Sunday, July 3, 2011

June: A Month in Review

So . . . hi. My name is Alisha and I used to blog here. And then I stopped and didn’t come back for a long time. 

And, actually I’m not really sure that I’m back. 

But, I promised myself that I would check in about my new years resolutions each month to keep myself accountable. So, here I am. I hope some of you are still out there, reading. 

+My first resolution is to get healthy. For the first five months of 2011 I didn’t make any headway, but I had a turning point towards the end of May. I joined a gym, started working out, and sticking to a diet. I hoped that in June I would continue to work out four times a week and lose 10 pounds. I am quite excited to say that I met this goal! Its been pretty easy to get back into the routine of going to the gym and I like the way exercise makes me feel. Dieting has been hard and I certainly haven’t been perfect (whatever that is), but having Neill’s support has made it do-able. Not keeping junk food in the house and giving up take-out has made a huge difference. My goals for July are to continue going to the gym four times a week and to continue to watch my calorie intake. Next month, I want to be able to report back that I’ve lost another seven pounds. 

+My second resolution is to finish my master’s degree. And guess what? I can officially cross this goal off the list because I am DONE baby. Done Done Done. On June 14th I gave my committee members my thesis paper, on June 21st I defended and PASSED, between June 22nd-June 29th I made the requested edits, and on June 30th I officially turned in my thesis to the graduate school. Now, all I have to do is sit back and wait for my degree to come! 

+Another goal is to make more time for my VIPs. I think the month of June was a big failure in this realm. Between my two summer classes, rushing to finish my thesis, making time for the gym, and avoiding restaurant food I barely saw anyone this month. While there is a part of me that feels guilty about this, another part of me is happy that I took the time I needed. I don’t want to apologize for putting myself first. That being said, I would like to make more time for my family this month. I miss my mom :( 

+ My final goal is to be financially responsible. I don’t really have much to report on this. Money is always tight for me in the summer since I only get paid during the school year so I’ve been feeling extra thrifty. I guess this is the perfect time to give up eating at restaurants then, huh? I did do some online research and found a financial planner to meet with, but than I never actually called him to make an appointment. I guess my goal for July is to finally call this guy and set up a meeting. 

And that’s all folks! Thanks for sticking with me through my new years resolutions updates. Writing these posts really help me stay committed. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!



  1. Miss you girly! Glad you're having success with working out! I have shin splits so I'm taking a couple weeks off, I was excited to see you pop in my feed and will look for you again next month!
    Still a faithful follower :)

  2. congrats on the working out! AND your Master's!!! Isn't that an amazing feeling? Hope you're having a wonderful July4th! Did you go to the taste at all?

  3. Congrats on finishing your Masters! I totally know the feeling! Have some drinks to celebrate!

  4. Yesterday I heard some one say that if life is a song, there are many verses - and we can't sing them all at the same time. Congrats on finishing your thesis! Hopefully now you'll have more time for those VIPs! ;)

  5. Wow, you've made some big accomplishments! Congrats on sticking to the gym and losing 10 lbs and of course congrats on getting your masters!

  6. Congrats on the 10 pounds and a HUGE congrats on finishing your thesis! They're both fantastic accomplishments :)

  7. Congrats on everything, girly!! The 10lbs, your masters, shoot, defending your thesis is hard enough, and now making time for all the people that mean the most to you!

    Way to go, girlfriend! Keep it up :)

  8. YAY! You're back! Congrats on everything, especially your master's! What a great accomplishment. Keep up the great work :)

  9. Welcome bag and HUGE CONGRATS on the 10 pounds and finishing your masters!!!!!

    I need to get with a financial planner too, so let me know if he's good.


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