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13 in 2013


The start of a new year always seems like such a great time to wipe the slate clean. New goals, new ambitions, fresh new calendar and planner. I look at it as a time to renew myself and forget about all the things I ‘failed’ at in the past year.

So, here are my 13 for 2013, along with a quick thought of how I’ll accomplish them.


1. Exercise at least 3 times every week (but aim for 5) – attend at least 1 fitness class in addition to my half marathon training

2. run a half marathon (my 4th!) – hopefully the Lincoln Presidential in April and/or the local one in May, using a training plan from Coach Jenny Hadfield

3. keep track of my miles run – I’m thinking I’ll just write them in my planner, the old-fashioned way, and probably do a weekly recap on the blog


4. Make eating 5 servings of fruits & veggies daily a habit – eat more salads and smoothies, track my Weight Watchers healthy checks

5. get to my “pre-living with a boy” weight – follow Weight Watchers 360 plan, track everything I eat (good, bad, & ugly), and see #1

6. try 2 new recipes a month – meal plan on the weekends, use my cookbooks more often

7. try to get at least 7 hours of sleep on school nights. that means getting to bed by 10ish.


8. blog 3 times a week – pre-write more often, spend more time writing instead of mindlessly watching TV, keep a blog journal to jot down ideas when I get them

9. read at least 2 books a month – this should be pretty easy with my new Nook. I’ll also be tracking my progress and books read on Goodreads.

10. finish knitting projects before starting new ones. I can think of at least 5 nearly finished projects off the top of my head, but there are probably more. Whoops.

11. talk to my parents and at least 1/3 siblings at least once a week – we’re pretty good about texting but it’s not the same.

12. become a better housekeeper – create a cleaning schedule and do laundry before it’s piled up 10 loads high

13. spend less, save more, and cut down on the ‘stuff’ – this is pretty straightforward. like most people I just have way too much stuff – clothes, shoes, bags, books, makeup, etc. I’m not a huge impulse buyer but I love a great deal. I need to use what I have before buying new, really think twice about new purchases, and get rid of what I no longer need/use/want.

So, there you have it. I hope to check in with these goals every month or two.

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? Share in the comments!


Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 177 lbs
This week’s WI: 177.6 lbs
Difference: +.6 lbs

Yeah, I gained again. I was truly expecting more than just .6 lbs, considering that I ate way too much ice cream and bread. And not enough of the healthy stuff. I don’t know if it’s the heat, being semi-depressed about not having a full time teaching job this year, or just general laziness, but I did not feel like eating healthy all the time this week. It happens, I move on, no harm done.

Now let’s see how I did with last weeks goals:

1. Finish 30 Day Shred! Only 5 more days people! Check! I took Saturday AND Sunday off this week, but I still finished the Shred yesterday.  

2. Do 100 crunches a day.  Check! Again, I didn’t do them Sat/Sun, but I made up for it yesterday (and am paying for it today, lol). I try to do 25 upper abs, 50 obliques (25 each side), and 25 lower abs.

3. Cook 5 meals. Since I’ve started working evenings, cooking dinner has fallen by the wayside. I’ve got some recipes ready to go and did a big grocery trip earlier this week. (Today it’s gonna be turkey chili. Yum.). Check! Wednesday I made chili, which I ate for about 3 meals over the week. I also made a pasta primavera, burgers, , yesterday was a yummy stuffed pepper w/couscous. Haven’t planned any meals for the coming week yet, but there will hopefully be a grocery trip tomorrow afternoon after work. 

Here’s what I want to accomplish over the next 7 days:

1. Join the Y. I like working out in my living room, but I love to run. And it’s been too hot to do that outside. I also really miss my fitness classes and weight machines. I’m planning on going today and hopefully get a few days free before joining.

2. Get back to tracking. This week I was kind of half-assed with the tracking. This is what usually happens when I eat things I don’t want to fess up to (like too much ice cream). I am thinking about getting a cute little notebook/journal to write things in. There’s just something about writing in a pretty journal that makes everything better.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Now, this is something that I don’t normally have trouble with. But when I get into “I don’t care” mode, they’re the first thing to go. This week, it’s back to basics.

There’s not really much else to say right now. We’ll see how my workout goes later today, there may be an update. Until then, happy hump day!

Scale day!

It’s that time again ladies and gents. Time to step on the scale and see what I did right (or wrong) the past 7 days. Here are today’s results:

Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 177.4 lbs
This week’s WI: 177 lbs
Difference: -.4 lbs

I’ll take it. It’s the right direction. So let’s see how I did with the goals I set for myself last week :

1. Track 75% of what I eat. Yeah, 100% would be great, but that leaves a lot of room for error. Aim low, my friends, aim low. Check! I think I tracked everything that passed my lips except for the salad I ate before work yesterday and the bowl of Grape-Nuts & blueberries I had after work.

2. Make time for 3 runs. This weather has been so up and down, but I know if I drag my butt out of bed a little earlier I can do it. I actually do like getting up early to start my day. I also found a park to run in that has a 1.72 mile out and back path. Fail. I ran once, Friday morning, about 3 miles. I didn’t plan on the weather being insane and feeling like over 100 degrees. Boo. I did rack up 25 APs though, so I’m not slacking in the exercise department.

3. Create a new playlist for running. I haven’t made a new one since my half marathon a month and a half ago. I need some new tunes! Check! I’m actually still adding to it, as I downloaded some Elton John and Billy Joel yesterday that I’m still sorting through. Don’t hate, they’re classics. Once the playlist is fine tuned to my liking I’ll share it with you. 

Here’s this weeks goals:

1. Finish 30 Day Shred! Only 5 more days people!

2. Do 100 crunches a day. 

3. Cook 5 meals. Since I’ve started working evenings, cooking dinner has fallen by the wayside. I’ve got some recipes ready to go and did a big grocery trip earlier this week. (Today it’s gonna be turkey chili. Yum.)

In other news, I have a twitter account! I held out a long time, but I though it would be a great way to connect with readers and the rest of the world. And I think I”m addicted. (Matt, keep your comments to yourself, please.)

So, if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, click the little link and then send me a hello!

Hope you all enjoy your hump day. I know I will.

Weigh In Wednesday

Happy hump day bloggies!

So today is Wednesday which means…time to step on the scale!

Today’s stats:

Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 179.0 lbs
This week’s WI: 178.6 lbs
Lost: 0.4 lbs

Hey, I’ll take it. And it’s not too bad considering I didn’t work out a lick over the weekend, ate ribs and a mondo bowl of ice cream Saturday night, burger Sunday, and some tortilla chips yesterday.

I have realized (again) that I do much better when I set goals for myself. Daily, weekly, monthly, whatever. I love to make a to-do list and then cross things off when they get done. Unemployment (hopefully soon to be over) has thrown me off-kilter a bit. But I headed to Staples yesterday to get refills for my pretty pink planner and have already made myself to-do lists for the next 3 days. Yay. So, here are my fitness-and-weight-related goals for the week:

1. Follow my workout schedule the best I can. It’s tough, but I want to kick things into high gear and get the last bit of weight off. I still haven’t totally finished planning workouts for the month, but I’m set for the next week.

2. Track every day. Things got thrown off a bit this week with being away and eating out/eating out of the ordinary. But this week I’m back on it.

3. Try a new recipe. I am so used to throwing together meat+veggie with what’s on hand. I like trying new things, and new recipes. So I’ll keep you posted on that.

4. Avoid impulse food purchases. I didn’t have too much trouble with this the past week, but when I am bored and browsing the aisles of the store things sometimes land in my cart. This week, they won’t.

Hope you all have a great week. Now, I’m off to kick my butt!