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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good (and shorter!) week and a good start to the New Year! Don’t forget, you have until 11pm on Jan 7th to enter my Chef Earl’s Giveaway! I know I’m a few days behind on this, but I’m a little attached to WIAW and Thursday Thoughts, so I pushed back this post until today!

I’m not a huge fan of new years resolutions, just because I don’t think people should wait until January 1st to reevaluate and make changes in their life. However, I’m all for goals and having things to work for, so today I’m going to re-cap the goals I made at this time last year, and make a few more for 2013.



Re-Cap of Goals from 2012:

1. Practice Intuitive Eating. I think this is something that I, and most people, will need to work on for most of our lives. I came clean about my issues with binge/emotional eating this summer, but it’s still something I struggle with. I’ve improved immensely, especially since becoming more religious and learning to love myself exactly how I am, rather than constantly putting myself down.


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2. Run 2 Half Marathons. Check and Check! I ran the Chi Town Half Marathon in April and then the Chicago Rock N Roll half in July!

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3. Follow my new diet. Kinda? In October of last year, I found out that I am intolerant to gluten, soy, white sugar and pasteurized milk. My goal was to cut out all four of these from my diet and follow it well. Well I’ve cut out gluten and soy, but I still drink milk and eat white sugar on occasion. I’ve found it’s best not to be too strict with this because it’s just stressful, if I really want a chocolate covered pretzel (gluten) on my froyo, it’s not going to kill me.


4. Figure out the next step in my life! Hmmm, about that…


5. Run a marathon. CHECK! I ran the Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012 and I finished in 4:21:06! So proud of this accomplishment, and I had SO MUCH FUN doing it!!!!


Now that we’ve looked at how I did in 2012, it’s time to set a few goals for 2013. This is a big year of transition for me, with graduating law school and not knowing where I’m going, so I don’t want to set too many “big goals” like marathon running, or anything like that. Just things that I can work on, no matter where I’m living.


2013 Goals

1. Be more thoughtful with my time. I spend way too much time watching shows on Netflix or just browsing around the internet. I think “oh I don’t have time for ___” when in reality I have TONS of time, I just need to use it better! I’m going to try and be more mindful about using my time wisely this year, especially since I’ll be trying to job search on top of school work and blogging.


2. Build Strength. Last year was all about running, which I loved. However, with my injuries I need to learn to focus on other forms of fitness, while I let my IT band heal and then slowly return to running. To give myself a different kind of fitness goal, I’m going to work on my strength training, which seriously fell to the wayside during marathon training this year. I don’t have an exact plan yet, but that’s something I’m working on.

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3. Continue working on my relationship with God. Becoming more religious this year has really helped me to calm down and not worry so much. Because I’ve found it so helpful and rewarding so far, I’m just hoping to continue on this trend in the next year and possibly find a church or bible study group.



4. Show more appreciation for family and friends. After spending time in Charleston last month, and finally meeting another friend’s little girl right before Christmas, I realized just how much I really miss all my friends. I’ve decided to put a little more effort into keeping touch: cards, phone calls, e-mails, etc. Nothing too drastic or overwhelming, but more than I’ve been doing.

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As you can see, these goals are a little less intense than last year, but I know I’ve got a very trying year coming up with graduation, the Bar Exam, moving and finding a job, so I want to choose goals that will help me stay calm and relaxed during this time.


What are some of your goals/resolutions for 2013?


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