Lucky 13

Hey there 2013 – I’m glad you made it!

I am a big goal-setter, in case you’ve never met me or made it past the front page of this blog to see my Five Year Plan.  So when a new year starts and the calendar flips, I love to take a look at what’s ahead of me for the next twelve months, and set some lofty expectations.  Here’s what I expect in the coming year:

  • More celebrations in the form of friend weddings, friend engagements (you know who you are), and more dinner parties all around
  • Running my first half marathon – tons more on this later, but the registration is in, it’s happening this year and I’m going to need your help!
  • More fun with my family, especially now that Grandma BooBoo lives so close
  • More challenges at work, and more making great things happen for deserving non-profits
  • Continuing my weight-loss/ get-fit challenge of moving more, eating well, and trying to center myself
  • New opportunities to learn – whether through guitar lessons at long last or a bread-making class at the Harvard Extension School, I’m ready to try something new!
  • Travel adventures – from Big Sur with Kat later this spring to maybe some international trip in the fall, I’m ready to spread my wings
  • Watch more Dr. Who (yeah, it’s finally time to get addicted)

What’s on your plate for 2013?

So far, so good!

Yes, it has only been eight days since 2010 ended.  But I am working on the resolutions I listed here and it’s hard, but I’m doing it!

It turns out that eating without distractions is the hardest of all.  I am so used to eating alone when I eat at home, and sitting on the couch doing it, that I have to really force myself to eat at the table.  But I can already feel the results:

  1. I’m eating better food!  Because I’m staying in the kitchen, I am putting more thought into what I am cooking and taking more time to do so.  I have cooked up delicious new concoctions because of this new focus.
  2. I’m eating less.  This was the goal, overall, but it’s cool that it’s working because I am paying better attention to my hunger.  It’s funny because it’s easier than ever for me to take a second portion, but I am much less likely to actually do so.

How are your resolutions going?


Welcome, 2011.  I hope we will have a happy and fruitful 365 days ahead of us.  I expect you to do everything you can to contribute to a year that makes me healthy, wealthy, and wise.  For my part, I will do the following:

  1. Move more – even if it’s walking to Charles MGH for the train when I could just get on at Park St, or going for a long run on Sunday mornings, I’ve got to get moving.
  2. Reconsider nutrition – I was talking to my Mom over Christmas and realized that my typical weekly fruit and veggie intake is two servings. No wonder I have no energy!  More veggies and fruit and less of everything else in 2011 please.
  3. Savor the moment, and the meal. – I need to cut down on multitasking.  At the end of the day, my mind is still going a mile a minute, partly because of the number of windows I have open on my computers all day and partly because I just never take the time to center, focus, and be in the moment anymore.  Also, this article made me rethink distracted eating – our dining table is getting cleaned off tonight and I’m vowing to spend more time there and less in the living room this year.
  4. Have no regrets – I took a hard hit last month when one of my campers passed away, and I felt like I hadn’t done enough to help her.  I want to spend this year taking time for people I love, and spreading happiness in a way that will make me feel like I gave life my all, no matter the individual outcome.
  5. Try something new – and I don’t mean calamari.  I mean something that totally stretches my limits.  Maybe kickboxing or auditioning to be in a band, or crossing something serious off my five year plan.  I hope to find something relatively nutso that I can be proud of – or at least laugh about – at the end of the year.

I love my lists, but like everyone, I need to be held to my promises.  So friends, please ask me in three days, five weeks, or seven months how I’m doing with these goals.  And share you’re own – I’ll help you stick to them as well!