My New Year’s Resolution: Start Acting Like “an Adult”

My New Year’s resolution this year is to “act like an adult.” And by that I mean pretty much doing all the stuff I hate doing, but I know I need to, in order to remain healthy and be here for my kids down the road :) Which entails:

  1. Working out at least 30 mins a day
  2. Eating healthier. MUCH healthier.

I never thought I would say it, but I actually have to start paying attention to this stuff now as I recently found out my blood pressure is higher than it should be for my age (turns out it can be hereditary – who knew?). I had gone to one of those CVS Minute Clinics (perfect for guys who hate going to the doctors, btw) and when they checked my pressure they literally thought the machine was broken! So they did it again, and sure enough my blood pressure was super high :(

Now, that was partially due to me being sick with two ear infections, but it was certainly a wake up call to start paying attention now and forever. And one doctor visit later, it was confirmed: it’s higher than it should be, but luckily not alarming so. And can be treated with lifestyle changes. So no more chicken nuggets and late night snacks for me!! It’s time to buckle down and quit living like I’m still a poor college student!

And I’ve already started my regime. Well, at least for the food part. I’m one who likes to jump on challenges from Day 1 rather than wait for a new month – or in this case, year – to get started, so my food “diet” has beenΒ substantially different over the past two weeks. AKA a ton less sodium!! Save for Christmas and Bday celebrations, of course ;)

The working out section not so much, but I’ll literally be starting that as soon as I hit “publish” on this post. Gonna give this video a shot first and see what happens – based on the NY Times’ “Scientific 7-Minute Workout“:

“In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort – all of it based on science.”

Then I’ll probably collapse, haha… Wish me luck! ;) Oh, and I got a Fitbit Force over the holidays too, so now I’ll be able to track all my actions and hopefully hold myself accountable. I’ll let you know if it was a waste of money or not…

As for financial goals (ie the point of this blog), I’ll be staying the course on last year’s “keeping it simple” mentality, as well as cutting out more expenses as time goes on too. We’ve done an excellent job getting up to this point, but if I want that whole retiring early thing to actually happen, we’ve still got a ways to go. It’s just a matter of how much I want to affect our current lifestyle right now or not ;) As well as figuring out *what*, exactly, “retiring early” means at the end of the day? I kinda feel like I’m retired now in a small way, except for the whole “needing money” part, haha… which I guess answers my question right there: I need to have enough saved up/invested where we don’t need to rely on any more blogs/projects in the future for income. And we’re still incredibly far from that ideal right now…

So lots to do! Time’s a tickin’! What are you guys getting into for the new year?? Already have a grasp on what you’d like to improve going forward? If it helps, here are some of my past ones I’ve blogged about over the years. Feel free to steal any of them, and then rub it in my face how much better you pulled it off than I ;)

Happy almost new year!!

PS: It’s amazing how much sodium is in almost everything we eat!! And how bland food is without it! Haha… At least the food I’ve been eating in its place ;) That’ll be phase two of our new adventure here – finding yummier stuff that’s healthy!

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  1. My Money Design December 30, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    That video is great! I don’t know which one I like better – the graphics, the Street Fighter II voice over, or the sweet soundtrack!

    To be honest: Exercise videos have made a world of difference in my physique over the last year. There are a ton of them for free on Comcast, and some of them really are very challenging to complete.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      You know, I’ve NEVER been one to even consider watching a work out video, but I gotta admit this one here totally changed my thinking. I just completed it and it was AWESOME!!! Didn’t have to think about the time, what I had to do next, nothing… I just turned up my speakers on blast, glanced at the screen every 30 seconds or so, and rocked it! I’m on a roll now, baby! Haha…

  2. Celeste December 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I had to give up the sodium a couple years ago. It gets easier.

    But those chip craving… Sometimes they get you and you succumb to their call and you pay the next day. Drink lots of water! It helps.

