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Goals for 2011: Wrap-Up

It's official, 2011 is coming to a close.

In January I made some goals for the year in a few different areas. I made them small and achievable because with my hectic life, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to juggle it all. I've checked in every 3 months and you can go back and see my posts in January, March, June, and September.

For each goal I set out to accomplish in January I also set a reward for myself.  I've got them all listed below along with the updates/successes in bold. 

Here are my 2011 goals and rewards along with updates on each:

1) Read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I already have the first volume in a 2 book series that includes A Study In Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

My reward? Buying the graphic novel versions of A Study In Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Redundant, I know, but I'm a comic book geek and the idea of owning these makes my mouth water. They are beautiful and I have my eyes set on them.

Success!!! I finished the whole first collection and treated myself to some beautiful graphic novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's. I also went to the theaters and saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. Up next, the 2nd set of complete stories!

2) Continue to cook/bake. I conquered my fear and loathing of all that is culinary this past year. I taught myself to cook and bake pretty well. Ask my many fans who have reaped the benefits. I have no measurable goal for this like the first but I don't want to stop working at improving my skills in the kitchen. I guess one marker would be to take at least one class, preferably a basics course on knife skills.

My reward? A professional grade kitchen knife set. I haven't picked one out yet but I'm eying a few sets at Sur La Table. I made my virgin trip to Sur La Table this weekend in Irvine and fell head over heals in love with the store. It was a culinary heaven.

Success!!! I took my Essential Knife Skills course in May with my dad and my sister. We took it together and learned a lot of basics. PS: It was at one of my favorite stores, Sur La Table.

Next I have a Groupon to take a cooking course with a friend and I still have my new knife set to pick out.

3) Lose 10 lbs by January 2012. Ok...this is the kicker. I'm setting the bar low and making this a LONG term goal because I'm struggling so badly with my weight-loss goals. I've not met one yet. So, I'm setting up a small goal to be met over a long period of time. This way if I do more than this, I'll have far exceeded my initial goal.

My reward? A spa day followed by a shopping day for some new clothes. I'm horrible at keeping up my clothing. I allow them to fade and fall apart long before I replace them so I end up in frump mode. So I am making it a goal to treat myself to a mommy-free day of massages and clothes shopping.

Success: I did it!!! I've hit the first 10 lbs marker AND THEN SOME!! It was a long and tough road but I stuck it through and now I get to plan my me-time and get pampered!


4) Finish a big quilting project by mid-April. I've been working on this thing for a long time. It's been touch and go due to my hectic schedule and also due to my self-taught quilting style. There are so many things I learned from this process and things I'm still learning that I've signed up for a quilting class to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. So the goal is to finish the quilt (I'm 85% of the way done) before May and then finish the course work for the class I'm taking.

My reward? A quilt fabric shopping spree! There are some great quilting shops in my area that I don't visit because I know I'll go wild! But I'll go in and allow myself a little shopping time to bulk up my stash and treat myself to some purdy fabric!

Success!!! I did meet this goal (and then some) back in April.The quilt came out great and I've been having a blast picking out new material for my fabric stash.

5) Run the Resolution Run 5k in January in under 41 minutes. In January 2011 I ran this 5k in 41 minutes. In 2012 I want to see some minutes shaved off.

My reward? Nothing but the total pride and joy of having improved my running time and my health. 

Out of five goals, I've accomplished two. That's not too shabby. And two of those goals are long term, not to been completed for another 6 months so I'm feeling pretty on track for not being really all that....well....on track!

Update and SUCCESS!

Last month I ran a Holiday 5k and beat my 5k time! I was SHOCKED!! I not only ran it in less time, but a full 6 minutes less! Going into my race in January I'm already seeing the results of a hard year of work and I'm super proud.

I've already paid for and scheduled this trip to San Diego for this race on January 8, 2012. I'm looking forward to seeing my stats after this run and to see if after a year of working out and running/dancing/pumping iron has made an improvement on my time on this particular course. Since I've already run a 5k in less time, I'm excited to see how I do on this run.

2011 was a tough year. I went through a lot of ups and down but I'm proud to see that every goal I set out to reach has been accomplished. I'm very proud of myself for sticking with it, even during the worst of times. 

After the new year, I'll post my 2012 goals. I've got a few in mind.

PS: I forgot to add an unintentional goal I achieved this year. I finished my NaNoWriMo goal this year and wrote over 50,000 words in less than 30 days. That was a HUGE goal I've been hungry for for over 6 years.

Irrational Fears

Everyone is afraid of something. Whether it be something big like death or small like spiders, we all having something we are fearful of.

I have fears and some are realistic like the fear that someone bad will happen to my son and some are irrational like the strange fear I have of rubbing my bare hands on carpeted floor.

A new fear as cropped up as I've been working out and getting stronger. I'm losing inches and a little weight here and there but over all I can see changes. I see it in the definition of my thighs and the improvement of my 5k time.

As I watch the inches fall off, I notice a scary trend. I'm mostly losing inches around my waist. It hit me this morning that if I keep up this flow, soon I'll be no more than shoulder and a butt. Oh and a head too. 

Like a head on a stick figure with balloons attached.

Kinda like this.

I do hope that things start to balance out because I already have problems finding clothes that fit my hourglass figure as it is. But finding something cute to wear with a shape like THAT will be next to impossible.

Holiday 5k And A New Personal Record

This weekend I ran a race.

It was a last minute idea but one I agreed to readily. I had no other plans and seeing my times before my race in January would probably be a good idea. Plus, they had a free kids race and I wanted to put my son in that.

Fun for everyone!

So I went, I ran, I finished and wouldn't you know it, I beat my personal record. In January 2011 I ran my first 5k in 41 minutes, give or take. Slow and steady.

12 months later I was able to run a 5k in less than 36 minutes!



I was super excited when I saw my time at the race. 36 minutes meant I was able to run a 5k 5 minutes faster than I could in January!

Then the stunner came when I saw my posted results with a finish time of 35:47!! Even better!

I felt good after my race and feel even better today. And now I can't wait to kick butt in January when I run the Resolution Run 2012 and I am able to compare 2011 to 2012.

Both my son and I got medals. He was stoked that his is a penguin for the Penguin Waddle. I was just so proud of myself and of seeing how far I had come in just 12 months.

Here is to another 12 more!


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