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Hi friends!

It’s been quite awhile, I know. Between a quick vacation to San Diego, traveling for holidays, and my masters classes, I’ve been swamped. The first thing to go, unfortunately, was this blog.

Our house decorated for Christmas

Our house decorated for Christmas

I’ve missed it, and I’ve missed you, and I plan on updating at least once or twice a week now that things seem to have settled down a bit. I’ll give a quick picture recap of our trip to San Diego, of our holidays, and of what else is going on in our lives, but for now, I’d like to share my 2014 non-resolutions.

First, let’s look at last year’s. I’ve crossed off the ones I completed.

Beat my half-marathon time by running a second half.  Complete a single pull-up. Write down one thing every day that makes me grateful. Lose a few inches around my stomach and tone up. Not worry about my weight but instead worry about how my pants fit. Write down why I love Bob every day. String together 20 double unders in a row! See my best friend more often than once a month. Re-paint our bedroom. Make the bed every day. Start volunteering somewhere. Read 12 books. Run a 5k. Run for the pure joy of it. Keep the bedroom clean. Light candles often.  Treat myself to nice undergarments from Victoria’s Secret. Learn how to wear scarves. Meal plan weekly. Go away somewhere fun for my birthday. Try a new recipe every other week.Visit Nashville. Launch a mobile website for my company. Go to CrossFit 4-5x per week. Throw an awesome baby shower for a dear friend. Clean out the office and guest room closets. Donate or trash items in the basement that haven’t been used for over a year. Complain less.

Bob & I after the "It's a Wonderful Run" 5k

Bob & I before the “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5k

I think I did okay. I ran out of time for the half marathon training, and because my attendance at CrossFit since I started classes had decreased dramatically, my pull-up didn’t happen. Pretty sure I didn’t lose any inches (although I didn’t have measurements.. that was dumb). Also, I managed to see Cassie (my best friend) often, but once classes started, I stopped seeing people for the most part. And I cleaned out the office so I could make it warm and inviting for schoolwork, but ignored the closet.

Cozy corner in the office to read.

Cozy corner in the office to read.

This year’s non-resolutions?

I’m keeping them pretty simple. And taking a few from last year.

Work out 4-5x per week. CrossFit 2x per week. Weightlift 2x per week. Run for stress relief. Enjoy schoolwork. Learn from my classmates. Launch a responsive design website at work. Clean out the office & guest room closets. Complain less. Do something fun at least once a week. Take more bubble baths to relax. Eat clean 85% of the time. Be more like Pollyanna. Love my husband more than myself. Walk (or run) the dog once a week. Journal more as a way of de-stressing. Go to church more often and enjoy the community there. Update the blog 1-2x per week.

This time next year, I’ll only have one more month of classes until I graduate. 2014 will go fast, between the schoolwork, regular work, and Bob traveling for work (more on this later). I want to enjoy every minute, and keeping calm & joyful will be my priority.

What about you? Any non-resolutions? 

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I am now more than half way through the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, and I feel great!

It has been 4 weeks and 3 days (but who is counting?), and I noticed over the last few days that I just feel great in general. It wasn’t one morning that I woke up and felt better, but I think it just kind of snuck up on me and I didn’t realize that I was starting to feel different. It has been tough, don’t get me wrong, and right now I am craving a muffin and a beer, but it has definitely been worth it so far.

One of the biggest things I can see is the difference in my energy levels and performance. I lifted 20 pounds more on my front squat this morning than my previous personal record, which was only a few months ago. I’m feeling better in the middle of my workouts, and I’m not feeling as sluggish in the middle of the day. I’m still tired and stressed at times, but I attribute that mainly to work. It’s not like I’m a superhero or anything – I just feel better in general!

As for my goals, well, they’re hit or miss right now. I’ve successfully drank at least 100oz of water every day so far on this challenge, but my squat mobility work didn’t quite get there – I’m doing only about 4x a week compared to the 5x a week that I set for my goal. So I missed that one, but the good news is that I have already found improvement in that area. I haven’t done a lot of back squats yet, so I’m not sure if I’m going to get the 20# PR on my back squat like I hoped, but getting a 20# PR on my front squat this morning certainly gives me some hope. And it makes me think I set the wrong goal! My goal to improve my relationship with Meg is going well, and my goals not to have a single cheat and to be alcohol free for the challenge are also going strong.

