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UPDATE: 2012 Goals, 30 Under 30, and Being a Bad Blogger

I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last post — which merely directed readers to go check out something I posted on a different site. Terrible. Truth be told, I used to blog at my old job. I know, not okay. At all. The good news is I don’t do it at my new job. The bad news is that it now seems I don’t blog at all. I will admit that my radio silence also has something to do with not feeling like I have anything to say. (Gasp!) But I like blogging and I like reading blogs and I want to keep getting better at blogging. So I’m back. Again. Hopefully there are still people out there who are mildly interested in what I ramble about. 

2012 Goal Progress:

1. Stop being a bitch — I haven’t consciously thought about this one in a while, but I actually think I’m doing better. (I realize I never gave the explanation I promised. I’ll add it to the to-blog-about-queue.)

2. ONEderland. I’m actually moving in this direction. Boot camp has been going really well and I am at my lowest weight since early 2011. 14 pounds down from my highest weight ever. Onward and downward my friends.

4. See Mrs. Preppy’s baby 6 times. (2/6)

7. Run 4 5ks. I’m currently signed up for two — the first one is this Saturday! 

9. See roommate’s baby boy 6 times. (1/6)

14. Serve at church. COMPLETED. I’ve been serving in the two-year-old class since January and honestly it’s been really enjoyable — crazy at times, but enjoyable.

16. Go to a Thunder basketball game. COMPLETED. Miss Dubs and I got to watch the Thunder beat the Jazz on Valentine’s Day. Free beer and great company = good times.

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20. Visit the Bookworms in Chicago. I leave for a lovely three day adventure in the Windy City exactly one month from today! And I seriously cannot wait.

30 Under 30 Update:

1. Make Macaroni and Cheese from scratch. COMPLETED! I tested out PW’s Recipe at my Lifegroup’s Easter picnic and it was a hit! 

2. Try 50 new recipes. I really haven’t been keeping very good track of this lately but I think I’ve added 8 — Macaroni and Cheese, Melt in Your Mouth Chicken, Sweet Orange Glazed Carrots, Balsamic-Garlic Encrusted Pork Tenderloin, Freezer Breakfast Burritos, Mexican Stuffed Peppers, Turkey-Bean-Vegetable Chili, and Mashed Sweet Potatoes — for a total of 14/50. The Mac and Cheese was divine; the Melt in Your Mouth Chicken was easy and pretty good but reminded me that I just don’t like chicken that much; the Glazed Carrots were a fail because I over-cooked them; I ate every bite of the Balsamic-Garlic Pork — go make it! I lightened up the burrito recipes and they turned out great — still working on eating them; The Mexican Stuffed Peppers were easy and delicious; and I loved both the Turkey-Bean-Vegetable Chili and the Mashed Sweet Potatoes. (Sorry about the ones without links — they’re all from Weight Watchers Online.)

3. Read the bible cover-to-cover. I’m behind on my reading plan right now, but I have read 19% of the Bible so far. This is definitely the most progress I’ve ever made on this goal so I’m really excited about it!

10. Join one OKC-based organization. COMPLETED! Last Thursday Miss Dubs and I attended our first event as official members of the Junior League of Oklahoma City 2012-2013 Provisional Class. Whoop!

16. Grow my own pepper garden. I planted 6 types of peppers this year. Fingers crossed that at least a few bear fruit this year!

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This actually doesn't show all the peppers but you get the idea.

22. Buy a new (or new-to-me) bike to replace the one that got stolen last year. COMPLETED! I picked up my beautiful new Bianchi last week and we went on our first ride (the Red Bud Classic) this past Saturday. I am smitten. 

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What have you been up to lately? How are your 2012 goals coming?

