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January 2013 Goals

In the past years, I’ve sat down and made out a nice post about the resolutions I was going to meet in 2013.

I’ve yet to truly keep a single one.

This year, I’m doing things differently.

Goals, Not Resolutions

I am setting goals that I am going to meet, and not for the entire year… These goals are for the month of January 2013. I’ll set new goals for February 2013.

This way, I don’t have twelve months to forget about them. I’ve got 28-31 days each month to accomplish these goals.

I’m going to set four different goals each month, a weight goal, a fitness goal, a personal goal, and a creative goal. There is no penalty if I fail to reach them, and there is no reward beyond the inherent reward in meeting the goal when I make them. It’s just something to help me keep each month as productive as I possibly can!

Weight Goal

I am taking part in Roni’s Diet Bet for January. I put $20 in, and if I lose at least 4% of my starting weight, then I get to share the pot. My four percent is going to be roughly 15 pounds.

Tough, yes, but achievable. So I am going to set a weight loss goal of 15 pounds for the month of January.

Fitness Goal

I’ve lost a lot of my cardio endurance. I’ll share more on that later this week. But I am working on building it back up, and it’s coming up quite quickly.

As soon as my endurance is back up (later this week), I resolve to complete an entire month of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I don’t expect that I’ll necessarily do all three levels as-is, but it’s definitely a nice way to get my strength back up quickly.

Say what you will about Jillian (I am personally a huge fan), her DVD workouts are tough.

Personal Goal

This one isn’t going to be a game changer, but it needs to be done. I have a lot of DVDs. A LOT. I have a subscription to a service that will catalog and organize your DVDs for you. You just enter the UPC codes and it keeps track of your library for you.

I’m going to do this. I have more DVDs than I can mentally keep track of, and I want them nice and neatly organized on my bookshelves.

Creative Goal

I used to be a space painter. I was decent at it, quite honestly.

I’m going to pick this hobby up again, and I resolve to have at least ten good paintings done before January is over. Not only that, I’m going to get a few of them posted in an Etsy shop to attempt to sell.

That’s what I hope to accomplish in January 2013. If I tackle my “resolutions” one month at a time, I think I’ll do a much better job with them than if I try to post a bunch all at once and just forget about them until next Christmas.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2013?

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2012 in Review

The year is coming to a close.

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I did not meet my 2012 Resolutions. Not by a long shot.

But regardless, this was the BEST year of my life, and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

In January, we found out we were expecting Moon Pie. I’m pretty sure the date was January 3rd. Regardless, this set the tone for the rest of the year.

We went to the Fur Ball, an annual tradition for us. This is a local gala-fundraiser that the Warren County Humane Society hosts every January. We went to the 1st Fur Ball on our 2nd date, and we’ve gone every year since then. We’re both big animal lovers, so this is a nice tradition for us.

In February, I posted about Garbage Pail Kids, a blast of nostalgia that will definitely be coming up again on this blog as I explore nostalgia through my weight loss (more on that soon).

On leap day, I received a letter from the future. Good times.

In March, we announced on the blog that we were having a baby, christened Moon Pie on the blog. We announced his existence with a faux horror movie trailer.

I got to speak to Ken Sagoes of Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4 fame. That was definitely a very cool experience for this horror geek.

During April, I had my 34th birthday! I think this is the year I officially entered mid-30s. In my mind, I’ll be mid-30s until I hit 38 in the year 2016. I also posted some things I am grateful for.

I shared my desire to become fitness-model hot.

In May, we went on our Babymoon in San Diego. Those picture posts are still being posted.

June was a busy month of posting, but not much really happened. The same through July and August, as work started to pick up with the upcoming fall semester starting.

September was a HUGE month. Our baby was born. I still haven’t shared his birth story yet, and I fully intend to, but let me just say this was a huge factor in making this year incredible. I can’t even remember who I was before this little man joined our family.

In October and November, we started looking for a new house, which we finally found and closed on in late November. We moved in throughout December, and finally, we are (almost completely) settled in as the year draws to a close!

I’ll share a photo post of our new home in the coming weeks.

2012 was a great year. We had a baby and moved into a new house. (Anyone want to buy the old one?)

I hope your 2012 was as good as mine, and I hope 2013 is just as memorable. I’ll be posting my thoughts for 2013 tomorrow!

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Window Seat: San Diego Babymoon, Day Three, 05.14.12

Several months ago, I did a weekly series on Stellar Path called The Window Seat, where I talked about my family’s various travels. I abandoned it, around the time that work just got too overwhelming, but I am picking it back up. I had talked about TWO days of our Babymoon to San Diego, (Day One, Day Two), and I am picking this feature back up with Day Three.

This post (along with all of the other San Diego posts that will follow) were actually written while in San Diego. I hope you enjoy this recap of our babymoon! Be warned – this is very photo heavy!