This is us at CrossFit Webster doing the performance WOD #5 for the challenge. I am in the bright green all the way in the back mid-kip for an unassisted pullup! (Photo by Laura Rice, owner of CrossFit Webster)

This is us at CrossFit Webster doing the performance WOD #5 for the challenge. I am in the bright green all the way in the back mid-kip for an unassisted pull up! (Photo by Laura Rice, owner of CrossFit Webster)

As for my 2013 overall goals, I did hit one last month. I received a promotion at work, so I think I can check off “Make advancements professionally” from my goal list. I’m really excited about my new role at my company, and even though I set the goal, I really wasn’t expecting a job change this year. But, obviously, I’m happy about it and am excited that my hard work professionally is paying off.

With the new job, does come new responsibilities, and it has resulted in a lot of long hours at the office. I hate excuses, so please don’t read this as one, but this is one of the reasons my updates have been sporadic recently. I’m not asking for sympathy or a free pass, just explaining what is going on right now in our lives. Between Meg starting school again, my new job, and still trying to get to the gym and cook healthy food, our free time has been a little sparse. We will continue updating this blog as we can, especially because it is often therapeutic for us, but just giving you all a warning!

How are your goals going? Short term and long-term?

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As Meg wrote about yesterday, the Lurong Living Paleo challenge starts today! Instead of lamenting on how bad my fitness has been the last few weeks again (it’s bad) – instead I will keep my sights on what I hope to accomplish over the next 8 weeks. Lurong awards bonus points if you set goals and track them during the challenge – and we all know how much I love goals! So in addition to my 2013 goals, here are my Lurong Living Paleo Challenge goals for the next 8 weeks:

  1. I want a new PR on my back squat (shooting for 20#)
  2. I will drink 1 oz of water for every 2lbs of body weight (so about 100oz/day)
  3. I want to give up alcohol completely for the next 8 weeks
  4. I will work on my squat mobility at least 5x a week
  5. Continue to work on my relationship with Meg
  6. TBD

My first and fourth goal are pretty connected. On the one hand I’ve noticed that my overall strength is often a limiting factor for me, so I’ve been planning on focusing on just getting stronger rather than focusing on my endurance as much. Obviously both are important, but instead of focusing on CrossFit Endurance classes, I’m going to spend extra time at the gym working on just lifting to get stronger. And the two areas I want to focus the most on are my squat strength and my shoulder press.

Along with strength, I know that my squat mobility isn’t great. I usually bend too far forward, and really want to work on trying to increase my mobility in my ankles and in my hips so that I can squat more vertically. This will also help with my squat PR. I’m shooting for 20 pounds, which I know is aggressive, but I feel like if I work on just lifting a few times a week, and work on my mobility 5 times a week, that I should be able to get there.

I don’t drink enough water. Ever. I usually drink a large cup of coffee in the morning, and then maybe a glass or two of water all day before I have a glass of wine with dinner. I know I feel so much better when I drink more water, because I did it last challenge. So, here it is again – and here’s to hoping that I can keep with the habit longer this time.

The challenge allows you to drink one 6oz glass of red wine per night. I went without alcohol for the whole 8 weeks last time, and felt great. Also, I haven’t been sleeping that well lately, and I think part of that might be due to the fact that I’ve been making a glass or two of wine a pretty regular occurrence. So I’m going to cut it out completely again for this 8 weeks.

My fifth goal is more measurable than what I have written out, but I don’t want all of the details to be public. There aren’t any issues between Meg and I (that I’m aware of) – so don’t get nervous! I just have some specific measurable things I want to work on over the next 8 weeks that will make it even better.

I still need a 6th goal. Any suggestions?! I have a lot of performance/fitness goals in there, so maybe a personal goal? Or maybe a mental health/emotional health, or an overall well being goal, to balance out all of my physical goals? Suggestions??

And I think I owe everyone an update on my 2013 goals pretty soon too. Hopefully I will write a post on that sometime this week or next.

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So we had a fantastic weekend, including a big party Saturday with all of our friends. I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend your Saturday night than playing lawn games, chatting around a camp fire, and making s’mores.  Nope, pretty sure there’s not.

smores

Does anyone else feel like summer JUST STARTED and all of a sudden stores are putting out FALL and HALLOWEEN decorations!!?? What the crap!? What is wrong with America that you can’t simply enjoy the season that you’re in? I for one am going to suck every last drop of life out of summer days before the days turn crisp and I have to dig out sweaters.  I adore fall, but only when it’s TIME FOR FALL.  And it is not yet time for fall. It’s still the middle of August. Good grief. It’s 80 degrees today and Wegmans has Halloween candy out.

