February Update On New Year’s Resolutions

It is the month of February and I am still tackling my New Year’s Resolutions. Most people are at the point of giving up, but grudgingly I continue to work on them. The big surprise is how well I have done on limiting my soda intake. Dr. Pepper has always been my Kryptonite, but I finally have it under control.

Save and invest aggressively. I recently purchased more shares of Reality Income. I really like this Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT), especially its monthly dividend that yields around 5%. I am going to probably purchase shares in Philip Morris International later this month. I think it is a solid tobacco stock that pays a great dividend yield. It is currently a little over 4% yield.ย  As always I will be patient because the stock market has been acting a little crazy here lately. Both stocks are down, which provides me with a buying opportunity.

Lose 10 to 15 pounds. I weighed myself yesterday (February 8) and I was 177 pounds! I have lost 11 pounds since January 1st. I would still like to lose about 5 more pounds, but I feel like I am just about there. I have been really watching the calories and only allowing myself one soda per day. Running on the treadmill has been nearly a daily routine. I just need to keep the discipline going.

Read more investment books and financial blogs. I have been reading one of my favorite stock books; Michael Sivy’s Rules of Investing: How to Pick Stocks Like a Pro. I love this book, but it is outdated a little. However, the book really does offer some good fundamentals about stock picking and he offers insight about inflation and interest rates. That is a lesson that we all need to be focusing on right now. I would strongly encourage you to read this book. If you click on the title of the book above you canย  purchase it on my Amazon Affiliate link. You should always want to make me money.

I have also found some really good financial blogs. Dividends Diversify, Freedom Is Groovy and Tall Investing are all great blogs. I am discovering new sites each day and learning a lot of solid information. Definitely check out these blogs!

Always make time for my son and future kiddo on the way. Everyday is an adventure with my boy. He is learning so much and is really getting a personality. He is only 3 years old, but already a comedian. As for the bun in the oven, we found out that she (Emma) will be arriving around May 15th.

Golf more. Very little at this point. It has been really cold! Hopefully, I can start going to the driving range in a month or so. I really want to hit the ball. I really need to practice before I play on the course.

Well, that is about it. I am really glad that I have this monthly update because it has made me more accountable. Staying motivated is always the hardest thing, but I will continue strive toward these goals. Thanks to everyone who follows my blog. You are helping me reach these goals.

So, how are your goals going this year? Provide the good, the bad and of course the ugly.

 

10 thoughts on “February Update On New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Thanks Okiepennypincher! Glad you find value in my blog and wishing you all the best with your New Year’s resolutions. With the exception of golfing they are very similar to mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tall Investing

  2. I just hopped over here from the Rockstar Finance feed and what do I see? A shout out! Thank you so much. I’m commenting for the both of us since Mr. G was up at 5 finishing today’s post. We’re kinda a last minute blogging couple.

    Congrats on the weight loss and such exciting news about Emma!

  3. That is great about the running every day!! Running on a treadmill would kill me though, but I understand, living where you are, running outside might be pretty dangerous because of the ice and snow, not to mention cars that can hit you if you need to run in the road. I’m so glad to be somewhere that snow is pretty rare.

    Yes, the stock market is a bit insane right now. My retirement savings have gone down $7K in just a week but I know this is the way things work. I’m in it for the long haul right now – slow and steady, stay the course. I don’t actively invest like you do – not enough funds for that! Maybe someday…..

    Awesome about your weight loss – keep it up!!

    1. Slow and steady is the best course of action when investing. The same can be said about losing weight. I will just keep at it. Thanks.

  4. OKP,
    Thank you for the link and kind words. Much appreciated. Sounds like we share similar tastes in investments. O and PM are a couple of my larger holdings. I added to O in January. Would have liked to add a little more last week, but didn’t have the cash available in my IRA. Tom

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