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Goals – they help keep me focused, give me something to shoot for, and offer me so much motivation.  Writing goals down makes me accountable and putting them out there in the world helps them come to fruition.

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We’re more than a quarter of the way into 2016, and I’m ready to post what my 2016 goals are going to be.  Last year I was able to check some really important goals off my list, so this year’s list is going to stay nice and simple.

  1. Lose the weight I’ve regained.  In the past year, I’ve gained about 30 pounds for a myriad of reasons.  My main goal for 2016 is to lose these 30 pounds and get closer to reaching my ultimate goal weight of weighing 150 pounds.
  2. Travel, near and far, with RDC3.  My boyfriend and I love to get out and explore new places, old favorites, and anywhere in between.  Since the start of 2016, we’ve already been to Vegas for his birthday, attended Swan Lake (my first time!), gone to Land’s End in SF, taken Sofi to her favorite dog-friendly beach in Aptos, spent the day in Half Moon Bay with my parents to get fresh crab, and explored Carmel during my spring break in April.  This year I’d also like to visit Calistoga to do a sip & cycle, go to LA to explore the art scene, and hit the snow in Tahoe.  I’m sure we’ll do many other fun and exciting things throughout this year, and I can’t wait to experience each one.
  3. Continue having adventures in fitness.   This year I want to continue finding new ways to enjoy fitness. One of my main ones for 2016 that I’d love to check off is zip lining! I’ve discovered that they do it right in my own backyard, in the Santa Cruz mountains, so I think this goal will be more than reachable this year.
  4. Read more books.  I know this seems like a strange goal for someone who loves to read and who teaches English for a living.  But oddly enough, I don’t have as much time to read as one would think.  Which is why I have to set this goal and MAKE the time to read.  I’ve challenged myself to read 26 books in 2016, and I’m going to have to get a move on if I want to reach this goal.  I’m continuing to read with  an online book club that has lots of fascinating books lined up.  Those, coupled with my own “to read” library will insure that I’ve always got a great book to enjoy.
  5. Tap into my creative side.  In the past I wasn’t great with this goal, but this year I’ve already made strong progress.  I’m on Instagram almost daily, creating fun collages of photos, setting backgrounds, and adding text to photos.  I love taking pictures and documenting my daily life, and the fact that RDC3 is a photographer really helps me get inspired with my shots.  Last year I discovered  Project Life, and although I didn’t do much more than buy lots of cute packages, I do want to use it as a way to “scrapbook” my life – both my weight loss journey and my adventures with RDC3.  Another creative outlet for me has been getting more involved in using my Erin Condren planner as more than just a place to put my daily lesson plans.  The planner community is strong on social media, and I’ve gotten lots of inspiration.  Plus, using my planner more combines creativity with my love of organization.

There you have it – 5 goals and priorities for 2016.  I can’t wait to see how much I accomplish!
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Goals – they help keep me focused, give me something to shoot for, and offer me so much motivation.  Writing goals down makes me accountable and putting them out there in the world helps them come to fruition.

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We’re a quarter of the way into 2015, but I’ve finally decided what my 2015 goals are going to be.  Like last year, I’m going to keep it simple so that I don’t overwhelm myself with too many grandiose plans and lose focus on what’s most important to me.  Many of these goals are very similar to the ones I set for myself last year, and with good reason – they were important to me and I want to continue working on them.