Anyways, before that rant, I was going to say that we have a busy week this week so we’re actually only making dinner tonight & tomorrow night (grilling sausages tonight & burgers/chicken tomorrow night) — we’ve got fun plans Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then Saturday I head back to Bradford for my 10 year high school reunion.

But despite the busy week, we’re trying to make healthy choices because of the many indulgences on Saturday. My trick to staying healthy over lunch time even if we’re going out for dinner a lot? Salads. Big-ass salads. With grilled chicken (I’m going to grill some up tomorrow night when we grill up hamburgers) and lots of veggies. They’re easy, they’re delicious. and it’s really hard to make a home-made salad unhealthy.

Remember a long time ago, I made a goal to get double unders? And toes to bar? Well, I finally HAVE DOUBLE UNDERS. No lie. I’m pretty sure the best moment of last week was when I strung 20 in a row during a WOD and Jeff (our box owner & coach) said something to the effect of, “Holy crap, Meg!” and I smiled and said I had been practicing.  We all say that Jeff is like the box dad because we all want to get his praise, and that moment was worth the multiple whip marks, crappy low WOD scores from promising myself I would only do double unders from here on out, and sore calves. Hooray for finally practicing something and seeing results.

At least Ryan doesn't mind the angry red marks on my ankles and wrists from my double under failures.

I love Ryan. I love this meme. I’m sorry for repeating this but I can’t help it.

Those toes to bar? Well, those will take a while. I finally started getting knees to elbows, so as long as I force myself to do them right, maybe by the end of the year? Eh, you can’t win them all.

Oh, and one other recent victory. We had a CFE a few weeks ago that was an AMRAP that included 20 push-ups. I ended up with 117 push-ups, which are the MOST push-ups I have ever done in my life. That was pretty cool. I couldn’t use my arms for a few days, but it was a small price to pay to be able to brag to co-workers that I could do that many REAL push-ups.

Sorry, one more update. I’ve been running again (slowly) and trying to get in a few runs over my lunch break during the week. I’ve been trying to do one CFE and one 3 miler to get my body used to running more than a mile. I’m a lot slower than I thought I was, which is really frustrating. I’d like to chalk it up to the fact that I’ve been running at noon when it’s hottest and super humid, but I can’t imagine that’s all there is to it. Bummer. Taking time off of running really messed up my long-term endurance.

This is my attempt at another selfie today over lunch before running. It's so bad I had to share it. It's fuzzy and WHERE DO YOU HOLD THE PHONE!? And also, note the awesome running clothes. It's time to do some laundry.

This is my attempt at another selfie today over lunch before running. It’s so bad I had to share it. It’s fuzzy and WHERE DO YOU HOLD THE PHONE!? And also, note the awesome mis-matched running clothes. It’s time to do some laundry.

Now I just need to get my butt back to CrossFit. I haven’t been since Thursday. I laid in bed wide awake from 2am to 4am this morning so I elected to skip the WOD. I later found out that it was a 5k row. I’m not sorry I slept in. I’ve only done a 5k row once, and it was terrible. It’s so boring. It’s the same reason I hate running on a treadmill. I must have a slight case of ADD because when I cannot last longer than a mile on a treadmill unless I’m doing intervals.

What gains have you been seeing lately in your fitness? Are you trying to hit any goals?

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I haven’t been doing my monthly goal updates for a while, but it’s over halfway through the year, so it’s about time I check in on them.

Physical Health Goals

  • Complete a half marathon

Unfortunately I don’t think this one is going to happen this year. My plan was to really start hitting my training hard this month to get ready for a half marathon in Rochester in September. My glute had other plans. I’m a little too far behind the 8-ball now, and I still can’t really run for more than a few minutes without causing pain. Unless I can find a half marathon in Rochester in November/December (unlikely, and even if I found one – who wants to run 13.1 miles when it’s 13.1 degrees?), I think I’ll have to push this goal to 2014.

  • Maintain my goal weight/body fat %

I’m not sure if I’m going to hit this one or not. I’m still about 5 pounds away from my goal weight (I think I’ve settled that sub-190/sub 15% body fat is where I want to be), but I have yet to actually see that number on the scale. I’m close, and I’ve been close for a little while now, but I have a little more than 5 months to get there and keep it. I have come a long way on learning how to maintain my weight though, and learning how to eat in a way that I can still enjoy life and not deprive myself, but at the same time not be a glutton. So I’ve learned some skills, but I’m still not quite where I want to be. Jury’s out on this one.

