Goals

Is Every Holiday Party a Splurge?

We see it EVERYWHERE and while the exact numbers vary from study to study, one thing remains true:

The average American gains a significant amount of weight between Thanksgiving and the New Year each year.

When I was losing weight, I’d normally pick one time during the week to go all out with food/drinks and use it as a cheat meal/day/night. Since I was weighing in on Thursdays, it would normally be Thursday immediately after weigh in, and I’d eat any and everything I wanted until I went to bed that night. If I had a happy hour/party going on sometime during the week, I’d usually change it up and move my cheat day to the day of the event. This strategy helped me to stay on track for the rest of the week while not feeling deprived because I still had my splurge time in the week to eat and drink anything I wanted.

The problem with this strategy is that now that the holiday season is upon us, we all get SWAMPED with parties, luncheons, happy hours, and events, involving everyone from coworkers, to friends, to family. If I end up going all out with eating/drinking for every single holiday event I have, I will definitely end up several pounds heavier and start the new year in much worse shape than I am right now, which is not something I’m willing (or able!) to do.

When I was leading my second Weight Watchers meeting a few weeks ago, the topic was Budgeting for the Holidays, and how to make the most of your PointsPlus during the holiday season. We talked about different strategies for holidays and when I asked the group what their strategies were in approaching the season and managing their points, many people had great ideas.

    • Make it a point to get a workout in the day of a party so you earn extra Activity Points/burn extra calories to prepare for the event.
    • Don’t go to any events hungry – eat a snack beforehand so you’re not starving when you get there.
    • Alternate alcoholic drinks with seltzer or water so you’re staying hydrated/not getting as tipsy.
    • Bring a clutch that you have to carry (as opposed to one you can sling over your shoulder) so you only have one hand free for food or a drink, not both.
    • Focus on the company and people there, rather than the food/drinks (easier said than done).
    • If it’s a potluck, bring a healthy dish so you know you have at least one “safe” option.
    • If you’re hosting, use Weight Watchers recipes for some of the dishes but don’t tell anyone because they’ll never know.

One of my favorite tips that was given was this:

“I try to remember that not every holiday party is a splurge. I take a look at my week/month, and pick the events where I really want to go all out, and then try to stay on track for the other ones.”

While that idea makes PERFECT sense, it’s something I really struggle with executing because I tend to have a hard time not thinking about parties/gatherings as splurges. Sometimes, I’d rather avoid going to a holiday party all together rather than try to be moderate at it. Even typing that out sounds ridiculous – like I don’t trust myself after all this time to “behave” at events!

So this year, I am really going to try to adapt this strategy and realize that I can still have a fun time if I don’t eat and drink too much.

My first test was last night. I had a holiday party a good friend of mine was throwing for her colleagues/clients/friends. I have several events going on later this week, including holiday parties on Friday and Saturday, so that one was not the one I wanted to go all out for. I wanted to have fun of course, but wake up feeling good about myself today rather than feeling guilty for overdoing it when I didn’t want to.

Here’s how it played out:

I had to go to a Weight Watchers training thing right after work/before the party, so I brought a significant snack with me to eat while at the training (a 5 pt+ Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Larabar – YUM) so I didn’t show up famished to the party.  I got there and ordered a glass of seltzer with lime and walked around saying hi to everyone that I knew. I had never thought to actually wait a minute to get a drink, but it really made a difference!

After making the rounds, I switched to a glass of white wine (3 pts+) and then went over to assess the food situation. There was a tray of fresh fruit, plus an antipasto plate that was loaded with eggplant, artichoke hearts, tomato mozzarella, and marinated mushrooms, so that’s where I put most of my attention. I had a few plates loaded up with the fruits and veggies, and then threw out my plate and fork and called it a night eating wise.

I ended up switching back to seltzer after the first glass of wine, and realized I actually felt pretty good and decided to stick with seltzer. I think that’s the first time ever, in a party setting, where I actually managed to have just one drink and feel good about it! I stayed at the party until just after 9, and then I headed home feeling good and not stuffed or even a little tispy.

