Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Beginning of the End

Its officially the first day of the last month of this year. Say goodbye to 2012!
I cant even begin to recount all the crazy, wondrous, amazing, scary things that has happened to me this year. I know that it has changed me and for the better! I cant wait to see what awesomeness 2013 has in store. Until then I'll enjoy my first Christmas in Chicago. I'm planning a day/night trip to the city to check out all the festivities and see the infamous Macy's tree lighting and window displays.

My first Chicago Christmas tree =)

And a little bit of Texas to help celebrate!

Lots of fun things coming up this month. Next week is my bariatric surgeons Christmas party (really looking forward to this!), my trip to the city, my first sponsored blog giveaway, starting a 250 book reading challenge with my friend Nicki, and just really focusing on wrapping the year up and continuing to make good choices into the new one. That being said I'm following in my friend Brooke's footsteps and have made myself some December goals, something to help keep me accountable during the crazy holiday season! I joined her Skinny Snowman Challenge and boy I have tanked big time, hopefully you guys are doing much better!

3 workouts per week - easy enough! My doctor put me on a core restriction until we get my gallbladder/heartburn issue solved but I can still get up and excuses on this!
64 oz of fluid per day/half clear - now this one I struggle with. I easily get my fluids in but most of it is coffee which I know isn't the best choice; so I'm cutting back and making sure at least half of my daily intake is water.
2013 budget - I try this every year and I'm never "prepared" enough to keep it going. So this time I'm taking the entire freaking month to get my poop in a group to really stick to it this time. I've been following Anna over at AndThenWeSaved for a while now and have decided to follow her program. She paid off $17k in debt in a year on a salary making not even twice that much, is that awesome or what? I haven't decided if I'll be doing the Spending Diet, the Spending Fast or maybe even a combo of the two. I'll figure it out and post on it later.
2 blog posts per week - I need to make a habit of blogging regularly so I'm committing to posting at least twice a week, recipes NOT included. Hear that self? Recipes are NOT included.
Do you have any goals for December? Anything fun you're looking forward to?
Have a great week!


  1. I was born and raised in Chicago. The #1 thing I miss is downtown during Christmas seeing all the displays and how the snow looks aside all the lights, etc. I'm jealous!

    1. Awesome! What else is good to check out in Chicago this time of year?

  2. GREAT goals, Shari!
    I pinned that website (and then we saved) last week, and I"m SUPER excited to get started on her program! Adam and I are definitely going to attack our debt 100%

    Good luck!!

    1. I love that site, are you guys doing the Diet or jumping right into the Fast? I cant wait until I have zero bills! Yay for us!