Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving Resolutions’

No, seriously.

You remember how my room looked earlier this afternoon?

Well, no more!

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(I know, there’s still a lot of crap, but the two piles of papers will go out with the recycling on Thursday, the black bag will go to work with me tomorrow, the Target bag will go out with the garbage tomorrow, and I just have no where else to store my shoes!)

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And, in keeping with my New Year’s Resolutions, I have my sheets already to go to the laundromat tomorrow so they can be all nice and clean.

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Not only that, but look what I finally hung up!

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The bottom one is all stuff I’ve picked up places or people have made for me

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The middle one is photos

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And the top is postcards

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And cleaning didn’t even take me that long. Probably about an hour and a half this afternoon and then about another half hour while my chili was cooking.

As I mentioned earlier I went to see Young Victoria,

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I really liked it. It certainly wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen and I don’t think it will win any awards but her story was really interesting and the actors were all great. When I was leaving the theater there were a group of girls in front of me who were saying that there was no plot, it was just a biography. And they’re right, there wasn’t a real plot, it was the story of how Victoria became queen.

I would recommend it. Totally see-able on DVD though.

I’m off to stretch, my legs are so tight! First day back at work tomorrow. Here’s to 2010 as a working year!


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I always have mixed feelings coming back to NYC. Obviously this is my home. All my stuff is here, I pay a tremendous percentage of my salary for an apartment here, my job is here, I have friends here, but it doesn’t really feel like home.

Maybe it’s because I live in an rented apartment and there’s always this feeling like I could just pick up and move elsewhere? Or that most of the stuff here (besides my bedroom, obviously) isn’t mine, it was here when I moved in? I often think that when I move somewhere else (which I’m not planning on doing anytime soon) either in NYC or elsewhere and it’s a blank canvas I’ll feel more comfortable. I also think it’s difficult to really have somewhere feel like home when there are three different people with three different lives living with you.

Anyway, that was a bit more introspective than I was looking to be!

My dad was nice enough to drive me back into the city. That’s especially helpful with all the stuff I accumulated (clothes I bought, gifts I received, food I bought yesterday). We left my parents’ house around 8am and got to the city around 10. That includes a stop at Trader Joe’s that my dad was nice enough to make to I didn’t have to carry all the groceries home later. It’s a bit earlier than I would have liked to leave, but my dad is doing me a huge favor and it is nice get back here early and have the whole day to get things done.

So what am I doing? Well, Ii’m working on finally fulfilling my Thanksgiving Resolution to keep my room organized. In an effort to shame myself into doing it here are some before pictures.

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Hopefully I’ll post back tonight with a miraculous transformation!

I made a trip to the gym (it was really too cold and windy to run outside). I was hoping the New Year’s resolution crowd wouldn’t be there until tomorrow, but there were a ton of people today. And lots of them had no idea how to use the machines and looked generally confused.

I had my leftover Buffalo chicken pizza for lunch, with an orange.

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I’m going to head to a 4 o’clock movie. It was between Up in the Air and Young Victoria but I decided to see Young Victoria.

And then Union Market for some produce.

Finally I’m going to make some chili and soak my black beans for tomorrow night’s recipe.

Check out this number I saw on the scale just now

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I think that might be the lowest number I’ve ever seen on a scale. I’m feeling pretty good.

Anyone else have anything fun planned? Anyone else going back to work for the first time in 11 days like I am? It’s so amazing to have the days off, but it’s also so tough to go back!

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If you haven’t already check out my other posts in the Thanksgiving Resolutions Series:

Original Post
First Update
Second Update

I just finished week three, a good week, but there is some definite room for improvement. Let’s see how it went.

WORK: A quiet week, but I managed to get a lot done. Gave several successful presentations in our sales conference meeting on Wednesday which was something I was nervous about. I also completed my review and after reading through it on Monday morning gave it to my boss. This week coming up is a short week, I’m only there Monday-Wednesday. I want to focus on getting everything in order so it’s easy to come back and jump right in in the New Year.

