On the one hand, some things on my resolutions list from last year remain undone. On the other hand, I've had a banner year in terms of getting things done! So let's start with all the positive (non-resolution) change.* This post is long, so I highlighted key stuff for you. Haha.
In March, Kevin got me this book for birthday because he knows I'm interested in organization books. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing* by Marie Kondo (Konmari) is no joke. I don't just have a more organized home, but it was LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC! It's real. Let me explain.
After I had started successfully decluttering my home so that I could bask in the things I love most, it occurred to me that this problem I had been unable to solve with willpower or other books-- I was able to solve with a better system. Maybe I just needed a better system for... everything!
So I asked for recommendations, specifically seeking something that was similar in style to Konmari: a book with a system to fix my problem, with some instant wins, that would keep me motivated, and was free to implement. I think that the "free" part is kind of key because it somehow prevents shysters from profiting (and therefore recidivism on your part).
So for finances I did The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. I'm not going to get into my financial details online, but huge improvement! If you want to ask me in person, I'll tell.
At this point it occurred to me that what I really wanted was to lose weight. This one was tough. I was asking around everywhere. I tried reading a few bad diet books. Meanwhile articles were coming out that diets don't work. Ugh.
Finally I found this BBC documentary from 2012 about accidental diet research on mice and its effects on humans... as far as we know now. Basically the documentary talked about the scientific method of eating 500 calories every other day, and your regular current diet in between. There are a few different names for this method of eating: alternate day fasting, every other day diet, or 5:2 fast diet (if you only do it 2 days a week).
I read the three best books on the topic (Mosley, Varady, Johnson). The thing is, you don't need to read the books at all because I just explained the whole diet to you, but if you want to be convinced that it's healthy and scientific then read one of the books. I still think the best one is The FastDiet - Revised & Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley. I also like the Facebook group Alternate Day Fasting. (I would recommend actually reading and following KonMari or Dave Ramsey if you have problems in those areas, but the diet is really straightforward.)
I've done the 5:2 diet for 5 months, and lost 15 pounds so far. I lost the weight I gained when I was pregnant plus another 7 pounds. I'm the weight I was when I got married in 2009, and there's no signs that I'm stuck or that I've plateaued yet. So I'll report back when I do.
Lost the Miranda weight plus more, except
that Miranda makes me carry her all the time.
I'm in the process of finding information on meditation and mindfulness. I'll report back this too.
Also, we bought a house this year! So that was an awesome bucket list item for me. I'm super happy about our little house near the beach and near Kevin's job.
As for my actual 2015 Resolutions, below I highlighted which of my 2015 resolutions I actually accomplished. I'm doing a separate post on my 2016 resolutions but hopefully I can keep that list SHORT and manageable.
2015 Resolution "Musts":
- Spanish: Started to get serious about teaching the kids Spanish!
- Complete our powers of attorney (was also on my 2014 resolutions)
- Living wills (was also on my 2014 resolutions)
- Healthcare powers of attorney (was also on my 2014 resolutions)
- What would I do for our kids? Letters?
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munroe
- Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- (I also read 21 other books that weren't on this list including: Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey)
- the third Magicians
- the rest of Game of Thrones 4-6 (read 4 and 5, stuck on the boringness of 6)
- Enders Game
Things I still needed to do from my 2014 Resolutions:
- Back-up my entire computer.
- Learn to bake!
- Lost the baby weight I gained with Miranda! And not a resolution - but also James weight! (Thanks 5:2!)
- Culled my dad's books (thanks Konmari!)
- Finish James's baby book
- Baptize the kids.
- Learn Italian this year.
* I used three associate links above, because why the heck not, but these are all books I used to great effect. All of you who know me in real life know that I won't shut up about these books. My "cults." Also, you don't need to buy any of these books because they're probably in your local library.