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Life List/30 Under 30: Update

I’m contemplating changing my Life List to a 30 Under 30 Project just to give myself greater accountability. 30 Under 30 is pretty much what it sounds like — a list of 30 things to accomplish before I turn 30. I’ve got a little less than 30 months until I turn 30 and I think it would be a great project for me to accomplish 30 goals by then. I won’t be able to move everything from the Life List over to the 30 Under 30 project (there is no way I’ll get in that much international travel any time soon!) but some of the goals can co-exist. Here are a couple of things I’ve managed to cross of the Life List lately (that I’ve been completely negligent about blogging about!):

1. Attend an opera. I saw Don Gionvanni in February at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. It was in Italian. (Duh). There were subtitles. While I was incredibly impressed with the mad vocal skills of the performers, I can’t say I was converted to a life-long opera patron.

2. Renters Insurance. After my horrible bike theft experience last summer, you would have thought I would have been on the renters insurance train asap. But I am tool and I never got it in Tulsa. After moving to OKC and discovering that Mrs. Preppy’s hubby could help me get a policy, I took care of business. Seriously, it was so much easier to do dealing with someone who I know. So now my belongings are covered, which is good considering I’ve been borrowing my sister’s bike for quite some time.

3. Read The Help. I did this in like January or February! I can’t believe I never blogged about it. I listened to the book on my iPod and thought it was absolutely phenomenal. The characters were incredibly well-developed and the story is beautifully told. Mrs. B and I went to see the film on opening night and thought it was fantastic too. I thought the film truly honored the book, which is incredibly rare, and that it was well-cast. Bryce Dallas Howard was the perfect villain as Hilly Holbrook.

I’m really happy that I crossed several things off of the Life List (without even really realizing it). Now, for my 30 under 30:

1. Make macaroni and cheese from scratch.

2. Try 50 new recipes. (0/50)

3. Read the Bible cover-to-cover.

4. Read 10 Classic books. (0/10)

5. Buy a new (or more likely new-to-me) car.

6. Complete Couch-2-5k.

7. Buy OSU Season football tickets.

8. Serve at church.

9. Design, make and hand calligraphy address my own Christmas cards.

10. Join one OKC-based organization.

11. Go on two trips. (0/2) (This doesn’t sound like much, but the Miami trip was my first in 3 years so if I plan to go on two more before I turn 30 that will be an accomplishment!)

12. Furnish/Decorate my bedroom – Nightstand, bookshelf, paint dresser, reading chair, curtains. (0/5)

13. Go on a weekend getaway trip solo.

14. Run in 10 races. (0/10)

15. Have a quilt made out of all my old Kappa Delta t-shirts.

16. Grow my own pepper garden.

17. Take at least one tennis lesson.

18. Attend a musical.

19. Practice yoga 2x per week for 3 months.

20. Meet with a financial planner.

21. Go camping.

22. Buy a new (or new-to-me) bike to replace the one that got stolen last year.

23. Read a book written in French.

24. Host a dinner party.

25. Back – up all music and pictures onto external hard drive.

26. Print pictures and put in albums from 2008 to present.

27 . Replace my lost (super sad face) Kappa Delta badge/pin.

28. Donate/contribute volunteer to/at least one event/cause/charity per month. (1/28) (This month I donated to the WW Lose for Good Campaign and the Thomas Family Puzzle Project!)

29. Read 60 books. (0/60)

30. Reach my goal weight. I don’t know what that exact number is yet (I want to find a happy, maintainable weight), but I know I want to start my 30s feeling healthy and fit.

I’m really excited about this project and I hope I will do a much better job of blogging about it than I have been doing on my Life List lately!

Have you ever heard of a 30 under 30 list? What is/would be on yours? Do you have anything you want to accomplish before a milestone birthday or event?

