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my mission 2012 list.

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.

Comments

mxristine
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.
rugbybaby
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.
mxristine
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.
rugbybaby
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Found the app! Woot! Thanks for turning me onto it.
mxristine
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
You are very welcome! Do you have your food journal viewable to friends?
rugbybaby
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.