- Be Healthier/Lose Weight
This has always been at the top of my list. Cutting out the going out to eat will hopefully help this (see next goal). I think this goal being accomplished ties in with the other goals I will tell you about. Otherwise I have diagnosed myself as chronically chubby. After I met Kurt, I slowly gained G-U-L-P 40 pounds. Um yeah, I know!! Was happiness? Or was it eating late at night and usually once a week at a restaurant later at night? All I know is enough is enough. Did I mention I lost three pounds? I had my yearly checkup and I had lost 3 whole freaking pounds. What is that like a quarter of a pound a month? Please don't be jealous of me, I'm a freak of nature. My treadmill and I have come to an agreement too. When we are done milking three times a day, we will renew our relationship and the sparks will fly.
- Make Meal Planning a Priority
Another conjuncting goal with this is, to use the food I already have in my pantry. When I grocery shop, I buy based on what is on sale. That is the base of my shopping and I buy items we must have today or else besides the normal bread and milk (which is sometimes on sale). Now I have this wonderful stockpile and instead of gazing at it from afar, I need to start utilizing it (so I can buy more, duh jk). Just a side note, expiration dates do not scare me. I use them as guidelines, but I definetly do not trust them regarding eggs. If you want to know if an egg is bad, fill a glass or pan or something that will hold water. If the egg floats in the water, it is bad and if it stays at the bottom it is yours forever (or until floats). This test has never failed me yet.
- Be More Organized
Milking the cows three times a day limits my "free" time more than it ever did on twice a day milking. I feel like I'm doing alright getting my chores done in the house, but I think I can do more. Business filing has piled up and needs attention soon. I would also like to have a rummage sale this spring (haven't had one in a year and half). Due to my "blossoming" after I met Kurt some of my clothes could be gotten rid of or sold on Ebay (maybe, never done this).
- Pay Down Debt/Buy only What We Need
This is self-explanatory. I went really nuts after the 2007 Christmas buying clearance items plus I CVSed like a crazy woman. I have over 20 bottles of dish soap, 20 something Electrasol (Target deal), lots of paper towels (we use in the milkhouse), 12 bottles of laundry detergent, and our tolietries are well-stocked. Kurt and I want to buy a different farm and we are working our tails off to hopefully get there. That is why we are milking three times a day incase I did not tell you. Trust me, we wouldn't do it if there was not a reason.
These are my main goals and I'm sure they are similiar to most peoples. I was just looking over my list and my other random goals are to get out of bed earlier. Ahhh what a goal. If Kurt only knew what I was aspiring to be. For the month of January, no eating out. Kurt does not know I have that goal, but he thinks we spend $200 a month eating out. He is nuts. We are lucky if we come close to $75. Hopefully your goals can be attained as well as mine.