I did this last year and thought it’d be a good idea to see what has changed in the year since.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

  • Traveled outside the country.
  • Ran. Even did two races – a 4-miler and a 2-miler.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I had some foodie resolutions that I kept, and I’ve got some resolutions for outside the kitchen this year:

  • Run 150 miles
  • finish my gram’s cookbook
  • start my health counseling practice

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend Laura had a little one on April 15. She’s so precious.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank God, and hopefully no one will die this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

Spent a week in Ireland – it’s a beautiful country.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Work/life/friends balance.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Several events will be etched in memory, but the specific dates elude me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Losing almost 20 lbs and learning to have a healthy relationship with food. Making the choice to go back to school and get certified as a holistic health counselor.

9. What was your biggest failure?


10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not personally, but family members continue to battle that evil monster called cancer.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Digital camera & a CSA share.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My mom – for battling breast cancer with a smile and a laugh; My dad – for taking care of my mom without too much complaining. All of my family – for being so supportive.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The way corporate companies treat their employees.

14. Where did most of your money go?


15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Starting school at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I’m about a third of the way through the program and I am LOVING every second of it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

“If today were your last day” by Nickleback

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier – I’ve done a lot of soul-searching this last year.

b) thinner or fatter? Almost 20 lbs. lighter!!!

c) richer or poorer? Poorer when it comes to money, but richer in experience.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Called friends to see if they wanted to do something – even if it was just hang out and watch a movie.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Work 🙂

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Working – but I spent the week before in North Carolina with my family and it was fabulous.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Yes … with myself & I hope to help others learn to love themselves.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Hm, I really don’t know. Nothing new really jumped out at me and I’m quite behind on the shows I do like. I did spend a day engrossed in Nip/Tuck season 4, though 🙂

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I’m trying to eliminate the word “hate” from my vocabulary.

24. What was the best book you read?

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m so musically illiterate it’s not even funny.

26. What did you want and get?

  • My two beautiful cats love me unconditionally. One is even growing out of the awkward rebellious years and starting to like snuggling – on his terms, of course.
  • Got to visit my parents – twice! – and got to see my sister – twice!
  • Support from my family and friends in my somewhat crazy healthy living adventures.

27. What did you want and not get?

A new job.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Julie & Julia, though I’m sure Food, Inc. will be up there too once I see it.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 29 and I honestly can’t even remember what I did on my birthday – probably worked 🙂

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Less stress.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Laid-back … and smaller 🙂

32. What kept you sane?

My cats, Zhena’s jasmine dragon tea, running and the light at the end of the tunnel.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

The clusterf*ck that is our Veterans Affairs Department and their inability to provide basic needs/treatment for soldiers returning from war with PTSD symptoms.

34. Who do you miss?

My parents and my sister. I wish they lived closer.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

I’ve met some of the most wonderful, encouraging, supportive people through my studies at IIN. I love being connected to like-minded people!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Listen to your heart. No one knows what’s best for you, but you. It’s never easy, but you will feel more at peace and balanced when you listen to yourself.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“That’s what you get for waking up in Vegas.” – “Waking up in Vegas” by Katy Perry


I volunteered to be a host for Operation Baking Gals, Round 15! I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing group.

Operation Baking Gals is a group that sends packages to troops serving overseas. When I heard there weren’t enough people to host soldiers, I knew I had to volunteer. It’s hard enough being away from your family and loved ones, but to be so far away during the holidays is even worse. This is just ONE way to help make a difference for our soldiers. Find out more by visiting Operation Baking Gals. The best part is for each soldier, up to 20 people can join and volunteer to send a care packages – it doesn’t have to be baked goods! Most of these soldiers share with their group and it really shows them how much we care about them, even if we don’t know them personally.

Our soldier’s name is Jonan and his super sweet wife, Rachel, nominated him. I’ve traded a few e-mails with her and found that Jonan loves peanut butter and chocolate, which led me to buy the biggest jar of Skippy I could find!

If you’d like to join me, here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to http://www.bakinggals.com/ and Log In or Create a New Account (If you’re creating a new account, it can take up to a day to be approved.)
  2. Go to Join a Round 15 Team
  3. Join Team Santa’s Little Baker (if the team is full at 20 people signed up, please consider signing up for another team, or sign up for another anyway! You can read about each team’s soldier by clicking on Meet the Round 15 Teams.)
  4. Wait for an email with the shipping address

If you have any questions, please visit the Operation Baking Gals FAQ, or leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Please consider helping bring some holiday cheer to a soldier far from home. If you know of anyone serving overseas who’d like to receive packages, please let me know!

And don’t forget, you can get flat-rate shipping boxes delivered from the post office for free by clicking here. They even say “America Supports You.” Plus, they ship for $11.95! (You do have to order a package of 10 – but you don’t pay until you mail them, and hopefully you’ll join us again to support our troops!)



"I'm bored. Bored. Bored. Bored." - Loki


"Just making sure you don't forget about me mom" - Lovie

"Actually, it's quite comfortable, thank you." - Lovie

"Actually, it's quite comfortable, thank you very much." - Lovie


"But really, I just want to be close to mom. And the computer warms my butt. BONUS!" - Lovie



"Are you done yet mom? Look how cute I am!" - Lovie



"No, no, no. That doesn't work. You have to DO something ... like dump out all your toys. OOH, I've been looking for that." - Loki



"I love toys." - Loki



"Operation Toy Dump complete. Commence nap time." - Loki





Anyone else realize that it’s really Day 15 of my 30 days of running and I haven’t updated since Day 6?