HOME: Not good. My room is even more of a disaster and the things I want to hang up still aren’t hung up. I think I’m going to pile all my crap on my bed before I leave on Wednesday that way, when I come back after New Year’s, I’ll be forced to clean it all up and I can start fresh in 2010.

FITNESS: I’m very happy with this one. I got to run in PT which was great! I feel more optimistic about running than I have in a while. I made it to the gym 5 times (took off Thursday and Friday) and I ever did the Stairmaster for 20 minutes on Saturday without pain and managed to work up a good sweat. I only did 3 morning workouts, but I had some late nights this week so I’m going to say I did the best I could.

NUTRITION: I feel ok about this one. My appetite at work was way down, there was barely any snacking. I ate sensibly at the office holiday party (although 4 beers might have been too many) and I think I made sensible choices when I went out this week. Again, I’m happy.

FINANCES: Eek, they got a little out of control this week. I need to rein myself back in and one day, early this week, analyze how much damage I did last week. This week should be better since with the holidays I won’t be spending much.

I said at the end of last week’s post that my goal was to manage all my goals with time constaints. Overall I’m really happy with how I did with work, fitness, and nutrition. Home and finances fell by the wayside and I’d like to see myself work on those this week.

With this being the week of Christmas there will probably be some indulging, but I think I can stick to most of my goals.

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I’ve come to the end of my second week of Thanksgiving Resolutions so I thought I’d do another check-in and see how I’m doing.

WORK: Work was ok last week. I was a little spacy all week, but I feel like everything went well and I definitely accomplished what I needed to get done, including a few big projects. My boss told me thanks for all my hard work this week and that’s always nice to hear. I also had a really productive meeting about interdepartmental relationships. Plus I found out about the process for our reviews so I need to get cracking on that.

HOME: Eeks, this one has not gone well. My room is a total disaster. Total fail. I need to improve on this one next week.

FITNESS: This has mostly been a success. I didn’t do my morning workout on Thursday, but I think I needed a break. I made it to the gym 4 times for elliptical workouts. I’d like to do 5/week, but given my schedule I’ll say this is a win.

NUTRITION: This was going well until I made those Christmas cookies. Now there’s been a lot of snacking. I also would like to stop getting bagels on weekends, but otherwise I’m proud of my choices this week. Snacks were all relatively healthy so that’s not necessarily bad.

FINANCES: I went a little crazy in Aveda, but I realized I’m going to come in way under my budget in the grocery category so hopefully I’ll have some extra money to play with. Also, I spent a lot of money on Christmas cookie supplies, but that’s a one-time fun thing. Overall, I’d say finances were a success.

This is going to be another crazy week so I need to work on balancing all of my goals with these time constraints. That’s my goal for this week.

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My plans for yesterday evening were majorly destroyed.

I didn’t finish a frustrating physical therapy session until after 8pm (I started at 6:30!) so I realized I wouldn’t have time to go to Trader Joe’s and make it to Union Market for my cheese before they closed at 9pm.

I made an executive decision that I wanted cheese more than I wanted the things from TJ’s so I got on the subway that goes closer to my apartment and to Union Market. Well, the subway got stuck underground for about 10 minutes so when we stopped at the first stop in Brooklyn, which is relatively close to TJ’s, it was 8:40 and there was no way I was making it to two more stops and the 10 minute walk to the market before 9pm.

I got off figuring I’d cut my losses and just go to Trader Joe’s where I can buy cheese. But the subway where I get off is much farther from TJ’s than I thought so it took a while to get there.

Keep in mind that I’m starving this entire time. I had an apple around 5 which I thought be enough to hold me over, but I also though I’d be home around 8!

Basically I didn’t end up getting home until after 9:30 and at that point I wasn’t going to roast brussel sprouts. So my dinner was changed to

Take out the planned veggie and add an apple, two pieces of TJ’s cheddar (not bad), and two pieces of chocolate.

I did ok with the spending. I ended up spending $17.24 in Trader Joe’s which is more than I wanted, but I got the $3.29 cheese, a $2.99 chocolate orange

and a 99 cent Advent Calendar for my office

We’ve decorated our office for Christmas and we’ve been playing Christmas music nonstop. I’m add this today

I’ll try to remember to take a picture of our other stuff today.