    Good luck, you can do this!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Haha, good to know ;)

  3. Brian December 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I can’t watch the video at work, but as far as exercising, I have found Kettlebells to be awesome. You can get a great strength work out and an brutal cardio work out all at once. Plus it is functional strength which is great for everyday life. Like commentors above, you can find some amazing videos online for great workout routines so it doesn’t get stale. That being said, if you have the cash, maybe pay for a personal trainer a couple of times, just to make sure you use proper form, since you can really hurt yourself (and your goals) if you aren’t training correctly/

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Oh man, I’d never go if I signed up to a gym or with a personal trainer. Unless that trainer literally came banging on my door and forced me to exercise right that second ;) (Or, she was super hot – but don’t tell my wife)

      1. Mel @ brokeGIRLrich December 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Or you could look at it like a PF blogger and think that you CAN’T throw away that money, so you just have to make the most of your gym membership.

        I used to figure out exactly how much each swim was costing me. So the first time I went each month, that was a $35 pool visit, but the next time it was only $17.50 (which is still ridiculous), but most months I got it to under $1.25 a day to swim and on particularly killer months, I could hit the goal of $1.16 – which meant I swam every day and didn’t waste any money.

        But way to rock the videos! I can never seem to commit to doing them. And definitely let us know how the FitBit goes! I’ve been staring them down for a while, but am totally not ready to commit to one yet.

      2. Brian December 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        There are personal trainers out there who will do it outside of the gym. In fact most of them would love to do it outside of a gym where you can give them a little under the table cash.

        1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

          @Brian – Hah! I bet!

          @Mel – True, true… If I were paying for the gym I’d def. try my best to go and take advantage of it, but odds are I’d find a way to cancel it a lot sooner than later ;) As I posted about today though – you gotta stick with whatever works!

  4. jane savers @ solving the money puzzle December 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    My goal is 30 minutes of exercise 3 days each week and I am starting tonight after work.

    My financial goal is to get rid of my HELOC (current balance $11 250) in the first 6 months of 2014 and that will involve some very serious restraint and a lot of luck and maybe a lottery win. I have christened 2014 The Year Of Building Wealth and you can’t build wealth when trapped under debt.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      The Year Of Building Wealth – YES!!! Love that!

  5. Nick @ Step Away from the Mall December 30, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Very cool. I kept my resolutions pretty simple this year… and started on December 6…. So far so good!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      You’re a good man.

  6. Dee @ Color Me Frugal December 30, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Good luck on your exercise and eating habits! My 2014 goal is to get better about writing out goals for myself. I’ve not really done much of that before. So I’m going to blog about my monthly goals and use that to keep myself accountable.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      That’s a good way to do it :) Just remember to blog about the times you FAIL at them too! Which is equally as important as the times you don’t, cuz it keeps you “real” as well as human online… And it’s not always easy to do.

  7. John S @ Frugal Rules December 30, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    “It’s time to buckle down and quit living like I’m still a poor college student!” I think one of my main goals for this year is the exact same thing. In fact, I think it’s the title of the post I wrote for my goals. :) I can totally relate and have already started working on these things several weeks ago as there is no time like the present!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Keep it up, brotha! I want a full report come FINCON time ;)

  8. Mike Collins December 30, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    On e of my resolutions is to lose weight and get into better shape and I’m give that 7 minute workout a try. I have no time to go to a gym so working out at home is a must.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Do it! I felt GREAT afterwards, and if you hop right into the shower next the whole thing can take 30 mins from start to finish :) Though it does feel a bit like cheating, so I spent a few extra minutes doing some more reps just until I was flat out exhausted… I’m sure I’ll be nice and sore because of it though ;)

  9. Tatiana December 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Lol, great video! I don’t know much about personal finance, which is why I’m reading as much as I can these days – love your blog – but I do know something about working out and eating better: goes hand in hand. When you work out your body wants out I reward it with nutritious quality food, craves it when you give your all in a work out. But if you try to eat healthy and don’t incorporate some sort of exercise into your routine, you’re fighting a losing battle. Of course you can exchange an apple for fries one day even if you don’t work out but to see that overall improvement – working out while committing to a healthier diet is key. Another thing – eaaaase into te new workout routine – don’t give it all you got at first – allow yourself to progress – continuing to do it on Wed and Fri is better than a hard one day workout on Monday. Like savings and budgets, working out is something you have to play around with to learn what works best for you and what you can live with to maintain that lifestyle by reaping the benefits. Good luck to you and I would love to see your face during the wall sit – also known as pre-school squatting territory! :) Did I mention I love your blog!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Haha, thanks! I’m glad you’re here now :) And I totally agree – I need to watch myself and make sure I don’t burn out before finding that rhythm. Right now the plan is to do this 7 min hardcore workout on M, W, F, and then maybe jog or walk fast or something on Tues and Th to allow my body to heal… Then either take the weekend off completely, or maybe find something fun to do during it like a sport. But so far I’m off to a great start!

