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Car, Meet Puddle. Kristina, Meet Patience.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Today I failed in one of my goals for the New Year: PATIENCE.

Coming home from the supermarket, I decided to take my shortcut, which in actuality would have only shortened my ride home by 5 minutes or less, saw a big puddle of water, and still decided to plunge in. Wrong choice. Oh yes. WRONG CHOICE. Halfway through, the puddle was basically a pond and we were knee-deep in water, pushing the car up to dry land. We towed the car home and hopefully everything will dry out and the car will start tomorrow.

I felt ever so stupid, especially as the tow truck guy commented "You actually DROVE through that?" My husband reminded me of my goal to be patient, and he is right. It was such a 2009 Kristina thing to do. The new 2010 Kristina needs to look at the consequences of speeding and shortcuts.

Live and learn.

Patience is such a virtue and very uncommon in Type A personalities like mine. I am an attorney and my mind is always racing as to potential solutions and conclusions, and trying to read long complaints and distill information in the shortest amount of time possible. But efficiency can easily cross into the realm of brashness, and I need to remind myself of that.

The other thing is that I've been blessed to have lost a fair amount of weight in a short amount of time: 60 pounds in 7 months. So in a way, I've been spoiled, and I know if I plateau, impatient Kristina is going to surface and grind her teeth.

Remind me about PATIENCE if and when that happens, dear SparkFriends.

We were going to go ice skating today and then to see Avatar in 3D, but that fun day turned into a low-key one very quickly after the puddle incident. Well, at least I got to catch up on some work and home chores today. Hopefully we will get our date night in sometime during the week!

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SPIRITRUN 1/5/2010 7:41AM

    It is like you set your goal for 2010 to be more patient and the universe decided to give you an early test. Glad you are ok!

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FLORIDASUN 1/5/2010 7:08AM

    Ahhhh was I reading a Kristina blog...or a Bobbi blog...whew...big breathe..it was a Kristina blog...been there done that..TWICE..slow learner! emoticon

As I've gotten older...I'm happy to report that patience does settle in..somewhat! I always yearn to clone myself..especially when I take on more than I should..and I still do that ALOT! The lesson being..that if you can't do something well..it isn't worth doing.... period...that's my new mantra..and I'm happy to say it's slowed me down a bit and served up the good lesson of patience at the same time! Give it a shot..I'm not promising miracles...but at least it's a start! emoticon

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    Good luck with the car! It must be one of those things my husband hit two deer with our family car (only vehicle that can hold 3 carseats) and totalled it so now we are waiting on the damages and got a rental.

Sorry about your luck!

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/4/2010 12:24PM

    I have done the same thing with puddles. Well, in my case, my friend and I were puddle stomping to begin with! And we sat on the hood of the truck, looked a bit bashful when her father came to rescue us.

Instead of a lecture, he just looked at us and asked, "Well, did you learn anything?"

For me, I learned that I could count on him no matter what, that he would always step in and be my "dad" figure.

There is usually a hidden lesson in events that happen to us. So, did you learn anything about patience?

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FRIZGIRL 1/4/2010 9:05AM

    ooooh! Avatar! My husband and I are going to go see that soon at IMAX! And... sorry about your car. Good story though, right? :)

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KNITTINGFROG 1/4/2010 8:07AM

    Avatar in 3D was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good...and not in a '3D for the sake of it - things flying at you' way (but great depth of image instead).

As for patience.....never been my strong point either, but not planning on changing that. I am however trying to work on accepting things I can not change...

Good luck, and hope the car dries out!!

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RAINTHIEF 1/3/2010 10:42PM

    Eek - I know how that is. The roads here flood over so fast and easily during storms and before you know it you're floating your car. Glad you're alright and hopefully the car, too!

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TEAM-SARAH 1/3/2010 10:26PM

    I'm glad youve earned a good lesson so early into your new year. I would have toooootally done something like that too haha. It's all good though you learned from it and the day went on. I know you'll make this year even better than the last.

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BETHSHEALTH 1/3/2010 8:22PM

    You should see Avatar, we saw it in 2-D and it was really good. My husband wants to see it in 3-D now but I think that would mess with my vertigo issue.

I've made that plunge through water with our current car and it did dry out. I ended up walking a block to the location I was headed when it sputtered and gave up. Wasn't knee deep but it certainly got the engine wet enough to cause failure. When the friend I was headed to see asked me if there was anyone I could call for help, I said yes but no one I wanted to admit my stupidity to at that time.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/3/2010 7:52PM

    emoticonHope everything is ok w/car tomorrow!