Some of the tricks that I used to make last night’s party a success:

  • As cheesy as this sounds, I actually visualized myself having a good time at the party WITHOUT overdoing it with food/alcohol. Visualization is one of the “tools for living” that Weight Watchers uses, but I had never really tried it before. I normally just picture myself elbow deep in the buffet, throwing back glasses of wine like it’s my job, but this time I really pictured myself being moderate, and I think it helped!
  • I actually rode my bike to the party because it was the quickest way to zip around from work, to Weight Watchers, to the party. Being mindful of the fact that I had to bike home really helped me to not overdo it.
  • I signed up for a 7am Body Pump class this morning, which as I’ve mentioned before is really hard to get into, so having that class in the back of my head helped too.
Overall, I am really impressed with myself for actually exercising moderation. I still had a great time, had a glass of wine, ate the food at the party, hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while, but managed to leave feeling good about my decisions health-wise, too. That’s the first time I’ve done that in this type of setting in I can’t even tell you how long. Yay!

What is your holiday party strategy?

The Plan: Meals, Workouts, and Goals

Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend like I did… I ended up going out on the town Friday night and overdid it with both food and alcohol, so I opted to stay in on Saturday night and that was the best decision ever. I finally finished Lost, got to bed super early, and woke up before 9am yesterday without an alarm! I got all my grocery shopping done at Whole Foods and then went on an 4.5 mile super hilly run (the same route as last weekend), and was back in my apartment around 11am. It felt so good to get so much accomplished so early in the day! That left the rest of the day for hanging out with friends and ordering sushi for dinner as a reward for being so productive.

I also made a batch of Tempeh Chili Verde yesterday, which was my first time making or eating chili verde ever. It’s quite different from regular chili since it has no beans in it, but it is very tangy and flavorful and I really loved it! I followed the exact recipe on the Weight Watchers site (a win in itself for me since I never follow recipes!), and it made four generous 2 cup portions with just 7pts+ each, including sour cream and cheese for a garnish.

tempehchiliWith three servings left to get me through the week plus the rest of my groceries, here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Egg Whites, Cheese + Salsa on Sandwich Thin, Banana Tempeh Chili Verde (Sunday leftovers) Cottage Cheese w/Tangerines Savory Oats w/Spinach, Cheese, and Egg (new fav!)
Tuesday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Veggie Wrap w/Hummus + Cheese, Popchips Fage 0% Blueberry Acai Amber’s Holiday Party
Wednesday English Muffin w/PB + Banana Tempeh Chili Verde Cottage Cheese w/Apple Eggs and Toast w/ Fruit
Thursday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Veggie Wrap w/Hummus + Cheese, Popchips Apple w/Babybel Cheese Light Tempeh Chili Verde post WW
Friday Toasted Waffles w/PB + Banana Work Holiday Party Luncheon Fage 0% Mango Guanabana Work Holiday Happy Hour

Workout Plan:

    • Sunday: 4.5 mile outdoor run (check!)
    • Monday: 5:45 Club Strength Class/30 mins cardio
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Body Pump/Cardio
    • Thursday: Spin Class
    • Friday: Rest
    • Saturday: Body Pump/Cardio

Weekly Goals

Setting those goals last week REALLY helped me to stay on track. I ended up getting five workouts in (!!!) for the first time in weeks, and also made a conscious effort to get in my bed before 11pm each night. Last Wednesday, I even got in my bed and was asleep by 10pm! That is very unlike me, but my body really liked it. I also didn’t have a single drink Sunday through Thursday, and this was a big factor in staying on track with eating and exercising since I tend to not make the best decisions under the influence.

Since last week’s goals were so successful, I’m going to keep a very similar list for this week:

    1. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day Monday through Friday.
    2. Limit drinking to 2 glasses of wine at Tuesday night’s party, and no drinking the other nights.
    3. Workout 3 times during the week Monday-Friday.
    4. Get at least one morning workout in this week.
    5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water while at my desk each day this week.
    6. Be in bed by 11pm the latest each night Monday through Thursday.

How many holiday parties/lunches/events do you have this coming up in the next week? Are they for work, friends, or family?

