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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!

March Mini-Goals


Can you really believe we’re 1/5 of the way done with 2012? I know i sure can’t, but I’m also really excited to get through the year. it holds some very exciting things for me – 4 weddings, including my own, are the major highlight.

At the very beginning of the year I wrote out some goals, resolutions if you will, for the whole year. i never posted about them, but I’d like to start making them into mini-goals for each month, as a way to get to the bigger ones.


– work out more days than not

– continue to eat healthy 80% of the time

– get back to tracking calories at least 5 days a week (I usually give myself a break on weekends, since there’s more snacking/grazing than M-F)

– lose at least 3 lbs. – this would get me into the next "decade" of weight

– read at least one book

– finish my table numbers for the wedding (they’re almost done!), along with 1 other DIY project

– spend at least 10 minutes each day cleaning/tidying the house. this would be way better than having to do all the cleaning on Saturday/Sunday and it taking a long time

– keep up with the laundry. try not to let it get past the hamper and 1 full basket (with 2 people’s work clothes, gym clothes, and after-work clothes/pajamas, it tends to pile up really fast!)


Also – happy 24th birthday to my brother and sister. (Yes, they’re twins – and were very close to being leap year babies)


Flashback from their 21st birthday hoopla.


And a (belated) happy birthday to my other sibling, who turned 21 on the 28th of February


Just a few candles short!


Hope you are all enjoying the day!

Resolution Conclusion

Way back in January of 2011 I set some pretty lofty goals for the upcoming 365 days. I kicked some in the butt, sorta accomplished a few, and threw one or two completely off the bus.

  • get a full-time job kind of. I am teaching part-time, and subbing most every other day, so I’m getting much bigger paychecks from school than last year.
  • take a multivitamin most days yes! I didn’t actually track the whole year, but I know that I forget a lot less than I used to.
  • get to my goal weight ugh. I feel most regret about this one. I’m actually heavier now than I was on January 1st. I suppose 2012 will have to be the year of the healthy weight!
  • read more, at least 1 book per month yup! I read a ton of books this year, helped by my library card and goodreads obsession. I’ve got so many more on my to-read list and I hope I can cross a lot off next year!
  • journal/blog more quality posts and with more regularity hmm. I blogged less this year, I think, but usually only when I actually had something to write about.
  • try one new recipe a week Maybe? I stopped keeping track after a few weeks, but I did cook several new recipes as well as add a few “standards” to my repertoire.
  • get more organized Uhh…I kinda sorta got the apartment organized – until we packed it all up and moved in July. Having the extra space means that things are stuffed in the extra closets and stay as unorganized as they were before the move. It’s driving me nuts.
  • run a full marathon – hopefully Chicago in October Yup! I still haven’t finished my recap post (is it too late?) but I finished in one piece. I’m torn about doing another one – maybe in 2013?

Welcome, October

Now that it’s a new month (already!) it’s time to set some new goals. I’m looking at the end of marathon training and I’m ready to jumpstart my fitness and lose the rest of the extra weight I’m carrying around.

1) Cross the finish line of the Chicago marathon. I’ve been working towards this goal for 18 weeks, and have been registered since February 1st. It’s been a long road, lots of hard work, and an incredible amount of anticipation.

2) Transition from marathon training (mostly running) to more strength training. I love running, but with the cold weather (and a wedding) coming up soon, I want to get into fighting shape with some ripped muscles.

3) Smartly train for and run the Hot Chocolate 15k in November. This will be the second year for me running this race, and I’m super excited. The course is much better than last year and I’ll be running it with lots of friends and family.

4) Get back to counting calories and tracking all my food. I’ll be using MyFitnessPal which has both an iPhone app and a website.

5) Work on my time management skills – still. This is, I think, an ongoing goal for me. Some days I can be really on top of things and others I spend the whole night surfing the internet/watching tv and don’t realize where the time goes. I know we all need to have lazy days every once in a while, but I feel like I have too many – especially when there are still moving boxes to unpack and things to organize.

So, this is me. This is how I feel about October – I will succeed. I will be a marathoner, I’ll lose a few pounds, I’ll be productive, and I’ll be able to say I accomplished all I set out to in 31 days.



What about you? Any goals for this month?

Goals–Checking In

Can you believe it’s the end of September? It was really quite a month. It came in hot and humid and now we’re dipping into the 30s at night here in Illinois. Fall has definitely arrived.

So, back at the beginning of the month I set some goals for myself.

Well, how did I do?

1) Eat more vegetables.   Meh. I took a lot of salads for lunch, and tried to get a veggie with dinner, but I’m still having a tough time snacking on them. I think in October I’m going to set aside time on Sundays to chop and portion veggie snacks for the week.

2) Plan meals better. I sorta half-assed this one. I did plan out a few meals in advance, but there were more nights when it was just easier to cook a frozen pizza rather than a “real” meal.

