January 2012 Goals

I feel pretty good about my December goals. Perhaps I set the bar low to make sure I could accomplish everything, but either way December was a success!

December Goals

1. Work through the healthy recipes I’ve been collecting. Yes!

2. Take more Spin Classes. Yes!

3. Maintain my current weight during the holiday season. WOOHOO!

4. Take some yoga classes more regularly. Yes!

I did go to some yoga classes but I also incorporated a lot more yoga stretches into my regular stretching routine. This helped a lot. Michael got a pilates book from my mom for Christmas and we’re going to start working through the book together. I think these things will be beneficial to both of us.

I made a nice dent in my recipe pile. Some of the recipes I tried in December: Broccoli Salad , Garlic and Soy Chicken ThighsSouthwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash, Homemade Tomato Soup, and Lentilles au Vin Blanc.

I weighed in on December 30th and was ecstatic that I hadn’t gained any weight. I was about the same as I was right after Thanksgiving (the last time I weighed myself). I successfully enjoyed and indulged during Christmas and didn’t gain. In fact, the weight lifting I’ve been doing have shrunk my thighs and my biceps!

Weight: 145
Hips: 35
Waist: 33
Thighs: 18.5
Biceps: 11.5

I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions anymore. I really prefer making month goals and working through that stuff in baby steps. Without further ado, my first goals for 2012:

January Goals

1. Transition to working out in the mornings whenever I can (to avoid the massive crowds after work) or work out at home.

2. Get back into running. I really miss running during my lunch hour at work. Ideally I’d like to do that once a week –weather permitting and body permitting. While January is not the best month to get back to running outside, it would be ideal in my attempt to avoid the gym crowds.

3. Learn how to use my new camera to take better photos for my blog.

4. Finish the first draft of my book. I am 95% done with the first draft. This is completely doable!

I am excited to get started on my goals. I think I have some really good ones this month. And if I can accomplish #2, maybe I can start setting some goals involving racing again!

QUESTION: How did you survive the end of the year? What are your goals/resolutions?

Knocking It Off The List

I haven’t posted my January Goals yet (check back tomorrow) but I was so excited that I already accomplished one I had to share with you guys! One of my big goals for January–and 2012–was to finish the first draft of my book. The book is about how I gained and lost the weight, the journey I was on during the process and what I accomplished after the weight came off. I was working steadily on it for months in 2011 and then got busy with summer activities and took a break…until recently.

Well, I jumped the gun on my January goals and finished the first draft over the vacation weekend!

I’d been so stumped about just how to articulate Hood to Coast, that I’d stopped writing for awhile. Sometimes taking a break is a good thing. I attacked the last part of my book will renewed energy and inspiration. And now the first draft is DONE.

212 single-spaced typed pages.
128,000 words.

I gave the first draft to my friend Star to proofread. Apparently she’s already done with it!

It feels so good to have the book completed. Now I can start the fun part of editing, rewriting, editing some more and hopefully I can find a publisher that wants to buy it!

Woohoo! 2012 is starting off with a bang!