Menu/Workout Plan and Weekly Goals

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend… I know I did! It was pretty low key, but was just what I needed. I managed to make it out both Saturday and Sunday for a super hilly 4.5 mile run outside (the same route both days) and I was really proud of myself for being active both days. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done that!

Yesterday I spent a little time doing meal planning for the week and then headed to Trader Joe’s for shopping. I made this incredible Chickpea + Date Tagine last week from Vegetarian Times Magazine and it was SO delicious that I was dying to make it again. Since Trader Joe’s didn’t have dates, I ended up swinging by Whole Foods to get some – that’s how good it is! I’ll be posting the recipe later this week, so stay tuned.

I also broke out the slow cooker this morning for the first time in ages and currently have Sweet Potato and Red Bean Stew cooking in there and I cannot WAIT for dinner. I can’t tell if it’s funny or sad how excited food makes me… but assuming it turns out as great as I hope it does, I’ll be sharing that recipe as well.

Here’s the meal plan for the week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover Chickpea + Date Tagine (recipe coming) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Red Bean Stew
Tuesday Greek Yogurt w/Berries + Cereal Sweet Potato + Red Bean Stew Tofu w/Delicata Squash and Zucchini
Wednesday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Leftover tofu + veggies over greens Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach
Thursday English muffin w/pb + banana Chickpea + Date Tagine over spinach Sweet potato stew
Friday Pumpkin Oats w/Cottage Cheese Sweet Potato Stew w/salad TBD

 

As you can see above, I basically made it so that I am only cooking one night this week (tofu tomorrow night), and will be working off the slow cooker stew and leftovers from last night’s Chickpea + Date Tagine all week. Hopefully I won’t get sick of any of it, but judging by how good the stew was smelling this morning and how delicious I know last night’s dinner was, I don’t think I will! This will also free up my evenings so I can take it easy this week, which is important because this will be the last week for a while that I don’t have a lot going on during the week nights.

Workout Plans:

    • Sunday: 4.5 mile outdoor run (Check!)
    • Monday: Club Strength + Cardio Kickboxing
    • Tuesday: Rest
    • Wednesday: Body Pump?
    • Thursday: Spinning
    • Friday: Outdoor run

This will be my fourth week in a row going to tonight’s Club Strength class and I am really proud of myself for being so consistent with it! I normally really struggle with strength training but now that I’ve found a class and instructor I really like, it makes it a LOT easier to stick with. Ideally I’d like to be strength training at least twice a week, but once is way better than zero. AND, I am hoping to make it to my first ever Body Pump class Wednesday morning – let’s hope I can get in/wake up in time to go!

Weekly Goals:

I mentioned during December’s Goal Post that I’m going to be setting weekly goals this month because I really need to make progress on my weight and know that setting smaller goals will help feed into the larger one of getting back to my goal weight. Monthly goals are usually good enough for me, but since I’ve been struggling lately I need to set weekly ones as well. My plan is to check back in on the goals on Friday to make sure that I’m sticking with it!

Here goes:

    1. Stick to 26-29 PointsPlus per day Monday through Friday. PointsPlus 2012 launches this week, and the new daily minimum is 26 pts+/day. I still get 29, but would be comfortable with 26 if I feel satisfied.
    2. Limit drinking to 1-2 glasses of wine per night (at most) Monday through Friday. This one shouldn’t be too difficult since I don’t have any happy hours/holiday parties going on this week! Can’t say the same about the rest of the month…
    3. Take only 2 days off from working out Monday-Friday. Last week, I only worked out Monday and then not again until the weekend, and 4 days off in a row is too many for me.
    4. Get at least one morning workout in this week. It’s been far too long since I’ve done that…
    5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water while at my desk each day this week. Need to get back on that, especially now that my skin is so dry from the winter/cold!
    6. Be in bed by 11pm the latest each night Monday through Thursday. All bets are off for Friday. =)

So that’s it for today!

What’s one goal you want to focus on for this week?

PS: Happiest of Birthdays to my sister Wendy!!!