  • Be able to do unassisted pull ups for all WODs

I’m well on my way for this one. I haven’t had to use a band for a while, and I’m still working on building strength so I can keep stringing them together. I feel like my “kipping” is getting decent, but I know I need to keep working on upper body strength also. I can’t rattle off a hundred of them yet, but I did 50 unassisted (in sets of 5) for our half-Murph in May. I’m feeling good about this one.

  • Rx Murph

Well, I need to be able to do 100 pull-ups, so that is the biggest thing standing in my way. I’ve been working on my push-ups too (need to do 200 of them), so that will be another hurdle. I still think I’m well on my way to do this – and I would love to be able to get this done this fall.

  • Complete a muscle up

I don’t know where I am with this one. I’m definitely lacking the strength to get myself up high enough on the rings. Even though I can do some unassisted pull-ups, I can’t do chest to bar pull-ups on the rings yet. So, hopefully as I keep working on my strength for pull-ups this will come too. I’ve been working on the technique a little bit, but it’s relatively useless if I don’t have the strength to even get my chest to the rings. The jury is out on this one, but I’m still hopeful.

Relationship Goals

  • Focus on strengthening my marriage

It’s hard to measure this, but personally I feel like our marriage is definitely getting stronger. It has been a good year so far for us so far, and I feel like we’re getting stronger and closer together constantly.

  • Develop new friendships

I don’t think I’ve made a lot of progress on this one. I have had so little free time that any social time I spend I want to spend it with my closest friends. I’m making an excuse there, but basically I haven’t done what I wanted to on this one yet.

  • Be more open with those around me

I think I’m getting better at this a little bit. At least writing on the blog has helped me open up a little bit. I don’t know though – what do you guys think?

  • Write one hand-written note per month

I’ve failed on this one. I really liked doing it when I did it, but for whatever reason I kept forgetting to do them, and then it started to feel a little disingenuous because I wasn’t sure if I was writing it because I wanted to, or because I was trying to fulfill an obligation. I want to keep doing this, but probably not as a goal.

Personal Goals

  • Learn something new

I haven’t learned anything new in terms of theory or education/academics, but I have learned how to play a new sport (albeit, not well). So I’m counting this as a partial win so far.

  • Read more

Nope. Moving on. . .

  • Be more generous with time and money

Yes – I definitely think I have been better with this. We have been donating on a regular basis, so I feel really good about that. And I haven’t volunteered as much as I’d like to (see above for my lame excuse about not having time), but I am starting to volunteer a little bit with a new non-profit that Meg is involved more heavily in. I’m helping them by leading some focus groups before they officially launch and start their service. This was a good opportunity for me, personally, because it allowed me to volunteer and donate some of my time in something that I am familiar with (part of my job involves market research), and it was an obligation that had a limited amount of time on it (once the focus groups are done, I’m done). This way I didn’t feel trapped by feeling like I was signing up for a year or more of regular volunteer work, but hopefully will be a good stepping stone into a more concrete/ongoing volunteer position.

  • Make advancements professionally

I have made a lot of progress since January professionally. I have the same job title as I did 6 months ago, but my responsibilities have grown and I feel really proud of the work I’ve been able to do and contribute. I don’t want to get into all of the details, but I definitely count this one as a win.

  • Strengthen our financial health

This is another win. We haven’t done anything groundbreaking, but we are slowly strengthening our savings, making good choices in our spending and investing, and at the same time I still feel like we’re able to enjoy what we have. I feel good about this one too.

So, that’s where I am so far. I feel pretty good about it at this point, but I still have a long ways to go on a few of them. What about you? How are your 2013 goals going?

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April Goals

I’m not going to do a recap of my March goals, because, well, basically I didn’t accomplish any of them. March was a weird month. No excuses though – I just didn’t stay focused on my goals and therefore I didn’t accomplish them. So, instead of dwelling on the past let’s focus on the future. I’m serious about my 2013 goals, so with 1/4 of the year already behind us (crazy, right?) it’s time to get cracking!

2013 Goal: Complete a half marathon

  • Attend CrossFit Endurance classes at least twice a week

Same goal as last month.

2013 Goal: Maintain my goal body fat percentage

  • Attend CrossFit at least 5 times per week

This is the first month I’m not putting a food goal in my monthly goals. I need to figure out how my relationship with food works, and what the best approach is to my eating to help me stay eating healthy. I’ve found that challenges work well, and rules work well, but when I fail at either of these I tend to binge. I don’t want to do that, and so I’m going to try to not set a specific goal around my eating this month. I feel like this runs deeper than goals – and I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw a post or two on that in the future.

