s so hard about that?

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3 Marilyn October 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Congratulations on 6 months! Great blog today!

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4 Ashley @ Freckles & Spice October 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

Happy 6 months! We are basically the same age. You are on top of your stuff girl. I really need to get a paper planner, as well as work on a recipe page and fitness page. See you at the next blog meet up hopefully!

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5 Jillian October 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks! :) I feel like even though I have a planner now, I still end up writing stuff in the notes on my phone. So much to remember, so little time! I am hoping to make the next blogger meet up!

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6 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Girl" October 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

Congrats on the half birthday! Love your blog and so glad I met you!!

It’s my blog half bday too! I must celebrate when I get back to the city.

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7 Jillian October 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yes, when are we going to meet up? Oh,and cupcake tour!?!?!?!

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8 Amy October 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

I need to go through my list of goals that I set and see if I accomplished any of them… I have a bad feeling I didn’t though =P

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