Monday, January 31, 2011

Final Fun Blog Activity: One Confession

Fun Blog Activity #10 {Finally, the last one --- it only took me about six months to do 10 days worth of activities}

Day 10:  One Confession

Last Friday, the 28th, was my last day of work.  My position was eliminated due to a company merger and I was laid off.  My confession:  I have no idea what I want to do; what type of job I want to look for.  I have no desire to go back to work; I’d rather spend my days doing anything but working.  I think I feel this way because the last 6 months {or longer} at my job were BORING.  And the 12 months before that were stressful.  I was really good at what I did {organized, efficient, reliable} but it was boring.  There are 100’s of better ways I’d rather spend my days. 

Until I find a new job I’m going to enjoy spending my days at home ~ exercising {during daylight hours}, organizing my home, working on craft projects, baking, walking Lucy, completing items on my 2011 Goals list. 

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 31}

Monday ~ leftovers

Tuesday ~ Refried Black Bean Burritos

Wednesday ~ Zucchini Bake with salad

Thursday ~ Tofu Brown Fried Rice

Friday ~ Spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce


  • Pre-run breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Post-run breakfast ~ Green Monster’s
  • Lunch ~ Soup {freezer}
  • Dinner ~ leftovers buffet


  • Super Bowl Sunday Party
    • Grandma Gene’s Award Winning Chili
    • Cream Cheese topped with Raspberry Chipotle Marinade, served with crackers
    • Aunt Agnes’ Blueberry Coffee Cake

Monday, January 24, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 24}

Fact:  I have only 5 days of work left at my current job before I get laid off due to a company merger

Fact:  I have been home to visit my family in my hometown more times THIS YEAR so far than all of last year combined

Fact:  We have been traveling 3 of the last 4 weekends and I’ve gained back all the weight I lost the first two weeks we were back on Weight Watchers :(

Fact:  First race of 2011, a 5k, is this Sunday the 30th

Fact:  We did not eat a single meal that I planned last week therefore this week will have a lot of repeats


Monday ~ Flatout Wrap Pizza

Tuesday ~ Tofu Tacos

Wednesday ~ Stir-fry Tofu with edamame over rice

Thursday ~ Black Bean Burritos or Turkey Burgers {I think we forgot to get black beans at the grocery store …}

Friday ~ Spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce


  • Pre-run breakfast ~ Bagel
  • Post-run snack ~ Green Monster 
  • Lunch ~ Sandwiches
  • Dinner ~ leftover spaghetti


  • Pre-race breakfast ~ bagel
  • Post-race snack ~ Green Monster
  • Lunch ~ soup {from the freezer}
  • Dinner ~ Crockpot Chicken with Salsa

Friday, January 21, 2011

My First Running Streak

Last summer I set a mini goal to run at least one mile for 21 days in a row. I made it 25 days and covered 88.39 miles! I use to have this info listed on a page at the top of my blog but I've started a new workout streak for 2011 and I want to list the new info on that page but I don't want to lose this data either. I'm very proud of this little running streak I did and I think I'll enjoy looking back at this and relishing in achieving that mini goal.
  • Day 1 (Aug 14) – 8.25 {long run ~ half marathon training}
  • Day 2 (Aug 15) – 1.70
  • Day 3 (Aug 16) – 3.06
  • Day 4 (Aug 17) – 3.47 {sprint repeats / speed workout}*shin splints started!
  • Day 5 (Aug 18) – 1.07
  • Day 6 (Aug 19) – 2.31
  • Day 7 (Aug 20) – 3.20
  • Day 8 (Aug 21) – 1.5
  • Day 9 (Aug 22) – 5.18 {Vinecrusher 5 miler Race}
  • Day 10 (Aug 23) – 2.00
  • Day 11 (Aug 24) – 3.02{speed/hills/ladder workout}
  • Day 12 (Aug 25) – 1.00
  • Day 13 (Aug 26) - 2.41
  • Day 14 (Aug 27) - 2.11
  • Day 15 (Aug 28) - 10.0 {long run ~ half marathon training}
  • Day 16 {Aug 29} - 1.22
  • Day 17 {Aug 30} - 1.00 & 4.30
  • Day 18 {Aug 31} - 5.08 {speed work with training group and an extra mile or two after}
  • Day 19 {Sept 1} - 1.50
  • Day 20 {Sept 2} - 2.72
  • Day 21 {Sept 3} - 1.46
Total mileage for 21 day streak = 67.56
  • Day 22 {Sept 4} - 5.05
  • Day 23 {Sept 5} - 3.61 {Elk Grove Fun Run #3 for 2010}
  • Day 24 {Sept 6} - 9.56 {long run ~ half marathon training & first day of marathon training}
  • Day 25 {Sept 7} - 2.61{speed work with training group}
Total "streak" mileage to date = 88.39

