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!

The Wandering Weekenders- 2015 A Year In Review

Travel

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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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 

Houston

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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2

House

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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2

Life

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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #1
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!

Food

76. Make 10 new recipes. (2 new Skinnytaste cookbook recipes, Skinny Turkey & Wild Rice SoupSkinny Buffalo Chicken ChiliChicken and Zucchini Noodle CapreseShrimp 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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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.
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2

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!
The Wandering Weekenders- 101 In 1001 Check In #2
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!

Blog

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.

Recap:

In Progress:
Travel- (3/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (1/20)
Life- (2/20)
Food- (1/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (2/6)
Total- (13/101)

Completed:
Travel- (3/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (8/20)
Life- (1/20)
Food- (3/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (3/6)
Total- (26/101)

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!

  • You are killing those goals girl! Look at you and trying out so many new recipes! I think I need to try out some of those myself! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • We fell in love with Skinnytaste a few years ago, and I think that we’ve maybe had one or two recipes that we didn’t love. I definitely recommend all of those that we’ve tried recently, they were all awesome! Hopefully I’ll have even more goals crossed off next check in!

  • Kerri Taylor

    holy moly girl with all the goals! i’m lucky if i can nail two out of a long list ha. and CONGRATS on losing that weight – you look amazing! hard work really pays off and clearly it shows. and yay for unpacking and organizing!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • Thank you! It’s definitely not been fun to work out all the time and eat healthy, but it’s been totally worth it to see the pounds come off! And I have to admit, quite a few of the goals were things that I thought that I’d be able to accomplish sooner rather than later, so I’m just glad that it’s actually happening! I can’t believe that it took us two years to fully unpack lol!

  • Wow, you have made significant progress! That’s a lot of goals you’ve checked off. You should be so proud! We have such similar interests in how we want to live our life, and I’m so inspired by you!

    • I’ve loved that we’ve found each others blogs because we really do have so much in common! Your trip to Europe inspired me so much too! I can’t wait to hear all about the rest of your trip!

  • whoa at the goals!! just taking the time to create this post should be applauded!!

    • It definitely took a lot longer to write than I thought that it would lol! It felt so good to cross off so many things from my list!

  • Soo much goodness in this post! You’ve made such a big dent in the list so far and it’s so fun to look at all of things you’ve been able to check off the list. Your theater room looks AMAZING & I’m going to check out a few of those recipes you mentioned.

    • It feels so good to see how much I’ve done so far, although I have to admit that I did choose things that I thought that I’d be able to accomplish. The theater room is definitely Chris’ baby and I can’t wait until we decorate it! Most of those recipes are Skinnytaste recipes, and they’re so amazing! Plus they’re healthy which makes them even better!

  • Biana Perez

    I think you’re doing great! I still love that gallery wall you created and I love all the travel that you want to do!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Thank you! I didn’t think that I had crossed so many things off my list until I started writing this post. Chris did such a great job with the gallery wall in the dining room, and I’m hoping that he’ll do a great job on one up the stairs too!

  • Love the mural goal. So important to find these things in your own city!

    For me, a trip is anywhere that’s not my home. Even if it is somewhere I go regularly!

    • I loved being able to explore Houston some more, and I definitely want to find more and take some more pictures at them! I like the way that you think about trips because even if you go somewhere regularly it can still be an adventure!

  • Rachel

    Wow! I am so impressed with your progress! There are so many things to say, I don’t know where to start! Awesome about the working out and losing the 25 lbs. — that’s great! And that’s amazing you can mark off the whole category of new restaurants to try.

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thank you! Losing weight is definitely harder than putting it on, but it was all worth it to see the pounds come off. Houston is a great city with tons of restaurants, so I knew that I wanted to try and branch out from our usual spots. I think that I probably should have put more restaurants on the list so I would feel obligated to try more out!

  • Look at you go, girl! I’m super impressed – I’m not sure I could handle something like this, lol. You definitely have been a reading rockstar – so much of what’s on my reading list is from your recommendations – and I’m looking forward to all your upcoming travel recaps!

    • Thank you! I definitely didn’t think that I would be able to cross this many things off the list, but I did try to think about things that would be reasonable enough for me to do. I love the fact that I have time on the bus to read every day because it definitely helps me to reach my goal. And that seriously makes me so happy that you like my reviews! One of my favorite things to do is to talk books with friends so I can figure out what I want to read next!

