I cannot believe that we are less than 100 days away from 2019!
Am I the only one that is still having a hard time accepting that it is currently 2018 and now I have to prepare for the next year? I feel as if I just turned 16 yesterday and I am wondering why each year keeps passing me by so quickly.
To summarize my feelings about the end of the year again, I would say that I AM NOT READY! There are still many goals that I want to achieve before the year is out and I have decided that now with less than 100 days left, it is the perfect time to start them.
My first remaining goal of 2018 is to get back to my first major goal weight of 199. I have been in an all out battle with myself to lose and keep off these 15/20 pounds for the past 6 months! I have gotten down to 207 and then creep back to 215. To be honest it is exhausting and with less than 100 days left, it is time for me to tackle this goal for the last time. I CANNOT start 2019 off weighing more than 200 pounds! I need to come up with some type of plan that I can stick with in order to shed the weight. If I lose at least 2 pounds per week, I will hit my goal weight very soon. But with Halloween candy, Thanksgiving cakes, pies and macaroni, Christmas red velvet cake and the Salted Caramel lattes from Starbucks this won’t be an easy task!
I also want to start cooking again. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that with the job I have, we eat with our clients at the hotel restaurant almost every day for lunch. I used to be very disciplined and only eat salad everyday but as of lately salads have been the last thing on my mind. I have decided that since I no longer have any discipline that I need to cook my meals each day for lunch and dinner. I am hoping that this will help me get back to my weight loss goal as well.
My last goal for 2018 is getting rid of all unnecessary debt: credit card, braces and cell phone. A few months ago, my credit card balance was over $2,000. I was disgusted by how I allowed my balance to creep back up in the thousands but because I wasn’t budgeting, I didn’t know how much money was coming in versus how much money I was tossing out the window. I downloaded the “Every Dollar” app and have been trying my best to budget for the last few months. Even though budgeting can be annoying, it definitely has its advantages. I was able to see that I actually spend $200 each month on gas for my car instead of $100 and I noticed that I was spending money on things that were not necessities. I cleaned up my frivolous spending and started tackling my credit card. I am happy to say that I only have approximately $250 left to pay as of today and my braces and cell phone can be paid off by my next check!
Setting end of the year goals are important to ensure that we finish the end of the year well. It is time to get focused!