Happy Tuesday everybody! Last year Macy at To Travel and Beyond decided to host a link up for a 101 in 1001 list. I had never really thought about making one, but thought that it would be fun to throw one together to see how I would do. I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself for the things that I’ve been able to accomplish in just 6 months! Check out below to see how I’ve done over the past three months, and see my first check in here!
2. Visit 10 cities that I’ve never been to before. (1/10)
Our first two weekend trips this year were to cities that we’d already visited, but in March for girls trip I had the chance to visit Charleston, which I’d never visited before. I just finished recapping our trip to Los Angeles, which means that recaps of Charleston are coming soon!
8. Visit the Texas wine country.
Our weekend trip in April was to the cute town of Fredericksburg right in the heart of the Texas wine country with our friends Sarah and Clayton! I’ll be recapping our trip soon, but you can check out our weekend of wine tasting by the numbers in this post!
17. Go on three girl’s trips. (1/3)
Like I said previously, I went on a girls trip with some of my best friends earlier this year, and we had the chance to visit probably one of the girly-iest cities in the United States, Charleston! I’ve just started recapping our trip, and I can’t wait to tell y’all all about it!
20. Go on a trip once a month for a year. (5/12)
In April I had a real struggle with myself about what actually constituted a “trip”. Is a trip somewhere that you have to fly on a plane in order to get there? Is a trip somewhere that is out of the state or even out of the country? After thinking about it for a while, I think that I’ve come up with the fact that a trip is somewhere that’s out of the norm for you. If you decide to visit family in Canada, whom you never visit, that would be out of the norm for you, while maybe visiting family members that live only a few hours away that you visit all the time would be considered more normal. So even though we didn’t actually fly anywhere in April, I’m considering our trip to Fredericksburg a weekend getaway, which means that I’m still going strong
27. Find 3 of the Houston murals.
Done and done! I had my second blate with Kathleen from Places I Will Go in March and we visited four Houston murals, and even did a fun photo shoot for our birthdays! Then when we found out that another mural had just opened up, we had another blate to visit that one as well! I’m already trying to figure out when I can go back and take some more pictures in front of those beautiful walls!
28. Try 5 new restaurants.
After this past weekend, this category is officially finished! During the first check in, I talked about our Valentine’s Dinner at Underbelly, which was our first new restaurant in Houston. Over the past few months, we’ve managed to try our an additional four new restaurants! We trip planned with our friends at North in the Galleria area, we tried some amazing and authentic sushi at MF Sushi in the Museum District, we celebrated my dad’s retirement at Southern Goods in the Heights, and Kathleen and I had a fabulous brunch at Liberty Kitchen in the Heights! Even though this category is done for me, I’m sure that I’ll still be wanting to try as many restaurants as possible in Houston!
29. Attend an Astros game.
Our company has season tickets to the Astros, and I went to my first game at the beginning of May. I have a few more games that I’ll be attending this year, and I’m very excited!
36. Organize my closet.
Another huge check off the list for me! When my dad and a few other people were over one weekend to help Chris get everything set up for the theater room, I decided to clean out my closet. I didn’t really donate a whole lot to Goodwill, but I did go through and get rid of a bunch of shoes I don’t wear anymore, and now I can actually walk into my closet without potentially breaking my neck!
37. Organize my night stand.
I finally did it! One weekend I was looking for something in my nightstand, and I couldn’t find it anywhere, so obviously the only thing that I could do was to organize and get rid of everything! Thank goodness it’s done!
47. Paint rooms in the house.
Back in March Chris and I decided to paint a few rooms in our house so we could get the theater room officially done! We painted the dining room, the theater room, our bedroom, and the guest bedroom. I’m so in love with all of the colors that we picked, and I don’t know why it took us so long to bite the bullet and paint!
48. FINALLY get our last few boxes unpacked.
Again, because we were wanting to get the theater room completed, the last few boxes that had just been sitting in the theater room finally got unboxed! At least it took us less than two years to do it…
54. Get the theater room set up.
I definitely think that Chris timed it this way, but the electronics got installed and the furniture was delivered when I was conveniently in Las Vegas for a work conference. The room looks fantastic, and I’m so glad that Chris put all of the thought and effort into putting it all together!
61. Read 100 books. (29/100)
I’m totally feeling like a book reading All Star, and I’m totally going to give all of the reading challenges and book clubs I’ve joined the credit for how much I’ve been reading lately! My updated numbers are 7 books read in 2015 and 22 books in 2016. I’m already 6 books ahead of schedule for 2016, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read more than 52 books this year, which is more than one a week!
