So it’s November 1st. Can you believe it? I’m having a hard time with it myself. Today I’m thinking hard about how I’ll spend the last two months of 2016. I have a lot of thoughts in my head and projects on my mind, but two things are really standing out.
First, and this is going to be a tough one, I’m going to keep a log of my menu plans, grocery lists and then what actually happens when it comes time to cook and serve dinner every night. You all know I’m a huge fan of planning and list making, but those of you who know me really well know that I’m also prone to spontaneous fits where I change up my plans at the last minute because of some whim or another. (Don’t pretend like you don’t change your mind, too. I know you do.)
Anyway, by keeping track of my plans and my actual results, I’ll also be keeping track of the spending around the food side of things for this household. And since that is pretty much one of our biggest monthly expenditures (aside from the house, the cars, the internets and shoes), I might learn a thing or two about how to reduce that line item on the budget.
Second, if you know me well you know that I’m a runner. Not a good one, or a fast one, but – and I guess this is as good an adjective as any – a consistent one. I’ve been working all year toward running 1000 miles, which I’ve attempted for two years prior and failed at doing, so I am bound and determined to make it this year. And it actually could happen. As of right now, I’m 213 miles away from hitting the 1000 mile mark, which means that if I run 107 miles in both November and December, I’ll be there. Assuming I don’t fall down or catch the flu between now and then, it could actually happen.
This is a great motivator for my ultimate goal of losing 16 pounds by next September, a goal I set with my doctor at my last physical. So far I’m down 3 pounds, so it’s a start.
Anyway, these are both what they call in the business as “Big Hairy Audacious Goals”, mostly because they are attainable, but only with a significant amount of pain, suffering, dedication and determination. And this is amplified by the fact that these aren’t the only two things I have going on right now.
You all should also know about me that I’m a fan of setting attainable goals, which includes one of my mantras – “Pick 2 Things.” This means that when you’re looking at your plans, to pick two projects to focus on and do them both really well, instead of having multiple projects that you basically half-ass until nothing really comes out the way you want. By picking two things, you’re giving yourself both the focus and the time to dedicate toward achieving your goals.
And you could argue that above I’ve outlined two things. Clear as day, right? But let’s not forget about all the other things I have going on. Lets make a list:
- Run a 4-person household (laundry, cleaning, pet care, people care, etc.)
- Cook for a family of 4 daily
- Taxi two kids around
- Volunteer for stuff, serve on committees, etc.
- Hold down a full-time job
- Have friends, drink beer/wine, throw the occasional party
I’ve affectionately called this in the past “Being (Super) Mom.”
Sound familiar? I know tons of women who are trying to do all these things. Most of them are killing it, and I want to be like them.
So if you don’t mind, I’ll be using this blog to track my progress, and hopefully record some successes. Don’t worry. You’ll still get menus, recipes and pictures of food. That’s just what I do. And if you have any advice along the way, I’m happy for you to comment below, post on my FB page, or send me a tweet!