This year my resolution was simply to take better care of myself. I decided to give myself several smaller goals including making myself more fiscally responsible, taking better care of my health and making our mornings less stressful for the family. For ten years I have been making the commute into Ottawa. I like to drive so it has never been an issue of not wanting to drive. However, I became habitual in my driving habits, including stopping for coffee every weekday morning.
If it was just coffee, the $2.00 per day would add up to $10.00 per week, $40.00 per month equaling $480.00 each year and that would not have been difficult to come to terms with. In my case, however it wasn’t just coffee I was buying. Most days I would have a latte with an extra espresso shot (or two), some type breakfast sandwich and muffin for a mid morning snack. I was spending between $8 to $10 a day. At $8.00 per day, $40.00 per week, $160 per month and close to $1900 per year the latte affect had finally become a reality in my life. (*insert jaw drop here*)
I couldn’t live like this anymore. The money is one aspect that stung, how could I be that wasteful with my money? There was another side effect of my habitual behaviour, the loss of my waist line & energy. I don’t even want to begin to “guesstimate” how many grams of saturated fat, sugar, salt and basically the colossal amount of “food like” products I ingested over the past 10 years. I had come to a point where something had to give, as my all my clothes began not to fit and my muffin top turned into a baker’s dozen top.
Mornings, can be completely bat poop crazy in our home, I know we are not alone and many families struggle to get out of the house on time. I had to be super organized, wake up at 4:30 am and pray there would be no hiccups each morning. Even when the dogs, kittens and kids were off to a positive start to the morning, there was still the unknown variable of the drive-thru. Stopping for coffee could be a two minute stop or 15 minutes depending on the number of other commuters in line that morning.
Fifteen school days ago, things began to change, I just stopped stopping for coffee. In total I have saved approximately $120.00, I have lost 4 pounds and my mornings have become a little less stressful. No, its not perfect each morning. There are still sock issues, hair brushes to be found and lunch selection arguments to get over but things are getting better in my home as I have found more time.
I feel this process has been successful and I have not given into the pull of the drive-thru because I see positive changes in every aspect of my smaller goals, within my larger resolution. Is everything perfect? No, I have a very long way to go on all three smaller goals for the remaining 49 weeks of 2015, but after three weeks I am seeing change and that motivates me to keep going.
Do you have any suggestion to help keep me motivated? Are you keeping up with your goals for 2015 and what is keeping you motivated?