accountability sisterhood: week four results + week five goals

Happy Wednesday!

I have to admit, I am very late to writing this post! We are in the middle of the week and I’m already achieving my goals that I have made for this week.

Thankfully, life is getting a little less hectic. Busy season at work is coming to a stop and I’m finding new ways to work on my personal development. I have been going to yoga with Brittany and Germaine a lot recently, which ultimately makes me a lot happier because I’m active! Weekends have been jammed pack with fun summer activities and hanging out with friends.

I’m beginning to realize more and more that I am really happy in Austin, not sure if I will leave! I will always be a Midwestern girl at heart though, got those Wisconsin roots! One thing that is coming up that I am truly missing out on is fall in Wisconsin. Everyone is gearing up for sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes and cute boots up north, and I’m still here wearing shorts and flip flops for at least another 2-3 months. I do miss home a lot and I am hoping to be there over the holidays sometime. I wear a little piece of home on myself now because this past Friday I finally committed to getting a beautiful piece of artwork tattooed on me, done by Kegan at Golden Age Tattoo in Austin. He did a great job on my first larger piece with color, I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants more of an animated floral look!

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This weekend we also celebrated Aaron’s 26th birthday by having dinner and drinks with friends. We tried out Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile in East Austin and had some really great food and surprise cakes! I would recommend this place for a date night or special occasion. Definitely get there for happy hour, it really lowers the cost! IMG_1955

Thanks to all of those who celebrated Aaron’s birthday and my early birthday! I’m looking forward to my actual birthday this coming Monday. So here we go with results and goals! Going to keep my goals for week five short and simple, so I don’t have an explanation really for each this week.


{Week four results}

>>goal one<<

  • Be active at least 3 days this week

>>results<<

I did it! Monday and Thursday I went to yoga with Brittany at Sunstone Fit and Friday I did yoga at work during our once a month yoga session in the conference room. Wednesday I challenged myself and ran for about 20 minutes outside with my dog. That was pretty killer in 100 degree weather, going to wait till October to try that again!

>>goal two<<

  • Eat out only 3 times this week

>>results<<

Went out 4 times, almost kept it to 3! Saturday was a double whammy because of Aaron’s birthday and going out twice in one day. But we deserved it.

>>goal three<<

  • Drink two 32oz bottles of water a day

>>results<<

Switched my bottle from the 32oz jug to a 750ml camelback and improved my drinking habits to 96oz a day! I really feel great and more energized because of drinking more water. It also helps me snack less at work if I drink more water. I like the smaller bottle because it forces me to get up and out of my chair at work and to go to the fountain to grab water and maybe socialize.


 {Week five goals}

>>goal one<<

  • Keep up with drinking more water

>>goal two<<

  • Be active at least 3 days this week

>>goal three<<

  • Clean out the second bedroom

REALLY need to crack down on this third one. I’ve scheduled some time to do this, it’s super important because I have guests coming September 4th!


Well, I’m halfway through the week! Looking forward to the weekend, I’m going kayaking on Town Lake and hopefully brunching and relaxing. Two more works days!

Thanks for reading again, I am super happy with goal setting and sharing my results with my friends and family.

xo Cheryl

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accountability sisterhood: week three results + week four goals

Ugh, Monday!

Wasn’t feeling motivated today. I’m thankful it’s 9pm and I’m almost ready to pass out after this long day.

This past week went by pretty quickly, I’m surprised it’s August 17th already. Two weeks till my 25th birthday! Woo! And this weekend is Aaron’s 26th birthday! I did so much this week I need to list it out!

  • Grilled out a few times with friends and ate a little too much ice creamIMG_1897
  • Went to yoga twice and felt the burn
  • Sang and danced with Kim to the musical Hairspray at Zilker Park
  • Had my next tattoo consultation and scheduled it for this week
  • Cleaned my house, put away laundry and dishes and even got to unpacking the second bedroom
  • Went to Jester King and had some delicious Farmhouse Ales, then spent some time people watching on Rainey
  • Meal prepped with Brittany like a boss!
  • Saw Ant Man with Aaron at Alamo Drafthouse

Whoa, crazy, busy and fun week. Looking forward to the rest of this week!


{week three results} 

>>goal one<<

  • Look over finances with Aaron and plan for a monthly allowance so we don’t feel so suffocated by paying only bills.

>>results<<

Nope, did not happen. The failure is on me for not initialing scheduling it in our calendar. Nice try, Cheryl.

>>goal two<<

  • Work out three times this week

>>results<<

Went to yoga twice, and went for a walk with Chloe a different night. I don’t really know if I count that walk towards working out necessarily… I’ll do better this week.

>>goal three<<

  • Go to bed no later than 11pm, even on the weekend this week

>>results<<

This is not a realistic goal for me now that I think about it. I was in bed around 11ish most nights… Not sure how I could improve that.


{week four goals}

>>goal one<<

  • Be active at least three days this week

>>action steps<<

  1. Stop being lazy and call on my friends to help you out.
  2. ATTEMPT to go on a run one night this week. Just got a new armband for my iPhone 6 to fit finally, just go out when it’s not 100 degrees.
  3. Walk Chloe for at least 30 minutes one night this week.