2013 Goals:  Rx Murph, Do a Muscle Up, Rx all pull ups in WODs

  • Do at least one strength training routine for pull ups each week

Yesterday I did as many unbroken pull ups as I could every minute on the minute for 10 minutes. I want to try to incorporate in something like that, either an “every minute on the minute” routine or some other strength training every week. I think it’s going to make a big difference.

  •  Practice kipping at least twice during the month

I also know that I need to work on the technique of kipping quite a bit still. So, in addition to strength training, I need to work on my kipping at least twice during the month.

2013 Goal: Focus on strengthening my marriage

  • Read Marriage Adventures during the month of April.

The book Marriage Adventures was written by Carrie and Erv Starr, and we recently purchased a copy. We read their book Cheap Love a while ago, and it was very valuable for our relationship. I am excited to read their new book. Their book will be released on April 14, and you can read more details about their book or how to order it on their website.

2013 Goal: Learn something new

  • Pick something!

I still need to pick something

  • Keep playing ultimate!

On Saturday I competed in my first ever ultimate frisbee event. It was a tournament where they picked teams randomly out of a hat, and it was a lot of fun! Did I play great? No, not really. Was I a liability to my team? A few times, yes. But I had a lot of fun, and I feel like I am really starting to learn the strategy and skills to the game. I want to keep playing pick up as my schedule allows, and I do plan on signing up for a league this summer!

2013 Goal: Read more

See my marriage strengthening goal

2013 Goal: Be more generous with time and money

  • Donate the full April allowance

The funny thing about having a budget, and line items in the budget, is if you don’t spend money on what you intend, you end up spending it elsewhere. I have no idea where the money we had earmarked for March donations went, but it wasn’t donated. And it’s not there anymore. That’s what happens if you’re not intentional with your money – you end up just blowing it on different things that you don’t even realize. So, this month, we are going to be intentional about donating the full April allowance.

  • Talk to Meg about volunteering

I keep trying to figure out how I’m going to choose where I’m going to volunteer, but ultimately I just keep stalling. Well, here’s a new one for you: I think I want to volunteer with Meg somewhere. This blog post by Carrie Starr made me really think about that, and how great of an opportunity it would be for us to volunteer together. It does create new logistical issues (mainly who is going to take care of Stanley while we’re both gone), but it will give us the opportunity to strengthen our marriage while also being more generous with our time.

2013 Goal: Make advancements professionally

No specific goals for April. Actually, work has been very chaotic lately, so just surviving the month of April will be an accomplishment.

2013 Goal: Strengthen our financial health

No specific goals here this month either.

There are my April goals. They’re less than what I’ve set in the past, but after coming up a little short the last few months I want to focus on a few, important things. We’ll see how it goes! What are your April goals?

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March Goals

Ok, I didn’t have any real February goals, so let’s get back to it for March – these 2013 goals aren’t going to achieve themselves!

2013 Goal: Complete a half marathon

  • Attend CrossFit Endurance classes at least twice a week

I have been doing this for a while, and I can really feel my endurance increasing. As it gets warmer I’m going to try to get some actual long runs in to see where I stand, but I’m not sure March will be conducive to that or not.

2013 Goal: Maintain my goal body fat percentage*

(*I changed this goal from body weight to a body fat percentage because I need to start training myself to stop focusing on pounds, and to start focusing on the makeup of these pounds. Expect another post in the next week or two on this)

  • Limit myself to one cheat meal per week

I wrote about this on Wednesday, but I need to make sure I don’t fall off the wagon after this paleo challenge. Monday will be an exception to this goal, but after that I need to make a strong effort to stay clean in my eating. Nutrition really is the foundation to everything.

With delicious paleo meals like these - it should be really easy to stay on the wagon!

With delicious paleo meals like these – it should be really easy to stay on the wagon!

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  • Attend CrossFit at least 5 times per week

This is on top of the CrossFit Endurance classes. It will mean more doubles, but I have really been enjoying this strategy lately, and I’m definitely seeing results.

2013 Goals:  Rx Murph, Do a Muscle Up, Rx all pull ups in WODs

  • Learn how to string together kipping pull ups

I technically learned how to kip this past month, but I can’t really do more than one, which means my kip is A) not very good and B) needs a lot of practice. I’m hoping to really focus on my pull ups this month. I didn’t hit my goal for 5 unbroken kipping pull ups during the paleo challenge, so I’m giving myself a 4 week extension to try to nail it.