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HOSTALADY 1/3/2010 7:48PM

    I am one of those drivers you probably don't care for. I do get out of impatient drivers way but I only will go 5 over the limit and if it's in a neighbor hood I go the speed limit. I would want that done on the street I live on so I do it for others too! Sorry Kristina about your car and your date night.
I don't drive very far away from home and not very often either.
Thank goodness for all you less patient drivers out there.

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SPEEDWACER 1/3/2010 7:30PM

    "So in a way, I've been spoiled, and I know if I plateau, impatient Kristina is going to surface and grind her teeth."

Been there, done that. Sucks about your car.

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 1/3/2010 7:29PM

    Oh mann... I can relate. In Tucson we have huge Monsoons and the roadways become rivers in a very short period of time. You just don't realize how deep they are until it is TOO LATE!

Well, patience will come in bits and pieces... and for sure your patience will be tried as soon as you are trying to develop it! NEVER pray for patience... you will not believe what will come your way!!!

Happy New Year!


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WISLNDR 1/3/2010 7:24PM

    Oh, no!! I did that once. That's the thing though, you'll only do that once!!

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NRLB75 1/3/2010 7:23PM

    Sorry to hear about the car, but glad your okay. We have a couple of low water crossings in our area & those "puddles" can drag your car away! I don't think many of us our blessed with patience so your sooooo not alone. Hopefully tomorrow everything will dry & crank and you'll have a whole new day to work on your patience!

PS- how'd you like the movie? I loved it! I did not see it in 3D though.

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December Recap & January Goals

Friday, January 01, 2010

This seems pretty redundant given that I just did a 2010 goals blog, but I think it's important to break the goals down into monthly increments. Of course, December was the hardest month yet with parties and get togethers and goodies and sweets at every turn.


-7 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping


-Continue to track everyday (except Christmas)
I missed tracking 2 days besides Christmas (Christmas Eve dinner and Boxing Day).

- Finish 2009 in the 210s (8 pounds lost)
It was an ambitious goal given the season, and... today I weigh 220. So I was very close! Hopefully next week I will hit this goal.

-1780 fitness minutes to finish 2009 at 10,000
I made 1,925 minutes this month and finished the year with 10,110 minutes! I worked out every day except one this month, even if it was just for a short walk.

-Strength train at least 3x per week; strength train during TV time
I was half successful at this. I strength trained 3x per week, but I keep forgetting to bring the weights out when I watch TV.

-Advance to Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred
I didn't do this. Level 2 was still sufficiently hard, and after the tree tipping incident, I kinda lost my passion for doing 30DS. I'm adding this to my goal list for January though!

-Gym time at least 4 days per week (I've started to slack here)
I think I averaged about 3 days per week, which wasn't too bad considering work picked up around this time. Given that I did managed to exercise every day this month, I'm giving myself a pass here

-Integrate one new recipe into my repertoire each week
I failed at this miserably. I did very little cooking this month and usually it was my old standbys. I wonder why it's so difficult for me to bring myself to complete this goal. I love cookbooks! I love trying new things! Grr.

-Portion control and moderation at holiday parties and Christmas
I thought I did pretty good with this. I definitely ate a lot less than during the holidays last year. There were a couple of times where I had to stop myself from grazing by walking away, but I split every single dessert that I had and only ate one cookie at a time.

-2 drink limit at all parties
I had 3 drinks at one party, lots on Christmas and 2 or fewer at the other holiday events. So that's not too, too bad, but I could have done better.

-Finish Christmas shopping and wrapping by mid-month
I did this! Yay for not procrastinating!


Time start 2010 off right! Here are the goals that I want to focus on the most in January:

-Continue to track every single day
-Lose 7+ pounds in January
-1,700+ fitness minutes
-Finish 30 Day Shred Level 3
-Take multivitamin and drink 8 glasses of water every day
-Finish EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge
-Run 40 miles this month
-Find a new gym and do two personal training sessions
-Find 10K training program


-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time

-10 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time

-8 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time

-8 pounds
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time

-7 pounds
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!

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FLORIDASUN 1/5/2010 7:12AM

    This is awesome...I need to incorporate this method...it puts everything right down in front of you in black and white! For as busy as you are Kristina...you are doing fabulous! Much much better than I in the exercise department...good inspiration for me...thank you very much! Hugs!

