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It’s that time again. New Year’s resolutions time! I am a huge, huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, I’m actually a huge fan of New Years in general. I know it’s arbitrary, but I like to use it as a way to evaluate my life and make goals from there.

Let’s revisit the goals I outlined at the beginning of 2012:

1. Lose the 10lbs I’ve gained since I was at my lowest weight. I will do this by continue going to kickboxing classes, going running, committing to working out while traveling, and by making smarter choices about what I eat.

HOW’D I DO: I didn’t lose 10lbs, but I lost a few pounds and I’ve definitely slimmed out due to kickboxing. I went to about 120 kickboxing classes this year, that’s once every 3 days. Considering I couldn’t go for 4.5 months when I hurt my wrist I think that’s pretty damn good. I pretty much stopped running, but I’m ok with that. I definitely did better about working out when traveling (although that’s fallen off towards the end of this year) and I think my food choices have been satisfactory.

2. Save money. I will reopen a separate savings account, stop using my credit card so much, and cut back on spending money on food and drinks.

HOW’D I DO: I really committed to this goal in the middle of 2012 with my austerity measures. That is still going well.

And repeat and add some smaller goals:

– Continue to regularly donate blood (did ok with this one, could have done better)
– Wear my contacts more often (I really want to do this, but they’re so painful!)
– Become a bone marrow donor (fail)
– Learn to knit a sweater (fail, but I couldn’t knit for so long due to my wrist injury so I’m giving myself an excemption)
– Clean out my purse and wallet each week (I actually forgot I made this a goal, so fail)
– Either take or plan a vacation (I didn’t, but I found a better use for my money)

Let’s move on to 2013!

1. Stop binging on food. Rather than making losing weight my goal I’m going to give myself one goal that’s tangible. I think I did pretty well on this for much of 2012, but in the fall, when I started seriously dropping weight, I started eating peanut butter M&M’s by the giant bagful. No more of that in 2013.

2. Keep up with my austerity measures. They’ve worked really well for me so far and I need to save, save, save in 2013 so why change what’s working?

3. Go to kickboxing 4-5 times per week. This is pretty much what I’ve been doing and I would just like to keep it up. It’s a great work out in addition to being a stress reliever and an outlet for all sorts of energy. When I’m away and can’t go to kickboxing I will bring workout clothes and do something, even if it’s just walking.

4. Get less annoyed at stupid strangers. I had stupid people so, so, so much. Unfortunately living in NYC I come across people I find to be stupid all the time (mostly on the subway). I have these crazy laws of etiquette in my mind and I get so annoyed when other people don’t follow them. But I don’t want to spend so much time annoyed. So I want to just take a deep breath and remember it’s better to be happy than right.

And I’m going to add in some smaller goals again:

– Donate blood regularly
– Get a new pair of glasses
– Become a bone marrow donor
– Learn to knit a sweater
– Clean out my purse and wallet each week
– Read at least 100 books

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2009 was a very good year for me. I started working out regularly, I started eating healthier, and as a result of those two things I lost roughly 30 pounds. I also started writing this blog and felt like I feel into a nice little niche in life and was pretty happy. At the end of the year I laid out my goals for 2010, I spent a long time figuring out, outlining, and making sense of what I wanted. Looking back at them I certainly didn’t achieve all of them in 2010, there are some I haven’t even achieved now, but I was happy to discover that two and a half years later I’m actually pretty close to where 2010 me wanted to be.

A more detailed look back:

1. Run a half marathon. DONE. I did that in 2010, if you had told me that after that I wouldn’t run a race for another year and then then be racing at all, I would have been shocked. But I’ve stepped back from running and I’m pretty happy with that decision (more on this another time).

2. Be more mindful of my diet. As I talked about in the original post I made this goal with the intention of losing weight. Looking at it by that metric I’ve failed. I’ve actually put on 14lbs since the beginning of 2010. However, I do think I am fairly mindful of my diet. I’m actually having a difficult time figuring out what’s different about my diet now compared with 2010. (Again, more on this another time.)

3. Find a substitute for cow’s milk that I like. DONE. I use almond milk all the time.

4. Pay off $2400 of credit card debt and don’t accrue any more. DONE. I could still be saving more though.

5. Date. This is still something I struggle with, but I also don’t think it’s fair to go into details about it online. Let’s just say I’m working on it.

