Resolution Update: January

As you know, I set some goals at the beginning of this year. I thought I'd update weekly on how that's going, to keep myself accountable. As expected, January was off to a rough start. But not to worry, because...

I barely even made it to barre class, though I went once. The last time I went to barre has to be August or September. I'm definitely not in the best shape of my life -- and I certainly wasn't then.  In the summer and early fall, my body was going through a lot of ups and downs, which just made getting out of bed, much less going to the gym so impossible. I decided to table rigorous exercise for a while. But now, I'm back at it! It's really frustrating to feel like mentally you're ready to work out, but your body doesn't want to. I literally feel like my fat is getting in the way! I can't really do a crunch because my belly stops me about half way up, and anything that I do lying on my side feels horrible because my love handles are so wobbly. I also ended up going to a yoga class which was really challenging, but fun. Inner Light Yoga was a whole new kind of yoga I'd never experienced before and I definitely wanna go back.
Resolution: Go to barre 2x a week. January: 1/8

I've gotten sick of my same three go-to recipes of chicken parm, fettuccine alfredo, and rice pilaf from a box. So, this year, I've set the intention of cooking at least one new recipe a week. After my brother-in-law prepared this delicious main course on New Years Eve -- and my husband actually liked it! -- I knew I wanted to add this yummy recipe to my arsenal. Skirt steak and chimichurri is a simple week night meal that is SUPER fast to throw together, in fact, I made it for some friends out of what was sitting in my fridge and pantry when I decided to invite them over for dinner on a whim. I got on a steak kick this month and tried several different ways to prepare it. Besides cooking it in a pan like I usually do, I tried a cast-iron skillet, a grill pan, a grill attachment for my stove, and reverse searing it by baking it in the oven and then frying it quickly in a pan. I learned my favorite way to prepare a steak is by marinating it overnight in a mix of olive oil, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, freshly chopped shallot and garlic, and a sprig of rosemary, then reverse searing it, and finishing it with a garlic mushroom cream sauce. I'll post the recipe if anyone is interested.
Resolution: Try one new recipe a week. January: 4/4 

Book group was back in full swing this month, which helped me get closer to my goal this year. We read Little Fires Everywhere, which I started without even knowing what I was about, so even though I went in blind, I really enjoyed it. Though we haven't had a chance to discuss it yet, I'm looking forward to exploring what everyone else thought about the themes of motherhood and what it means to be a parent. I also finished (for the second time) The Royal We. This book is straight up chick lit, but it's SUCH a guilty pleasure. It's so enjoyable, and especially now that we have another Windsor engagement, it's fun to read and imagine Meagan and Harry. I started My Brilliant Friend, which was gifted to me in October. I haven't gotten very far, so I won't count this towards my goal for the month, but I'm doing better on this resolution that I thought I would. I have to admit, I'm not an avid reader, but I'm trying to be.
Resolution: Read three books each month. January: 1.75/3

I also want to add a new resolution since January was a free trial month and all. I want to go on another spending freeze. I did it in 2013, and for six months in 2016, and I think it's time. My closet is bursting, my house is well decorated, a have enough fabric to get us through the zombie apocolypse if lingerie was the way to save ourselves... So it's time to put the credit cards away.
New Resolution: Stop spending. As with my last spending freezes, things like food, bills, mortgage, dog stuff, expendables (like makeup, toiletries, etc) don't count. The idea is to live with what I have and enjoy it!

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