First, thank you for your comments on my last post. It means a lot! I know asking the "should I stay or should I go" question to bloggers or blog readers is preaching to the choir (is this just the worst sentence EVER?!?), but I still appreciate it.
So, before I get all ambitious with my 2014 goals, I want to check in and see how I did with my 2013 list.
1. Run 10 races. YES!! I ran at least 12 races -- eight 5Ks, one 6K (a trail race), one 15K and two 1/2 marathons!
2. Run another 1/2 marathon with a time better than my first 1/2 marathon. YES!! I ran the Race to Remember and bettered by time by 3 minutes. I also ran the Bay State 1/2 Marathon, but not as fast as the Race to Remember, which remains my PR (personal record) at that distance.
3. Get to goal weight by June 8th. No. Didn't do this. Not at goal weight and it's fair to say that I'm back at the drawing board with this one. (Notice that "no" gets neither bold nor exclamation points.)
4. Read a classic. No. I started Little Women and I'm still plowing through it. I like it -- it's just that when I'm sleepy at night, it's more fun to scroll through Instragram than to read.
5. Hang pictures in my bedroom. No. Sadly, they are still awaiting their places on the wall.
6. Start Project Life. YES!! I started this last weekend. I'm making a giant scrapbook for my daughter. I'm putting all her high school stuff in there and she'll be able to take it to college with her in a few years (where hopefully some drunk friend won't spill beer over my years of work. Oy.) Project Life is a good fit for what I want in scrapbooking -- easy while still very cute. No need for glue, tape and extra stuff.
7. Take a picture every day. No. I did take a lot of pictures on my phone, just not every day. iPhone is great for this and I'm loving the aforementioned Instagram. By the way, does anyone other than lawyers use the word "aforementioned." I think not.
8. Do Gratitude Journal through the end of March and evaluate. No. This lasted until about January 15th. It's not that I'm not grateful -- I am -- it's just that journaling about what I'm grateful for doesn't work for me.
9. Spend time with husband and kids as a family and with each person individually. Sort of. We spent time together as a family and I took trips with each kid separately. Lino and I didn't have a lot of alone time -- will have to correct that in 2014.
10. Encourage more, criticize less (maybe my gratitude journal will help with this goal). YES!! I have tried really hard not to pick at the little things, to be a cheerleader and just more positive. Still, I have my days, but I was recently complimented by a new friend for being positive, so I'll take this as a "YES!"
All my best for a fabulous New Year's Eve. Our family is spending it with friends and their families. We'll drink some local beer (Jack's Abby -- but not the kids), eat some yummy things, including the most delicious lumpia and have a Dance Central contest. My friend sent an email today which said, "just to confirm, dress code is very casual - pajamas and yoga pants acceptable." Perfect, right!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!