Another result of geting home so late last night was that I didn’t have time to make oatmeal for this morning so I had to have cold cereal.

Brrrrrrrrrr! It was freezing!

(Why do my pictures all look so terrible?!?!)

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As part of my Thanksgiving Resolutions to eat healthier and spend less I’ve decided to meal plan more actively. I’ve always thought out what I can eat for the week, but it hasn’t always translated into planning my grocery shopping and it hasn’t always held through throughout the week.

For this week I thought I’d outline my planning here.


  • Lunch: leftover Cauliflower Mac and Cheese that’s been frozen (don’t need to buy anything)
  • Dinner: hummus and pita plus a vegetable (need to buy pitas and a vegetable)


  • Lunch: leftover Chili (need to buy cheddar cheese)
  • Dinner: Broccoli British Muffin Pizzas (need to buy pizza sauce and broccoli)


  • Lunch: lefover Chickpea Burger (need pizza sauce)
  • Dinner: British Muffin with white chocolate peanut butter and a vegetable (need vegetable)


  • Lunch: I’m on a day-trip for work so I’ll be eating out somewhere (work pays, scooooore!!!!)
  • Dinner: Pesto pasta with vegetable (need vegetable)


  • Lunch: Eat out day. If I’m craving what I was last week it will be middle eastern chicken and spicy rice from the street cart on the corner. $5 and it includes a drink!
  • Dinner: It’s too early to figure out what I’m doing Friday night

Then there are a few random things I need:

  • Apples (I eat these with dinner most nights and also like to have a few at my desk)
  • Bananas (I like to have one with lunch)
  • Clif bars (1/3 or 1/2 of one is a perfect snack and my stash is low)

So, succinctly, here’s what I need from where:


  • Apples
  • 2 vegetables (I’ll see what looks good)

Trader Joe’s

  • Pitas
  • Pizza sauce
  • Clif bars

Union Market (over-priced gourmet market down the street from my apt.)

  • Cheddar cheese (they have the best and cheapest cheddar cheese)

I bet I can spend under $20 on all of that. I just have to be true to my list.

Oh and breakfast is all taken care of. There is no shortage of Greek yogurt, oats, cereal, or milk in my life.

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I wrote this last week and apparently forgot to post it. And I went to do another recap tonight and I couldn’t find last weeks and realized I never posted it. So pretend it’s a week ago.

It’s been one full week since I made my Thanksgiving Resolutions. I thought it would be nice to check in and see how I’m doing.

First, WORK: I feel like I’ve really been able to catch up on my own stuff and work with the new people I’m working with more this past week so good job there. The boss has made no mention of reviews to anyone so I’m letting that one sit for a bit longer. I’ve done really well on the organizational front. My desk has remained very clean and I came up with a new way to sort emails.

On the negative side I had a bit of a meltdown on Friday and I’m really ashamed of it. I don’t want to go into details, but we were working on this project at work and other people were just fighting and arguing and it was a tense, awkward situation and I just couldn’t take it anymore so I snapped at someone. It’s probably not even something that most people noticed, but I still feel stupid. It was so unlike me, I don’t know what came over me.

Second, HOME: I have been more organized. I’ve been putting my clothes away and generally being neater, although this weekend it got a little chaotic again. I haven’t hung up the memory boards. Need to do that still.

Third, FITNESS: Despite my physical therapy woes I’ve been very happy with fitness. I woke up early all 5 mornings last week and did a great job with strength training. And I plan to continue that this week. I also found a way to use the elliptical to make it work for me, so, until I can run, at least I feel like I have an ok cardio alternative.

Fourth, NUTRITION: This has been fairly good. Snacking has been cut back, I feel like I’m making intelligent meal choices, and I’ve been having smaller dinners. But there is still work to do. While snacking has been cut back there is still a fair amount of snacking.

Fifth, FINANCES: HOMERUN! I really hit this out of the park. Thank you mint.com. I finally feel like I have control over my money and different accounts and debt. While I’m going to need to do it for a month to see how budgeting and tracking my finances actually works for I feel like I’m off to a great start.

Sixth, I returned the skirt.

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