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    Way to go-- I am so proud of you!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 1/4/2010 12:08PM

    I like how you list your 'stats' for December - it must make you feel good to know that you did all of that!

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SPINTOWIN 1/2/2010 2:36PM

    This is great - congratulations on your continued progress!

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SPIRITRUN 1/1/2010 8:19PM

    Your accomplishments and goals for the new year are exciting! It's going to be a great year!!!

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RAINTHIEF 1/1/2010 7:56PM

    You are always amazing in what you accomplish - I can't wait to see what you do during the new year!

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LOTUSBLOSSOM126 1/1/2010 4:33PM

    Sounds like you did pretty well in December, wish I could say the same. :) Ah well, new year, new goals. I do love how you have them very well laid out, and how you are just going for it!! :)

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/1/2010 4:22PM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you for the accomplishments you've made thus far. Keep shooting for the moon! You can do anything you set your mind too!

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    Your deletions each month are impressive! Forget about the unmet stuff from December, and focus on the overall--which sounds fabulous!

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JWENZEL723 1/1/2010 2:24PM

    your goals are very specific and well-organized! very well done! great job in laying out the plan.

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The Happy New Year Blog: Looking Toward 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Earlier in the day, I posted a blog looking back at 2009 and the things I've achieved: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

Now I'm all about looking forward to 2010! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
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1. Lose 70 pounds and reach goal weight by November 30, 2010 (my 30th birthday).

That's about 6.4 pounds per month, which is doable and would put me at 5'6" and 150 pounds and in a healthy weight range. I lost about 60 pounds in 7 months, but I know the numbers won't be as large once I get below 200 pounds. Now, I don't ever remember being 150 pounds (maybe in junior high school?) so this kind of does sound completely and totally out there in my brain, though I know it is achievable.

2. Weigh under 200 pounds by April 1, 2010.

Again, I can't really remember when I weighed less than 200 pounds, so this achievement will be a big one for me. I want to celebrate the end of winter in the 100s. I have 21 pounds until I reach this goal. This will require losing about 1.5 pounds per week, and if I don't make it exactly, that's OK, but it's something to push for.

3. Continue with my running and run at least two 5K road races in Spring, a 10K in Summer, and a half marathon in Autumn.

To train, I plan to run 5K three times per week to start and then begin a 10K training program (yet to be determined which one). MANDA097 will be doing the 10-mile downhill Broad Street run in Philadelphia on May 2, 2010, and I would love to join her and other Sparkers, but I need to see what is going on in life before I commit to going down to Philly. It sounds really awesome though!

Then I will move on to half marathon training. My goal is to complete the Seacoast Half Marathon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in November 2010.

If you are interested in running a half marathon in 2010, we have a ready-made group of cheer leaders waiting at our 2010 Half Marathoners team: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i

4. Complete a sub-30 minute 5K

I was torn whether to include this one, but DAPHNERUNNING convinced me that a 10-minute mile won't seem so impossible once we shed 40 more pounds or so. My PR is just a hair under 40 minutes at 39:45.

5. Complete a sprint-distance triathlon in Summer

This one is exciting. And oddly, there is A TON of triathlons to choose from in my area, so I need to do a little research and find out which one is best but I do want to register and train for this alongside my 10K training.

6. Find a new gym with more amenities and try out personal training

Okay, is it nuts that I have this hangup that people are going to think I'm just looking for a gym because it is New Years? Seriously, my once-clean and very affordable gym has gone waaaaaaaaaaaaay south. There are skeevy guys everywhere and when I brought it up to staff (AGAIN) today, this is the exchange:

ME: That dude with the cane is sitting on that one machine again and doing NO exercise but has a terrific view of the girls coming out of the locker room.

GUY: You can't see into the locker room from there.

ME: No, but you can be guaranteed that girls come out of there, and he's staring at their T&A.

GUY: He's a harmless old man. He was in a train accident and is trying to regain use of his legs.

ME: Seriously. He told you a TRAIN accident? What is this, the 1860s? Is he Doc Brown back in his time traveling train from a visit from the Wild Wild West?

GUY: No, really. And you could just kick his cane if he bothered you. (I am honest to god serious that he said this one! NO FREAKING LIE.)

ME: That's not the issue! I'm sure I could TAKE HIM IN A FIGHT. But he makes me uncomfortable. That's the issue.