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile

Fun Blog Activity #9:  Two smiley’s that describe your life right now {only one more activity to go}


The first smiley that describes my life right now is a happy face:  I’m a very happy girl

Source:  Free Smileys

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.

If you smile at someone, they might smile back.

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.

Everyone smiles in the same language.

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~Mother Teresa


The second smiley that describes my life right now is a sad face:  {how contradictory of me} because I’m losing my job {a blessing in disguise, I’m sure} and I’m going to miss my co-workers very much


All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.  ~Anatole France

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.  ~Irene Peter

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:  It goes on.  ~Robert Frost

Three Things Thursday

1.  I’ve been slowly building my running back up since the first of the year and I’m finally back up to 3 miles {which seems weird to say since less than two months ago I ran 26.2}.  I’ve been focusing on making exercise routine and making the time for it each day as well as incorporating lots & lots of walking, cross training, yoga & stretching. 

2.  Speaking of yoga … I’m totally loving it.  Its amazing to see the improvement from week to week in my flexibility.  And I’ve got so much less hip pain when I run! 

3.  I haven’t had any motivation to cook lately.  I don’t know if its because I’ve been so busy or the weather or what but we’ve eaten out more days this month than I want to count.  Combine that fact with the fact that I’m supposed to be counting my points because I’m supposed to be on Weight Watchers and you’ll realize that I get a big fat FAIL in the weight loss category this month AND the meal planning category too :(

BONUS:  here’s a cute photo from Lucy’s first trip to the snow a couple of weeks ago, we had sooo much fun sledding for my niece’s 8th birthday :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Four Turn Offs & Three Turn Ons

Fun Blog Activity #7 & #8 {Almost done, only a couple more to finish up}

Day Seven:  Four Turn Offs

  • Liars
  • Unreliability
  • Ignorance
  • Rudeness

Day Eight:  Three Turn Ons

  • Unconditional love & friendship
  • A strong sense of family & responsibility
  • A good sense of humor & an ability to make others happy even when they are sad :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

5 People

Fun Blog Activity #6 {I will eventually get through all these activities}

Day Six:  Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)

I’m skipping this because there is no way I could list just 5.  Every person that is my life, now or previously, means a lot to me.  My heart is too big and I love my husband, family & friends too much to limit it to only listing five.


I posted this poem on The Blog back in July 2008 ~ it sums up how I feel about the above statement.

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go ... Some stay for awhile and embrace our silent dreams.
They help us become aware of the delicate winds of hope ... and we discover within every human spirit there are wings yearning to fly.
They help our hearts to see that the only stairway to the stars is woven with dreams ... and we find ourselves unafraid to reach high.
They celebrate the true essence of who we are ... and have faith in all that we may become.
Some people awaken us to new and deeper realizations ... for we gain insight from the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Throughout our lives we are sent precious souls ... meant to share our journey however brief or lasting their stay they remind us why we are here.
To learn ... to teach ... to nurture ... to love.
Some people come into our lives to cast a steady light upon our path and guide our every step their shining belief in us helps us to believe in ourselves.
Some people come into our lives to teach us about love ... the love that rests within ourselves.
Let us reach out to others and feel the bliss of giving for love is far richer in action that it ever is in words.
Some people come into our lives and they move our souls to sing and make our spirits dance.
They help us to see that everything on earth is part of the incredibility of life ... and that it is always there
for us to take of its joy.
Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.
          ~Flavia Weedn~

