Happy New Year and 2013 Intentions Recap

Happy New Year!

Let’s see how I did with last year’s goals:

1. Eat more cleanly. Fewer processed foods; more vegetables. Eat more intuitively. Eat less emotionally.

I gave up all artificial sweeteners for good around March (when I did a macrobiotic month). I was not using artificial sweeteners regularly at that point, but they still snuck in (diet coke with free company lunch on Fridays for example). I’m so glad that I was able to nix them and my stomach is much happier without them.

Re: eating more intuitively and less emotionally, I also made strides here. I do still snack mindlessly sometimes (mainly late at night) but it’s much less often than in 2012 and before.

2. Go to sleep by 11pm more often. (2x a week to start… and increase)

I do go to bed by 11pm at least 2x a week, though this is probably due to pregnancy more than an attempt to follow this resolution!

3. Go to yoga 12x a month and do Mysore regularly for 1 month.

I never did Mysore in 2013. I went to yoga 10-12x a month up until August/September when I started getting morning sickness. I ended up leaving my yoga studio and joining the 92Y (a gym) at the end of September. I now go to yoga about once a week and I do about one additional weekly session at home (20 minutes). After pregnancy I’m hoping to do more.

4. Meditate 5 minutes per day (morning).

I did this for a while, then got out of the habit. Would love to bring it back in 2014.

5. Get up earlier (see #2…).

I don’t know what time this means – I should have set a more specific goal. I get up between 7:30 and 8:30 but I really wish I could be sleeping later – my body is crying for it.

6. Log my exercise and use my Erin Condren planner.

I logged some exercise; I did use the planner (and got a new one for this year).

7. Spend less money and save up to start my own business someday.

I probably did not spend less money.

8. Get the promotion that I want.

I actually got 2 promotions in 2013.

9. Find at least one other source of income aside from my day job.

Didn’t do this.

10. Simplify. Minimize. Give away clothes and things that I don’t use. Buy less. Have less. Stress less. KISS.

I made multiple trips to Housing Works to drop off things I didn’t want/need/use anymore. This resolution is vague – I’m calling it done.

This is ~7/10 completed. An improvement on last year’s score which was 13.5/24.

Will be back later this weekend with 2014 goals/intentions! I’m going to try to keep it to 10 goals and make sure they are specific enough to know if I achieved them or not when 2015 rolls around.

Do you have goals for this year? If you had them for 2013, how did you do?

3 Things to Leave Behind in 2013 & Bumpdate Week 27

Bobby and I went to yoga together last night and at the end of class the teacher left us with 3 suggestions to ponder on, in savasana and meditation, but also over the next few days.

3 Things to Leave Behind in 2013

1) The need to be right.

2) The need to measure your successes by how many of your desires have been met.

3) Being the star of your own movie.

Little nuggets like this are one of the many reasons why I like yoga. It is so much more than a physical practice.

I will leave you with a recent (this morning) bump picture I snapped:

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I am also leaving the 2nd trimester behind in 2013! I will be 27 weeks along tomorrow (Tuesday) and that will make me officially in the 3rd trimester. I’m up about 16-17 pounds by now (I try to weigh in once a week or so), but believe it or not, none of those clothes are maternity. Both the shirt and pants are Athleta (nice enough gym clothes to wear to work) and the tank is a long tank I’ve had forever from Urban Outfitters. I’m so sick of maternity clothing so I am trying to wear as much normal clothing as possible until I am HUGE.

You might also notice that the room I’m in used to have a (usually unmade and husband-inhabited) bed in it – well, no longer. Our renovations are mostly done and we moved our bedroom and made this Bobby’s mancave/music room. It will also have the changing table when little guy arrives. More updates on renovations when they are actually completely finished (but who knows when that will be).

Happy New Year if I don’t post again before the first! Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

All I want for Christmas is…

This is my wish list, but maybe some of you guys will also enjoy these things. Husbands, take note… icon smile All I want for Christmas is...

I saw this bag on A Cup of Jo (click through for a 25% coupon through December; $120 regular price). This bag is called The Catalina and it’s made by a company called Lo & Sons (family owned and run I believe).

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I am leaning towards the dark grey one but they also have a light grey, a yellow/green, and a purple/grey (“thistle”).

Anyone who has known me for more than an hour knows that I love hoodies. I will wear dress pants or a dress/skirt and “ruin” the outfit with one of my favorite comfy grey hoodies. This is the latest hoodie that I’ve been eyeing:

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It might be a mens but I don’t care! Grey hoodies for the win. Two of my current faves (that I already own) are…

1) Spiritual Gangster (yup it’s also a mens):

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2) And a sweatshirt from Mantralogy (a record label) with a huge Ananda on the back:

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But anyway, back to that wish list.

I am terrified of getting bunions though I think it might be too late. In any case, for those of us who wear (uncomfortable and/or cute) shoes too often, I found this simple sock solution made by Happy Feet:

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These socks supposedly realign your toes to make up for the scrunching that happens all day long when you wear your shoes. Good reviews on Amazon.

And lastly, I want something comfy. Don’t we all this time of year?

I’ve been staring at these Madewell lounging leggings for a while…

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But I can’t really bring myself to spend $60 on pajama pants.

So I tried to find some alternatives. Uniqlo has one that is similar and that I was able to find on my lunch break (I got the last pair):

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They’re called Women’s Lounge Bottoms (Rib) in Flower Print ($12.90).

While I was there I grabbed a pair of Women’s Drape Bottoms ($14.90) because why not – they looked comfy!

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Another good holiday gift idea is a restaurant gift card… I’ve been meaning to try this kind of interesting place in Brooklyn: Eat (in Greenpoint). They serve local organic food. They also have “silent dinners” occasionally where you eat a 4-course meal in silence. Sounds very zen.

What do you want this holiday season? Or if you already celebrated, what did you get?

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