Time to Regroup

One of the key takeaways from BLS was that we are all members first, then employees. No matter how far we’ve come or how far we have to go, it will always take hard work and dedication to stay on track. It does get a bit easier over time, but it also gets easier to think that I know what I’m doing and don’t have to pay attention to what I’m eating.

That is not the case.

After getting back from BLS, I took a cab to my apartment, threw on a dress, and immediately went out to catch the end of one of my best friends’ engagement parties. I stayed out too late celebrating, then slept too late on Sunday and had to unpack upon waking up and head out the door for another Weight Watchers commitment where we met as a whole territory. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breathe lately!

While I was sitting in the meeting listening to the exciting things we’ve done in the area over the last year and what we have to look forward to for the next year – it dawned on me. I’ve been so caught up in being a Weight Watchers employee and haven’t been focusing on myself as a member. I had stepped on the scale before the meeting and after the whirlwind of the last few weeks and saw a number I was not happy with, and quite frankly isn’t acceptable since I now work for Weight Watchers.

It’s time to stop that.

I decided to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home from the meeting, invest some time menu planning and cook for the week for the first time in a while. It felt really good to refocus and spend an hour getting some food ready for the week so I can stay on track/get back to my goal weight even though I do have another busy week ahead.

In terms of prep, I cooked a huge spaghetti squash (1 hr at 400 degrees), made 3 servings of steel cut oats, and defrosted half a batch of those amazing black beans that was leftover from the last time I made them. Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese and sliced banana Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Feta, Poached Egg (Recipe coming!) Greek Yogurt w/Apple Brown Rice bowl w/black beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips
Tuesday English Muffin w/Sunbutter + banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Reader Get Together at Sweet Green
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Greek yogurt, defrosted berries, vanilla Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan
Thursday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Leftover Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan Greek yogurt, Veggie Fried Rice w/tofu
Friday Toasted Waffles w/Sunbutter + banana Leftover veggie fried rice w/tofu Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Dinner at Jaleo with Jen and Alexa

It feels so good to have a meal plan for the first time in AGES. I used to post them every Monday along with groceries, and while I don’t want to get back into the habit of doing that every week, I think I need to start doing it semi-regularly for my sake!

And while I was at it, I’ve also been slacking a bit in the workout department. Here’s my plan on that front for this week:

    • Monday: 45 min Total Body Conditioning class, 15 min stairmaster
    • Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
    • Wednesday: rest
    • Thursday: Outdoor Run (~ 4 miles)
    • Friday: Weights + Cardio – tbd

Mini goals for this week include:

    • Drink at least 64 oz of water at work every day this week (check for yesterday!)
    • Bring breakfast/lunch to work every day
    • Stick to 29 pts+/day all week
    • Workout 4x
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

What is one thing you want to or need to focus on this week?

PS: Tonight is the reader get together at 6pm at Sweet Green in Dupont. I hope to see you there if you’re local!!

September: New Month, New Goals

Since I literally sound like a broken record every single time when it’s a new month, I’ll spare you and just remind you that today marks day one of September. Wow. Time really flies.

When I signed the lease for my new place, it felt so.far.away. And now, all of a sudden it’s here. I get my keys tonight at 7pm, after I work my regular job and then a Weight Watchers meeting, and then the place is mine. My car is already loaded up with the things I wanted to move myself – pantry items, my workout stuff (weights, foam roller, yoga mat, etc), a magazine rack, and a random lamp so that there’s light in the new place no matter what happens. I’ll move all that stuff in myself tonight after I get the keys, and then tomorrow at 9am, the movers will be at my old apartment carrying all the heavy stuff into their moving truck. God bless movers. A reader actually recommended the company I’m using and I’ll do a full review once the move is over – don’t want to jinx it!

August Goals

So, being that it’s the first of the month, I want to look back at the things I set out to do in August and see how they went, before setting some new goals for this month.

1.) REALLY focus on the long runs for marathon training. Check! I did 10 (on the treadmill), 12, and 14 miles in August, the last of which was my farthest run ever. I am really proud of myself for reaching this one!