Monday, January 17, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 17}

Last week we were able to find the Flatout Wraps at a Safeway grocery store since our regular grocery store {Bel-Air} doesn’t carry them.  I’m sure glad we were able to find them because they are super good for quick & easy pizzas which are low in Weight Watchers points.  We had a lot of fun at the annual Crab & Shrimp Feed we went to on Saturday night and also enjoyed a made-at-home sushi dinner on Sunday with Jon’s sister & her husband for Family Dinner Night.  This week I’m super excited to make Tofu Tacos and I can’t wait to see how they turn out :)

Monday ~ Birthday Dinner for Jon’s mom

Tuesday ~ Tofu Tacos {new}

Wednesday ~ Flatbread Pizzas

Thursday ~ Stir-fry tofu over rice

Friday ~ TBD

Saturday ~ Belated Birthday Dinner for my mom

Sunday ~ Turkey Burgers

Monday, January 10, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 10}

Last week definitely didn’t go as planned so at least one recipe got rolled into this week. 

Here’s to another week … another meal plan … another fresh start.  We’ve yet to have an entire weekend “on point” for Weight Watcher’s {even though we do really good during the week & rack up the activity points with lots of exercise} and it doesn’t look like this weekend will be any different.  Eventually we’ll get into a good groove and back on track fully.

Monday ~ Santa Fe Casserole with salad

Tuesday ~ Black Bean & Brown Rice Burritos

Wednesday ~ leftover casserole with salad

Thursday ~ Pizza on Flat Out Wraps {or pita pockets if we can’t find the wraps – our regular grocery store didn’t have them}

Friday ~ Turkey Burgers

Saturday ~ Crab & Shrimp Feed for Project R.I.D.E.

Sunday ~ Family Dinner Night

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My year in running: 2010

In 2010 I logged 653.29 miles {running/walking}.

January – 79.04
February – 36.43
March – 26.47
April – 28.53
May – 38.73
June – 41.28
July – 32.70
August – 80.10
September – 90.05
October – 98.81
November – 55.90
December – 35.35

I participated in 17 races!
1 - 2k walk with Lucy, 11 - 5k’s, 1 – 5 mile race, 1 – 10k, 2  half marathons & 1 full marathon. 

My First 5k - 01.03.2010 - 34:40
Elk Grove Fun Run 5k - 02.21.2010 - 43:42
Shamrock'n Half Marathon - 03.14.10 - 2:53:41
Nutrition Fuels Fitness - 03.28.10 - 33:37
Sacramento Zoo Zoom - 04.11.10 - 34:02
Race for the Cure - 05.08.10 - 1:01:17
Elk Grove Fun Run #2 - 05.15.10 - 34:43
Doggie Dash - 06.05.10
Alzheimer's Aid 5k - 07.24.10 - 35:40
The Vinecrusher 5 Miler - 08.22.10 - 64:59
Elk Grove Fun Run 5k #3 - 09.04.10 - 36:06 
Martha Stewart's On the Move 5k - 09.11.10
Sac Valley Aids 5k - 09.12.10 - 35:37
Urban Cow Half - 10.03.10 - 2:42:49
Elk Grove Fun Run #4 - 11.06.10 - 35:15
Run to Feed the Hungry 10k - 11.25.10 - 1:13:50
California International Marathon {CIM} - 12.05.10 - 5:51:39

I placed 2nd in my old age group {25-29} twice {at the Vinecrusher 5 Miler & at the Elk Grove Fun Run #3}.

I started 2010 with a goal of 1000+++ miles for the year.  I made it more than half way there! 