3) Finish marathon training strong and healthy. Yes! My weekday mileage hasn’t been perfect, a few miles short, but I’m feeling healthy and strong. No injuries to speak of, and I’m feeling really confident about Chicago.

4) Cross-train at least once a week. Hmm. I haven’t been doing lots of cardio cross-training (bike, elliptical) but I’ve been getting 1-2 weight sessions in each week, if that counts. I’ve taken more rest days than normal, but my weekly long runs (and total mileage) was at the peak for marathon training.

5) Manage my time better. Well, I did manage to get in most of my runs, and read 3 books, but I have laundry piled up in the bathroom, I’ve only blogged a handful of times (eek!) and my apartment is pretty messy. I’d say this is a no for the month and is a work in progress for October.

I’ll definitely keep working on all of these next month, as well as a few new goals.

Tell me: did you do anything you’re proud of in September?

In with April


This year has just been flying by – it’s already April 6th! Even though we’re almost a week into the new month, I though it would be a good idea to look back on my goals for the month of March.


I was pretty simple and straightforward with my March goals:

– Exercise 20 times Yup! I exercised 20 times on the dot.

– see negative numbers on the scale, Victory! According to my tracker on Sparkpeople (which I’ll be talking more about later this week), I lost 4 lbs last month. That’s about 1 lb a week!

– read/craft/unplug more. Hmm. I’m not really sure how I did with this one. I don’t think I finished any books this month, but I did read several magazines I checked out from the library. I think that by working more I automatically watched less TV, and I’m finding that I don’t need the background noise at home as much either.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the month went. April should be another busy one, but I’m glad for the warmer weather that is headed our way!

I’m going to keep my goals easy for this month:

– exercise 20 times

– keep the scale going down

– finish my 2nd half marathon at the end of the month

– get plenty of sleep (6 – 8 hours each night)


So, there you have it. I’m not setting the bar too high, so I can just relax and enjoy myself.


FYI: There will be no Wedding Wednesday post this week. Why? Frankly, I didn’t want to do one. It’s my blog and I make the rules here, see. Winking smile

So, if April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

How Many Candles?


Happy Birthday to my baby brother who turned 20 yesterday! Birthday cake

(I don’t care how old you get, Jared, you’ll always be my baby brother.)

And happy birthday to the twins who are celebrating their 23rd today! Party smileYeah, my 3 siblings celebrate their birthdays one day after the other.

Fun fact: the twins were almost born on February 29th. How cool would that have been?


This picture is from Christmas morning, 2010. Clockwise from cat: Smokey, Matt (fiancé), Me, Jared, Kelly and Ryan (the twins).

And can you guess who’s birthday is the day after all my siblings?

If you guessed the fiancé, then you’re right!

Of the 5 people on this picture, I am the only one who isn’t celebrating a birthday this week. Sad smile I didn’t come into this world until May of 1986. Though when I was little, my grandma used to get me a little present to open at their party so I didn’t feel left out. Bonus?

This is the first year I won’t be celebrating with any of my siblings, and it feels a little strange. I’m sure when I visit next there will be plenty of celebrating.

And can you believe it’s already March 1st?

Those 28 days sure went by quickly. Yet, a lot happened. I registered for a big race, I started training for another one and Matt & I set our wedding date and booked our hall (though it still doesn’t feel real).

On the fitness/weight loss front, however, I feel like a failure. I think it’s all this yucky winter weather really getting under my skin, but I’ve been feeling really down and icky this month.

Before we start another (hopefully better) month, I must first check back on my February goals. Even though I don’t want to.

1. Work out at least 20 days. There are 28 days in February, or 4 weeks, so that’s an average of 5 days a week at the gym.

Well, I worked out 12 days this month. Less than half. Ugh. With the snow days, being out of town for a weekend, and being sick this weekend, I lost a lot of days. All I can do is work out more next month.

2. Get the scale to go down.

Fail. In fact, I’m up a couple pounds since the beginning of the month. All the cold weather made me want to put on hibernation weight, I think. There were too many slices of bread and bags of chips to count. I’m not proud of it, but the last 2 weeks have been really good, food-wise. I’m feeling less bloated and my pants are starting to fit better.

3. Read more and craft more. This is one of my new years resolutions as well, but I still find myself in front of the computer for longer than I’d like each day. That needs to change.

I definitely read a lot more this month. I finished 3 books and have started 2 more. I haven’t really done too much knitting/sewing, but I am making great progress on a project that should have been already finished.


Like I said, February feels like a sort of fail, like I was defeated and let myself down. The upcoming weather forecast is putting a spring in my step, however, and there are only warmer days yet to come. (Though I know I’ll be complaining of the heat come July and August!)

For March, I’m going to continue my goals from last month. Exercise 20 times, see negative numbers on the scale, and read/craft/unplug more.

The weather forecast for today is sunny, 0% chance of rain, and a high of 52 degrees. I will definitely be coming home after work for a nice, sunny outdoor run!


Did you do anything big last month – or have anything exciting coming up this month?