Goals for 2018!

Hey, everybody! Hope everyone had a Happy New Year and great holiday season! Mine was okay, but I’m hoping 2018 will be even better!

I have a few goals that I want to accomplish in 2018 and beyond! I’m hoping to complete at least one of them. πŸ™‚

Losing Weight

Ahhh, this goal has been on my list forever! Last year, I successfully dropped about 15 pounds! WOOHOO! πŸ˜€ That’s 45 pounds off my knees! I am ever so closer to reaching my goal of 125 pounds! This year, I’m going to keep going and knock out my weight loss goal! I must be honest, there will be some chocolate here and there during my weight loss journey, but depriving yourself of things that you like is no way to lose weight, I find. So I’m going to enjoy my healthy food and chocolates all in the same day sometimes, haha. πŸ™‚ But I will prevail eventually! πŸ˜€

Keep Eating Healthy

And speaking of healthy food, my “diet” is basically my normal way of eating. I use good food to fuel my body and whenever I eat junky food, I feel bad afterward. : ( But even though there will be times when I eat junky food, I will not get away from eating good food! Even if there is candy in the house (which I am guilty of having around), I will still eat healthy, darn it! Basically, I love all of the healthy food I make because I make goooooood healthy food. πŸ™‚ I am very blessed to say that I do not mind eating the same foods each day even if the food is healthy. Repetitiveness food wise doesn’t bother me at all. πŸ™‚ Which is a good thing because I like simple healthy foods like the oh-so very millennial avocado toast.

Contrary to popular belief, this millennial does not buy “expensive” avocado toast at restaurants, but I make my own and I must say that mine is pretty darn good. πŸ˜‰ The key to good avocado toast is turning the avocado in guacamole and putting it on your toasted bread. Don’t forget the butter on the toast either! πŸ™‚ To make this very millennial food even more healthy, use organic whole wheat bread! Or just use regular whole wheat bread. Whatever floats your boat. πŸ™‚ And wala! The best avocado toast ever!

So yeah,Β food will be getting locked down by me during 2018!

Drinking More Water

OH MY GOSH… After my health scare during Christmas, I will be all about the water this year! DRINK DRINK DRINK. LOCSister said she would help me by buying me a huge mug that she uses for water. πŸ™‚ I gotta’ admit, it gets tiring going up and down the stairs in my house just to fill up my water cup again and again. But if I have a REALLY BIG CUP full of water, then no problems there! Looking forward to it!

Finishing My Book

When I was focused on my health problem back in December, I didn’t really feel like writing, so I quit for a while. But now that my health problem is over with, it’s time for me to start pecking some keys again! I REALLY want to get my book done or at least almost done in 2018. I mean, I figure I am about half way through my book since it is a short story and I want to hammer the rest of it out! So this year, one of my resolutions is to finish my story! I want to get it published so bad. I will probably go the self publishing route though once it is completed though. I feel that it is written in a strange way that regular book publishers might not be okay with the way I wrote it. It kind of has a script feel to the writing and not a lot of paragraphs to it, so maybe that is why.

So I am hoping to get that locked down this year! If I ever get my story done, I will be sure to let everybody know on the blog! πŸ™‚

 

And besides being even more frugal this year than the last, those are all of my goals I want to conquer in 2018! Man, I hope I can accomplish some of them! I will have my work cut out for me for sure, haha. πŸ˜€

What are your goals for 2018?

 

 

What did I do this New Year’s Weekend and New Year’s Day? (December 30-31, 2017 and January 1, 2018)

Okay guys, my bad. I threw out all of my receipts after logging them this weekend that had all of my spending on them for this weekend. : ( I wasn’t thinking everyone! So no spending updates in this Weekend Update. I will remember not to repeat that mistake next weekend.

Come see what I did this weekend anyway!

On Saturday, I went to my most favorite store in the world: Goodwill! And maaaaan, most recently, Goodwill has been turning into aΒ Spendypants Goodwill! All of the prices have gone up on a lot of the solid goods. For example, in the past, I saw they wanted $3.19 for a bag of wooden clothes pins when you can buy a bag of new wooden clothes pins for a buck at Dollar Tree. Or on my most recent trip, they wanted $8.19 for a springform cake pan that was in a Food Network box when you can buy a new Wilson springform cake pan at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for 10 bucks. I mean, what the heck? You’re a thrift store Goodwill, not a department store! 😑

Well anyway, I did manage to find some good deals while I was there. I bought this cute Kitty tile hot pad for my new essential oils defuser so it won’t tip over on my dresser! Behold the cuteness!

cat tile

This little guy was only $3.19! I looked up tile hot pads on Amazon to see what they were going for new and they were like 15 bucks brand new! And the fancier hot pads were going for 25-30 bucks EACH! Goodwill had some of those too for around 2 bucks, so those hot pads are a definite steal at Goodwill! I then stumbled upon a new candle in one of the bins while I was looking around. I grabbed it and noticed they had candles the same exact size available at Goodwill for around 5 bucks while mine was around 4 bucks, so I looked up the brand of candle I had found in the bin and found out that the brand of candle I had found was going around 20 bucks on Amazon! So I thought, “Good deal!”

So I left Goodwill spending around $7.00. πŸ™‚ Not a bad haul. And without doing Saturday’s spending summary, 7 bucks was all I spent last Saturday I remember. Btw, LOCMom loved her new candle! It was sugar cookie scented. πŸ™‚

On Sunday, it was… DUN DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!!!! New Year’s Eve! LOCMom and I went over to LOCNeighborD’s house and watched the ball drop in New York City! LOCNeighborD had bought pizza as well and I ate about two slices. πŸ™‚ LOCMom and I also got to see LOCNeighborD’s kitty! She is a fluffy tan cat who loves attention. She was so funny last night because she grabbed my bready pizza end and tried to eat it, haha. πŸ™‚ She must have liked the smell of it or something. πŸ˜› After watching the broadcast of the ball drop, LOCMomΒ and I went home and stayed up until midnight to ring in the New Year! We didn’t do anything but stayΒ up late, so we went to bed straight afterward. πŸ™‚

And that was my New Year’s Eve weekend! nothing too exciting, haha. πŸ˜›

For New Year’s Day, LOCMom and I went to feed the birds in our town! They are all so cute. πŸ™‚ Folks, these birds love food and we try to give them bird seed instead of junky stuff like bread. Believe it or not, bread is bad for wild birds even though they absolutely go gaga over it. πŸ˜› After that, we then went home. πŸ™‚

And that wraps up our New Year’s Day activities! Was a fun weekend. πŸ™‚

And an update about my health problem… It seems the medicine the hospital gave me has stopped working effectively and I’m at the same place before starting it. I have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, so I am hoping that my health problem is gone completely and I am just basically constipated now. I can only hope for good news. : (

I’m hoping all of you, my wonderful readers, had a terrific holiday and New Year and will have a great 2018! πŸ˜€

How was your weekend?