I had shin splints {a lot}, IT band issues {some of the time}, I pulled a muscle in my back {doing Insanity DVD’s during the summer}, I joined a half marathon training group through my local running store {The Running Zone}, I set a 5k PR in March, I became a marathoner, and I consistently ran all year long {even if some months were lower than desired}.

For 2011 I want to remain injury free.  I’d like to get a new 5k PR and a new 10k PR.  I’m thinking about running another half marathon, but not any time soon.  I want to cross train more, practice yoga, and maintain my fitness.  2010 was the year of racing … I want 2011 to be my year to become a stronger, healthier runner injury free. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

HBBC 2010 Recap


Final Points for HBBC 2010 = 137.52
+ 2 extra points for posting the logo on my blog
{2009 HBBC = 143.48}

As you can see below, some weeks were better than others but overall I feel like I did great.  I wish I would have worked out more during the holidays {Christmas & New Year’s} but all well.  I really finished with a bang this final week with my second highest week of points.  It feels good to be back on track with my workouts after taking so much time off after the marathon!

Thanks to Amanda at Run to the Finish for hosting another great challenge!

Week 1 --- 11/20 – 11/26 = 25.17
Sat, Nov 20th – run (10), F&V (1) = 11
Sun, Nov 21st – F&V (1) = 1
Mon, Nov 22nd – F&V (1) = 1
Tues, Nov 23rd – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Nov 24th – 0
Thurs, Nov 25th – run (6.26), walk (0.91), F&V (1), Extra point for being active on Turkey Day (1) = 9.17
Fri, Nov 26th – stretch/roll 20 min (1), F&V (1) = 2

Week 2 --- 11/27 – 12/3 = 19.58
Sat, Nov 27th – F&V (1) = 1
Sun, Nov 28th – run (8), walk (0.52), F&V (1) = 9.52
Mon, Nov 29th – walk (2.06), exercise bike 15 min (1), stretch/roll/yoga 20 min (1), F&V (1) – 5.06
Tues, Nov 30th – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Dec 1st – F&V (1) = 1
Thurs, Dec 2nd – F&V (1) = 1
Fri, Dec 3rd – F&V (1) = 1

Week 3 --- 12/4 – 12/10 = 36.49
Sat, Dec 4th – F&V (1), stretch/roll/yoga 20 min (1) = 2
Sun, Dec 5th – stretch/roll 20 min (1), marathon (26.48) = 27.48
Mon, Dec 6th – stretch/roll 20 min (1), F&V (1) = 2
Tues, Dec 7th – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Dec 8th – F&V (1) = 1
Thurs, Dec 9th – F&V (1) = 1
Fri, Dec 10th – F&V (1) = 1

Week 4 --- 12/11 – 12/17 = 15.82
Sat, Dec 11th – 0
Sun, Dec 12th – F&V (1) = 1
Mon, Dec 13th – F&V (1), bike outside (4.57), walk (1.10), stretch/roll 13 min (0.5) = 4.1
Tues, Dec 14th – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Dec 15th – F&V (1), bike outside (5.31), walk (1.41) = 7.72
Thurs, Dec 16th – F&V (1) = 1
Fri, Dec 17th – F&V (1) = 1

Week 5 --- 12/18 – 12/24 = 4
Sat, Dec 18th – F&V (1) = 1
Sun, Dec 19th – F&V (1) = 1
Mon, Dec 20th – F&V (1) = 1
Tues, Dec 21st – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Dec 22nd – 0
Thurs, Dec 23rd – 0
Fri, Dec 24th – 0

Week 6 --- 12/25 – 12/31 = 6.58
Sat, Dec 25th – 0
Sun, Dec 26th – 0
Mon, Dec 27th – F&V (1) = 1
Tues, Dec 28th – F&V (1) = 1
Wed, Dec 29th – F&V (1) = 1
Thurs, Dec 30th – F&V (1) = 1
Fri, Dec 31st – run (2.58) = 2.58