>>goal two<<

  • Stay away from eating out this week, limit no more than three meals out.

>>action steps<<

  1. Three seems a little high, only reason why I chose that is because it’s birthday bash weekend so I know I’m going to be naughty.
  2. This will then force me to eat all of my prepped meals for lunch AND dinner.
  3. Indulge on those three meals (as in get nicer food than normal) rather than buying junk.

>>goal three<<

  • Drink three 32oz bottles of water daily

>>action steps<<

  1. Cut that extra cup of coffee out in the morning at work.
  2. Take home my water bottle and not leave it at work to continue drinking water later.

I have a feeling this week is going to be a little slow so I need to make sure I stick to these three goals! I’m still trying to figure out what I want to accomplish the most. I won the coaching session with Diana on Wednesday so maybe I’ll do an extra blog post to talk about my experience and notes!

Thanks y’all for taking some time to read about me. It’s super encouraging to hear that you support me through text/facebook/or whatever.

Here’s to another hot and sweaty August week in ATX!

xo Cheryl

accountability sisterhood: week one results + week two goals

Happy August!

I have a love/hate relationship with August. First of all, it’s usually the hottest month of the year. And I can say it definitely is now living in Texas. Also, once August is over, it’s like summer is over. But I don’t have to worry about “summer break” being over anymore because #adulthood.

The best thing about August is that it’s my birthday month! I share my birthday month also with Aaron. So we have two days and reasons to celebrate, but not until the end of the month. August used to mark the start of the Wisconsin State Fair that I absolutely love going to every year. It’s my second year missing it, but I’m still dreaming about all kinds of food on a stick anyways.

August is going to be a good month because I’m continuing to chase and accomplish my goals throughout the rest of these upcoming weeks in the accountability sisterhood series. Week one ended Saturday, and week two began Sunday. Let’s see the results!


{week one results}

>>goal one<<

  • Unpack the rest of my necessities and store away the ones not needed from my recent move

>>results<<

I think I did a pretty good job at tidying up my new place. Granted, there are still some boxes here and there and I would love to get the ones right behind the couch out of the way. We were able to set up our storage closet and organize all of those boxes though! Another accomplishment was going to the old apartment and cleaning every inch before we turned in the keys last Friday. It’s tough juggling two places!

>>goal two<<

  • Create a work out regime

>>results<<

Well, I definitely did NOT create a work out regime. I was not inspired to do a DIY work out plan at all. However, I am committing to go to yoga more often with Germaine and Brittany at night and on the weekend. I attended a class called Core which was a series of ab workouts/yoga. Then, on Saturday I attended Fire with Brittany in Dallas (yes, worked out on our little vacation!) and sweated the most I have EVER sweat in my life. It felt amazing! Going to keep that up, as you will see in my goals for this week.

>>goal three<<

  • Stay calm, take time to breathe and don’t stress over workload

>>results<<

Last week was insanely busy! I was testing, QAing and prepping galore for two smooth launches for this week. I am constantly at my desk using three monitors to do my work. I made sure it get up frequently, socialize with co-workers and to take breaks regularly. Only one day did I eat/work during my lunch hour at my desk. I really dislike doing that! Only a few more weeks left of busy season and I can finally breathe.


{week two goals}

 >>goal one<<

  • Keep being productive at home with organization and making it feel more like a home.

>>action steps<<

  1. Do the normal things first, like putting away laundry and making the bed and washing dishes.
  2. Start opening boxes or putting away the little things hanging around the spare room. Take 30 mins every night to make sure everything is tidied up.
  3. Go on Pinterest a create more of a vision for how I want my home to look like, it will get me inspired to add some personality to the blank walls.

>>goal two<<

  • Go to yoga 2-3 times this week

>>action steps<<

  1. Take advantage of the hubs being away and focus on getting to yoga at least twice this week.
  2. Set up times so I can go with Germaine! Or get my own membership this week, hah. Brittany is gone so I don’t have her to bug this week either!
  3. Prep my workout clothes so I can just grab them and bring to work or run home after work and have that laid out for me already.

>>goal three<<

  • Utilize the First 5 app and wake up with God’s Word every day. With this in mind, need to wake up earlier this week because of a new start time and I want to wake up earlier anyways to start reading this daily.

>>action steps<<

  1. Set alarms the night before and remember to set the settings properly for it to actually alert me.
  2. Don’t press snooze so much!
  3. Going to bed ultimately before 11pm will make this easier to actually wake up.

Making goals for this week was so much harder than the week before. So far I am keeping up! I also reached out to my accountability sisters and we have a group text going so far. I need to keep up with it more. But, it turns out my friend here in Austin, Jess, just so happens to be in my group! It’s great having someone in town that I actually see to hold me accountable for these goals.

I hope to ultimately publish these posts every Monday, instead of a Tuesday. I wrote most of these on my way home from Dallas on Sunday. Was able to take this weekend away with friends and swam all weekend in the sun! We also got to see the Giants vs Rangers game (go Giants!) and it was great rooting for the winning team!

Here’s to an amazing week of getting things done and having fun too!

xo Cheryl