2.) Try to go to outdoor yoga at least twice this month, while I’m still living in Crystal City and can take advantage of it! Check! I went twice to ourdoor yoga, though I tried to go three times and failed. Doing yoga outside is unreal, and that’s one thing I will REALLY miss about my current apartment. Free outdoor yoga every Monday at 7am. Hopefully I can find something similar near the new apartment!

3.) Continue to work my way through anything open in the pantry in preparation for the move. Stick to $35 weekly budget for groceries throughout the month! I did VERY well on this goal, spending well under the $35 limit each week. I stuck to buying mostly fresh produce and some protein, and worked my way through may open items in the pantry. That said, with all the swag from HLS as well as prepping for Irene, my pantry is now full again… Oh well.

4.) Pack slowly but efficiently throughout the month, so that it’s not a big PITA come September 2. I actually did really well with this one too. I wanted to get started a little sooner than I actually did, but once I got my boxes I did a good job tackling different rooms each night. Not once did it feel terribly overwhelming since I spread it out, but check with me on that again tomorrow when the move itself is actually taking place. Smile with tongue out

5.) Enjoy time relaxing at the pool and reading while I still can (no pool at the new place!). Total fail. I literally didn’t go to the pool even once during the entire month! A few weekends it was rainy, one weekend I was in Philly, and I’m not sure about the others, but this is the goal I’m most OK with failing at.

6.) Do a kick ass job on the presentation at the Healthy Living Summit! I think I’ll give myself a check on that one too!! Despite being super nervous right before the presentation started, I felt really confident being up on stage and LOVED speaking in front of a crowd.

Whew – not too shabby for one month!

September Goals

September is going to be an insanely busy month for me. Check out my schedule:

    • September 2 – Move into a new apartment/parents visiting until September 4
    • September 14-21 – Charlotte, NC for work (8 days!!)
    • September 22 – back in the office for ONE DAY
    • September 23-26 – New Orleans for Work

On top of moving and settling into a new apartment, I’m going to be traveling twice during the month! It’s also going to be a big month for me marathon training wise, because I’m working up to EIGHTEEN MILES. 18! In one go! I can’t even fathom it. I’m going to be adjusting my running schedule a bit and trying to do some of the long runs during the week since I’ll be away for several weekends during the month, but it’s going to be tough to fit in all in. Here’s what I want to do:

1.) Focus on my long runs, working up from my current longest run ever of 14 miles all the way to 18. This is going to take some major juggling on my part since I’ll be away for at least two weekends during the month, plus moving for one of them. Yikes.

2.) Focus on cross training 1-2 times a week. I have been really, really, really negligent about cross training. I did yoga twice during August, but that was literally my only workouts besides running for the entire month. I know especially now while I work up to the long runs and ask my body to push farther than it ever has, cross training is even more important than before.

3.) Start scoping out gyms to join. My current apartment building has a really nice gym, but I don’t have the same luxury at the new place. I don’t want to join a gym until the end of the month since I’m away for so much of September and it’ll be  waste of money, but I want to have it on my radar.

4.) Unpack ALL of the boxes within one week of moving in, if not sooner. I really want to get settled into my new apartment as quickly as feasible, and seeing moving boxes everywhere will not help with that process. One week sounds reasonable to me, especially since my parents will be there to help this weekend!

5.) Maintain my weight throughout the month, despite traveling and the stress of moving. Enough said.

6.) Embrace my downtime. Spend more time reading, less time watching TV – which should be easy consider I have some amazing books in my queue to read, and won’t be getting cable at the new apartment!

That seems like enough for one month! Wish me luck with moving!!!!!!!!

What was the highlight of your August? Biggest goal for September?

January Plans

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

I heard that quote a long time ago, and it’s really stuck with me – largely because I think it’s so true. The only time I ever accomplish a goal is when I have a plan, and I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make me unique. 🙂 So, in order to meet some of my Yearly Goals (I prefer calling them that rather than resolutions), I want to set some goals each month that will feed into them, as well as some other random goals/ideas that I’m sure will come up as I go along. Towards the end of 2010, I started setting weekly and monthly goals, and it really helped me stay on track. I think the reason those smaller goals work so well for me is because I can look at my schedule and what I have going on/when I’ll be traveling and adjust things accordingly.