Week 7 --- 1/1 – 1/7= 27.88
Sat, Jan 1st – walk (1.32) = 1.32
Sun, Jan 2nd – walk (1.32) = 1.32
Mon, Jan 3rd – walk (1.5), 27 min cardio (1.66), F&V (1) = 4.16
Tues, Jan 4th – walk (0.63), run (2.5), F&V (1) = 4.13
Wed, Jan 5th – walk (2.2), cardio DVD (40 min, 2.66), yoga (15min, 0.75), F&V (1) = 6.61
Thurs, Jan 6th – walk (0.74), run (2.75), stretch & abs 20 min (1), F&V (1), walk (2.1) = 7.59
Fri, Jan 7th – walk (1.75), F&V (1) = 2.75

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Goals

I think I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’m a list maker. I feel more organized and I find that I can better manage my time when I have a to do list. Of course sometimes procrastination does get the best of me {as in, I only completed 40 of the 88 goals I listed for last year --- some due to financial restrictions --- but most due to procrastination}. Some of those unfinished goals made it to this years list and some of those goals are no longer as important to me so I eliminated them. I’m proud of all I accomplished last year --- running 17 races {including two half marathons & one full marathon}, redecorating the living room, paying off some debt, learning to sew, running consistently all year, going green, etc --- and I know at the end of this year I will feel just as accomplished. I’ve already started incorporating some of these goals into my daily routine and I’m excited to see where this year takes me.

For My Health & Fitness

  1. Continue to set small goals to reach goal weight, 5lbs at a time {I rejoined & recommitted to Weight Watchers on 05.16.11}
  2. Walk and/or run at least 1 mile for as many consecutive days as possible {I bet my dad $20 that I could walk/run more days in a row then he could starting 1/1/11} {Update 2/28/11: my dad took a “rest” day on Feb 1st, so I won the bet.  Then on Feb 19th, after a 7+ mile run, I was forced to take some time off due to injury.}
  3. Incorporate cross training, strength training, and yoga into my workouts  {I joined a gym on 04.01.11}
  4. Run at least 6 races AND participate in all 4 Elk Grove Fun Run’s {01.30.11, 05.21.11, 09.03.11, 11.20.11} to receive another All-Series Participant Award  {I participated in 13 total races in 2011 --- see all complete races HERE & I received the All-Series Participant Award for 2011 on 11.20.11}
  5. Continue to keep an activity journal for 2011  {I used Daily Mile all year to track my workouts and I also use an Excel Spreadsheet to track my miles}
  6. Reach 1000+++ miles for 2011 {walk or run} Reached 1,000 on Friday 12.09.11
  7. Set a new 5k PR
    1. Elk Grove Fun Run 5k 2011 #2, 05.21.11 - 31:55  
    2. Elk Grove Fun Run 5k 2011 #3, 09.03.11 – 27:49
  8. Set a new 10k PR
    1. Run 4 Independence 10k, 06.25.11 – 1:09:35
    2. Salmon Run 10k, 09.24.11 – 1:04:19
  9. Set a new half marathon PR
    1. Urban Cow Half Marathon, 10.02.11 – 2:14:16
  10. Set a new marathon PR {Due to injury I was unable to run my only planned marathon for 2011}
    1. DNS – California International Marathon {12.04.11}
  11. Run a new race distance
    1. Buffalo Stampede & Migration 10 Mile Race, 09.11.11 – 1:50:59.8
  12. Floss DAILY {I’m sure there were days I missed/skipped but I definitely flossed more this year than ever before!}

For Fun

  1. Take Lucy to the ocean 07.10.11
  2. Take Lucy to the snow 01.08.11
  3. Go hiking at Yosemite Day One; Day Two; Day Three
  4. Go on a picnic at a local park
  5. Go hiking at Muir Woods
  6. Go hiking around Folsom Lake --- While we didn’t go “hiking” but we spent a lot of time running on the bike path and trails around Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake & Granite Bay
  7. Go camping August, Dillions Beach
  8. Take a photography class 07.16.11
  9. Take a trip to SF
  10. Go wine tasting {again, again}
    1. ZinFest Wine Festival, 05.21.11 {May Date Night}
    2. Random day in Lodi 06.27.11
    3. Apple Hill 10.16.11
    4. Random day in Lodi 12.21.11
  11. Attend at least 1 sporting event {baseball, basketball, hockey, football}

