2011 Favorites

I’m pretty happy with how my blog has progressed over this past year. In 2010 my blog was pretty new, I didn’t think many people would even want to read what I had to say and when they did I had to find myself. I wasn’t sure what kind of blog I wanted to have, so in the beginning I did what everyone else did–posting my workouts and what I ate for my three meals.

Eventually that grew boring to me and I figured it was probably boring to read. My blog changed a lot and I found my groove. I loved sharing my weight loss memories and struggles with my readers. 2011 was a year where I really found what I liked to write about and I hope that came through to my readers as well.

Here are some posts that I am really proud of from 2011:

Partners Who Sabotage

When The Mirror Lies

Gaining Weight in Relationships

Stop Dieting!

Psychology of Weight Loss

3 Year Anniversary of 100 Pounds Lost

Thanks to some great readers/blog friends I also had some great guest posts this year.

Reshaping Your Body with Weight Lifting

Triathlon Help

The Battle of The Calorie Counters

Thank you to everyone that shared a guest post this year with my readers. I hope people found some new blogs to read as a result. 🙂

Favorite Recipes of 2011

2011 was also when I started to really try new things in the kitchen. I’m happy with a lot the recipes I’ve tried and (thanks to Michael!) I have a lightbox now that helps me take amazing photos of the food I cook.

Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Curried Shrimp with Rice

French Toast

Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Pumpkin Muffins

Pasta with Broccolini, Pickled Goat Horn Peppers and Goat Cheese

Poulet Au Vinaigre (Gina’s Weight Watchers)

I’m pretty proud of the dishes I’ve made. I know, I know, it’s really just following a recipe. But that’s huge for me. I hated cooking, I sucked at cooking most everything and I honestly made stuff that came out of the freezer or a box for most of my life. Being able to tackle recipes by myself and actually have them turn out edible is stellar–having them be AWESOME was even better!

So there you have a few of my favorites from 2011. I hope 2012 is even better!

QUESTION: What was your favorite post of 2011? Share the link to it here! And if you have a fantastic recipe you tried, post it here too!

January Goals

It’s a new year! I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. I’m more comfortable with monthly goals. Something short term I can work towards and ACHIEVE. So how did I do in December? December was okay…I ate a lot more than I wanted to but that’s the holidays for ya.

December Goal Recap

1. Maintain current weight. Don’t gain weight. FAIL.

2. Try one new recipe each week that challenges me. YES. Sugar Cookies, Minestrone Soup, Cheddar Garlic Bread and Penne with Squash and Goat cheese.

3. Continue the hip strengthening exercise and strength training.  YES!

4. Try to live in the moment and be happy with what I have, not worrying about what I DON’T have.  SORT OF.

5. Begin training for my first Century Ride! Nope. I did not get on the bike at all in December.

I didn’t fall too short of my goals for December but I also didn’t really give it much effort either. I fell victim to the typical excuse: The Holidays. I was busy, my schedule was crazy, there were injuries and sickness in my house, traveling and parties. I managed to get in all my workouts and I tried to make healthy food choices. That’s about all I could hope for. 😉

Now it’s a new year, a new month and time for new goals.

January Goals

1. Do yoga once a week. Either a class at the gym or at home.

2. Go Snowshoeing at least once.

3. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Iorio.

4. Start training on the bike!

I felt pretty confident about my training for the Portland Century…I told myself “I’ve got 8 months to train!” But then I started to think about how many miles a week I need to build up to by August and I began to panic. Do I have enough time to train for 100 miles?? I need to get started on the bike asap!

Reach the Beach 2010

I was feeling a bit burned out with my workout schedule but I think adding one workout a week on the bike will remedy that.

QUESTION: What are your goals? And how did you do in December?