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mission : 2012

In a previous post I mentioned merging a sort of mission101 list with a New Year's resolution. What emerged were several respectable resolutions that are reasonable. I'll update my progress on these resolutions every month and might change each resolution as necessary, but only when I meet a resolution and push it further.

1.) Cook a new dish every month. Possibly a new baked thing every month. Originally for mission101, I wanted to make nine new dishes. Even though I didn't succeed with that mission plan, I have made significant improvement with my cooking and baking. I'm much more of a baker, but I want to become more comfortable with cooking so that I really know what I'm eating and so I just become more accomplished. So while it's inevitable that I will bake more things (thanks in no small part to the baking gifts I received from my family), I want to focus on one new cooked/baked meal dish per month. I might even start with a stew, since we broke out the unused crock pot that my parents received as a wedding present. Unless the recipe is incredibly complicated, I'll post all recipes (with pictures) to this journal.

2.) Read 50 75 books. It was my original goal to read 50 books annually. ( I highly suggest 50bookchallenge. ) It's going to be harder for this upcoming year, but I'm going to keep doing it. I'll post the books and their Goodreads reviews here.

3.) Work out at least 5 days a week. I'm currently working out six days a week and plan to keep up this routine. However, things happen. Most of my activities should be in the gym, but Deanna mentioned taking long vigorous walks after we teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and those will count. I'll keep up my training sessions with John P. as long as I can or until I decide I don't need them. I always post my weekly review at dailyexercise and also post at The President's Challenge.

4.) Lose 20 lbs. This past year I lost 36 pounds. I'm trying not to focus too much on losing pounds because I know I'm lowering my fat percentage, losing half-inches here and there, and becoming healthier overall. However, I do still need to lose pounds to become healthier, and I fought hard for each of those 36 pounds. So a 20-pound resolution is reasonable.

5.) Purchase no more than 2 books per month. ( Including the book club book. ) This icon is an accurate representation of my room. I have tons of things to read and don't need to spend money on bunches of new books per month (even though I'd love to do so). I was inspired by Deana's ( deana_in_texas ) mission to not buy new books for six months. I could utilize our fair library if I don't already have it. I should also put some of my books on Goodreads.

6.) Save at least $50/month. Next semester's going to be difficult, because I'm not teaching as many sections and I'm still paying for personal training sessions. I'm having stupid difficulty saving money, so here's what I'm going to do. Every month when I get paid, I'm going to withdraw $50 and put it in an envelope in my desk. Not sure what it'll be for.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Please have a happy, healthy, peaceful new year, and I hope you enjoy your NYE festivities in whatever form they take! May this be a good and prosperous year for us all.


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Dec. 31st, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
You sound a lot like me. I had a 1001 goals in 101 days list but that all changed when I moved in with my boyfriend. Your goals, however, sound in line with mine--albeit a bit more ambitious.
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just can't imagine making 101 mission goals for a period that lasts over a year. Life changes and I can't make that kind of preparation, When I did mission101, I didn't even fill in all the mission goals. Birds of a feather!
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
er I meant, 101 goals in 1001 days!
Dec. 31st, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Take for example, this post.

And I'm also trying to cook more. I love my crock pot.
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
I love that list of yours. I'm all for donating a bundle of my books once I finish them. Someone else is tempting me to go hiking, and man, one day I'd love to be able to run. Do you log your food intake currently?

I have never used a crock pot!
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
There's a couch to 5k program you can look up online. And there's got to be an lj community for that--it's quite popular.

I'm logging my food again, yes. It's a fun site. Sign up for it and add me: mxtine
It's similar to facebook in that there's a newsfeed and a wall and it keeps you up to date with how your friends are doing.

Crock pots are amazing. You throw in all your ingredients at once and you're done! Granted, you ahve to wait like 6 or some hours, but the flavor is worth it.
Dec. 31st, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I'd heard about it before, but today was the first time I really looked at it. It seems very manageable. I'd probably be huffing and puffing, but in a good way. I'll definitely look into it and might even try a few minutes of jogging on the treadmill to see what happens.

That site is beyond awesome. I've been logging my food into a journal to bring to my trainer after being terrible at logging my food. It's great for me when my exercise routines and food intake cycles are always so similar so it's just a few clicks. I joined as rugbybaby and shall add you now! I see you there with those crab legs.

I am looking forward to using it! Especially since I didn't need go to out and buy a whole new one.
Dec. 31st, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
And the best part is it's free! It's very easy to stay current with, especially if you have a smart phone and dl the app.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Found the app! Woot! Thanks for turning me onto it.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
You are very welcome! Do you have your food journal viewable to friends?
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Now that you mention it, I went to settings to make that change. So you should be able to see it, in theory.
Dec. 31st, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the 36 pounds!
I like your goals :). I never set any for myself, buy this year I want to. Realistic, fun goals...
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

I haven't attempted resolutions in some time, but recently I've gotten a little better at not falling off the bandwagon. (That and I met my unofficial goals from last year, so these seem attainable.) I see you there with your photo-a=day goal.
Jan. 4th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Photo a day makes me NUTS sometimes, but I am glad I do it in the end...
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
I made it to 300 photos and then I missed a day :( I cried. But then I kept taking photos, and I have missed many more days but ...

Overall I think it was worth it. Even 300 in a row is a lot, and I am much more likely to stop and take a photo of something now than I used to be.
Jan. 1st, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I really like your goals! especially the cooking a new dish every month! that sounds fun. I have to check out that daily excercise community. I have a gym membership I dont use enough!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm already creating a list of stuff to make this month and it gets me all excited. However, that's also because school hasn't yet started. I just found a fairly complicated one I want to try.

The comm is pretty cool. I can't understand half of what people say there. But it's an excellent place to be like "HAHA here is what I did this week, SNAP" even to yourself.

I didn't use my gym membership for at least two years. They are unfortunately easy in terms of gathering dust.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Wow, these sound like such great, reasonable, and feel-good goals! Looks like ours are very similar. It's no wonder we get along so well! :) I wish you the best of luck in achieving these goals. I know you'll do great and succeed in 2012!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Too right! We are awesome. We were sure to meet sooner or later. Good luck to you as well!
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Looks like a great set of goals!

The no books for 6 months thing I do think was really good for me... though I bought 16 books in December with all the gift cards I got for Christmas. I think this year my goal will just be to read more of my own books than I buy new books.
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
I would say "I can't do that because of book clubs" but then I remember that you did it. Though I don't know; most of my book club books I get through the Kindle unless for some reason I have access to it some other way. We'll see if I can ever do something like that :D But this, plus the BB challenges, really make it more likely I'll appreciate the books I already have.
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Well, it depends on your book clubs. The IRL one I was in in Texas was really good about choosing older books, not new releases. And the BBs usually have 3 options at once and usually at least one of them I could find easily at the library. Though there ARE people in that group who almost never do the group reads ... but then I wonder what is the point of being in a book club?
Jan. 14th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Ahh I see your point. For my IRL book club we tend to choose newer releases, but that's not always the case. And we try to make sure there are audio versions.

Huh. Yeah I don't get why you'd be in a book club if you don't read the books. I understand if like, certain books just don't interest you. Even then, I really kind of enjoyed reading books I wouldn't ordinarily come across.
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