Crafts & Things

  1. Get our wedding photo framed & hang in our home
  2. Make our wedding scrapbook {Started but not finished}
  3. Make a race bib scrapbook View the finished project HERE
  4. Hang race medals, {order rack to hang them on} View the medals & rack HERE {hung on 01.29.11}
  5. Put all our wedding photos into our Lenox photo albums
  6. Make a rag/fringe quilt Update 2/28/11: I made Lucy a fleece no-sew fringe blanket for her crate --- I still want to make a rag quilt too.
  7. Find a creative way to display our wedding vows in our home  Framed and hung on wall --- 08.27.11
  8. Frame the readings from our wedding ceremony  Framed and hung on wall --- 08.27.11
  9. Frame our wedding monogram  Framed and hung on wall --- 08.27.11
  10. Create a Maui Honeymoon 2009 Photo Book Instead of creating a digital photo book to be printed, I printed all the photos and put them into a photo album {07.27.11}
  11. Create a Disneyland 2009 Photo Book Instead of creating a digital photo book to be printed, I printed all the photos and put them into a photo album {07.27.11}
  12. Create a First Anniversary 2010 Photo Book Instead of creating a digital photo book to be printed, I printed all the photos and put them into a photo album {07.27.11}
  13. Create a Yosemite 2011 Photo Book
  14. Paint the canvases for the TV wall in the living room
  15. Create a wine cork corkboard using our large collection of corks
  16. Hang cross stitch quilt from cousin
  17. Hang name + wedding date blanket from friend
  18. Paint the black frame in the master bedroom white {already have the spray paint}

For Our Home

  1. Paint the trim around the new sliding door
  2. Paint the trim around the front door
  3. Paint the new mantle
  4. Paint the dining room
  5. Paint the kitchen
  6. Paint the custom valance for the slider
  7. Paint the guest room
  8. Remove the wall paper in the hallway
  9. Paint the hallways
  10. Paint the guest bathroom
  11. Replace the interior garage door & frame
  12. Build more planter boxes for our garden
  13. Reorganize the kitchen cabinets
  14. Organize the linen closet 3/31/11
  15. Sand & refinish the picnic table
  16. Replace our water filter in our fridge Replaced on 2/27/11 & should be replaced again on 8/27/11
  17. Fix or replace the pipes/sink/faucet in the mater bathroom
  18. Re-caulk the master bathroom shower
  19. Get a new front door
  20. Replace the window in the master bathroom
  21. Put a French Drain in our backyard
  22. Paint or replace the baseboards in the living room
  23. Repaint the master bedroom {???}
  24. Paint or replace the baseboards in the master bedroom
  25. Get a headboard for the master bedroom
  26. Finish the baseboards in the office
  27. Get the carpets cleaned On 3/31/11 I spot cleaned all the old stains from Lucy’s potty training days
  28. Dust all the shot glasses + reorganize them on their shelf

For the Future

  1. Pay off at least two more credit cards
  2. Find a new job due to layoff at the end of Jan 2011
  3. Build savings back up AND save an additional $1000 {if possible}


  1. Donate my wedding dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer  Donated on 08.16.11, read about it HERE
  2. Read 12 new books {titles I’ve never read before}See list of books read in 2011 HERE
  3. Read my Daily Devotions book each morning FAIL
  4. Volunteer at a race
  5. Trade in The Jetta / Purchase a newer car January 15, 2011 – purchased 2008 Honda Pilot EX & traded in the The Jetta
  6. Start using dried beans instead of canned I’m a dry bean convert and I’ll continue to use them but I might used canned sometimes if necessary
  7. Update my recipe binder
  8. De-clutter by donating unused and unwanted items {10 per month}
  9. Move all the Project 365 posts/photos to my Project 365 blog
  10. Donate blood {1st attempt – January 2011, iron count too low by 1 point; 2nd attempt – July 2011, iron count too low by 1 point again}