  10. Brian @ Debt Discipline December 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Happy New Year J! Good luck on your 2014 goal. I go for walks, and I know you mentioned you do too, to get some exercises in. It gives me time to clear my head from a stressful day or catch up on some music or pod cast.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Yup! I walk at least once every single day in the morning (my daily ritual with Jay Jr), and then try to get a walk in the later afternoon after hustling too… though from what I hear it doesn’t get the blood bumping as much as, say, a speed walk/jog? So my doctor said I have to do more than just that… which is fine, I can get into the habit hopefully.

  11. Brit December 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    This video is great! My problem will be I will exercise to the beat of the music. If it goes slow my butt will go very slow. LOL
    I lost 17lbs this year and then I was content with it and didn’t put that much into it. Now 2014 I’m going back into it again and see how low I can go.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Nice! I’ll give you a new mission for this year: lose 20 lbs :) (As long as, of course, that makes you healthier… I have no idea how much you weigh or anything! Hehe…)

  12. Taylor December 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Great post! I too am trying to be an “adult” in the new year by eating better, setting career, and financial goals. High blood pressure runs in my family and healthy eating is so important!

    This year I’m trying something different with my goal setting that might work for others. I don’t always stay accountable for my goals {oops} because no on knows them. So I started a GOAL CLUB for 2014 with a few friends. We’ll share our goals and check in with each other to make sure we’re sticking to them. Not sure if it’ll work, but I’m sure we’ll have a little fun trying it out!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Cool!! Especially if it requires y’all to meet up in person too. You can get some fun quality time in with your friends, as well as holding each other accountable :) Perfect for a coffee shop!

  13. MonicaOnMoney December 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Those are great new year’s resolutions! I eat healthy (most of the time) but I really need to start working out more too. I usually do yoga but I’ve haven’t done it lately, thanks for the reminder to get back to it!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Try it with me! Even if just once a week :)

  14. Done by Forty December 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    The songs in that video are too flipping funny. I can barely do the exercises, I’m laughing so hard. Thanks, JMo!

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      It’s perfect for those with A.D.D. I’ll tell you that much ;) Both the music AND the workouts!

  15. Emmy December 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    UGH I can’t think of resolutions this year. I don’t know why! My main goal is to get a job (did I tell you I quit my other job? Cause I did. Now I’m living at home. Sigh. It’s a long story.) and eventually get my own place again. Beyond that? IDK. I’m thinking of some writing and exercise goals though.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Oh wow, big changes ahead for you! That sounds exciting :) And I think that’s more than enough to concentrate on right now, haha… Getting a new (awesome!) job can be challenging I hear, so focus focus focus my friend! And let me know if I can ever help :)

      1. Emmy December 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks! I actually just heard this I’m still in the running for a job at a publishing house – which I’m REALLY excited about! And I have 2 part-time possibilities too that I can take just in case while I figure my life out. It’s going to be an interesting year – that’s for sure!

        1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

          How promising!! I hope you land it, friend! And love your attitude about workin’ the others too if you have to wait for stuff to percolate… A winner’s mentality right there :)

  16. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial December 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    That video will definitely give you a good workout! Bodyweight exercises are my favorite thing ever – they’ll kick your butt without making you go to a gym and look like a fool trying to figure out the stationary machines. Good luck with your 2014 goals, J – I think they’re awesome and you’ll be thanking yourself down the road for taking care of your health today.

    1. J. Money December 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Thanks! You forgot to tell us what YOUR goals are though ;) That way I can check up on you! (Or is that why you didn’t leave them? Haha…)

      1. Kali @ CommonSenseMillennial December 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Haha, I didn’t leave them here because I did a post on my own blog about them and thought it’d be quite boring to rehash them in the comments! If you want to keep tabs you’ll have to hop on over to my corner of the Internet :)

        1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

          Hook and sinker!