  • I’m so bad at book challenges. I never finish them. I’ve tried one of Erin’s before, but I didn’t get through it. I always end up wanted to read non-challenge related books. Maybe I will try again this time 🙂

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

    • I didn’t think that it would be tough to finish 10 books in 4 months for Erin’s challenge, but I got distracted as well with non challenge books. You should definitely give her challenge another try! Plus Erin just loves it that people are participating!

  • Nadine

    25 pounds??? That is awesome!!!! Congrats!!! Looks like you have a lot to cross off your list! Trying new recipes and eating at new restaurants are always on my list 🙂

    • It’s definitely not fun to try and lose all the weight that I gained, but it’s totally worth it to see the pounds come off! I feel like I should have had a higher amount of recipes and new restaurants to try for my list! We could have probably tried 10 new restaurants in Houston and still just barely scratched the surface.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    You are amazing!! You sure did knock all those re pies outta the park!! I love how this organizes your life to well and helps boost goals!! Fun stuff!!

    • All of the new recipes that we tried turned out so good! I almost feel like I should have increased that number just to make sure that I tried even more!

  • You’re rockin’ this challenge gurlie! I love your way of thinking when it comes to what’s a trip and what’s not, very similar to how I approach it too. I’m also picky about what’s a trip and what’s a vacation lol. And *swoon* at the pic of Villa Blanca <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Thank you! I think that when I originally set the goal I had that I needed to fly somewhere in my head, but our trip within Texas was just perfect! And Chris and I love debating what type of vacation we’re going to have, a doing or a relaxing vacation!

  • 25 pounds???!!! OMG! that is fantastic, great job! I love all of the things you have checked off your list. I think I may have to do one of these. I have been keeping track of things I want to do vs. actually do and it is pretty impressive.
    I have to admit, painting is something I am getting really really REALLY tired of!!! haha

    • Thank you! It was definitely a lot easier and a lot more fun to put those 25 pounds on than what it was for them to come off, but seeing the numbers go down every week was totally worth it!
      I have to admit that we had heard how terrible it was to paint by yourself so we hired somebody else. It was so nice to just come home one day after work and have it done!

  • You are accomplishing so much! I kind of want to make a list like this (or even just a 30 before 30) but I am worried I wouldn’t make much progress and get discouraged and scrap the whole thing!

    • I was definitely unsure about whether or not I would be to accomplish as many of these items on the list that I’ve actually been able to. It definitely helped to set goals for myself that were accessible, but not totally unreachable. That way I’m still challenged, but I also don’t get discouraged.

  • You’ve accomplished so much in 6 months! And congrats on 25lbs, that is sooo awesome!!

    • Thank you! It was not that fun to work out and eat healthy all the time, but it was totally worth it to see the numbers get lower every week!

  • Wow, you are totally crushing this list! My favorite is visiting the Bravo-lebrity restaurants!

    • It’s been so much fun to try and cross off these items from my list! I felt like it would be a disservice to my Bravo obsessed self if I didn’t include something Bravo related on my list!

  • You are doing fantastic! I think I may join you in doing Erin’s book challenge in June!

    • You totally should! She has a Facebook group and everything, and it’s so much fun to read everybody’s reviews of the books that they’re reading. I also love the fact that it’s an accessible challenge without having to only read challenge books!

  • Ashley, this is amazing! Look at all the things you’ve done. Fun things, organizational things, wellness for your body and your mind. I love it!

    • Oh..and always..thanks for the book challenge shout-outs 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s definitely held me accountable for some of the things that I haven’t wanted to do in a long time like clean off my bedside table. There were seriously just stacks of books everywhere that now are back in their homes.
      Your book challenge is so much fun, it deserves all the shout outs!

  • You are doing such an awesome job with this list, I can’t believe everything you had accomplished in only a few months!! I’m so excited for Charleston recaps. Dave and I talked about the whole “what is a trip” thing as well, we decided that 1-trips and vacations are totally different & 2- that if you are doing something new, it will count towards our goals, so similar to what you decided as well!

    • Thank you! I definitely think that writing everything down has given me the kick in the pants to do some of the organizational things that I’ve been putting off for a long time. The Charleston recaps have officially commenced! I can’t wait to write them all! And I’m so glad that we think the same way on what constitutes a trip! We were originally supposed to go to Raleigh in April, but life was just getting too busy so we had to cancel. I was worried that the canceled trip would ruin my straight 12 months of travel!

  • Christina Sotherden

    I love the idea of this and you’re doing a great job with making a dent in this list! Really loving how the theater room turned out!

