We’re halfway through this year. I can’t believe it. Where does the time go? The older I get, the faster it goes. I guess that’s true for everyone.
Back on January 1, I set a few goals for myself for this year. I figured I’d better check on them at the halfway point and see how I’m doing.
Goal #1: lose 15 pounds. I weighed 175.5 at that point. This morning I weighed 179. Definitely not progress! But at least I’ve stopped gaining weight. I’ve switched from a daily Coke to unsweet tea, and allow myself a Coke on Fridays. I started walking, then stopped, so I’ve got to get back to that. I am not going to get to 160.5 by January 1; at this point I’ll be happy with 170.
Goal #2: have six months of food and essentials stored for disaster prep. I have about 3 months stored at this point, and I’ve discovered that I don’t have room for 6 months worth. I’m about at capacity now. I’ll add a few more things over the rest of the year, but I’m going to have to be satisfied with 3 months. That should be enough for a natural disaster or a huge flu pandemic.
Goal #3: Come in under budget every month. I managed that for two months, but then in March things started going south. May was a disaster. I’ve done okay in June, but not great. I have a new budget starting tomorrow, which I think will help me be more successful in saving money and not spending so much.
Goal #4: Pay an extra $100/month on my car loan. I did that for the first three months, but didn’t manage to do so for April, May and June. I haven’t budgeted for that for the rest of the year, but if I have that money at the end of the month, I’ll put it on the car loan.
Goal #5: No food waste. I’ve done well with that. My compost pile is thriving. I can’t say that I haven’t thrown anything away, but it’s been very little.
So – the report is not a positive one. Nothing to do but get back on track.