6. Make more friends. This is another hard one. I don’t know if I’ve made any *more* friends, but I definitely think I’m better at using (said in the best possible way) the friends that I already have. I’m pretty happy with my social life.

7. Donate blood as often as possible. Yes, I don’t know if I do it *as often* as possible, but I do it on a fairly regular basis. I even donated platelets once.

8. Volunteer. Complete failure. I would still like to pursue this.

Then I outlined a few little things:

1. Sign up to be a bone marrow donor. Fail. I still want to do this.

2. Get a passport. DONE.

3. Go to the dermatologist. DONE.

4. Wash sheets more often. I guess technically I do it more often, but I still could improve this.

5. Log all workouts. I’ve done this off and on.

6. Read more. Definitely DONE.

Maybe what I’ve learned is that I’m good at the little things? I didn’t expect writing this post to be so enlightening, but I think I’ve actually learned a lot. I’m working on coming up with some goals for the second half of 2012 and I think I’m definitely going to incorporate smaller goals into my plans.

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As promised in my New Year’s resolutions post today is the fifth check-in day. I’m going to do a quick recap to see where I am, and where I can improve, on my NYRs.

(And here’s my first, second, third, and fourth check-ins, if you missed them.)

Let’s start out by remembering what I said at the end of last month’s post:

I think for May I have to focus on staying focused. I have my birthday, a trip to my parents’ house, lots of commitments on weekday evenings, my college roommate is coming to visit, I’ll be cat sitting, I have my half marathon, BEA, and another visit to my parents’ house.

Well, I take no joy in saying this, I was right. Between all my commitments and other insanity May was a really, really difficult month and that’s going to be reflected in this update.

GOAL # 1: RUN A HALF MARATHON. Preferably in the spring, but, if my body can’t do it, in the fall.

Progress: DONE! DONE! DONE! Completed on 4/3/10. And I registered for a second one, but couldn’t run it because of my sore knee.

Goal #2: Be more mindful of my diet.

Progress: I don’t know what I was mindful of here, but it certainly wasn’t my diet. I did terribly with this goal and the few extra pounds I’m seeing on the scale are reflective of this.

Goal #3: Find a substitute for cow’s milk that I like.

Progress: Done. I like almond milk. I use it in smoothies, I used it to make pancakes, I’ve used it in other baking things. Success.

Goal #4: Pay off $2400 of my credit card debt. (And don’t accrue any more!)

Progress: I paid off $200 in January, paid $200 in February, paid $200 for March, and just paid off $200 for April. I did not pay off $200 for May because of some poor budgeting for April. But, despite the fact that I started May off in the hole, I was able to spend wisely and I’m starting June off on the right foot.

Goal #5: Date.

Progress: Here’s what I said last month: My first try at this was a complete fail. I joined match.com (my membership expired at the end of April) and I never did anything. Huge waste of money and I let fear and insecurity take me over. The next two or three months are going to be crazy for me so I think I’m going to take time off from this goal and revisit it in August.

Well, because I didn’t read the terms of service closely enough it turns out that Match.com automatically renewed my subscription so that’s another almost $75 I’m out because they won’t refund it (or I assume they won’t as they say they won’t and they haven’t responded to my queries). I accept that it’s my fault for not reading the agreement closely enough, but I have to imagine it was well-hidden as that’s something I would have noted.

In addition, I never received ONE email from match.com. Not to confirm my membership, not to confirm payment, not to notify me of views to my profile, winks, or anything. As far as I can tell I have all the notifications properly set up to receive emails and I didn’t have anything in my spam folder. Overall I have to say I’m disappointed with match.com and I certainly won’t be going back when I revisit this goal in August.

Goal #6: Make more friends.

Progress: My kickball team started and I’ve met some nice people through that. I don’t see us being friends outside of kickball, but it’s a nice socialization to have. In addition I spent lots of time with my friends and had a visit from my college roommate.

Goal #7: Donate blood as often as possible

Progress: Donated in January and in early April when I was eligible again. The next time I can donate is June 5 which is perfect since it’s one of the only weekends I’ll be in NYC in June!