  17. Dave @ The New York Budget December 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Good goals – health especially is very important. But, J. Money! Don’t grow up in too many ways! We have to keep that youthful exuberance!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Oh don’t worry, I’m still 51% teenager ;)

  18. Rebecca @ Stapler Confessions December 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Eek! Sorry to hear about your blood pressure. Salt, like sugar, is an acquired taste. Once you cut it out, a little salt will taste better than what a little salt tastes like right now. Good luck with your healthful journey.

    I have a few financial goals, the biggest of which is to stop feeling like I’m in a “transitional” period with my career that justifies not hustling as much. Eff THAT! I’m going to kick up the hustle and start paying off those student loans again. Hopefully I’ll make my 2013 IRA contribution too.

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      That’s the spirit! Hustle Nation, baby!

  19. Joe December 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Good luck! I’m starting out slow with the fitness goal. Just 30 minutes cardio and about 15 minutes with light dumb bells. It’s hard to get to the gym this month, though. The holidays and then we all got sick… We’re heading off for a short workout in a few minutes here.
    I need to eat better too. I think I just need to cut down on carb. Too much rice and bread…

  20. Erin @ Red Debted Stepchild December 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Digging the seven minute workout, I’ll have to try that because I HATE exercise with a passion. Haha, I really just hate being uncomfortable, but maybe I can deal with 7 minutes of it!

    My goals for the year are: increase NW by $25k, average 10,000 steps per day, and read 36 books (12 non-fiction). I’ve got some big plans for 2014 :)

    Good luck, J! And happy new year!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Nice ones! Are you gonna get (or do you already have) one of those wrist band trackers to show your progress too? Waiting for mine (Fitbit Force) to come in the mail :)

      1. Erin @ Red Debted Stepchild January 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        I went a little cheaper and got the Fitbit Zip for $50! It clips on and tracks steps, calories burned, activity minutes, etc.

  21. Michelle December 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    For what it’s worth, my dad was diagnosed with high blood pressure back when I was in high school, so my mom eliminated salt from her cooking almost entirely. The first 3 weeks were tough, but now, several decades later, I still can’t eat things with a high salt content. You do get used to it, but those few weeks can be tough. Hang in there! It really, really works!

    I’m still working on my goals, but paying off the car is on the list. I think it should happen in October. Happy New Year!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Thanks! I am getting a little bit used to it already, but I’m just so freakin’ STARVING all the time it seems! I gotta find some new snacks or something to keep me sane… Good luck on your car goal :)

  22. Aimee December 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    This is great! The keys to sticking with working out is to find some things you enjoy and are good at and actually changing your lifestyle. Always find new ways to make your health better and keep you active and make small changes make a big difference. Some people above mentioned exercise videos on-demand. There are also always videos and equipment in consignment/thrift stores. Also check out for groups/events in your area… they are mostly free! What are some things you like to do? Run? Obstacles? Hike? Hit things? Yard work? Volley ball?…

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Hit things!!! Haha… and volleyball, yes. I recently met a new friend who I believe is into intramural sports, so I’m hoping to join another team or too this next season and use that to skip a cple days a week of the more boring exercises ;) Fingers crossed!

  23. FrugalTeacher December 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I’m posting my 2014 goals tomorrow on my blog but it basically boils down to exactly what you said: Stop living like a poor college student. A good first step would probably be to stop buying Hot Pockets… :)

    One tangible thing I’m going to do is try to go a month without ordering take out for lunch at work. It’ll be a little tough with a few 16 hour days scheduled, but my body and my wallet would feel amazing if I went a month without ordering take-out at work.

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Good one!! You can do it!!!

  24. April December 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Good luck! I am looking forward to watching the video. Hubby and I have always belonged to a gym but retail sales work during the holidays do a number on my ability and motivation to go. I read somewhere that 100 jumping jacks burns 100 calories so I try to do 50 a day, everyday. That way when I travel etc, I don’t have an excuse not to do something you can do anywhere. Yes, many health things are hereditary, my Mr and I eat the same foods and his cholesterol can go through the roof. Drives him nuts……I blame his mother lol

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Yes! Love that! Jumping Jacks are the first item on this 7 min video list, and I swear I can go much longer than just 30 seconds worth, haha… maybe one day I’ll just do it until I pass out and see if I can hit 30 mins :) I actually think they’re pretty fun! Makes you feel like a kid all over again.