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Breakfast was much the same. Good and very filling. This morning, they had raspberries. I can’t help it – apparently, I’m a fresh fruit dork.

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View as we are leaving the hotel…

Since we had a cruise at 7:00, we decided to save Los Angeles for a day when we didn’t have to be back. We’re planning to go on Thursday; today, we decided to go to Last Exit Mall (aka Las Americanas Mall) about one mile from the Mexican border.

It was a pretty standard outlet mall, and I’m just not a shopper. However, I did get a $500 leather jacket from Wilson’s Leather for $149. I also purposely got one smaller than would fit now, to give me some motivation for weight loss for the winter.

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On our way back, we stopped at Tuna Harbor (very close to the hotel) and ate at the Fish Market. We sat outside, right above the water. It was a little chilly, but the food was amazing! Tina got a lobster roll; I got cod, prawn, and scallops “fish and chips.” It was amazingly good. We may very well go back for dinner some time.

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We also did a bit of exploring around the restaurant. There was an exhibit set up for Bob Hope and a gigantic iconic statue of “the kiss” from WWII.

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After leaving the restaurant, we came back to the hotel and laid out by the pool. A few brave souls tried to swim, but we just enjoyed the sun for about an hour. I got a little pink; Tina got burned. Apparently, pregnant women burn easier than non-pregnant women. Who knew?

I napped, and we went to Hornblower Tours for our Sunset Cruise. This was the only stupid part of the day; we went to the address on our cruise tickets, 1066 North Harbor Drive. We parked about a quarter of a mile away. Well, it turns out that we actually had to walk down to 1800 North Harbor drive to board the ship. Rather than move the car, we walked the difference. The lady at the ticket booth said she didn’t understand why they didn’t print the right address on the ticket voucher and didn’t know how to fix it. (I dunno – maybe a sign on the ticket booth at 1066 that that is NOT where you board the ship. *sigh* Regardless, we got on the ship.)

It was a very fun experience. We were fed a three course meal, salad, steak with potatoes and broccolini, and a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with a cookie crust. We literally just cruised around the harbor, but it was a lot of fun. We also got some amazing photos. It was a three hour tour (snicker), but it felt a little long. By 9 o’clock, we were ready to go. (It went ‘til ten.)

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Still, we had a good time.

We’re both dead tired. Hopefully, we’ll wake up refreshed for a fun day tomorrow at Sea World.

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Christmas 2012 Weigh-In

Oh goodness. What a rocky few weeks it has been.

One piece of advice – if you are trying to lose weight, never try to juggle a newborn, moving into a new house, completing finals (both the ones you are giving AND the ones you are taking), during the holiday season.

I gained.

I didn’t gain as bad as I had feared.

But I gained.

Are those all excuses? Yep. I certainly could have tried harder and accomplished some weight loss goals.

I did not. I’m not dwelling, because it doesn’t impact my worth as a person.

I expected to be in the 380s. Instead, I just got close to the 380s.

December 22, 2012
Weight: 378.0
Change from Highest: -24.8 pounds

I am not a super happy camper about this, but it is what it is, and I cannot change it now. I can only change it moving forward, and that is what I fully intend to do.

I’m (allegedly) going to take a weekly photo after my weigh-in on Saturdays. I’ll admit – I just now decided to do this, so this photo is actually from Christmas night, but I think it might be nice to have a visual record of my changes.

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(I’m also not as grumpy as I look in that photo, I promise. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if my smile changes as I lose weight, too.)

I also had a little food breakthrough today.

We have a new little one in the house for Christmas, so we’re both establishing new traditions and upholding old ones. Not surprisingly, a lot of the traditions (especially the old ones) revolve around food.

We started some new ones this year that aren’t food related. We’re going to get Moon Pie a lego set, at least one book every Christmas, and one geeky science gift (this year, Periodic table wooden blocks).

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I also am going to abolish one old food tradition.

Do you know what little smokies are? They are basically little sausages that are cooked in a mixture of honey, brown sugar, and mustard. If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said they are sinfully delicious.

I made them today.

They were fatty and disgusting. I’m not being all “I only eat healthy food so fatty food is gross.” No, fattening food can be awesome. The sausage gravy I made for breakfast this morning was incredible.

But these… I ate maybe five, and we’re throwing away the rest.

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Even the picture looks gross to me now. Ugh.

I’ve had little smokies at every Christmas for the past twenty years. This tradition is being retired.

Oh, and in blog news, I’ve recently installed Disqus. I’m hoping it’ll make it easier for me to reply to comments and be a better blogger. Please let me know if there are any issues!

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Merry Christmas!

We’re unplugging for a few days. I’m sure I’ll still be on Facebook, but the blog is going to sit here for a few days. I’ll post back on the 26th with my weigh-in and plans. For now, Merry Christmas!

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