    • Thank you! I had seen a few bloggers with a 101 in 1001 list, but didn’t think that I would be able to do it. It makes me so happy that I’ve been able to do so much! The theater room is definitely my husband’s baby and he did such a great job planning it!

  • You have gotten so much done girl!! Your zoodles makes me want to try them so badly. Yay for upcoming travel to knock out more on your list :)!

    • You definitely need to try out zoodles! I didn’t think that I would like them very much, but most of the recipes that we’ve tried have been awesome! We actually tried out zucchini lasagna the other night where we used zucchini instead of noodles, and it was awesome!

  • I think you’re doing an awesome job on this challenge…! And well done on losing 25lbs! That’s freaking awesome!! I bought a spiralizer that I’ve yet to use… Oops!

    • Thank you! It was definitely a lot harder to lose the weight than putting it on, but it was so awesome to see the numbers decrease on the scale which made it all worth it! You definitely need to try out the spiralizer! I didn’t think that I’d end up like zoodles as much as I did, but they’re awesome!

  • Fredericksburg definetly counts as a trip! I need to try out Southern Goods when I’m home, it’s really close to my parent’s house. Zoodles are a staple here too. Our other fave is spaghetti squash (especially with chicken sausage yum). Congrats on 25lbs that is so awesome!

    • Fredericksburg was so awesome, and I can’t wait to write those recipes! Southern Goods was very good, and I definitely know why my sister and brother in law love it so much. Definitely get dessert when you go there, the strawberry cobbler was awesome! We’ve tried a few spaghetti squash recipes, but I think that we need to add that to our rotation more! We’ve been loving zoodles so much that we ended up splurging on the Kitchen Aide attachment!

  • Wow you are doing awesome with this list!! I’ve always waned to do a challenge like this but I never could get myself to commit to something so big.

    My husband and I made it a priority to eat better and workout this year and I am so glad to say that after 3 years of trying to figure it out, we’ve gotten into a workout/eating routine that works really well for us. We’ve done lots of like no-sugar challenges, but then we always have a hard time figuring out how to be moderate afterwards.

    Also, I think that anywhere you go that’s outside the norm is considered a trip, no matter how far or close! Nick and I went to Boston last weekend! Even though it was only a few house away, I definitely consider it a trip! Good luck with everything else!!

    • I definitely didn’t know if I’d really be able to accomplish as much as I have, but I think that the key was to make a list that was achievable without being too easy. I knew that we’d probably get our theater room done, and we’ll probably knock off the countries one when we go to Europe. But it definitely feels nice to be able to cross things off and still be challenged!

      My husband and I always fell into the same trap too! I think that our challenge with his brother and sister in law is really going to be a turning point for us because we’ve really been able to change our eating habits and keep a consistent work out schedule, but still enjoy a glass of wine or a good meal out!

      I’m so glad that everybody else seems to agree with my about my thought process about what constitutes a trip! I really didn’t want to break my streak by not flying somewhere in April!

  • This is great! You are making amazing progress in just 6 months! Super inspiring to read your health ones! My hubby and I have also been wanting to focus more on health. We’ve been doing better. Definitely eating at home more. Cutting out more unhealthy things than before. Making time for even small workouts. We are trying somewhat smaller steps because we have a lot of other things on our plate right now. I think it is going pretty well overall though. Maybe here in a few weeks we can try to step it up another notch. It’s just tough to stay on top of everything when we are barely home, or do something non-stop through a day or evening. Whew! I have my second check in scheduled for August, but I feel pretty good about some of my categories, I try to go through my Evernote list and add highlights of ways to check things off in the coming months! Hopefully that will mean continued success. There are definitely some areas where I have made slower progress though! I should definitely focus on those areas more! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Thank you! We definitely started taking smaller steps when we first started working out, like meal planning so we don’t eat out as much, and then starting to add in workouts. At first we could barely do anything, but the more we worked out the higher our endurance got. And then once you’ve been doing it for a while, it’ll become a habit, which means you won’t to stop.
      I’ll be so excited to read your update! I need to try and keep track of my list as I go too because going through my list and crossing stuff off took a while!

  • So … is 101 in 1001 … 101 things in 1001 days? This looks like a really fun challenge. I might look into doing it. 🙂

    It looks like you’ve gotten a lot accomplished so far! Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Yep, 101 things in 1001! I was a little nervous about doing this myself because it just seemed like a lot of things that I might not be able to do, but so far I’ve been doing pretty good! You should totally make a list! I feel like coming up with the list was the hardest part!

  • You’re killing these goals! Can’t wait to hear how the next 6 months go 🙂