  25. Micro December 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I remember when I switched to doing a bunch of cooking from scratch. After doing it for a while, I started getting cravings for all sorts of junk food. At first I thought it was just something I needed to work through until I realized the commonality between all of them was salt. Since I was making things from scratch, I had cut a lot of salt out of my diet. I was amazed I got to the point where my body had to make me crave some because I wasn’t getting enough.

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Kinda like coffee in a way, eh? I went my first full day without a drop last weekend for like the first time in a year, and I swear I had a headache all day and night, ugh… Luckily my doctor said I’m doing fine w/ coffee so don’t need to cut it out just yet ;) (And also to *slowly* cut down and not do it cold turkey like an idiot!)

  26. Autumn December 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    You should check out and I lost 25lbs doing their stuff! =)

  27. Autumn December 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    oh and

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Okay! I will, thanks! And congrats on your weight loss – that’s no easy feat :)

  28. Becky @ RunFunDone December 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Good luck with your goals! If you need some extra motivation to get moving for that 30 minutes a day, Gympact has been amazing for me! You get paid to work out (usually 30-40 cents per workout), and get $5 taken from you if you don’t complete your workout. It’s pretty motivating! So far I’ve made $15! Yippee! I’m going to invest it, and in 10 years it will be $30!

    I posted about it here:

    (I don’t receive any kickbacks from Gympact, I just really think that it’s a great program!)

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      What??? REALLY??? I’M ON THAT – THANKS!!

  29. Karen at Money Saving Enthusiast December 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I think we all need a kick in the pants or wake up call to force us to be better. Well wishes for 2014. I write posts about motivation and productivity bc half the time I am talking to myself. LOL I like that 7 minute workout. Sign me up. I need an imaginary workout buddy. ; )

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      You’re on the “cool” list, now – welcome!

      1. Karen at Money Saving Enthusiast January 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Haha! I think you might just have to do my fitness challenge. Then I’ll put you on the cool list. JK :0P

  30. Christine @ ThePursuitofGreen December 31, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    I haven’t had time to really think of New Year resolutions! Can one of them be to relax and enjoy my new house? I feel like I’ve been running round like crazy nonstop just doing things for it to fix it up. Last thing we have to do is paint and then relax!

    One thing that was held off this year is investments. Buying a house was much more important but I’ll definitely do that this year.

    Wow…good luck on the high blood pressure!!! You’ll get used to food eventually that doesn’t use that much salt. I honestly think a lot of our food is over-salted. Once your taste buds adjust then you’ll actually be able to taste the food itself and not all the salt used for seasoning. Adding in fresh herbs also helps boost the flavor too!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Yes, of course “relaxing” can be on the list! In fact, it’s probably one that a LOT of people need to do in order to stay sane and/or avoid stress/heart attacks… Esp all those hustlers out there like us :(

  31. charles@gettingarichlife December 31, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    To a healthier 2014 as I hurt my back over Christmas. Definitely need to eat better and cut out the junk food. Get over my allergic reaction to exercise and get my ass back in shape!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      haha… I KNEW you could be allergic to that! ;) hope you get better, bud.

    2. Karen at Money Saving Enthusiast January 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      I know what that’s like. I picked up my 9 yr old daughter and tweaked my back. Feel better.

  32. Ash(in US) December 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    For the salt cravings (I’ve cut a lot out, too) I’m going to recommend switching to sea salt at first (more taste, less salt), and Mrs. Dash! :) Lots of varieties of saltless flavorings. Learning how to use spices has helped me a lot, too.

    Even years later I very rarely have a “this is too salty” moment (I have an extremely high salt tolerance), but I can taste the salt in what I eat a lot more.

    You should do a “JUST RESOLUTIONS” page or article so we can all come back and check in next year on our goals! :)

    Good luck, J!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Good tip, I’ll see if I can find some the next time at the grocery store :) And sure, will do a follow up post later and check in with *everyone* – not just me. Gotta make sure you all are staying on top of it too!

