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13in13 Let’s see, it’s February 12th… more than a month has passed since my first 13 in 13 post, and I figured it was time (well past time) for me to give a little update on how things are going. I really like taking a look at how I’ve been doing with these goals, because it puts them at the forefront of my mind and makes me more aware of my priorities.

I’m going to take a page out of Rebecca’s book and organize this post into what’s going well, what’s mediocre/unstarted, and what I need to work on.

smiley-faceWhat’s going well… 

#1 – I’m 7 lbs away from my WLS goal, which means I’m going to be way ahead of my original goal, which was to qualify for WLS by mid-March.  If all goes as I am striving for, I will make my goal by mid-February.  Woot, woot!!

#3 & #4 – I haven’t had tons of grading to do, so I haven’t really needed to stay at school until 4pm on B days, but that’s going to change tomorrow, when book reports come pouring in. (And then again at the end end of February when two sets of Realism essays come my way).  I have been excellent on A days – I’ve hit the gym every single time (unless it was deemed a rest day).  I’ve come to really enjoy those early days at the gym.

#5, #6, & #9 – I’ve made it to Zumba and Lululemon yoga most weekends.  I’m so glad that my plantar fasciitis has subsided enough that I can go resume Zumba and yoga.  It’s nice to be able to keep the workouts full of fun and variety.  I’ve also made it a point to bring friends to both Zumba and the Lululemon yoga, which helps with #9, because we usually spend time afterward catching up over coffee.  As for the second part of #6, as I said above, I haven’t needed to spend any time grading yet, but that’s going to change at the end of the month.  In an odd way, I’m looking forward to spending time at Starbucks grading, because it’s a good way to get out of the house and possibly meet new people.

#12 – My sister has been kind enough to take monthly photos of me in January and February, so this one is going well. Once I have three months’ worth of photos, I’ll post them here.

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yellow-neutral-face-mdWhat I haven’t started yet, or what’s been mediocre…

#7 – I haven’t started any Pinterest crafts yet, but I have two that I’m planning on working on next week, while I have the week off.  More on those as I complete them.

#8 – I haven’t kept up with my Google reader on a daily basis, but I do try to keep up on the weekends.  I also comment on as many blogs as I can think of things to write.

#9 – I’ve done some fun things with friends, but not often enough.  Some of that is because of not having extra money go out, but I have made an effort to incorporate coffee dates or workout buddy dates as much as I can.

#11 – I’m not planning on doing any research on health education until the summer.

#13 – As stated in the goal itself, this one won’t be happening until late October 2013, at the earliest.

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smiley-face-sticking-out-tongueWhat’s not going well/what I need to put more effort into…

#2 – I haven’t made great progress on my goal of reading 35 books in a year.  In fact, I’ve read 1 book and I have two others started.  For someone who loves reading as much as I do, I’m surprised that I’m not doing better at this goal.  It will be easy enough to pick this up beginning now.  I just need to set aside the time, especially on the weekends.

#10 – I think I made it to bed by 10pm for about a week or so.  Since this is not a part of my nature, it’s something I’ve got to put more of an effort into.  So, I’ve decided to make this my Lenten goal:

Lent_40days_blback Beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, I’m going to get to bed by 10pm every non-vacation weeknight for the next 40 days.  To give myself more accountability, I’m going to check in on this Lenten goal every Wednesday.

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Happy Friday!!! On the heels of a long weekend, today’s bound to be a fantastic day.

1. I completed my project revamping the school website, and everyone is really pleased.  It always feels good to be recognized for a job well done, especially with something that was so time consuming.

14212954_1208060030002. Tuesday evening my sister had asked me to watch my 5-year-old niece for a couple of hours, and my first thought was, let’s play Just Dance 4! I’d given it to my nieces for Christmas, but none of us had a chance to check it out yet.  So we popped it into the player and we boogied for 45 minutes!  My niece’s favorite songs were Call Me Maybe (hey, she’s five) and You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful (One Direction). She was jumping around so much that my sister said her feet hurt for two days afterward.  Poor baby!  That just shows how much we were getting into it.  I liked the new songs, and I can’t wait to try it again.

3. Goal #9 for my 13 in 13 is to do fun things with other people (i.e. get more social).  So far, I’ve been doing really well on this goal.  Last Sunday, I went over Tinkerbell and her hubby’s house to watch the Patriots’ game.  It was fun meeting new people, and getting out of the house for a couple of hours. This weekend I have plans to go on a bike ride with Tink and have dinner with my sister and parents (I’m bringing my food to eat so that I can stay on track) on Saturday, and then on Sunday after the 49ers game, go to coffee with Di, one of my best friends since high school.  I’ve made plans with Ani, too.  We’re going yoga at Lululemon on Sunday morning and then a combo puppy play date/ bike ride on Monday. I am loving getting back to my extroverted, social self.

4. I’ve been reading The Paris Wife, and I really enjoy it.  So far this year I haven’t followed my plan of carving out an hour each Saturday and Sunday to read, so this weekend I’m going to rectify that.  The weather is supposed to warm up this weekend, so I’m heading to my backyard to read in the fresh air.

5. I found this right before the new year on Pinterest, and so far, it has been completely true:

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Since I didn’t officially finish this post until Saturday morning, I figured I’d throw in one more to make it a Saturday Six, or should I say, a Quest for Six:

Who's got it better than us? NO ONE!!!

Who’s got it better than us? NO ONE!!!

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Goal #10 for my 13 in 13 is to go to bed by 10pm.  This doesn’t mean that my light will be off by then, but that I’ll get into bed, read, and hopefully fall asleep at some point thereafter.  Which is a huge improvement over what I’ve been doing: staying up until after midnight watching t.v. or YouTube videos and then heading to bed.

As I was going through my Google Reader yesterday (Goal #8), I came across this “40 Minutes to Snooze” playlist from FitSugar.  I’ve never been one to listen to music while I try to sleep, but 2013 is about trying new things, and since I love music, I figured why not incorporate this into my nightly routine.  Or at least give it a try for a week and see what happens.

Since I know a lot of you also need to be better about getting more sleep, I figured I’d share.  Sweet Dreamzzzzzzzzzz.

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