So yeah, I'm done. Which is fine because if I'm training at a triathlon I need a pool and I'm ready for a gym that offers classes as well. One gym was having a great deal today: $20 for a month-long membership and two personal training sessions. I'm scared of the personal trainers! But I'm going to try it out, but the gym that I really want to join is $60 a month. I keep telling myself that it is totally worth and seriously, if my husband and I just cut out one restaurant meal a month, that'd basically be the cost of the membership, but it's hard to swallow when you've been paying $10 a month!

7. Try new classes, exercises, and sports

A short list: Kickboxing, basketball, hiking, skiing (I'm ashamed I live in New England and am such a crappy skiier), ice skating, yoga, swimming, biking, and spinning.

Yes, I will try spinning this year. EEK!

8. Take my vitamin and drink my water!!!

Here's where I've been falling short lately. I need to be better about taking my multivitamin and drinking enough water.

9. Try one new healthy recipe per week.

10. Commit to doing at least Wii exercise or a Jillian Michaels DVD on non-gym days. Commit to doing either gym or strength training 2-3 times per week.

11. 20100 Fitness Minutes in 2010

The number seems about right. And it's cute because it's close to 2010!

12. At least 500 miles/10 miles per week run in 2010

Thanks to LLBEAN75, I'm going to pay myself $1 per mile to put toward gym sessions and race registration fees!

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1. Dedicate more time and effort to my business.

Nothing is holding me back now but fear of failure, and I need to conquer that fear in order to keep moving. I know I can be successful. I have all the tools at my disposal. I just gotta work.

2. Learn patience

I need to be more patient with others, even when they are irritating and stupid. I need to contain my road rage. I need to take steps to be a calmer person.

3. Keep saving money

We are closing on our first home next month! It is a two-family and it will enable us to live with our tenant paying our mortgage. We are so lucky, but we know we have to save money for taxes, repairs and all that adult homeowner stuff.

We also started a travel fund where all of my husband's overtime earnings will be deposited. I want to go somewhere amazing for my 30th birthday and reaching goal!

4. Keep writing!

Writing has always made me happy and I need an outlet. I need to keep blogging, journaling and writing poems and stories.

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PAPER_WINGS18 1/5/2010 4:31PM

    haaaa I just read your's right now, after I wrote my own and we have very similar goals!! Too funny!! I was reading this and i was like heyyyy I had this too!! :) love it! Great minds think alike I guess! :P

I think you have a great list going-- 2010 is your year girl! We can do this!!

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    Great goals-- I wish you the best of luck!

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CHARLIE215 1/4/2010 2:11PM

    Love, your fitness goals!, probably 'cause they're the same as mine :)

and I've got the recipe one too, now let's follow through.

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EMILYBCRUZ 1/4/2010 11:54AM

    Amazing goals... 20100 seemed so daunting but once I did the math, I know you can do it. And congrats on the house! I didn't know about that. How exciting!

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 1/2/2010 11:06PM

    Hey I didnt even know you did this goal thingy until after I did mine. Not that setting goals Around Jan. 1 is a new idea or anything! LOL

I am with Carolyn who said she will be rejoicing when she can do a sub 40 5k! Of course, yesterday was my first, but I can DEFINITELY improve on my time!

Thanks for sharing your dreams and goals! I am WAY excited for you! AND WOOHOO for turning 30! My 30s were my BEST YEARS! ... until I got to my 40s! LOL

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TEAM-SARAH 1/1/2010 8:11PM

    Okay so about your gym.... wow. that's creepy. You definitely deserve to get yourself a membership somewhere you feel comfortable and excited to go. It's also just a really smart time to do it... you can capitalize on a lot of New Year's deals. Don't be afraid of the trainers either. YOU are paying THEM, so don't be afraid to speak up about your goals and the kind of workout you want them to show you. If you get a trainer with a real bad attitude, definitely go to the manager and request to train with someone else.

I also must thank you for your creation of the half marathon group! I'm excited to do my first one this year. I think I'm going to do a ten mile race in the Spring and a half marathon in August. I've also got a goal of 150 pounds (which may be too low for my nearly 5'11 self but we'll see) I know we'll get there!!

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LISTLOADRUN 1/1/2010 10:25AM

    I apologize for not saying this to you often enough - you are an absolutely amazing women who brings such a wonderful attitude and sense of possibility to everythign you do - THANK YOU.

