Hello, new decade! 2020 is here, and as well as being a brand new start to a year, it’s also a shiny, brand spanking new decade. Holy crap! As I’m writing this, I’m trying to think back to the last ‘turn of the decade’ that I experienced. The countdown was on to bring us into 2010, I was 22 and I was all about partying, enjoying life and living it up. I worked 3 jobs, yet still managed to get out at least 3 nights a week! A lot’s changed since then, but that reflection is probably better off in its own post…I lived life without any real plan and had no clue about setting goals for myself let alone thinking too far into the future.
Since I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions, I don’t feel too guilty that I didn’t have my goals ready to start on the 1st of January. I’d been framing these goals in the back of my mind for the last couple of months anyway, so doing this just helps me to visualise where I’d like to be and how I’ll get there.
Now that the dust has settled, and all of the Christmas chocolate has been consumed, it’s time to get serious and set out what I actually want to achieve this year.
The goal: Improve my fitness and return to my pre-pregnancy weight
- Complete a food diary at least 5 days a week, try to stay around 1800 calories. (This has been calculated in order to help me lose 1lb a week and is based on my age/height/current weight. I’ll write a more detailed post soon, but if you’d like to know how I did this then just visit this website: IIFYM). To track my calories, I use My Fitness Pal. I’ve used this website for years, and the free version is more than enough to get you going. The more you use it, the quicker it gets to log your intake and I find it massively beneficial to log all of your food the night before. Yes, this means food prepping!
- Work out 3 times a week. Even though I now work part-time, I still work 4 long days during the week. I’ve found it hard to find the time to get to the gym on these days and I also have a partner who works shifts so my weekends aren’t always great for fitting in workouts either. To get around this, we’ve both started to invest in some gym equipment that we can use at home. The garage has been cleared out, and will soon be set up as our own little home gym which will make it much easier for me to fit those workouts in. I get bored easily, and I’m not a huge fan of cardio workouts. That being said, I know it needs to be done and I’ve found a little bit of love for cycling (on a spin bike!) so this counts as my cardio, before I get stuck into my favourite part of working out. Weightlifting! Trust me, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. The difference this will make to your physique is mind-blowing and there’s so much satisfaction to be had from lifting, especially once you start pushing yourself to beat a personal best.
- Milestone: lose 14lbs in 14 weeks. I’m a fan of tracking things, and to make sure my goal is SMART I need to incorporate a bit of the ’T’ – Tracked. I’ll review my progress in 14 weeks time to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.
Since becoming a working mum, so much of my time is dedicated to looking after others that I sometimes run out of time to dedicate to myself. I could come up with a massive list of excuses as to why I’ve neglected my own diet and fitness, but that wouldn’t be very productive! So instead I’ll focus on the above to help me to get back into shape!
The goal: Save a minimum of 10% of wages every month, and increase retirement savings to 10%
- Set a budget every month, and actually stick to it! Once all bills are paid, save 10% cash into a separate bank account. Aim to cut back on spending to increase this amount throughout the month.
- review sinking funds and ensure they’re properly funded every month
- review all household expenses and shop around for better deals
- Increase pre-tax pension contributions to the maximum amount, and invest into a separate account to make this total 10% each month.
I also have a longer-term view to get us into a position to pay our mortgage off early, and I have a plan that I follow for this. Keep an eye on my Instagram and more may be revealed, but for the minute this is more of a long term goal.
The goal: Secure a permanent position in my current role
- Review all options and complete interview to secure my current role permanently. Explore what alternative opportunities are available!
Basically the company that I work for is currently going through a restructure, so there’ll be a lot of changes coming up! Whilst change is sometimes a bit scary (especially when unplanned!), it can also be an opportunity for new doors to be opened. So I plan to interview for a role on my current team, as it’s where I’d originally seen myself staying for the foreseeable future. This restructure has been a bit of a shove out of my comfort zone, but it’s made me wonder how long I would have stayed in that zone without pushing myself. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it last year, which you can find here.
The goal: Go on a family holiday abroad! Visit at least 1 city in the UK that I’ve never been to before
- This is a fun one but will also tie in closely to my money/finance goal as it’ll have to be incorporated into my monthly budget.
Last year was tricky for holidays as we were still adjusting to our new life as a family of 3. This meant a change from holidays as a couple or with friends to something a bit more family-friendly. Cost is important of course, due to increased expenditure (nursery fees, grrrr) and also the fact that I work fewer hours. So we’ll see!
With that being said, we still managed to fly long-haul with an 8-month-old to St Lucia to visit family so we did get a bit of sun! We also managed a lovely Centreparcs break as well, which I’d like to repeat this year.
As for the new cities, I’d love to explore more of the UK! I’d like to visit and explore 1 or 2 cities which I’ve never been to before, so if you have any recommendations then please send them my way.
So that’s it for my list of goals this year, I’ll keep track and review my progress every couple of months. I don’t think I’ve done too badly by getting this posted before the end of January, especially with a toddler around who dictates whether I get any spare time or not!
One other very important thing to remember: don’t focus on other people’s goals, while neglecting your own! Just because you may see others with a huge list of goals, doesn’t mean you have to aspire to the same. Just one will do, and it can be as complex or as simple as you choose!
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