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Starting Over…Again…(aka Week 0)

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I ventured back to WW this morning for the first time since January. Eeep.  I went ahead and reset myself with today’s date and weight as my starting point.  I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve started and re-started WW in the last 6 years.  I am probably not the best endorsement for the program, but really, I believe WW works.  The problem arises when I don’t work.  I’m trying really hard to remedy that problem, for a myriad of reasons, including but not limited to:

1) Freewheel:  We leave in 7 weeks (holy crap) for our week-long bike trek across the State of Oklahoma.  I know I will have more fun and be able to ride longer and faster if I lose some weight between now and then. Must get it together. Oh, and get in some serious training rides!

2) Miami:  I leave in 76 days (whoop!) for a 4-day girls trip to South Beach. I could not be more excited to get out-of-town and feel the sand beneath my feet.  I think as we get older it is really important to have trips/events on the calendar so there are things to look forward to.  When all I can see for my future is the same thing day in and day out, I get completely freaked.

3) Class Reunion:  This is much farther off (a little more than a year), but makes for a great long-term goal.  While Miss PoliSci, Miss Rose, Mrs. Bookworm and I are still debating our attendance, I want to be prepared to attend should we decide to do so.  And I want to feel good about myself when I get there.

I’ve also been really inspired lately by my favorite contestant on this season of the Biggest Loser, Hannah.  For whatever reason, I really relate to her and she has become such a rock star on the show.  You can tell how much her personality has changed and how confident she feels now.  I totally want that.  So I am officially back on the wagon, where I’d really like to stay…for good.

In order to firm up my commitment and to gain some additional accountability, I decided to share my short-term goal here: 20 pounds before by Miami!  I think it is totally doable, if I am consistent, which is always my biggest struggle.

What goals are you currently working on? How do you stay consistent in your eating/exercise plans?

Coming Attractions: Photos of the vegetable garden planted by Mrs. BW and myself, 101 in 1001 and the clothes I want to wear in Miami!

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New Year. New You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wanted to say here regarding the New Year.  There are so many things I could write about — where I’m going, where I’ve been, what I want to work on…  I honestly feel overwhelmed by the new year, but not necessarily in a bad way.  I love January, for odd reasons — it is socially the slowest month of the year for me.  I blame the dry, frigid air and holiday exhaustion for keeping us all pretty out of it for the month.  And I revel in it.  December was honestly one of the craziest holiday seasons I’ve ever had in my life and it was fantastic.  But it was borderline too much.  I am thoroughly looking forward to a quiet month of exercise and new recipes and rest.

For the past week or so, I’ve thought about my 2011 Goals.  (In my family, we make goals instead of resolutions because they are more concrete. Goals are made to be met; resolutions are made to be broken.) As mentioned ad nauseam here, I spent a lot of time in 2011 taking care of myself mentally and emotionally and spiritually.  I feel like the thing I’ve been neglecting, and quite frankly abusing, is taking care of myself physically.  I boldly declared in a reverb10 post that I wanted my one word for 2011 to be Healthy.  I suppose it is time to put my money where my mouth is.  So for 2011 most of my goals are health-related in the form of physical challenges.  Notably participating in the following:

American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb 4/2/2011

Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon 5/1/2011

Oklahoma Freewheel Bike Ride 6/12-18/2011

MS 150 Bike Ride 9/17-18/2011

Route 66 Half-Marathon 11/20/11 (Goal: Complete in under 3 hours)

Another health related goal is to weigh-in at Weight Watchers. Every week. No matter what.  I am in the incredibly pathetic habit of skipping weigh-ins and/or meetings on weeks when I know I have gained weight.  It is lame and completely counterproductive.  There are several other health-related things I am trying to incorporate as well, including drinking green tea, participating in Meatless Monday, adding new health related topics to this blog, and watching less TV, but I don’t see them as formal “goals.”

My other goals include: Learning calligraphy, making a fabric-covered headboard, blogging three times per week, meeting with a financial planner, having a physical, reading the entire Bible and serving at church.