For our Marriage / Relationship

  1. Continue to eat all meals at the dining room table and/or bar  SUCCESS
  2. Date Night once a month
    1. Jan: Driving Range
    2. Feb: Bowling
    3. March: Crocker Art Museum and bonus 2nd anniversary dinner on 03.21.11
    4. April:  Part I, II, & III
    5. May:  wine tasting
    6. June:  Further Concert in Mountain View @ Shorline Amphitheatre & Comedy Under The Stars @ Laguna Town Hall
    7. July:  Comedy Under the Stars @ Laguna Town Hall on 07.08.11 {again}, Harry Potter @ Imax on 07.16.11, California State Fair on 07.17.11
    8. August, September, October, November – NONE :(
    9. December – wine tasting & a movie {12.21.11} and dinner & a movie {12.31.11}

Ambitious? Maybe. Attainable? Definitely!

Happy 2011

Edited to add: I’ll be updating the list as I complete items. I’ll try to post a blog about any items that are blog worthy. I also reserve the right to make any changes at any time {a year is a LONG time and a lot can change during those 365 days}.

Updated: 01.07.12

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Goals Recap

My 2010 Goals were ambitious to say the least.  Of the 88 goals I listed, I was able to successfully complete 40!  Some of the remaining goals may make it to my 2011 Goal List and some of the goals have changed over the course of the last year. 

Here is a recap of what I accomplished in 2010.

For My Health & Fitness

  1. Attain goal weight, set small goals to reach one at a time
  2. Practice yoga more often {at least twice a week}
  3. Incorporate more strength training into my routine {hopefully at least three times a week}
  4. Incorporate ab work into my routine {at least 5 days a week}
  5. Use the Wii Fit for variety
  6. Do a full 30 days of the 30 Day Shred
  7. Finish my first 1/2 marathon I ran two!!!Completed 3/14/10, Shamrock’n Half Marathon on 03.14.10 and Urban Cow Half on 10.03.10
  8. Run eight 5k’s { 01.03.10, 02.21.10, 03.28.10, 04.11.10, 05.15.10, 07.24.10, 09.04.10, 09.11.10, 09.12.10, 11.06.10}
  9. Run my first 10k  11.25.10 Run to Feed the Hungry 10k
  10. Ride our bikes from Old Town Sacramento to Folsom {along the American River Bike Trail}
  11. Continue to make weekly meal plans & grocery shop
  12. Keep an activity journal to track workouts and mileage 

For Fun

  1. Ride our bikes more often {preferably at least twice a month}
  2. Go golfing / hit a bucket of balls more often {preferable at least once a month}
  3. Attend at least 1 River Cats game
  4. Attend a hockey game
  5. Attend at least 1 baseball game
  6. Take a trip to San Francisco
  7. Go wine tasting again March 29-March 31, Napa Valley, 1st Anniversary Trip {part one, part two, and part three}
  8. Attend at least 6 live shows {concerts and/or festivals}
  9. Go hiking at Yosemite
  10. Hike to Feather Falls Memorial Day Weekend
  11. Walk a 5k with my mom
  12. Take a day trip to the ocean April 1st
  13. Hike at Muir Woods again
  14. Have a picnic at a park

Crafts & Things

  1. Learn to sew My first project:  coasters
  2. Finish my painting Done: 6/12/2010
  3. Start & finish my wedding scrapbook
  4. Frame our wedding invitation Done:  02/19/2010
  5. Get our wedding photo framed & hang in our home
  6. Create a honeymoon photo book
  7. Create a Disneyland photo book
  8. Create a 2009 “yearbook” photo book
  9. Make a wine cork corkboard out of our large collection of corks
  10. Make a wine cork Christmas Tree also using our large collections of corks
  11. Upload the under water photos from Maui Done: 02/13/2010
  12. Upload all the photos from the table cameras from the wedding
  13. Edit the still shots from the wedding DVD and convert to jpeg
  14. Get photos printed and organize all our wedding photo albums