Goal #8: Volunteer.

Progress: Same as the last three months: No progress. I need to work on this.

And then there were the random things…

Thing #1: Sign up to be a bone marrow donor.

This is a major fail and I’m really ashamed of this. I got the kit in the mail, I never did it, and after a certain time you can’t send it back. I need to think long and hard about whether I want (if I’m even able to) request another kit.

Thing #2: Get a passport.

I have my birth certificate ready and my application printed out. I was planning on using my cat sitting money for the passport, but now I think I might want to put it towards a new camera lens. But I’m going to see how spending goes in June.

Thing #3: Go to the dermatologist

I got a referral, yet still have not made an appointment. At my yearly physical my doctor also gave me names. I need to do this.

Thing #4: Wash sheets more often.

Done.

Thing #5: Log all workouts on my the blog on a separate workout page.

I got majorly lazy with this this month, I’m starting again in June.

Thing #6: Read more.

I read Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella and I’m currently reading Admission. Overall I think I read a lot more in the summer when I’m doing more traveling and at the beach.

So May was a major fail. But that’s ok. I’m going to take my failures and turn them into lessons and hopefully they’ll help me have some success stories. Stay tuned for my plan for June which I’ll be posting tomorrow.

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As promised in my New Year’s resolutions post today is the fourth check-in day. I’m going to do a quick recap to see where I am, and where I can improve, on my NYRs.

(And here’s my first, second, and third check-ins, if you missed them.)

GOAL # 1: RUN A HALF MARATHON. Preferably in the spring, but, if my body can’t do it, in the fall.

Progress: DONE! DONE! DONE! Completed on 4/3/10. Couldn’t have gone better and I’m already signed up for my next half marathon.

Goal #2: Be more mindful of my diet.

Progress: I felt like this was 50% good and 50% bad. But when it was bad it was really bad. I also ate a lot of meat, like 3 and 4 times per week, which is a ton for me. Overall I’m going to attribute this to being tired of all the things I normally eat. I need to increase the variety.

Goal #3: Find a substitute for cow’s milk that I like.

Progress: Done. I like almond milk. I use it in smoothies, I used it to make pancakes, I’ve used it in other baking things. Success.

Goal #4: Pay off $2400 of my credit card debt. (And don’t accrue any more!)

Progress: I paid off $200 in January, paid $200 in February, paid $200 for March, and just paid off $200 for April. I will not be paying off $200 for May. I grossly mismanaged my budget for April and I need that $200 to make up the hole. Also, I charged about $130 worth of clothes that I can’t really pay for. Bad budget month. I am however going to take the money I get for my birthday and just put that towards the credit card.

Goal #5: Date.

Progress: My first try at this was a complete fail. I joined match.com (my membership expired at the end of April) and I never did anything. Huge waste of money and I let fear and insecurity take me over. The next two or three months are going to be crazy for me so I think I’m going to take time off from this goal and revisit it in August.

Goal #6: Make more friends.

Progress: I hung out with a friend from college who I hadn’t see for a long time, hopefully she’ll be someone I can see often. Also, made a lot of Twitter and blog connections and while I don’t necessarily think those will materialize into real life friendships, they are nice.

Goal #7: Donate blood as often as possible

Progress: Donated in January and in early April when I was eligible again. The next time I can donate is June 5 which is perfect since it’s one of the only weekends I’ll be in NYC in June!

Goal #8: Volunteer.

Progress: Same as the last three months: No progress. I need to work on this.

And then there were the random things…

Thing #1: Sign up to be a bone marrow donor.

This is a major fail and I’m really ashamed of this. I got the kit in the mail, I never did it, and after a certain time you can’t send it back. I need to think long and hard about whether I want (if I’m even able to) request another kit.

Thing #2: Get a passport.

I have my birth certificate ready and my application printed out. I’m going to be cat sitting for a friend at the end of May. If all goes according to plan I will use that money to get the passport.

Thing #3: Go to the dermatologist

I got a referral, yet still have not made an appointment. But I did make an appointment at my regular doctor for my yearly physical. Can I get points for that?

Thing #4: Wash sheets more often.

Twice!

Thing #5: Log all workouts on my the blog on a separate workout page.

