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The First Page of A New Year

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About this time last year I read this tweet that someone posted:

“Fill your heart with hope and believe in yourself.”

I loved it so much that I adopted it as my personal “theme” for the year. It helped me to make 2013 the first year that I stayed mindful of my goals for the entire year.

And while I did set a handful of goals to complete over the course of the year, I think the key to last year’s success was that I also set short-term goals each month that were achievable within those 30-days. Doing so helped me to convert some of those goals into daily habits.

For this year, I’ve chosen my personal theme to be:

“Finding happiness and balance through good health.”

It’s modified from a quote I read in People magazine (proof that inspiration can come from anywhere!).

This year my goals are:

Personal Growth
Start a garden
Take a photography class
Take a sewing class (carryover from last year)
Adopt a dog

Complete the Whole 30 program
Recover from Adrenal Fatigue and restore my digestive system

Try to do TRX Burpees
Learn to ride my road bike (carryover from last year)

PR a distance
Be well enough to train for and complete a marathon


My 30-day goals for January are:

Build Core Strength

I really need to get back into the habit of core work, especially with me taking a break from long distance running right now, and my trainer on vacation.

So my plan for achieving this goal is to complete a 30-day Plank challenge (found on Instagram), and take some barre classes (thanks for the suggestion, Jo!). I’ve already signed up for a 30-day introductory special at The Bar Method and have my first class tomorrow! It’s the first time in ten years that I’ll be a “January Joiner” somewhere :)

Complete the Whole 30 Program

I’ll elaborate more on the Whole 30 Program in a post of its own, but I’m starting it today with the full endorsement from my doctor. I’ve read some incredible stories of healing from people who have completed it, and I’ve already enlisted a few family members to join me. Given that I’ve been grain-free since the end of November, I don’t anticipate this being too much of a change — just a few new modifications.

Grow My Gratitude Practice

The Grace and Gratitude workshop I participated in last month was an incredibly positive experience in personal growth. It’s begun to change my thinking and reframe the way I look at things. And while the workshop ended last month, I still want to continue to grow my gratitude practice. At the end of every day I sit down and recap my day in my Moleskin journal. I’ve begun to add a few lines noting what I was grateful for that day.

500 Words A Day

Last month I started to try writing 1000 words a day. I even downloaded an app that counts the number of words as you type. And you know what I found? That writing that many words is really hard thing to do. It’s even more daunting when you try to do it every single day. But those few days that I did write felt more complete. So naturally, I want to do it more often.

But 1000 words is a reach for me so I scaled back and managed my self-expectations. Instead of 1000 words, I am going to attempt to write 500 words every day this month.

This is the one goal that I am most nervous about actually being able to achieve so I was delighted to
read that one of my favorite writers, Jeff Goins issued a 500 Word a Day challenge. And he’s even going to provide daily prompts!

I’m also hopeful that this practice will lead to more blogging because I know I’ve been slacking here.

Read A Book

If you only knew how many unread books I have on my Kindle just waiting to be read…


I’ve given each of these goals a lot of thought over the course of the past six weeks. They weren’t randomly selected. They were chosen because they are things that I genuinely want to experience for my own personal growth and satisfaction.

Throughout the year I’ll blog honestly about how I’m doing with each of these goals.

Have you set any goals for yourself for this New Year? If so, please share – I’d love to read about them!

August Recap, September Challenges

Here’s a rundown of how the 30-day Challenges I had set for August went:

+ No refined sugar from August 1st to December 9th:

I lapsed on this three times:

1. 8/11: Blush Frozen Yogurt: it claims to have probiotics which are good for digestive issues so I justified having some to see if it would help. The problem is that yogurt also has dairy which is one of the worst offenders to my gut. No bueno.

2. 8/23: Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate at the G’s game

3. 8/31: Mariposa Bakery Gluten-Free Pop Tarts: I picked up a dozen soft pretzels for a picnic and couldn’t say not to getting three a pop tart too! I figured it was close enough to September not to count. :)

I really wasn’t sure how well I’d do with this but I’m pleased with the results and will continue with it through December 9th (my birthday).

+ Record my diet for all 31-days

Thanks to having to record EVERYTHING I eat for the Elimination Diet this was a no brainer. I even got a brand new notebook for it.

+ Complete Oprah’s 21-day Meditation Challenge

I made it to Day 16. I prefer to meditate when I first wake up in the morning and I just didn’t have enough time to sit through the 16-min narrated sessions. I continue to meditate but on my own for <5-min sessions.

Other Goals

+ Yoga 2-3 times per week{recurring goal that I know I won’t keep this week and next because of my swim lessons}

I went to a SINGLE class during the entire month of August. ONE. My summer pass ran out and I need to renew my monthly pass.

+ No Oiselle or Lulu purchases this month {let’s be honest here, this isn’t likely to be kept}

Technically a success in that I didn’t purchase anything from either retailer. However, in the interest of transparency I did purchase two new Oiselle tops from a friend (the tops were too big for her).

+ Finish 2 books {if you only knew how many half read books I have on my Kindle you’d understand this one}

Success! I read these two books on sports nutrition.

September Challenges:

+ 15-min of Core work a day: You can never do enough core and I need to do more.

+ Complete all of my workouts this month: As promised here

+ Continue the Elimination Diet: I have my intro visit to a GI doctor this month that I will have all kinds of data to present.

+ Read 2 books: Since this went so well last month, I think I can manage another two!

Back to “School”

The air felt different on this morning’s run, like the seasons are already changing. And the sun didn’t even rise until 6:13 am. So late.

not this morning's sunrise, but what it pretty much looks like every day

not this morning’s sunrise, but what it pretty much looks like every day

Contrary to the title of this post, I am not going back to school. But it is already August, which always puts me in a “back to school” mentality, as in playtime is over, it’s time to get back to work.

I didn’t set any monthly goals in June or July. It felt like summer vacation and it was GREAT! I think we all need periods like that from time-to-time. But now I’m ready to buckle down and get focused again.

So starting today, I’m doing a 31-day Challenge of the following:

1. No refined sugar from August 1st to December 9th

I did so well from January to May, then hot weather came around and I found myself eating lots of cool, sugary summer treats.

After having a Ghirardelli sundae this past Monday…

Ghirardelli sundaes

…I made a pact with my cousin Jenna that it would be the last time I have refined sugar until she comes back from China in December.

Whether I can stick it out for that long remains to be seen (can I really skip pie at Thanksgiving?!) but for now I’m focusing on the next 31 days.

2. Record my diet for all 31-days

I find that for me to maintain a balanced, healthy diet it really helps to keep a food log.

I’ve used several different tools but over the past nine years I’ve had the most success using Calorie King so I’m back to using it again. I’ve sporadically kept a log, often slacking on the weekends when I need it most! So I’m challenging myself to keep a complete log this month.

3. Complete Oprah’s Meditation Challenge

I completed Oprah’s Meditation Challenge in March. It was my first experience with meditation and was such an enjoyable experience. So when I read that she and Deepak Chopra are doing another 21-Day Meditation Challenge, I signed up for it. You should too.

Other goals I am loosely targeting but won’t hold myself accountable if I keep them or not:

+ Yoga 2-3 times per week: recurring goal that I know I won’t keep this week and next because of my swim lessons
+ No Oiselle or Lulu purchases this month: let’s be honest here, this isn’t likely to be kept
+ Finish 2 books: if you only knew how many half read books I have on my Kindle you’d understand this one

Historically August has a really big month for me. This year it will mark my 15th San Francisco-versary, as well as my 6th Blog-iversary.

I’m looking for this year’s August to be no different!