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2011 Progress Check…. Survey says??????

Way back in January i listed some short term and long term goals. The short terms goals were basically a to-do list I was whining about, and got all of those done in short order. My annual goals were a bit lofitier and required a bit more work/patience/determination.

So, without further ado, below is my original list of goals and their results…

1.Pay off dump truck.  [There is a balance of $1100. It will be PAID OFF in January!]

2.Pay off 3 credit cards. [Actually PAID OFF 5! Yesireeee, $3175 – GONE. Plus, paid down another $2100 on the remaining cards.]

3.Establish an E-fund. [Started out great, ended up needing to use some. Currently have $2,000 stashed. Not bad, but not the $5,000 i was aiming for.]

4.Establish savings for: Christmas, Health, Rainy Day. And set it up to contribute automatically. I use ING Direct so this is the easiest thing in the world. Just need to do it. And not “borrow” from it. [Set-up account for Christmas. Saved $1000 and used some of it for my shopping. Still have about $300 in there for next year. 🙂  Did not set up Health because we may do Flexible Spending at work. FAILED at setting up Rainy Day fund. Unless the cookie jar counts? There’s a few Benjamin’s in there…]

5.Lose some weight. Specific numbers and/or plans seem to have the opposite effect. So, let’s just keep it vague and any victory will be a win! [WOOOO-HOOOOO!!! Lost 23 lbs this year! Down a pants size and feeling good about the progress. Doc would like to see me lose another 20-30 before we go to fertility specialist. Got an ipod for Christmas, so loading up playlists for workouts.]

6. a) commit to making healthier meals [Sorta. Kinda. Not eating as many carbs. Definately eating at home a lot more. I give it a 50%]

7. b) get a complete physical [Done. everything good except triglycerides a touch high.]

8. c) work out at least 1 day a week at the fire hall [I work out at home. As often as i can. Some weeks it’s every day, some weeks 0 days. Hey, i’m busy. I do it when i can. Let’s call it 50%]

9.Paint the downstairs and decorate. We’ve been there 10 years. It’s about time. [FAIL. I got as far as painting some sample colors on the wall. Hubby freaked the ‘f’ out. Back to square one. Found some inspirational idea pics. Just need to find the right shade of paint and hire a painter.]

10.Might as well make it an even 10. Get back into taking lots of pictures and scrapbooking. Now that i have a cricut, i have nothing to do with it! [Took lots of pictures, but haven’t been able to scrapbook much. It really has been a very busy year for me.]

All in all, i’m pleased with the progress i’ve made on my list of goals. It’s not like i was a total loser. I tried. And succeeded, mostly.

Since New Year’s is only a day away, it’s only fitting to write up a list of GOALS for 2012.

  1. Lose 20-30 more lbs.
  2. Get pregnant
  3. Establish a Rainy Day fund to cover Goal #2 expenses
  4. Paint & Decorate house
  5. Pay off my car

That’s it. That’s all i really care to accomplish in 2012. All i really want is to have a family with the love of my life. All other goals are simply pre-requisites to the ultimate goal: children.

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Ovulation Revolution

So i’ve been on this medication that’s basically progesterone the last two weeks of my cycle. i’ve been taking it for a few months and have been having “regular” cycles meaning i *cough* (you know) once a month. the purpose of being on this medication is because my hormones are out of whack and when you don’t cycle normally you don’t ovulate. When you don’t ovulate, you don’t *ahem* cycle shall we say. Then things just kinda build up over a period of time. (no pun intended – really!) anyway, taking this medication is basically just to keep things flowing (omg, that slipped too) so to speak until this summer when i planned to start taking medication to help me ovulate. Now let me tell you, i’m not one of those people who get hung up on popping pills or get every side effect listed on the bottle and them some. I just take as directed and move on with my life. Well, these little yellow pills kick my ass. They make me dizzy and then sleepy. Once i’m asleep, i’m out for the count and wake up very tired. So, i try to take them early enough in the evening to not be tired when i wake up, but because they make me dizzy, it’s no fun.

anyway, i told you all that to tell you this. last week was mid-cycle and i felt a little weird. i hadn’t started taking the progesterone yet and i knew it was way off to be starting a cycle. my irregular cycles are always longer, not shorter. so, i thought hmmm, maybe i’m ovulating? probably not, but maybe. So i took an over-the-counter ovulation test and OMG I WAS OVULATING!!! i was so excited i did cartwheels! ok, not really but i really was that excited. So, we’ll see. I didn’t tell my hubby cuz he gets all tweaked out when you say anything about anything even remotely having to do with women’s cycles. but, hopefully, some carefully planned chukka-chukka will result in a baby. i’m not getting my hopes up though. it’s not guaranteed. just cuz you ovulated doesn’t mean you’ve conceived.

Say a prayer for me though. i’m really hoping!!! (but not really)