#1 - Become Debt Free: Weighing heavily on my heart for some time now, I have to toot my own horn a little bit because I have done surprisingly well in this department- not only have I sworn off from swiping my oh-so-convenient credit card, I am actually living on a budget and putting more money into my savings each week. It's amazing just how much money you can save without eating out all the time or buying a new outfit every time I venture out on the weekends with friends. Don't get me wrong, I am still having fun and getting to do those things I enjoy, but on a more limited basis. I figure with the current state of the economy and with no real end in sight, I need to plan for more the future because you never know what's right around the corner. I'm being positive and hoping for the best, but I'd rather be prepared just in case. Obviously, I didn't learn all this by myself- thanks Mom and Dad- your financial planning for me has started paying off, one step at a time.
#2 - Read my Bible: Another accomplishment of mine is the fact that I have stuck to the promise I made to myself - by no means am I anywhere near completing my read, but I am happy to report that I have finished the first 3 gospels- Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and am currently reading John. It's crazy just how much I have learned in these past 3 weeks of reading and I'm actually comprehending just how important His words are. I've found it extremely helpful to set a time each night to read, so at 9 PM during the week, I turn off my TV and crawl into bed and get to reading for about 30 minutes. Hey, it's not a sprint - it's a marathon, but I am getting there and to me, the Bible has turned into quite a good read- it's like a good book you can't seem to put down because you want to know what happens. Keep me in your prayers for this one- I need all the help I can get!
#3 - Get Healthy! On a more somber note, and I'm going to be completely honest here: I haven't done so well with this one. Granted, I'm not binging on anything really bad, but I am still allowing myself to have these everyday or every other day indulgences and I'm not going to get anywhere at this pace. I am still writing down EVERYTHING I eat on a daily basis and am tracking my workouts online and in my workout diary, as well. I am keeping track with working out 3 to 4 times a week, which is good, but I need to eliminate Papa John's and Taco Bell from my vocabulary, especially before I hit the beach in Florida for my best friend's bachelorette weekend in March. I did throw out A LOT of food in my pantry to eliminate my thirst for anything sweet and chocolate, but when my grandmother made my favorite yellow cake with chocolate icing, how could I resist??