  33. Kyle | December 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I have a very similar resolution for 2014. I need to eat better and continue working out. No joke, I want to do everything in my power to make sure I make it to my daughter’s wedding day. Have you heard of the My Fitness Pal app? It rocks and easily keeps track of what you eat and allows you to set goals. I actually talk about it on my blog today. All the best in 2014 my man!

    1. J. Money December 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Oh, nice! I’ll have to check that out… I just downloaded the Lift app for iPhone which I also hear is pretty good. Go us! :)

  34. Fig December 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Very awesome! I have some similar goals for the new year. I’ve never seen that workout video before so I just decided to do it as well! :)

    Happy New Year and best wishes for an awesome year in 2014!!

  35. Kirby @ TheSimpleMoneyBlog December 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    On our list this year are: workout more, read more books, and save, save, save! We’ve used the 7-minute workout for a while, and it’s definitely a quick workout to get you going!

    1. J. Money January 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      I hope you accomplish them all! Make sure to put down specifics so you can cross them off and feel good as you get going :)

  36. Tara @ Streets Ahead Living January 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I’m with you on the blood pressure thing. I’m a 28 year old woman with decent BMI and my blood pressure is borderline. I know it’s partially genetic as my dad has been taking pills since I can remember but I’m too damn young for this. I am not in the best neighborhood for jogging but I gotta get active indoors somehow to ensure this doesn’t become a serious problem.

    1. J. Money January 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Start searching for videos! I put ’em full screen on my computer and then turn it so I can watch (and follow along) while I do the exercises :) There’s some really good ones out there so you don’t get bored!

  37. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans January 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I’ve made the resolution to be healthier, too. In terms of eating, I’m mostly going to focus on portion control. Good luck in 2014!

  38. Agatha January 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I love New Year Resolutions — I always make a whole bunch and then forget about them *sigh* so this year I’m going to take a page out of your book and start a blog so I can keep myself accountable!

    I have a few …

    1] exercise “outside” three times a week [my housemate thinks exercising in the gym isn’t as healthy, and he is really persistent and vocal about his thoughts].
    2] eat a piece of fruit every day [again with the housemate].
    3] read a book every week [must be fiction] – but this one can be caught up on later, I’m not going to be too hard on myself because I know there will be times when I am busier than other times.
    4] grow my garden to between 10-15 edible plants [currently at 5].
    5] live on 50% of my income [this is the bit where YOU inspired me!].
    6] and, of course, keep myself accountable!

    Good luck to us all!!

    1. J. Money January 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      COOL!!! Especially #5 :) Please do start that blog – it’s not only good for holding yourself accountable, but you never know what else can come of it! It’s totally changed my life completely. And it doesn’t cost anything to start! (if you use wordpress or another blogging service)

      1. Agatha January 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        I have started it :] now I just have to keep on with it – consistency has never been a strong point for me!

        1. J. Money January 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

          make it your mission to just write 1 blog post a week – that’s it! you can always do more later, but once you get into the habit it’s much much easier. You can do it!!

  39. KR January 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I just want to say I’m a HUGE fan of the 30 minutes a day exercise plan. I just passed 7 years without missing a day (excepting two short breaks for c-sections) and I love it. I think it’s a fabulous habit to make sure you’re active SOMEHOW every day without making wild promises that are so easy to break. There have been times in my life where 30 minutes was a laughable bare minimum when I was running 5 or 8 miles a day, there have been days where I’ve had to get out of bed at 11pm after realizing I didn’t do any exercise, days when walking around campus at work adds up to 30 minutes and I count that, and days where I’m sick enough that a 15-minute stretching routine and a trudge around the block is all I can manage. I love having a baseline amount of physical activity that stays consistent through all of that. All that to say, congrats on making a great choice of exercise plans!

    1. J. Money January 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Hah! Awesome – you are my new hero :) I LOVE that you got yourself out of bed during those times – something I’d totally do myself if I caught it that late.

      So far I’m 6 out of the last 7 days doing this. With that one day missed being after the first day when I over did it and felt it was best to not strain my body for a day, haha… I go on daily walks every morning anyways, which counts for something, but trying to raise that heart rate more when possible. So needless to say I’ve been spending quite a lot of time on Youtube looking for better and better vids :) Helps w/ A.D.D. too!