62. Complete 3 reading challenges. (Completed 2/3: SCWBC15 and Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0)
It definitely came down to the wire, but I’m so very proud of myself for finishing Erin’s Book Challenge! The SCSBC16 was just released on Sunday, and I don’t think that I’m going to participate. I have a lot of books on Netgalley that I need to get caught up on, as well as a few other books that I’ve been putting off for forever (hello Me Before You!). Instead, I think that I’m just going to wait until Erin’s new book challenge which the categories will be released on June 1st!
68. Get our movies organized and stored electronically.
I can take absolutely no credit for this huge achievement at all! In anticipation of the theater room, Chris put all our movies onto an electronic system called Plex so we can access them from anywhere with WiFi! It makes watching a movie in the theater room pretty awesome!
76. Make 10 new recipes. (2 new Skinnytaste cookbook recipes, Skinny Turkey & Wild Rice Soup, Skinny Buffalo Chicken Chili, Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Caprese, Shrimp Scampi Zoodles, Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles, Zucchini Noodles with Simple Bolognese Sauce, Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto, and Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Zucchini Soup)
This is totally a category that we’ve knocked out of the park! We’ve tried more than 10 recipes (that’s just off the top of my head so far), and I know that we’ll continue to try even more! As you can tell, zoodles have been very popular with us so far this year!
78. Cook my husband dinner without his help.
About a month ago, Houston suffered some pretty severe flooding, which meant that I couldn’t drive into work that day. Instead, I spent the day at home and decided to cook my husband lunch and dinner! It was a nice change of pace, for sure!
85. Eat at 3 Bravo-lebrity restaurants. (1/3)
If you read my recaps of our trip to Los Angeles, then you already know that we ate at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Villa Blanca while we were there! We also ended up going to PUMP while we were there (and even saw Ken while we were there!), but I’m only going to say that we’ve eaten at one restaurants, since technically we only had drinks at PUMP.
Health, Fitness, & Beauty
86. Drop one dress size.
At the beginning of the year, Chris and I decided to challenge his brother and his wife to see who could lose the highest percentage of body weight from January through June. Although it’s been tough to stay strong, Chris and I have both been doing phenomenal! Since January, I’ve lost 25 pounds, and now I can fit into pants and dresses that I haven’t been able to wear in over a year! It feels pretty awesome!
87. Work out for three days for three months in a row.
One of the biggest ways that we’ve lost weight is by changing our diet (hence all the zoodle recipes), but also by working out. We’ve both been consistently working out 3-5 days a week since January and it feels awesome!
88. Work out in the morning three days a week for a month.
Even though I didn’t actually go an actual calendar month of working out three days a week (the whole month of March, for example), I did this for a month straight. I definitely feel like I’m starting to fall back into my old ways though, because the struggle to get out of bed in the morning is very real!
89. Try 3 new workouts. (2/3)
Since the last check in, I’ve tried another Jillian Michaels’s video (Fat Burn and Metabolism Boost, I think). It’s been a fun change from the 30 Day Shred because there’s even some kickboxing involved, which I’ve never really done before.
91. Run 2 5Ks without walking. (1/2)
We ran our first 5K earlier this month! It was the Santo de Mayo 5K at Saint Arnold, one of the local craft breweries in Houston. It was such a blast, and I’m so proud of both Chris and I for not walking at all!
92. Average 10K steps a day for three months. (1/3)
We’ve officially started our walking competition at work, and so far I’m going strong and hitting an average of 10,000 steps per week! I even got on the treadmill and walked for an hour and a half this weekend! I can totally do this!
97. Update old blog posts with better pictures and captions.
I really haven’t done much with this since the last check in. I’m hoping that one weekend over the next few months that I’ll be able to take the time and update some old posts when Chris is out of town.
100. Develop my social media presence more.
I feel like I’ve really been working on getting better with Instagram and also Pinterest. I got the new CoSchedule calendar that lets you schedule your pins, so hopefully I’ll have some more positive news next time!
101. Develop a blog schedule.
Over the past few months, I’ve really struggled with trying to decide how much I really should be blogging on a consistent basis. For me, I want to make sure that I write great content, but also that I take the time to respond to everybody’s comments because they really do mean so much to me! Some weeks I’ll get out four posts, but I think that I’ll probably be shooting for at least three posts a week, and mostly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
So far, so good I think! I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that I’ve only checked off three things in the Travel category, but I know that I have a few trips coming up that will knock a few more items off the list, so maybe next check in will be even better!