For Our Home

  1. Replace the sliding glass door in our dining room 
  2. Remove the wood paneling in our living room
  3. Remove the wall paper in our hallway
  4. Paint:
    1. Living room
    2. Hall ways
    3. Entry way
    4. Dining Room
    5. Kitchen
    6. Guest Room
  5. Replace the ceiling fans in:
    1. Master bedroom
    2. Guest room
    3. Living room
    4. Dining Room
  6. Replace the curtains in the living room
  7. Get a new front door
  8. Paint the office door and replace the door knob
  9. Put a door knob on the craft room door
  10. Replace the baseboards in the master bedroom
  11. Install a vent fan in the master bathroom
  12. Get crown molding for the master bedroom
  13. Finish the baseboards in the office
  14. Put in a French Drain in our backyard
  15. Build planter boxes for this years garden Summer Garden 2010
  16. Clean and organized the garage
  17. Organize the office  28 Day Organizing Challenge completed 02/28/2010
  18. Organized the craft room and clean out the closet
  19. Clean the closet in the guest room Started 03/06/2010, not yet completed
  20. Replace the interior garage door & frame
  21. Fix the fence
  22. Organize the misc kitchen cupboard
  23. Organize the cookbook kitchen drawer
  24. Organize the linen closet

For Our Future

  1. Save at least $1000 more in our savings At one point we had accomplished this goal but towards the end of the year we used some of our savings to re-do our living room :)
  2. Pay off at least three more credit cards
  3. Go Green and reduce our carbon foot print by:
    1. Stop using paper napkins {use cloth}
    2. Stop using paper towels {invest in some lint free material in the kitchen, use rags for cleaning}
    3. Stop using paper plates
    4. Stop using grocery store plastic bags as trash can liners {make canvas bags or skip the bag all together} 
    5. Start a compost pile Completed:  03/07/2010, Adventures in Composting
  4. Save at least an additional $20 a month by reducing frivolous spending


  1. Change my name on all my accounts {before our 1st wedding anniversary} DONE 02/16/2010
  2. Volunteer at a race
  3. Raise money / collect pledges for a race
  4. Trade in The Jetta / Purchase a newer car

For our Marriage / Relationship

  1. Eat all meals at the kitchen table / bar instead of in front of the TV and/or computer I didn’t think we would be able to do this BUT we did!!!  This is definitely going to be an ongoing goal always :)
  2. Have a date night once a month #1 – 1/22, #2 - 2/20, I have not yet blogged the rest of the date night {I’ll link back if I ever do …} and we only missed a couple of months of “planned” date nights so I’m calling this a success!!!
  3. Stay connected by sharing our highs & lows each day
  4. Continue to build our future by sharing our dreams and hopes with each other

Monday, January 3, 2011

December Miles

Previous Monthly Miles for 2010:

December’s Totals

Total miles ran/walked:  35.35

Total Days of running/walking:  6

Total Days of Cross Training:  2 {biking}

Totals Miles Biked:  9.88

Longest Run:  26.48

Number of Races:  1 {California International Marathon}

After the marathon I decided to take some time off from running {almost 4 weeks} and I’m starting back slow and taking the next few weeks to build my endurance back up and slowly increase my mileage as well as focus on cross training/yoga/walking more with Lucy!

Meal Plan Monday {Jan 3}

Happy New Year!

Sometimes its hard to believe that I’ve been meal planning for so long already.  I really do think I would be lost without it.  I crave structure in my life and meal planning is one easy way to obtain it.

This weeks menu is super boring because we have a lot of leftovers to eat up but that’s okay since it will give me more time to get back on track with working out and running!

Monday ~ leftovers

Tuesday ~ leftovers

Wednesday ~ Santa Fe Casserole

Thursday ~ leftovers

Friday ~ Spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Saturday ~ TBD {birthday celebrations for my niece}

Sunday ~ leftover spaghetti