2016 Goals: January Update (abridged)

For those of you who do not wish to read the long drawn out version of my January update, I completely understand…here is the condensed version:


  1. CMSRN credential
    1. I have read two chapters of my study book; minimal progress achieved.
  2. Pay off at least $20,000 of debt.
    1. Paid off $2,233 this month!!!  11% of $20,000 goal achieved!   😀
  3. Weight loss:  weigh 200 pounds by the end of February and 185 by the end of April – monitoring with weekly weigh-ins
    1. Weekly weigh-ins completed: as of this morning, I have lost 11.2 pounds (5.2%) and 3.5 inches (8.3%) off my gut!  I’m extremely proud of this first month’s results and am on track to reach my goals!! 🙂
  4. Increased meal planning with eMeals
    1. Much improved in this category; drastic improvement in variety of meals and greatly increased our intake of fruits and vegetables. Will continue on as currently doing.
  5. Month-to-month junk food buying ban
    1. Going awesome! Didn’t buy any junk this month- will continue this buying ban.
  6. Decreased soda :  $24 = 3 cases/month
    1. Did well in this category – had three sodas remaining at end of month
  7. Using our treadmill for at least 20 minutes per day when I am off work
    1. Going very well in this category; began incorporating a few days worth of C25K app use; will continue as currently doing.
  8. Improved planning and crop yield from the garden
    1. Purchased seeds and ordered tomato and bell pepper plant starts, which will ship at appropriate planting time; still have to plot out where things will be planted.
  9. Read a minimum of 5 books in 2016
    1. Completed Glen Beck’s Agenda 21; now I’m two-thirds of the way through James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider
  10. Increased personal time and appreciation for my wonderful and loving wife, who is the greatest momma I could ever hope to have for our amazing son.
    1. My wife’s birthday was the 31st.  Feel free to swing by her website, Love, Laughter, & a Splash of Lunacy, and wish her a happy belated birthday!  Our son and I made some homemade cards, which she loved, of course! And she got exactly what she wanted for her birthday: we she repainted our bathroom. The yellow we painted this past summer has been wreaking havoc on her eye floaters so she finally decided she wanted to paint it a shade of grey.

All-in-all, I am extremely pleased with our progress through the end of January.  The number one category that needs work is with regards to my wife, whom I will never be able to express my appreciation for because it knows no bounds.  She is wonderful and deserves more than I could ever possibly “give” her!

So how are things going with your goals?  Where are you excelling and where do you find yourself struggling?  More importantly, if you’re struggling in any particular area, why do you believe this is happening and what do you intend to do about it?  Let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so that you can follow along on my family’s journey toward financial independence.  We would love to have you along for the ride and would love even more to have the opportunity to talk with and get to know you! 🙂

-Frugal RN and Family

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