I can honestly say that right now, I’m scared of 2011.  I’m scared that I have put it out there that this is the year I will reclaim my physical health.  It seems so big and overwhelming.  I don’t want to report back on my failure (although I am well-aware that there will be plenty of highs and lows on this path to physical domination), but I am afraid that I will fall off track, like I have done a million other times in the past 8 years.  I don’t want to be the person who starts blogging about losing weight in January and by mid-February stops blogging completely out of embarrassment.

I think ultimately overcoming the fear will be what leads to my success.  In years past, I have avoided telling people when I’m trying to lose weight because I didn’t want them to judge every bite I took and I didn’t want them to notice when I fell off the wagon for weeks or months at a time.  I realize it is completely irrational to think anyone really cares what I do or don’t eat, but you know it’s annoying when someone goes on and on and on about their diet/exercise plans and then scarfs down a post-bar double cheeseburger like it doesn’t count because it’s after 2am.  Confronting my fear and shame seems really necessary in order for me to truly own who I am and who I want to become and what I will go through in the process.  Maybe someday I will post my starting pictures and weight and measurements, but I’m not quite brave enough for that yet.  For now, I will just share that I am ready do the damn thing.

PS – For those dear readers who are less than thrilled about my blog taking on a Health/Weight Loss slant, fear not, I will still drone on regularly about the injustices of life in general as WASP. Just kidding about the WASP part. Sort of.

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Reverb10: One Word

I guess in attempt to redeem myself from my NaBloPoMo FAIL and because I love to get all introspective and whatnot, I signed up for Reverb10.  Because for some reason I find it difficult to explain, here’s the deal per the Reverb10 website:

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we’ll do both.

This December we invite you to share your story and join us in reflection.

Each day I am emailed a prompt to write about regarding this year or the coming year or both. I am pretty excited about it! So without further ado, I bring you my first Reverb10 post!

Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Submitted by Gwen Bell)

OCCUPIED. I feel like 2010 has been incredibly busy, especially compared with the general lethargy of 2009.  I was constantly going, going, going — my time filled with several large projects at work, bible study, three (3!!) book clubs (two live and one virtual), training for and running the OKC Half-Marathon, sorority alumnae association and advisory board meetings and activities, college football games, moving, the MS 150 Bike Ride, and two seasons of kickball .  Oh, and spending time with my friends and family at the lake, the Farmers Market, Trivia Night and weddings.

This year I wanted very much to feel more fulfilled through the ways I was spending my time because for me personal satisfaction does not always, or necessarily often, come through my work.  It just isn’t how I am wired.  When something goes well at work, of course I feel really good about it, but I tend to need more diversification in my interests and accomplishments.  So I found lots and lots of things to do this year and while for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, I can’t help but wonder if I spent my time in the most beneficial ways.

There were weeks when I was down right exhausted and a six week period in which I went out-of-town every weekend.  Free time was so rare that I spent most of it by myself on the couch with the DVR remote in my hand, not the physically or emotionally healthiest way to recharge my batteries.  I think I have become a little over-programmed at times.  I can meet all the obligations I have created for myself but sometimes it lacks joy.  I find myself saying “I HAVE to do ____________” even though the blanks are usually filled with things I should want to do — like go to a birthday dinner or a book club meeting or a sorority happy hour.   Having so much to do often turns the fun things turn into just more tasks/events/meetings to cross off a list.

I am trying to re-program myself.  I am trying to want to go out with my friends even though I really want to catch up on this season of Millionaire Matchmaker.  It’s not that I don’t want to see my friends. It is more that I lack the energy to find something to wear and to leave the house and to talk in a meaningful way.  I have been truly blessed with opportunities and experiences this year, I just need to remind myself sometimes that being “occupied” is so much more fun than being idle.