  • Do 20 strict unassisted pull ups per week

I’m not designating how I break these up, it could be 4 per day over 5 days, all 20 in one day, whatever – but I need to make sure I’m still working on strict pull ups to build strength. I can’t focus just on the kip technique and neglect my arm/shoulder strength.

2013 Goal: Focus on strengthening my marriage

  • Eat at the dinner table at least twice a week

This 2013 goal as a whole has been going really well I think. I recently had a challenge in my wellness program at work to eat meals without the TV on for a week. Meg and I are in the often looked down upon habit of watching TV while we eat. We’re not mindlessly watching whatever is on – we use our meal time together as time to catch up on shows. This may sound like an excuse (and maybe it is), but with the amount of time we are both spending working out, cooking, cleaning, and other obligations we have very little time for TV, so we usually double up and watch a show with dinner. Needless to say, this past week of eating at the dinner table instead of in front of our laptop (we use Hulu for everything) has been really nice.

You can yell at me all you want about the negatives of watching TV while you eat, and I agree with most of them. But Meg and I have made the conscious choice to watch TV while we eat, and I think it works for our schedule. All of my defensiveness aside: it was also very valuable to just eat at the dinner table and enjoy each other’s company. So in March I’m going to experiment with this a little and see what it looks like to make sure we work in at least 2 nights per week where we do that.

(As a side note – we are now a full week behind on every single show we watch. We didn’t watch a single minute of TV all week because of this, which shows you how much time we have for it).

2013 Goals: Develop new friendships, be more open with those around me, write one handwritten note per month

I’ve decided to stop tracking these monthly on this blog. It may seem counterintuitive to “be more open with those around me”, and then tell you I’m going to stop posting about these, but I feel like this progress is a little too personal to be tracking online. It’s not my own privacy that I’m worried about – it’s those that I’m building these relationships with. I don’t want to invite someone over for dinner, and then have them think “Is this just a way for Bob to check off one of his goals?” It’s so much more important to me than that, and I don’t want to muddy the waters by tracking new friendships in a way everyone can see. I’ll try to continue to be open with my own experiences, but I’m not at liberty to make other people open about theirs.

2013 Goal: Learn something new

  • Pick something!

I’ve been sitting on this goal, but I really need to just buck up and pick something this month so that I can start learning it! I’m heavily leaning toward nutrition, but that’s such a wide topic that I’ll need to focus in on something. And I’m not sure I have the necessary background knowledge in science to really understand nutrition. Basically, I need to sit down with someone who knows a thing or two about this, and have him/her help me figure out a plan.

  • Keep playing ultimate!

I talked before about how I’m breaking this into two goals – a knowledge goal and a skill/activity goal. I definitely want to use ultimate frisbee as my skill/activity goal. I want to go to at least two pick up games this month, so that I can keep working on developing my skill/understanding of the game. I will probably miss this Sunday because my blisters aren’t completely healed yet, but I need to hold myself accountable to keep making it to the games.

2013 Goal: Read more

No goals this month. No comment. I might just have to strike this one off the list.

2013 Goal: Be more generous with time and money

  • Donate the full March allowance

In February I think we only donated half of our donation budget for the month, so I want to make sure we donate the full amount in March.

  • List my childhood passions

I’ve lamented before about how I don’t know where to volunteer because I don’t know what I’m really passionate about that also has opportunities for me to help. Then I read this blog today by Larry Palazzolo. It’s about how your passions as a child are most likely the things you should work toward. You should go to his blog and read the article – it’s really a fantastic read (and only 4 paragraphs – it’s not long). So, this month, I am going to sit down and try to list out what my passions were as a child. And then I am hoping I will be able to identify areas where I am still passionate, and start to focus on volunteer opportunities. That’s the plan anyway. . .

2013 Goal: Make advancements professionally

No specific goals for March on this. Just make sure to keep showing up, keep doing my best, and to not flip off my boss (although if you know my boss, you know he’d probably enjoy that).

2013 Goal: Strengthen our financial health

No specific goals here this month either – the budget is looking good and I can’t see too much room for improvement or tweaking of it or our spending this month. At some point this year we’ll need to start working on a new car savings account, but not until Meg’s student loans are paid off.

So those are my March goals! What do you think? Any other goals I should set for myself or ideas on how to help me hit my goals? What are your March goals?

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