I had a great start to my day (added 5 minutes to my run today!! I want to keep adding time/distance in January and then reaccess and decide if i want to add more distance or look at speed) but reading your goals for the year ahead added a level of clarity and focus I didnt have before.

Here's to an amazing 2010 my friend emoticon

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CHIBIRINI 12/31/2009 8:55PM

    You are so focused! Good for you. I loved reading the part about the gym! Lovely writing!

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CAROLYN1213 12/31/2009 7:13PM

    Sounds like you are right on target for a Happy New Year and a a new you! I love that you are continuing to challenge yourself to try and do new things instead of getting stuck in a rut! I love that! You always have an idea or two that I hadn't even thought of!!! I'd love to do a sub 30 5K in 2010, heck I'll be rejoicing when I do a sub 40!!!! LOL!!! I've only ran one, in my 6th week of training and it was way less than well done! Keep blogging! You inspire, motive and encourage!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/31/2009 5:27PM

    You are just so darn organized in your blogs! GO YOU!!! I know you will do this and more. You can do anything you put your mind to.
As for the gym being too expensive, see if they offer discounts through yours or your DH's job. I was able to do that at a gym a few years ago. Also, check your insurance. My health insurance has a link to gyms that offer discounts in my area. You should check and see if either of your insurances do the same. Something to consider!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you much success on your weight loss endeavors in the year to come. YES YOU CAN IN 2010 emoticon

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HEYSKINNY 12/31/2009 4:17PM

    Your goals are great! I also would like to run a halfie (as I have un-threateningly nicknamed it) in 2010. I haven't signed up for one anywhere but I am joining your group, and hopefully I will get there!

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ZIRCADIA 12/31/2009 3:52PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your 2010 goals -- they're making ME excited about the new year! :D hehehe. Also WOOHOO for trying Spinning -- I love spinning, haven't been in AGEs but I'm getting a gym membership again as well, so I will definitely do that again sometime soon. What you said re: TRAIN ACCIDENT was HILARIOUS!!!! HAHAHA. I can't believe that guy suggested you kick his cane and he's unwilling to keep him from staring at the girls locker room exit... ew. :)

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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2009 3:25PM

    Okay I need to seriously sit down and plan out my goals after reading this blog. Way to go on organization and dreaming BIG!

As far as the dude with the cane...I would have been tempted to take it from him...."smack" him AND the gym employee with it! LOL

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The Happy New Year Blog: Reflections on 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009 and the "aughts." Crazy how nobody agrees what to call this decade, huh?

I'm going to post two blogs today; one that is somewhat reflective and long (this one) and another that outlines my concrete goals and aspirations for 2010. So if you're more into goals posts, skip over to that one here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

On Facebook, I'm seeing a lot of status updates about how glad people are that 2009 is over and 2010 can begin anew. I think 2009 was a tough year for a lot of friends in job transition or with deaths in their family, but I don't think we can ever be under the illusion that any year is going to be perfectly happy and positive. There are a few years in my mind that stand out as being particularly awesome years (1989, 2001, 2006) and a few that were not the best (1996, 2003, 2007), when I look back it wasn't necessarily just the circumstances, but mindset that made the difference.

Take 2006... I started out the year with a really bad breakup that might have sent me into a spiral for the rest of the year. This was a guy that I had pined for during most of my college years and we finally got together when we were single and in law/med school, and he basically dumped me two days before I was to get on a plane to Tokyo, where I'd be studying for the next four months. It sucked, but I was lucky enough to have something completely out-of-the-ordinary to keep my mind occupied and I ended up forging two of the best friendships of my life and feeling better about myself than I ever had before. In 2006, I found myself. I realized that I didn't need a man to make me happy. I experimented, cast off a lot of my demons, and vowed to stay single for awhile. And what happened? I met my husband-to-be at the end of the year.

In that vein, 2007 should have been fantastic. I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to marry my husband (we were engaged in August) and I was graduating law school. I mean, those are two pretty significant life events right there. No one died or was ill and there was no cataclysmic event that would make this year stand out as horrible. But there were no jobs, and there was a transatlantic long-distance romance, and I grew bitter and cynical and defeatist and it took its toll on every aspect of my life. I started this blog that critiqued law school and the legal profession and it was incisive and right on, but it made me ANGRY. I remember ending every day angry and sometimes in tears.

So, yes, it's all about attitude. That's why I'm focusing on the positive in this blog.