As for 2011? I think the one word I hope will describe my 2011 experience is HEALTHY.  I have waxed poetic about my weight issues on here enough times that I will just say that in 2011 I want to focus on my personal, physical health.  I devoted much of 2010 to my emotional and spiritual needs.  Now, it is time to whip this bod into shape!  (Legally Blonde The Musical anyone?)  In an effort to start manifesting my 2011 year of health early, I rejoined Weight Watchers (for the kajillionth time) and promised my sister and brother I would run the OKC Half-Marathon with them.  I feel ready, if not slightly terrified, to commit to exercising and eating well in 2011.  That’s all I really, truly want — to become a healthy, fit person.

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Ohhhhh, we’re half-way there…

Half-way through 2010 that is.  (Well, we’re more than half-way technically, but it didn’t occur to me to write this post until today so there you have it.)  I think it is time for a mid-year review of sorts to consider how I’m doing on my goals thus far and what I can do to step it up in the last few months before 2011 comes crashing into our lives. (Side bar: Remember when the year 2000 sounded so weird? Now, it’s going to be 2011.  Totally whack.)

The Goals:

1) Read 24 books: Year-to-date I’ve read 18 and I have four in my night stand that I have started and need to finish.  I think I am more than on track to conquer this one, but I have definitely slowed down in the last two months so I need to get back to the books.  You can see what I’ve been reading here.

2) Join a lifegroup: Check.  I started attending my lifegroup (i.e. bible study/small group) in March.  So far I really like it. We did a study over the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan and have done a few social activities.  I definitely think it has been a good thing for me to do.

3) Savings: Well, my savings aren’t up to par (surprise, surprise) BUT my credit score is up 70 points! Whoop whoop! I had a couple of retail cards that I got paid off and that is definitely a good thing.  And I was inspired by the new goals feature on mint.com which helped me renew my energy about working on my savings goals.

4) Lose weight: Um, didn’t happen, yet.  Things have been weird/stressful this spring, but I know, excuses are worthless.  My mom and I have a new (it’s actually something we’ve done before but we’re getting back on it) game plan though and I am excited and ready to make some serious progress.  I also was peer pressured (cough, Geoffersonspin, cough) into signing up for the Oklahoma MS 150 Bike Ride in September so I have a new training goal, which always keeps me on track.  And if you really want to help motivate me, you can donate to sponsor me in the ride! (Shameless plug? Heck yes.)

5)  Join one charity organization: This hasn’t happened yet.  However, my Lifegroup does volunteer monthly at a children’s home so I think that counts.  And I am contemplating (between now and July 31st) joining the Junior League which does lots of local charitable activities.  Or so I’m told.

Other Good 2010 Stuff (Because it is important for me to remind myself that I am in fact having a good year.)

Yes, I am inappropriately proud of my chair. Plus this post was totally picture poor.

1) I purchased my very first piece of furniture.  It made me feel so adult. It also made me feel like I should get renters’ insurance.  Not because the chair would necessarily be covered, but because that’s what you do to protect your stuff.

2)  I finished the OKC Memorial Half-Marathon.  It did not go according to plan, but I did it and that’s what matters to me.

3)  I am currently serving as an officer for the local alumnae chapter of my sorority.  So far it has been really fun — I’ve met a lot of new people and I’m enjoying my attempt to re-live the college dream.  I’ve also been asked to serve on an advisory board for the chapter at the University of Tulsa and I’m looking forward to getting involved with that.

4) I co-founded a historical fiction book club with Mrs. Bookworm.  Thus far the book selections have been sub-par, but we’re having a good time and growing our group.

5)  Miss Agnes and I are planning a ski trip! I haven’t been skiing in years and I cannot wait to go! I hope it’s like riding a bike.  If not, it’s going to be a painful experience.

I’d say that 2010 is going pretty well so far.  And it has definitely been better than 2009: The Hangover.  I’m doing okay on my goals/to-dos so far and I think the ones I have plenty of time to redeem myself on the ones I haven’t worked as hard at yet.  I just can’t believe that we are already more than half-way through 2010!

How are your 2010 goals coming? What else do you want to accomplish this year?

PS – Clearly, I was completely link happy in the post. Happy clicking!

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