Um, yeah, well … lets just call this project a big, fat, failure. *hanging head in shame* Here’s the truth – I’m completely afraid of hurting myself. And hobbling around for 4 days with minor shin splints was enough for me to take a step back and re-evaluate what I’m doing.

One of the things I love about goals is that they’re always open to revisions and tweaks. We’ve all had to revise goals – either making them more or less challenging. And, for a while there, I was really disappointed in my inability to stick with this particular goal. But, then I read these quotes:

“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” – Henry Ford

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard

“What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

So, with those inspirational messages, I’m revising my goal … I’ve signed up for the Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day. My goal is to run the 2-mile course in under 30 minutes. A modest goal, yes, but I know myself, and this is something that isn’t totally unattainable – like the 30 days of running, which I seriously questioned right from the beginning.

I think from now on my running goals will be in milage for the month. Life seems to get extremely complicated whenever I try to do a goal that requires everyday activity. Plus, I really want to start focusing on some other activities too – yoga and maybe Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred. I think it’s the cooler weather that has me wanting to stay indoors more. (Though I do plan to try getting outdoors more this winter as part of Angela’s Project Snow – thankfully snow shoveling counts!)

So, here’s my question for you: Have you ever had to revise a goal and how did that make you feel?

Day 5 – big fat skip. My shins were hurting pretty bad, so I took that as a sign to take it easy.

Day 6 – I had quite the busy day – a dr. appt at 8 a.m., then work from 9:30-5:30. I made a point to bring my clothes with me to work so I could use the treadmills in the gym at work. This was the first time I’d used our gym, and boy was I disappointed. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to get the treadmill to do a ‘manual’ setting where I could adjust the speed as I needed. So, about 2 minutes into the run, the speed dropped to 1 and the incline increased. UGH. I did a quick half-mile and then vowed to make sure I drove to the gym on the way home next time.

It wasn’t a bad run, but not a great one either … I was more frustrated by not knowing how to use the machine (or have a place to put my ipod and a bottle of water). I’m planning to hit my gym tomorrow morning for a little longer run.

When I got home, I took a nice, HOT, bath and my shins feel a lot better now – still a little sore, but I’m not limping, so that’s good.

Six days & about 5 miles down …

Despite my little injury yesterday, I sucked it up and went out for a quick little 1-mile run this afternoon with the hubby.

My shins didn’t bother me until I got home, at which point I iced them after a shower and now they’re feeling pretty good. (Course, I haven’t attempted to climb stairs in the last 5 hours, so that may change shortly.)

My one-mile loop took 12:30. Pretty darn good considering Scott is just starting to get into running/jogging and he said this was probably the most he’s ever ran. I’m pretty proud of him for jumping into this adventure – and having lost almost 20 lbs in the last month!

I’m actually looking forward to the rest of the week of running. Wait … it’s the beginning of the week. Hm. Well, then.

Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement. It definitely helps keep me looking on the positive side of things!

I woke up totally ready to just skip running, but after seeing a sweet comment from my mom on my last post, I knew I had to do it.

Even though it was VERY little running, and a LOT of walking. See, I was feeling the beginning of shin splints. Not cool.

Scott and I did the loop near his place – 2.8 miles total – and we probably ran/jogged about a quarter of it. I had quite the noticeable limp by the end of it. Ooops.

So, stats:

2.8 miles (prob run about 3/4 mile – 1 mile)

Time: about 45 min

Not my most impressive time, but at least I got moving, right? I’m thinking there will be some time during this month that I have to take a break. I don’t want to hurt myself, but I also don’t want to give myself too much slack to hang myself with. So, I’m thinking 3-4 “free” days throughout the month.

This morning (Day 4), I’m feeling much better and don’t feel any real pain in my shins. I’m hoping to make the mile loop by my house without any problems.

As mom would say  – 3 down, 27 more to go! 🙂

Yeah, I’m already thinking I must be crazy. I did NOT want to get up this morning. (I’m guessing because I knew I had to go to work at some point today – blah!)

I found a 1-mile route finally – everything I had been doing wasn’t quite a mile. 11:17. My biggest challenge today – other than just getting out of bed – was wet leaves. Come on people, clear off the sidewalks!!

Weather was great though – I think I like running outside in fall. The colors are pretty and it’s nice and cool.

Tomorrow will be the true test of dedication – I have to leave for work at 12:45. And I don’t get done with work tonight until 1 a.m. *sigh*

I must be crazy.

I’m stealing this new challenge from Lisa at School of Raw – from her “Release your inner chubby child challenge”

30 days of running.


Rules are simple: Run every day for 30 days. Doesn’t matter how far, though I’m shooting for at least a half mile each day. I’m even gonna allow myself a little bit of walking in there if I need to.

Why do this? Why not? I’ve slacked off for a while and need to get back to doing something. And I figure now is a good time before the snow makes things very difficult/dangerous.

Stats for Day 1: (Thursday)

1.46 miles (via mapmyrun.com) in 17:20

Think I can do this? (Even if you don’t, please lie. I cry easily.)

It’s been a really rough week or so, so I’m taking a page from Tina at Carrots & Cake and listing some things that make me happy.

my favorite tea from Fava - Red, white & blue

my favorite tea from Fava - Red, white & blue

farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes

farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes

And of course .. my boys

Lovie - *yawn*

Lovie - *yawn*

Loki - "Too tired to play anymore, mom"

Loki - "Too tired to play anymore, mom"

Snuggling with my boys

Snuggling with my boys

Yeah, bad hair, I know .. but snuggling with my boys is seriously the BEST thing ever.

My boys

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