Luckily I can do this easily, as 2009 was a great year for me. Some things that stand out that are non-fitness related:

emoticon We stayed in the same place for the ENTIRE year. When you're a child of divorce like I am or someone who went to school for 7 years like I did, moving around all the time is just a part of life. It was amazing not having to be uprooted this year, to actually MOVE IN to a place.

emoticon I started a business, albeit kinda half-assedly. In May, I opened an office anticipating to do solo work there. But my husband was still working temp and wouldn't be hired permanently until September, so I drifted back to contract assignments, which are lucrative if you consider the fact that you basically do very little work all day. The point being is that the office is still there, and the backbone of my business is still intact and ready for me if I want to work at it.

emoticon I'm loving being married and living with my husband. I love my husband, and I knew he was right for me, but I had never lived with a boyfriend before and we had probably actually been in each others' company for a grand total of two months before he moved to the US to get married and live here. It was a leap of faith that things would work out, and it has. I'm also an only child who has had her own room for her whole life except for two years in college, so it might have been that we butted heads this year in a very small apartment with very little personal space, but looking back, we've had very few serious arguments and actually, not so many little tiffs.

emoticon I passed the bar exam for the state that I live in, and now there is NOTHING holding me back in 2010. I used to feel like I was attached to a tether, with a lot of things that I would have like to have accomplished professionally, but couldn't. Now the only thing holding be back is fear of failure, fear of not earning enough money on my own. If I can defeat fear, I can do this.

So that brings me to fitness-related:

emoticon I started out the year 66 pounds heavier than I am today. I only lost 7 pounds from February to May before I found SparkPeople, which makes for a grand total of 59 pounds lost from June to December.

emoticon Thanks to SparkPeople and the Couch to 5K Program, I began running three times a week and ran two 5K races. I had never run before this year.

emoticon I crave exercise now and feel bad when I don't fit activity into my day. I tried a number of new fitness activities including cross-country skiing, kayaking, tennis, yoga, Zumba, and strength training. I feel healthier and stronger every single day.

emoticon The energy I get from exercising has transferred to my personal life. The second half of 2009 has been so filled with positivity and I know that it is because of my healthier lifestyle.

emoticon I learned that I can feel completely satisfied eating 1400-1600 calories per day and I can still eat "bad foods" and still stay within my ranges and goals. Before, I let a binge or a few slices of pizza completely wreck my morale and destroy my resolve. No more.

So, from reading this blog, you might get the impression that all is peaches and roses with me, but there is still plenty to improve upon, which I will get to in my next blog, here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

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EMILYBCRUZ 1/4/2010 11:47AM

    "I learned that I can feel completely satisfied eating 1400-1600 calories per day and I can still eat "bad foods" and still stay within my ranges and goals. Before, I let a binge or a few slices of pizza completely wreck my morale and destroy my resolve. No more."

^ Best lesson EVER

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HOSTALADY 1/1/2010 9:11PM

    Very much enjoyed your recap of your years. Being positive is the best way to move forward and it sure beats the alternative!


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ERMAC22 12/31/2009 2:09PM

    Great reflections! Isn't it fun to change your life and mindset!? :) Great attitude and 66 pounds - wowzer!!

And yes, I am on the team! I'm going to make an effort to be much more active starting this month so I can connect with other runners before the half. I'm very excited!

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CAROLYN1213 12/31/2009 10:46AM

    Sounds like you have a fabulous attitude now! You have made a lot of positive changes in these past 6 months. I feel that you and I have walked a very similar path these six months. Your journey into running inspired me to start the C25k program! Thanks for your blogs! They always inspire and inform.

***Be brave, be bold, be fierce and be fabulous****

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PINKCOCONUT 12/31/2009 9:16AM

    Sounds like a pretty awesome year woman! I've said this all week but I am SO excited to see how everyone does in 2010, what dreams we accomplish, how we can help eachother during the not-so-good times and cheer us on in our triumphs. 2010 is going to rock because we're going to MAKE it rock! Happy New Year, Kristina!!

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JWENZEL723 12/31/2009 9:07AM

    what a great point - it IS all about attitude! what can look like a horrible year to outsiders may be the best year of your life if you live it that way! yay for you! looking forward to reading your goals for 2010.

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/31/2009 9:02AM

    What wonderful reflections. I love being able to see how far you've come--and you have come far!--and how far you're GOING to go. You're absolutely right, it's all about attitude!

