2016 Goals: February Update

GOALS FOR 2016

  1. CMSRN credential
    1. No further progress to report on this one; I’m slackin’ and need to pick it up if I’m going to get through this goal this year.  I’ve had to work on yearly/ongoing training through work this month so, while I haven’t been working on this certification, I have been furthering my nursing knowledge.  I’ll call that a win for now at least.
  2. Pay off at least $20,000 of debt.
    1. Paid off another $2,500 this month!!!  $4,733 (24%) of $20,000 goal achieved!  I’m predicting March will be an even better month because I’m picking up some overtime in my next few paychecks.  Keeping our current pace, we are on track to pay off about $29k this year…but of course more will always be welcome 🙂
  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 today, 3/1, I now weigh 195.4 pounds!  Total loss of 19 pounds and 5 inches off my gut (42 inch waist down to 37!!!)  Part A of the goal, under 200 by the end of February (I weighed 197.6 pounds last week, the last Tuesday of the month), is a success!  Our change in food habits continues without concerns and I foresee things continuing as they currently are.
  4. Increased meal planning with eMeals
    1. While we have slacked off a bit in advance planning of our meals, we continue to do well with food variety and maintaining increased consumption of fruits and veggies.  We continue to eat minimal processed foods and, in fact, are even working on changing the cheese we eat.  My wife read about the fact that most cheese (and some other foods) you find in the supermarket contains “powdered cellulose”, which turns out to be WOOD PULP!  8-|  We looked and it turns out that every cheese in our fridge contains the stuff; to get away from this non-food food additive, we placed an order (scheduled for delivery tomorrow – review to come!) from the Wisconsin Cheese Mart website and are looking forward to furthering our resolve to minimize (and ultimately eliminate) processed foods from our lives and stomachs.
  5. Month-to-month junk food buying ban
    1. Continuing without a hitch!  My wife made two homemade chocolate cakes and a batch of brownies this month, of which I calculated WW Points and divvied up the servings to avoid overeating…too badly, anyway. 🙂  Thankfully, my wife is an incredible baker so we shared the majority of these goodies with my coworkers, who had no trouble helping me out.  The ban continues!!!
  6. Decreased soda :  $24 = 3 cases/month
    1. While still doing better than prior to starting this, this month was not as good as January.  Will continue moderating consumption but, all-in-all, doing well.
  7. Using our treadmill for at least 20 minutes per day when I am off work
    1. This I have been very bad with.  Our crazy-busy evenings with our kiddo typically result in my wife and I eating supper late, with me cooking while my wife gets our son into bed.  This had been the time I was allotting for the treadmill but it just hasn’t been happening as planned.  This area needs work but, thankfully, I remain on track with my weight loss goals.
  8. Improved planning and crop yield from the garden
    1. Still snowy and too cold to be doing anything with the garden right now.  Seeds were delivered earlier this month and ready to go though.
  9. Read a minimum of 5 books in 2016
    1. I’m still working on finishing James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider due to slacking off on reading in order to work on some blog posts earlier in the month and just haven’t had the extra time to finish the book.  However, I still remain on pace to complete 5 books by the end of the year.
  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. Unfortunately, I have no specifics for this goal progress this month.  We took a weekend trip to Rapid City on Valentine’s weekend, where my wife got her hair cut and me and my son went to The Man Salon for his first trim! 🙂  I actually paid for a hair cut and beard trim, as well…the first haircut I have paid for in nearly a decade, as my wife has been cutting my hair for years.  I just hope my wife realizes how spectacular she is and how much me and our son love the heck out of her and appreciate all that she does for us.

Interesting to note, I created an Excel spreadsheet this month to begin tracking our net worth – not sure why I hadn’t done this yet!  While I have a Personal Capital account, it’s never accurate; when it attempts to update my account data, it results in my wife being locked out of her student loan accounts.  She’s had to call multiple times to get the account unlocked so I finally gave up and took them off the Personal Capital account.

Surprisingly enough, we are a lot closer to getting into the black than I ever realized!  In fact, we should be there in the next two or three months! :-O  Until this, I had never accounted for the current Blue Book value of our Jeep as being a positive part of our assets.  While the car is obviously a depreciating asset, it is still worth something so I’ll take it!

Overall, this was another good month with regards to our 2016 goals.  I truly hope your 2016 is going awesome and that you are on track to meet and exceed your own goals for the year.  Let me know how things are going in the comments below; I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

– Frugal RN

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10 thoughts on “2016 Goals: February Update

  1. You’re doing amazingly! Go you! I’m so impressed you can pull $2500 out of your budget to pay off the debt, while also doing really well on other goals — I have such a hard time focusing on multiple goals at once! But you’ve inspired me to go home and do pilates to a youtube video tonight. No time like the present!

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    • LOL! So glad I could give you some inspiration! This month, we received our tax refund and used a touch of that money, as well. Most of it went into the development of our emergency fund though. Our car and my wife’s student loans are allotted about $1000 a month on a regular basis so everything on top of that is just icing on the cake. I’ll admit, though, that I am extremely proud of how well this year is going; starting this blog has really kept me honest and having the community’s (including your :)) support is EXTREMELY helpful and motivating! So thank you, as well, for your inspiration. I hope pilates was fun; and speaking of icing on the cake, I’m gonna go eat a piece of homemade cake now! 🙂

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    • lol…thanks, we’re looking forward to it arriving tomorrow! I read that you guys produce something like 2.5 BILLION pounds/year 😎

      Next I might have to try that coffee you just posted about (sorry I hadn’t had a chance to comment over there yet.) Our joe of choice is Starbuck’s Veranda blend, a “blonde roast.” We’re not fans of strong flavored coffee so I’m not totally sure the stuff you suggested would be to our liking; but I’ll have to do some more research. 🙂

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      • Hey Brandon…since you’re supporting my home state with your cheese purchases, I want to hook you up with a bag of Honest Roast. If you want to send me your address (just go to my contact page on my site and submit it via the contact form) I’ll send you a bag!

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    • You’re right; he certainly takes priority in everything that we do! It’s amazing what getting off the majority of processed foods and simple sugars can do for the waistline. I haven’t felt this good in a long time so I really have no desire to revert back to my previous ways. You should definitely do some research (check out the linked article if you haven’t already) regarding the use of cellulose fiber. It’s a cheap “food” additive in a lot of products out there. Something about a cheap additive that adds “creaminess,” not to mention it’s cheap way to add bulk to a product’s weight, making us think we are getting more in the package.

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