Here are the goals I set for December and how I did with them.

December Exercise Goals:

  1. Strength training 2x a week, and add in ab work. – I was pretty good about strength training at least once a week, but there were a few weeks I didn’t get it in twice. I definitely did a lot more ab work than I normally do, so 3/4 of a check on this one. 🙂
  2. Try to do interval/tempo runs 1x a week. I have consistently done this, but mostly because I get too bored on the treadmill not to change-up the speed pretty often. 🙂
  3. Establish my training plan for the half marathon so I know when to start doing the long runs. Check. I’m following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Plan with a few tweeks.
  4. Keep up working out 3-4x a week for the whole month. 3 out of 4 weeks I did this. The week I joined Weight Watchers (unexpectedly!) I only got in one workout, but other than that I’ve been good.

December Food Goals:

  1. Try to eat home as much as possible given the travel schedule and the amount of eating out I will be doing with all of the traveling. Goal met. I was really, really good about eating at home whenever I could.
  2. Stick to a $50 weekly budget for food. Nope. I think $50 is too strict for me for a weekly budget and especially because I love experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. My plan for 2011 is to up this to $75 a week.
  3. Drink a lot of water even during traveling. Check on this one. I tried to be really conscious of drinking enough water throughout the month.

December Personal Goals:

  1. Read at least 1 novel during the month. I read two! (this one and this one)
  2. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Somehow I accomplished this one most of the time. I love my sleep!
  3. Try not to let the busyness of the month take away from all the quality time ahead with family. Check. Despite how busy I was, I had an awesome month and really enjoyed all the time away.

So, all in all, I did pretty well all things considered. I didn’t realize I would be joining Weight Watchers during December so I feel like that was a pretty big “accomplishment” (along with losing 7.2 lbs!). I’ve also gotten back into running pretty frequently, and actually did two five mile runs this weekend – one outside and one inside. I think that’s going to be really helpful to help kick off half marathon training.

Source.

Looking forward to January, here is what I have scheduled:

  • January 8th – My sister’s baby shower (in anticipation of Harper’s homecoming!!)
  • January 19th – 25th – Traveling to San Diego for work (btw – any readers/fellow bloggers from San Diego that want to do dinner??)

That list is a whole lot shorter than it was in November and December, and for that I am grateful.

Taking those into consideration, here are my goals for the month:

  1. Follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half-Marathon training plan – focusing especially on working up to a 7 mile long weekend run and the speed training once a week. I will probably cut the plan down to running 3-4 times a week rather than 5 because I don’t want to get injured and I think my body prefers less than 5 days of running.
  2. Stretch. I am really, really bad about stretching after I run. I want to try to stretch my quads, hamstrings, hips, and calves after every run to help prevent injury and make me more flexible.
  3. The Shred. Do it once a week for the whole month of January. I never get as sore from free weights as I do from that, plus 20 minutes is really easy to squeeze in anytime.
  4. Go back to Bikram at least once. It’s been way too long.
  5. Get back in the 160s. Even 169.8 would be fine. I have 4.6 pounds to go (not counting tomorrow’s weigh in).
  6. Menu Planning. I fell out of the habit a bit, but I always do a lot better with budgeting as well as looking forward to dinners and being more organized when I do. The plan for this is to try to plan out most dinners during the week, and then the weekends are usually up in the air.
  7. Recipes. Post at least one step-by-step recipe per week – judging from the comments on the Yearly Goal Check post, this seems like a favorite part of my blog so I want to keep it up for you guys!
  8. Read at least one book. This should be easy since I’m already reading one and will be traveling and I tend to read a lot when flying (if I don’t fall asleep!).

Whew I think that’s plenty to set out to do in January! I almost kept going but then I told myself to get real. 😛

What about you? Are you a goal setter? Do you prefer weekly, monthly, or yearly goals? What’s something you hope to accomplish in the month of January?

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