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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?

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:

maggie 27 weeks 400x400 3 Things to Leave Behind in 2013 & Bumpdate Week 27

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!

2012 Resolutions Recap & Ikea Finds

Yesterday Bobby and I went to visit some good friends out in Dumbo (Brooklyn) for a nice brunch. Afterwards we headed over to the Brooklyn Ikea. Got a few things…

ringskar kitchen faucet 400x400 2012 Resolutions Recap & Ikea Finds

^^ Ringskar Kitchen Faucet (with pullout spout). ^^

Last time I was at Ikea (in Paramus, NJ) they were out of this so I have been meaning to go back and grab one when it came in stock.

apelskar bath sink faucet 400x400 2012 Resolutions Recap & Ikea Finds

^^ Apelskar sink faucet (for the bathroom). ^^

I also got these cute holiday lights (below) and put them in my downstairs hallway, which was sorely lacking in light. Love them.

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I was just browsing through last year’s posts and I came across my 2012 new year’s resolutions. Here is how I did last year (crossed out means I did not do it; bold means I did):

  1. Ditch diet soda (and artificial sweeteners in general). –> I did not ditch diet soda, but that is certainly the only artificial sweetener that came my way. I don’t eat Splenda, Equal, etc… I do use stevia. I know I need to work on this more. I have already had some diet soda in 2013 so… should cut down.
  2. Eat less. (Makes you live longer.) –> I didn’t do this either, but it worked in my favor to cure my PCOS.
  3. Go to a yoga class 2-3 times a week. –> I’m pretty sure I did this one! If not exactly 2-3 times a week consistently, it probably evened out to 2-3 times a week.
  4. Get out for a 20 minute walk every day. Take a friend or family member. –> I took walks, but most of the time not with friends or family. I actually have a 10 minute walk to and from the subway every day, so this was completed without much effort.
  5. No eating or snacking after dinner. –> Nope! Need to work on this still.
  6. Eat breakfast daily. –> Success!
  7. Cut back on caffeine (1 cup a day!). –> Success! I think there were a few days that I may have had 1.5 or 2 cups, but this was very rare.
  8. Eat less grains and sugars. –> This is a half and half success – which I guess is not a success! I don’t remember how many grains and sugars I was eating in 2011 so it’s hard to judge if I ate more or less.
  9. Eat more organic and local food. –> Success! I joined a CSA near my apartment.
  10. Eat more salads. –> I think I ate about the same number? Not sure. I definitely ate good, local, organic food, and up until I didn’t have a kitchen I was eating a lot of veggies. I’ll call it a win.
  11. Only have dessert once a week (but make it good). –> Definitely did not pull through on this, especially during the holidays.
  12. Do 5 sun salutations each morning when you wake up. –> I didn’t do this, but I did do a lot of yoga.

Looks like I got 6 / 12. Exactly half – I’ll take it!

I actually had more resolutions – the ones above were just my food & fitness ones. The more mental ones were:

  1. Read more – a book a week? (Or at least 30 minutes a day, if the book is too long to read in a week.) –> I definitely read more! I don’t think it was a book a week but it was a lot. Maybe this year a goal will be to keep track of what I’ve read.
  2. Hang out with friends twice a week. –> I think I failed at this exact goal… however, I did definitely spend more time with friends and family in 2012 than I did in 2011 – so I’m calling it a win.
  3. Laugh often. –> Laughed often icon smile 2012 Resolutions Recap & Ikea Finds 2012 was a good year.
  4. Go to the movies, a concert, or another kind of show – 3-4 times a month. –> Eek – no, definitely not. Perhaps once every other month.
  5. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. –> I made a huge decision last year to go back to my old job. I am so happy with that choice.
  6. Join a credit union. (Going “local” for finances.) –> I didn’t do this, but I did join Simple.
  7. Track your spending and then find a way to save $100 each month (that’s just $25 a week, less than $5 a day). –> I didn’t do this and we definitely spent more than we should have this year due to home expenses and the renovation taking way longer than we thought.
  8. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. –> I did this sporadically. I should do it more this year.
  9. Go out on a date once a week with the husband. (Get dressed up!) –> Didn’t get dressed up but did go on lots of dates this year.
  10. Give away old or unused clothes. (Or any other items you’re not using.) –> Ohhhhh yeah! Major success. Donated so much to the thrift shop (and can deduct it from taxes!)
  11. Donate time to charity. –> No icon sad 2012 Resolutions Recap & Ikea Finds
  12. Organize one area or room of your home each week. –> I did this without even thinking about it. I just love organizing.

Mental & life resolutions –> 7.5 / 12. I think that is pretty good too!

I made a lot of goals last year in the hopes that half of them would stick. And more than half of them did.

How did you do on your 2012 goals/resolutions/whatevers?

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