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This cartoon really does capture how I’ve been while on this two week vacation.  In fact, there was a bit of confusion the other day over some plans with my sister because I had no idea what day it was.  Not that I don’t have access to a million calendars or anything, but sometimes it’s nice not to even look.

I have to say, I really used this Winter Break to refocus myself, which I needed. I was really burnt out physically and emotionally right before it began.  I knew I needed to really center myself and think about the way I wanted to live out the rest of the school year.  I figured a few things out, and hopefully I’ll go into tomorrow and the remainder of my work year with a calmness that I didn’t have at the outset.

I also used the break to get back on track in terms of exercise and working out.  I’ve come up with a good plan for fitting more intense workouts into my workweek, and I look forward to taking on that challenge beginning tomorrow.

It’s so nice having this extra day off.  I need a bit of a transition before I have to go back to reality (work).   Since it’s Monday, it’s time for Friend Makin’ Monday (FMM).

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Goals for 2012

Being that it’s January 2nd, I’ve already written at length about my goals for 2012, which you can read in their entirety here. I’ll highlight just a couple of them for you:

#3.  I will make time for working out 5-6 days a week, even when I’m stressed out and exhausted. Life is filled with frustrations sometimes, but I won’t let that excuse become an obstacle anymore. I will look at working out as “me time,” a time when I’m doing something so good for me and my health. Because I love moving my body once I start doing it, and I love the sense of accomplishment I get from it afterward even more.

#4.  I will meet Scale Warfare over the summer in Vegas. She and I are still working out the details of when, but it WILL happen, and I cannot wait.

#6.  I will read more books in 2012. I’m an avid read, but this year I only read 26 books in all of 2011, which is unacceptable. I know the problem is that I am online too often, especially before bed when I used to read. So beginning tonight, I am going to put the iPhone down and make sure I read as I go to sleep. I also want to set aside at least 1 hour per weekend and devote it to reading. I love TV, but there has to be more of a balance, especially because I have tons of amazing books just waiting for me on my Kindle.  I’m currently reading 3 books: Hunger Games (a gift from my friend, Ani), Big Boned (I really like this series by Meg Cabot), and The Life You’ve Imagined (ScaleWarfare and I are reading this one together). I’ve challenged myself to read 30 books in 2012, and if you’d like to follow my progress and see which books I’m reading, you can become my friend on Goodreads.com.

Now it’s your turn…have you set goals for 2012?  Don’t forget to go back to Kenlie’s blog and link up.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 29: Gush

Begin to create a plan for “My Friends Day Out 2012″ – tell us what you envision.Contributed by Julie Jordan Scott.

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This prompt is a really fun one for me and one that I hope to actually put to use.  Scale Warfare and I have been friends since she left her first comment on my blog, back on March 19, 2009.  That was 384 comments ago.  (Yes, I checked).  In the 2 1/2 years since we first connected, we’ve become amazing sources of support for each other.  As I’ve said many, many times before, SW is one of my best friends.  Yet we’ve never met in person.

Well that’s changing in 2012.  We’ve decided the only city ready for our first meetup is Vegas.  Summer 2012.  Exact date to be decided.

So this Friends’ Day Out plan is for Vegas, Baby:

(We’ll arrive in Vegas at some point on Friday, and we’ll spend that first night talking, drinking, gambling, and who knows?  This plan will be for the next day, our first full day in Vegas).

Morning:

  • An early morning (which in Vegas could mean 11am!) walk along the strip, taking in the scene.
  • Breakfast at one of the many buffets. As long as there are Bloody Mary’s I don’t care which.
  • Pool time.  It’s bound to be HOT in Vegas in the summer, but if we can handle it, getting a few rays earlier in the day would be great.

Midday:

  • Shopping.  Hello Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.
  • Riding the roller coasters – this is a significant NSV, because before we each lost weight, we wouldn’t have fit into the rides.
  • Checking out the beautiful hotels – Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian, etc.
  • Some spa time.

Evening:

  • Drinks at a hotspot lounge.  It’s been 10 years since I was in Vegas, so I need recommendations. At that time, I loved the rum bar at Mandalay Bay, but I have no idea if that’s even there still.
  • Dinner at a 4-star restaurant.
  • A show – Cirque du Soleil, comedy, music – depending on who’s playing when we’re there.
  • Dancing at another hotspot – one that’s not overrun with wannabe’s.  Just a place were we can have fun and let loose.
  • Gambling.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat.

The most important part of the trip is that we’ll be meeting up for the first time, the rest of it is just icing on the cake.  I’m really looking forward to our trip!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 22 – Travel
How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

I didn’t travel at all in 2010.  Sadly enough, I didn’t even go to the beach much.  I did make it to SF a few times, and I went to Napa, but since those are local trips, I don’t really consider them traveling.

I really need to make up for lost time in 2011!  Money permitting, I’d like to travel to:

  • Vegas for my 40th birthday in July.
  • Boston to visit CTLB (or, she can come here)
  • Michigan/Chicago to visit my uncle.  I’m hoping my sister & nieces can make the trip with me.
  • I’d also like to take a road trip in the Bug.  I’m envisioning somewhere coastal, so maybe north to Seattle?  Who knows, maybe SeattleRunnerGirl and I can meet up.

And in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011, I want to take plenty of weekend trips to great local places:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Santa Cruz/Capitola
  • Napa/Sonoma

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