January in numbers


One goal, said in one word.  That's all I gave myself for the year: health.  January has been all about getting back on track, getting out the bad habits that were so easily created over the holidays.  This year I will continue to review my months using numbers. No clue why I even started doing it, but hey, it's different.  You can read my previous posts here.  But this year I'm going to add to it.  I also want to revisit my goals and keep myself accountable.  So I will also be addressing how I did with those goals whilst reflecting on my month too. FYI.

So like I said, my big goal for the year is health, but because big goals scare me, I need to break it down into something smaller.  So my goal for January was to not eat chips.  3 is the number of chips I (accidentally) ate at a gathering for ball.  I wasn't even thinking; my body, with pure muscle memory, just went for the Mexican Chili chips.   But in my defence, I appallingly dropped the chip in question and cursed.  But then I had two because oops.  But really, chips are my go-to stress food that I have at night when I'm working.  To cut them out entirely is quite the feat. I win.

So now my small, attainable Feb goal.  I will be continuing with the chip ban, I'm all about scaffolding my teaching, and chip denying too.  But I now want to limit the nights that I'm allowed to eat after 8 pm to 3 nights a week (The night I watch the Bachelor and have wine and cheese and the weekend).  So there you have it, it's written down, I have to do it.

Now back to my month review in numbers.  In January:

While we're talking health...

0 lbs lost or gained.  My goal for Feb is to drop 4 lbs.  It would be a good start for the 16 lost in 2016.
12 good workouts in, but a weird variety of treadmill, Insanity videos, cross country skiing and the gym.  I feel like now that the crazy of January is over, I can now concentrate on me.  Which means weight training and lots of cardio.  And better eating.  My goal for Feb is to work out 21 of the 29 days.

And a little bit about work....

10 + hours correcting finals and marking final projects.  I love finals time but correcting isn't always my favourite.  3+ hours a night working on cyber translations or corrections.  I really went over board for the past couple months and desperately need to work on balance.
31 episodes of Jane the Virgin on Shomi.   That's what I watch when I work. OR
15 episodes of Parenthood (also Shomi).  Also what I watch when I work.  I am loving this show!
My goal for this month was to survive and yay, I did.  Next month I want to find a couple new strategies or technologies to incorporate into my teaching.

And my other job, this blog...

2296 page views (up from 2113).  My goal was to be more interactive, so I did a couple linkups this month and commented slash reached out to some new bloggers.  My goal in Feb is to focus more on my social media channels and how they can enhance my blog.

216 pictures in our Instagram challenge.  Thanks to all who participated! Our January words were new, shine, fresh and great.



Join us in February!


Kay, but can I add my most favourite picture of the month? I mean it's cute because of the two monkeys, but also, I tagged Josh Donaldson in it and he liked it!

A photo posted by MammaBear Simair (@shoestoshiraz) on

Time with friends this month:

1 wine and paint night with the Splurge group


1 roadtrip with the former ball team for an awards banquet.

1 birthday celebration for our young friend, Sara.


1 crazy ladies' night out to see Dirty Dancing.


1 family fun date for our supper club group at Jordan's.




Now on to me....

3 books read (my goal is to read 30 in 2016):


I LOVED Winter Street and Stroll and can't wait, but will have to, for the 3rd book. Highly recommend them.  The Yogi Berra book was interesting from a historic viewpoint but too much Yankee info for me.

22 Selfies- I seem to take a lot of makeup pictures...I had 16 selfies last month and my goal was to take more picture of beautiful and inspiring things.....

so I have really tried to step up my video and photo game, which is very fun with the new cam to play with.  Here are a 9 of my favourite pictures from this month:

My goal for Feb is to work on action shots.

Outfit pictures, all sent to either Shaunacey or Jordan.






1 weekend spent putting together office furniture at the new Skipthedishes headquarters in Saskatoon.  There was 27 chairs to assemble and Willis did 8 of them.




How about your month?  Link up your numbers posts with me!
Link to your specific blog post (not your blog's main page).  
Please link month review posts only.
Check out as many links as you can. 
Not required BUT I would love it if you link back here (mention the linkup or my blog or use the image in your post) 


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