Thoughts on the Upcoming Year

I’m having a hard time getting into the New Year’s spirit this year. Every time I’ve tried to write a post about the upcoming year I feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unmotivated. Normally I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but right now I just feel grumpy.

I think part of my issue is that 2012 was such a great year for me that I am sad to see it go. Also, I know that 2013 is going to be busy and filled with stress. This time next year I will have submitted PhD applications and I will be anxiously awaiting replies. I will have more responsibility with my research project, I will have proposed my thesis, and be preparing to defend it. In many ways, my career is dependent on my performance in this upcoming year.

In order to avoid sending myself into a panic, rather than making a huge list of resolutions for the entire year. I just want to take things month by month. I’ll make a list of mini goals every month and evaluate them as the year goes on- no pressure.

And now that I’ve written this post, I’ve actually come up with a resolution: Take care of myself. I don’t handle stress as well as I would like. I know that I am a much happier, friendlier, and productive person when I allow myself to relax and not get worked up and upset. I need to keep things in perspective, decide what is most important to me, and not ruminate over whether or not I’ve made the correct decisions.

I know that’s not a S.M.A.R.T. goal at all, but it’s what is in my heart right now. I don’t want for the things that I am passionate about to become stressful burdens; if I don’t put my own well-being first, then I know that is where I’m headed.

Good-Bye 2012! You were great.

Hello 2013! I’m as ready as I will ever be, so you can Bring. It. On.

This picture isn't really from last night, but I am holding a drink, so PRETEND!

This picture isn’t really from last night, but I am holding a drink, so PRETEND!


An Evaluation of 2012 Resolutions

I made a ton of resolutions last December!

  • Run 6 races (that is double the amount that I did last year)-Check
  • Run an entire half marathon without any walk breaks- Negative, I only did one half marathon, and it was with my BFF/ Roomsizzle Kim.
  • Complete a marathon in 5:22:30 or faster (beat my last time by 1 hour)- Did not even attempt another marathon, but I am registered to do one this spring. I hope to accomplish this one in 2013.
  • Run a 5K in less than 30 minutes- Sadly, this is another flop. But I did set a new 5K PR! Run a mile in less than 9 minutes- Did not even attempt it.
  • Complete a 25 day running streak- Running streaks aren’t really my thing.
  • Meet my goal weight and stay there- Y’all know how excited I am to say that I managed to achieve this one.
  • Buy a group fitness class pass and use it- I went a little overboard on the GroupFit. Now I’m actually an INSTRUCTOR!!!
  • Try a hot yoga class- Tried it and loved it.
  • Try a Pilates and spin class- There is not a reason why I can’t check this one off, but I can’t. I just never got around to trying these classes.
  • Swim 450 yards in 10 min. (This is the time requirement for NAUI Dive Master certification)-I think I swam like five times this whole year, so it’s a big NO.
  • Use a system to track my workouts- Nope.
  • Complete a half marathon with my roommate- She was pissy and miserable the entire time, but we finished (barely).
  • Donate a medal to Medals for Mettle- Not yet.
  • Add 10 more reviews to my Book Worm section- Yep
  • Try out and post 12 new recipes- I’m pretty sure I posted ZERO recipes and I think it’s to everyone’s advantage that my blog remains recipe free.
  • Find a grown up job- I decided to kick it in school a little longer, but I am teaching college classes, so we’re going to count that as a yes.

Some of my goals I crushed. Some of them I failed miserably. The next question becomes, “Was 2012 a successful year?”. My answer would be, “ABSO-freaking-LUTELY!”. The goals that I did not meet don’t even bother me, because they were not that important. I became interested in other things. Failure Schmailure. A lot of super cool stuff went down in 2012. Would I change any of the experiences that I did have in order to say that I posted x number of crappy recipes to my blog? Hmmmmmmm NO. I’m proud of what I did achieve, and I am able to go into 2013 with a clearer vision of who I am, and what I want out of life.

Goal Setting: Creating Quality New Year’s Resolutions


Goal-setting is a subject that I feel I have become intimate with while studying sport and exercise psychology. I not only learned about it in class, I actually taught strategies for effective goal-setting to my college students and the teenagers participating in the research study that I will be using for my thesis.

With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching I’m sure that many of you will be (or already have been) brainstorming your resolutions for 2013. I know I sure am. Last year, I came up with a laundry list of goals (some I met, some I didn’t). This year, I want to be certain when I publish my 2013 goal list, that I have put plenty of thought into my goals.

Most of us are familiar with the acronym S.M.A.R.T. I do want to mention it because it  is a great starting point when evaluating your goals, but I’ll try not to insult your intelligence.

S-Is your goal SPECIFIC? Goals that are very vague and general are difficult to work towards.

M– Is your goal MEASURABLE? A quality goal is one where you are able to track your progress.

A– What ACTIONS are you going to take to achieve your goal?

R– Is your goal REALISTIC for long term maintenance? We can all make dramatic changes for a limited period of time, but if your goal is long term you want be sure that you will be able to maintain those changes for an extended period.

T- Does your goal have a short-term and long-term TIME FRAME?

In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of a quality goal is not included in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym… How IMPORTANT is your goal to you? An analogy that my mentor uses every time he talks about goal-setting (and I mean Every. Single. Time.) is, “Think about when you were in high school and you were almost ready to get your driver’s license. Remember how excited you were? When you thought about being able to drive yourself, didn’t the hair on the back of your neck stand up?” A goal should have the same effect. Ask yourself, “On a scale from 1-10, how important is your goal to you?” If you did not answer at least an 8, then chances are it’s not all that important. Why waste your time trying to achieve something that doesn’t excite you? Chances are you won’t.

The same 1-10 scale can be used to evaluate how confident you are that you will be able to achieve your goal. Eight is the magic number here too. Remember, if you find that your goal is either too difficult, or too easy, then you always have the option to reevaluate it.

I know that people are in a goal-setting frenzy, and it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement. I hope that these tips can help you to set meaningful, quality goals for yourself that lead to a successful 2013.

New Years Resolutions

I love New Years. It may be my favorite holiday. The idea of having a fresh start, and the opportunity to make a commitment to improve yourself is so refreshing.

In the past I have always made one resolution. One year it was to go vegetarian and that was a major success. Last year I resolved to run 1,000 miles and that was a big fat fail. Except it wasn’t really a fail, I became a runner. My overall major goal this year is to become a BETTER runner.  I am taking a different approach and making a whole list of goals!


  • Run 6 races (that is double the amount that I did last year)
  • Run an entire half marathon without any walk breaks
  • Complete a marathon in 5:22:30 or faster (beat my last time by 1 hour)
  • Run a 5K in less than 30 minutes
  • Run a mile in less than 9 minutes
  • Complete a 25 day running streak
  • Meet my goal weight and stay there
  • Buy a group fitness class pass and use it
  • Try a hot yoga class
  • Try a Pilates class
  • Try a spin class
  • Swim 450 yards in 10 min. (This is the time requirement for NAUI Dive Master certification)
  • Use a system to track my workouts
  • Complete a half marathon with my roommate
  • Donate a medal to Medals for Mettle
  • Add 10 more reviews to my Book Worm section
  • Try out and post 12 new recipes

Oh and two little non-running resolutions

  • Find a grown up job

I definitely have a lot of work to do. I am so excited for a new year!