  1. Reach my goal weight of 150 pounds. I have approximately 20 pounds to go to reach this goal, so reaching this milestone in 2015 is completely realistic.  For my height of 5″3′, tables and charts say I should weigh no more than 140, but I don’t live my life by those.  I go with what I think will look best on my body, which is curvy and solid.  150 pounds will be perfect, I think.
  2. Get out and enjoy a social life. This means seeing friends regularly, dating, going on day trips, and getting out of the house more. Going to dinner, seeing movies, attending plays, seeing local concerts.  Seeing and being seen.  I did a great job with this last year – there were more Sunday Fundays than ever before, and I want to continue to live life outloud and enjoy myself.
  3. Keep dating.  This one is a big one for me because although I really tried to put myself out there with online dating (joining Match.com and eHarmony, I didn’t have much luck in the love department.  I’m not really sure why, but I’m not going to dwell on what has already happened, I’m just going to look forward to meeting great new guys this year.  And hopefully, one of them will be my “someone.”
  4. Continue having adventures in fitness.   This year I want to continue finding new ways to enjoy fitness.  Now that I’m a full-fledged member of TIU, I’ve joined a couple of new groups on FB, one of which is for TIU girls in my local area.  We have some fitness meetups planned, and I’m looking forward to trying new things (and enjoying some of the ones I already love).
  5. Read more books.  I’ve challenged myself to read 30 books in 2015, and I’m already off to a great start!  I joined an online book club that has lots of fascinating books lined up.  Those, coupled with my own “to read” library will insure that I’ve always got a great book to enjoy.  I joined Audible.com so that the memoirs that I’ve chosen to read can be read to me in the author’s own voice.  Since I do a lot of driving these days, I enjoy being able to dive into a good book while I’m in the car.
  6. Tap into my creative side.  In the past I wasn’t great with this goal, but this year I’ve already made strong progress.  I’m on Instagram almost daily, creating fun collages of photos, setting backgrounds, and adding text to photos.  I love taking pictures and documenting my daily life.  I’ve also decided to use Project Life as a way to “scrapbook” my weight loss journey.  I love the simplicity of Becky Higgins’ format – one of the main reasons I didn’t ever finish my old scrapbooking project was because the whole thing was just overwhelming.  She’s taken a lot of the stress out of scrapbooking, and I’m looking forward to documenting quite a bit of my life this year.  I’ve also joined a Listers Gotta List group, which has fun prompts for every day of each month.  It’s an easy way for me to jot down my thoughts, use some cute washi tape, and get a bit creative.

There you have it – 6 goals for the new year.  6 priorities for 2015.  I can’t wait to see how much I accomplish!
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Goals – they help keep me focused, give me something to shoot for, and offer me so much motivation.  Writing goals down makes me accountable and putting them out there in the world helps them come to fruition.

Last year I set 13 goals for 2013, and while I wasn’t successful at all of them, I did accomplish the ones that were my top priority.  Which started me thinking, this year I’m going to par down my goals to those things that are most important to me.  Too many goals just cloud the issue and make me lose focus.

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One of my friends posted this on Facebook today, to which I commented, “this should be my New Year’s Resolution.” So, in the spirit of keeping things simpler, these are my priorities in 2014.

  1. Reach my goal weight of 150 pounds. I have approximately 50 pounds to go to reach this goal, so reaching this milestone in 2014 is completely realistic.  For my height of 5″3′, tables and charts say I should weigh no more than 140, but I don’t live my life by those.  I go with what I think will look best on my body, which is curvy and solid.  150 pounds will be perfect, I think.  And if not, I can make adjustments.
  2. Get out and enjoy a social life. This means seeing friends regularly, dating, going on vacations, and getting out of the house more. Going to dinner, seeing movies, attending plays, seeing local concerts.  Seeing and being seen.  I can’t wait to start having more fun in 2014.
  3. Continue having adventures in fitness.   In 2014 I want to continue my run/walk intervals, join a run club, and do lots more 5Ks.  I want to try new fitness classes at the gym.  I want to go on hikes, try skiing or snowboarding, and incorporate new water sports.  I want to bike to new places, swim in the ocean, and go skating (ice and roller).
  4. Read more books.  I only read 11 books in 2013, which is absolutely abysmal for someone who enjoys reading as much as I do.  So, I’m going to set a goal on Goodreads that I’ll read 30 books in 2014, which is a little more than 2 books a month.  Totally doable.
  5. Tap into my creative side.  I want to spend 2014 creating things: completing my scrapbook, crocheting, taking photographs, and learning to speak Italian.  I don’t want to limit other creative areas that might want to explore, but these are the first few things that come to mind.

There you have it – 5 goals for the new year.  5 priorities for 2014.  I can’t wait to get started!

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 26 – How do you intend to carve out more time for the things that are the most important to you in 2013?

