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2012 Goals–Go Big or Go Home
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I tend to take things slowly. I take my time, think about it, think about it some more and then make a well thought out decision.

This year, however, my goal is to go big or go home.

No more saying “no” if it sounds like it’s out of my comfort zone.

  
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No more thinking that I’m not good enough to do something, that I’m not as good as someone else, or that I just need more time and “one day” I’ll get there.

One day is today. One day is this year.

Now typically I’m not a huge fan of New Years resolutions. I think they are just a way for people to put things off until the new year, so that they can start at another time. I think that tomorrow is today, and if there’s something you want to accomplish, you should start today and not keep putting it off.

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With that being said, the New Year can be a great time to re-evaluate your life and make some new goals to start now, or to refocus on old goals.

 



Here are my goals (this is a working list) for 2012:

 

1. Practice Intuitive Eating. At this time last year, I was OBSESSED with calorie counting a losing weight. It was all I cared about and it took over my life and continued to do so even through half of 2011. I ate based on a number, not how I felt.

Although I’m still getting past the calorie counting, I have trouble with intuitive eating, which means eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. I want to keep focusing on this goal through the next year and hope to feel that I have accomplished it completely by this time next year.

2. Run 2 Half Marathons. I ran a 10 mile race in November, but my goal was always to run a half marathon. Since it’s way too cold in Chicago for long-distance running in the winter (at least I think so…) I had to hold off on it until the spring. My plan is to run in the Chi-Town Half Marathon in April. I also want to run another half, but I’m leaving that up to whatever I feel like running. I thought it would be nice to save one as more of a fun half, rather than something I plan way ahead of time.

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3. Follow my new diet. In October of this year, I found out that I am intolerant to gluten, soy, white sugar and pasteurized milk. It was a lot to take in, but I managed to cut out gluten, soy and pasteurized milk. One of my January Goals (you’ll see those tomorrow!) is to also cut out white sugar. I felt the need to add this on to my 2012 goals, because it’s definitely been tough to cut out all of these foods, especially when I’m home with family, so I thought it was important to completely commit myself to it. I’ve already felt a lot better, and I’m hoping that keeping these foods out of my diet will get me totally back on track!

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4. Figure out the next step in my life! By this time next year, I will have only one semester left in law school and at that point a lot of people already have jobs lined up, or have been job searching for months. This means that to be at that point, I need to figure out what in the world I want to do when I graduate. I have a great job lined up this summer that will help me determine if working for the government and prosecuting those who violate environmental laws is something that I would want to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to explore other options as well. Who knows what the year will bring!

5. Run a marathon. I said go big or go home, right? Well for the past two years I have watched thousands of people run the Chicago Marathon and each year I have desperately wished to be one of them, but always told myself that I’m just not made for that kind of running. Well you know what? I am. We all are. We just have to set our minds to it.

 

Get ready 2012, here I come!

 

Do you have any goals for the new year?



 

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