Done!

Thing #6: Read more.

I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read a book. I’m going to go with fail on this one.

So I’m going to call April a success. Not really because I think it was, but because I don’t think it was a failure. My workouts were great, my diet wasn’t awful, I had nice times with my friends, I donated blood, I washed my sheets twice, and otherwise I just have a generally good feeling.

I think for May I have to focus on staying focused. I have my birthday, a trip to my parents’ house, lots of commitments on weekday evenings, my college roommate is coming to visit, I’ll be cat sitting, I have my half marathon, BEA, and another visit to my parents’ house.

I just need to remember my priorities.

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As promised in my New Year’s resolutions post today is the third check-in day. I’m going to do a quick recap to see where I am, and where I can improve, on my NYRs. (This one’s a bit late because of all the half marathon excitement.)

(And here’s my first and second check-ins, if you missed them.)

GOAL # 1: RUN A HALF MARATHON. Preferably in the spring, but, if my body can’t do it, in the fall.

Progress: DONE! DONE! DONE! Completed on 4/3/10. Couldn’t have gone better and I’m already signed up for my next half marathon.

Goal #2:Be more mindful of my diet.

Progress: I’m just going to say this was bad this month. I got tired of all the foods I normally make for myself, I ate out a lot, I spent too much money on food, I too much of not great food. Now that that half marathon is over I’m going to recommit myself to healthy eating.

Goal #3: Find a substitute for cow’s milk that I like.

Progress: Done. I like almond milk. I use it in smoothies, I used it to make pancakes the other day. Success.

Goal #4: Pay off $2400 of my credit card debt. (And don’t accrue any more!)

Progress: I paid off $200 in January, paid $200 in February, paid $200 for March, and just paid off $200 for April. I have charged my work trips on the credit card, but I will be reimbursed for those and I will immediately pay them off. Plus, when I charge things, they charge me less of an interest rate and I earn money back. So by charging things that someone else is paying for I’m actually saving money.

Goal #5: Date.

Progress: What I wrote the last two months still stands: I joined match.com, but I haven’t done anything else. A few guys have expressed interest, but I haven’t pursued anything. Again, counterproductive. And a waste of my money. I need to do better with this. I need to reevaluate this goal because clearly I failed here.

Goal #6: Make more friends.

Progress: I did a good job at hanging out with my friends I have. Also, decided to join a kickball team with a friend and some of her friends so there will be opportunity there.

Goal #7: Donate blood as often as possible

Progress: I was eligible to donate blood again on March 20, but that was the really, really, really nice weekend and I didn’t want to sit inside at the blood donation center. The next weekend was a bad time of the month for blood donation, and then this past weekend was the half marathon. No matter what I’m going next weekend.

Goal #8: Volunteer.

Progress: Same as the last two months: No progress. I need to work on this.

And then there were the random things…

Thing #1: Sign up to be a bone marrow donor.

This is a major fail and I’m really ashamed of this. I got the kit in the mail, I never did it, and after a certain time you can’t send it back. I need to think long and hard about whether I want (if I’m even able to) request another kit.

Thing #2: Get a passport.

I had planned on using money leftover from February’s budget to pay for the passport, but I spent a bit too much in March and had to use some of that reserve. I do have my birth certificate ready and my application printed out so hopefully, when I have the extra money, I can just go do it.

Thing #3: Go to the dermatologist

I got a referral!

Thing #4: Wash sheets more often.

No comment.

Thing #5: Log all workouts on my the blog on a separate workout page.

Done! (Although I need to update the last week or so.)

Thing #6: Read more.

I’ve read three books! Two for work and one for pleasure.

So last month I wrote: I’m hoping that when I do this April 1st I’ll be fully prepared to run my half marathon, I will have donated blood again, I’ll have sent back my marrow donor kit, and I will be waiting for my passport to arrive.

Eek, that’s not very good. I ran the half marathon, but really failed at everything else. I think the pressure of the half marathon (and the stressful time I’ve been having a work) really impacted my ability to focus on other things. Hopefully now that I completed the half and work has calmed down a bit I will be able to refocus on the things that are important to me.

April started off with a bang and hopefully I can continue this momentum going forward!

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