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As much as I feel like my life is hectic and rushed, the truth is, compared to most people, my life is really leisurely.  Thanks to my job, I get done with work in the mid afternoon, allowing me the flexibility to complete everything that’s most important to me.  (Which is not to say that work doesn’t extend itself into my “off hours,” because it does, but the point is, I can be at home grading my my pjs if I want to.  Or I can be at a great coffee house, listening to funky music. I’m not tied to a desk).

So in 2013, I’m going to show more appreciation for the fact that my time is my own and I can choose exactly how I want to spend it.  I want to use time to my advantage this coming year so that I reach all of my goals and dreams.

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I first wrote this post about birthdays back in 2007, and since today is my 41st birthday, I thought I’d share an excerpt with you.

Growing up, I loved having my birthday in the summer because it meant I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday. Sure, I missed out on cupcakes with the class, but I got fireworks. I think in that trade-off, I got the better deal, don’t you? A summer birthday meant that most people were more relaxed and ready to have fun.

My parents always made birthdays a big deal. Bigger than Christmas, because it was YOUR special day. My sister and I would get lots of presents, sure, but the best part about our birthdays was that the whole day felt like a huge celebration. The birthday girl got to decide what we had for dinner that night — whether it was a favorite recipe that Mom made or a restaurant you wanted to try out. Since my birthday fell in the summer, we usually took some kind of day trip for my birthday. We could go anywhere I wanted to — San Francisco, Santa Cruz, a movie at the mall, whatever. Birthdays are usually celebrations, but in my family, they were like our own special holiday.

When I got old enough to work, I always took my birthday off, because it was my special day. As a teenager, I’d usually do the family thing in the morning and earlier part of the day and then hang out with friends later. Or, we’d all go out to dinner, my parents’ treat.

Birthdays are always a time of reflection for me.  I take stock of the past year of life and celebrate my successes and see what I can learn from the disappointments.  And I usually celebrate it with food and drink alongside family and friends.

But not this year.

This year I told everyone that I didn’t want to go out for drinks or to a special dinner for my birthday.  A few of the people were surprised that I was saying this, but once I explained my thinking, they understood.  This summer my priority is weight loss.  I’ve been serious about it in my actions, and just because today is my birthday, I don’t want to blow all of my progress.  One day of indulging can throw me off for an entire week, as evidenced by the Father’s Day BBQ I had a few weeks ago.  This time of year is tough because my dad’s birthday is a week before mine, then mine, then 4th of July, then my niece’s birthday.  Whew!  Lots of celebrating.

So I asked everyone if we could do non-food-related things to celebrate and keep it all a little more low key.  Plus this year isn’t one that ends in a 0 or a 5, so there’s no real need to go nuts with the parties. I’m still going to celebrate:

  • I had iced tea and opened presents with my parents on Sunday.
  • I decided a great gift to myself would be to start today with a 9am bikram yoga class, with my friend Ani. (I’m also buying an unlimited 1-month pass for myself, and the plan is to start my day with Bikram at 9am as many days as possible for the month of July).
  • Afterward, I think I’ll head for a dip in the pool to cool off and refresh after all that sweaty bikram.
  • This afternoon my sister and one of my good friends are taking me to get pedicures. Lots of ways to be social without including food and drinks.
  • Tonight I want to keep things simple – take a leisurely walk with Sofi, read a great book in the backyard, and enjoy the evening quietly at home.

Because if I can stick to my goals this year I could almost be at my goal weight by my next birthday. How amazing will that be?!!

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What a week!

While this week has been really fun for me socially, it has been murder on my diet.  I pretty much went completely off the fast every day this last week.  It was one party or another.  One “last lunch before summer” or another.  One surprise party or another.  One bar hop or another.  

Which is not to say that I regret it, because I don’t.  Last week was my last week of school, a weekend of celebrations and goodbyes, and I wouldn’t have done anything any differently.  I’m glad I was able to give myself a break and have a good time with family and friends.  

Today, however, I’m back “on the wagon” and hoping to make some sort of a dent in my weight loss.  I’m not expecting much.  I just hope I don’t gain too much.  But I’m not too worried, because I know that now that I’m back on track, I’ll be dropping the weight quickly enough.  

Taking it easy last week might’ve been just what I needed, mentally.

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