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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?

Thanksgiving and Pregnancy Updates

Friends… wanted to share with you some updates of the past couple weeks. It’s been a good time.

The week of Thanksgiving my husband and I traveled down to Miami to visit my in-laws. We had a particularly beautiful week of weather punctuated by a few short rain showers (which were actually beautiful themselves).

We celebrated Thanksgiving with two lovely dinners. We also spend time with our friends (best man and bridesmaid at our wedding; same at theirs).

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(Wish I had a pic of me and B.)

On Saturday I ended up at a figure drawing class with Bobby’s dad and sketched for three hours. I have gotten severely out of practice with my drawing but perhaps I will pick it back up.

figure drawing Thanksgiving and Pregnancy Updates

Towards the end of the trip I ended up fighting a cold. I was able to hold it at bay until Wednesday when I ended up voiceless and exhausted by bedtime. The early Tuesday morning flight coupled with 2 long work days and a holiday party Wednesday night was just too much. I was home sick Thursday and probably should have stayed home Friday but had too much that needed to be done. I plan on resting up this weekend. My voice is still not recovered.

The holiday party was for Bobby’s company and it was at The Smith (on 3rd Ave and 11th St). We love The Smith so it was a great night. We usually go to the uptown location (on 2nd Ave and 51st St) because it’s a little less crowded, but the downtown party was fun nonetheless and it was held in a private room downstairs. Too many different appetizers, snacks, sides, and dessert dishes to list, but I got the salmon overtop of a parsnip and brussels sprout sauté as my main. Bobby got the steak and fries. Mine looked pretty much like this:

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I am hopeful that our basement renovations (which have stretched on for over three months; don’t even get me started) will be finished up this weekend. At this point I am tempted to threaten to do the rest myself, at nearly 24 weeks pregnant, in an effort to get my contractor to speed it up and finish strong. We used a different guy this time than we used for our upstairs but I will not use this one again. The reduction in cost (the reason we tried someone else – upstairs guy is amazing but you pay for it) is not worth the hassle and extended time these basement renos have taken. Luckily the work is solid, but the timing is horrendous. Fingers crossed we can move back into the work zone by Sunday night. If anyone is looking for contractor recommendations in NYC I have a glowing one for the guy who renovated our first floor. If you want a very slow (but good-hearted) contractor, I have someone for you as well.

Pregnancy is flying by. I was 23 weeks this past Tuesday. I’ve gained about 14-15 pounds at this point. I can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy pants as long as I put a hairtie through the button hole… but I don’t really want to; I’d much rather live in leggings. My pre-pregnancy shirts are mostly too short, but they were too short before I was pregnant too and now it’s just more noticeable (I’m tall). So I’m loving the pregnancy shirts. I’ve bought some clothes but I’ve also received some from friends as well. There is a wonderful pregnancy community that I never knew about.

Little guy is kicking up a storm. I feel him kicking throughout the day and I think sometimes he is what wakes me up in the mornings. He starts to get going around 7am and exercises for a while before settling back down. He’s also very excitable late at night when I’m trying to go to sleep. He is usually still during mealtimes, but 30 minutes later starts moving around. I like to feel the kicks and try to guess which body part it is. I have no idea. I can see the outside of my stomach move when he kicks which I think is so cool. Bobby likes to feel the kicks as well. (I call them kicks but I guess they could be punches, jabs, or even a head or butt – who knows.)

kicking Thanksgiving and Pregnancy Updates

Hoping to sign up for some prenatal yoga soon. I’ve pretty much given up going to regular classes because I have to modify so much and I feel kind of awkward about it. I know I shouldn’t but I do. I had a bad experience about 2 months ago: a yoga teacher at the 92Y kicked me out of her class and told me that pregnant women can’t do yoga because it’s abortive – her exact words. She was obviously crazy but it shook me up and made me uncomfortable asking teachers if they mind that I attend class. I’ve kept up a (shorter, gentler) practice at home though I could be better at doing it regularly.

Ah – and I finally started swimming. I know I had mentioned it in my last post, that I joined this new gym specifically for the pool and hadn’t been – well now I have. I do laps and I also tried Aqua Zumba. It was me and a bunch of old ladies on a Monday night and it was fun. I think I will try more aqua classes. Perfect for the pregnant lady.

Been eating out far too much in general, but I am cutting myself some slack. I made a fantastic Japanese dinner one night this week that you can check out on Instagram (who else loves Instagram and doesn’t use Facebook anymore?) and I took leftovers for lunch. That has to count for something.

One other thing to share – I got a humidifier. It’s this one on Amazon (in white). I’ve only had it a day so I don’t really know if it’s going to be helpful, but I bought it because NYC is so incredibly dry this time of year. With the heating systems and the dry air outside I feel like one of those unfortunate worms that gets stuck on the sidewalk and dried up by the sun.

humidifier Thanksgiving and Pregnancy Updates

That’s all for now… going to do some yoga and then enjoy this weekend. If renovations finish we’ll get our very first tree.

What are your weekend plans?

New Years Intentions 2013

I meant to post this list a few weeks ago – but better late than never. Here is what I’m thinking for my 2013 resolutions/intentions/goals/whatevers! I don’t think I can do these all at once but I can definitely spread them out over the year.

2013 Goals – Go GO Goals!

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

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

3. Go to yoga 12x a month. Do Mysore regularly for 1 month. (Summer?)

4. Meditate 5 minutes per day (morning).

5. Get up earlier (this will come out of #2…).

6. Log my exercise (I used to do this). And use my Erin Condren planner.

7. Spend less money and save up to start my own business someday! I want to work for myself, not someone else. So I need Kapital.

8. Get the promotion that I want. ::fingers crossed::

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

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

I’m keeping it at 10 – if I get them all I can always add more later. I am tempted to add a #11 though – get back to wedding weight? I’m ~10-15 pounds up, most of which happened in the last year (had some work-related stress and – see #1 – I am an emotional eater – I know I’m not the only one!!). I gotta start doing my ZWOWs again if I want to lean out though. Will discuss more later pending progress on #1.

What are your 2013 goals?

P.S. Like the new look? It’s part of #10 – Simplify. I’m keeping it simple and light. And no more ads. icon smile New Years Intentions 2013

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