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TIME4AFITME 12/31/2009 9:02AM

    Love your blog! It is a very happy blog. I am sure 2010 will also be a great year

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AZIUGA 12/31/2009 8:41AM

    I loved reading this! I, too, can think of several years that stand out as better years than others, and this year has been tough for so many. I am hoping for a better year + decade for us all, full of growth and prosperity, and of course, lots of weight loss goals met! :) You have accomplished a ton this year, and I know you are proud of yourself--you should be! Hopefully, 2010 will be full of more positive changes and progress for you!!!! emoticon

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DANCINGPENGUIN 12/31/2009 8:34AM

    I could have written this part: "The energy I get from exercising has transferred to my personal life. The second half of 2009 has been so filled with positivity and I know that it is because of my healthier lifestyle."

The first half of 2009 was not my best. The second half was much better. The last quarter was the best, despite my son having surgery! And that's due primarily to exercise and dropping 20 pounds.

Keep it going; I love reading your writing!

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RUNNER4LYFE 12/31/2009 8:33AM

    Its called the 'sandwich' - u start with the positive, throw in the negative, then end with more positive. emoticon Loved this blog! I felt uplifted and happy reading it myself. Looking fwd to the next 2 blogs - emoticon


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The 10,000th Minute

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

10,000 minutes. 166.7 hours. Just shy of seven days or a whole week.

My friend WISLNDR and I joined SparkPeople in the first week of June 2009. At that point, our automated fitness program was encouraging us to get 90 fitness minutes in per week, for a total of approximately 2,600 for the rest of 2009 or about 360 per month. Believe it or not, it seemed daunting at the time.

NINETY WHOLE MINUTES PER WEEK? How was I going to carve that time out of my seemingly busy schedule? I set out to the gym and started slowly on the elliptical machine. Halfway through the month, I started jogwalking for 30 minutes every other day and started taking 90 minute walks along the beach on weekends. By the end of June, I had racked up over 800 minutes.

So I set a new goal. Let's see if I could do 1,000 minutes in July. I got 1,225.

By the end of August, I had beat that 2,600 minute projection and I needed a new goal. I figured 7,000 for the rest of 2009 was about right; it gave me wiggle room if life got busy. In early November, I passed 7,000 and posed a question to WISLNDR (Kathi): "Why not go for 10,000 fitness minutes by the end of 2009, in less than 7 months on SparkPeople?"

The gauntlet was thrown. It seemed a bit hardcore at the time, amounting to nearly 1,800 minutes in each month of November and December.

Today Kathi and I each surpassed 10,000 fitness minute on SparkPeople. I did it on the treadmill at the gym, and in awareness of it being minute 10,000, I amped up the speed to an 11-minute mile, and finished strong. I did not die.

We logged our fitness at the same time tonight in solidarity. Kathi's great blog is here:

So why am I telling you all this? Well believe it or not, it's not to prompt you to say, "Wow, look how wonderful Kristina is for getting exercise in! Isn't that special? Let me shower you with praise!" (Although the praise is kinda cool, I'll admit...)

But it's because in the goal- and resolution-setting theme of this week on SparkPeople, I'm urging you to go BIG in 2010. Be ambitious. Set something that is SERIOUS to strive for, because I guarantee that even if you come a bit short of your ambitious goal, it'll be better than if you set an easily acheivable goal and slowly plod your way there.

We are capable of so much more than we think we are.

If you were to tell 286-pound Kristina on January 26, 2009 that in June she'd have a goal to knock out 360 minutes of exercise per month, I'd have called you crazy.

If I were to transport myself back to June 3, 2009, my first day at SparkPeople, and told 279-pound Kristina that I would have a WEEK with 500 minutes of exercise in December, I think I'd have been dumbstruck.

As SparkGuy says in The Spark, which just arrived in the mail today:

"As adults, we have grown unaccustomed to dreaming. We believe it's the domain of children or fools, of birthday cakes and wishing wells. But our brains respond to wishing. Envisioning our hopes provides a path, as luminous as a beam of moonlight."

Dream big in 2010!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOTUSBLOSSOM126 12/31/2009 2:23PM

    I love ready your blog entries, they are so inspiring. You really show me (in a positive way) why I haven't made the progress I hope for. And I'm thinking that despite not reaching the 2880 mins in 2009 I was supposed to go go for 5000, or maybe even 6000. Just by doing my regular C25K sessions that's 360 alone why not add 140 more a month? What am I so scared of? I'm also really excited that you're signed up for the Spark Your Body Boot Camp too! :)

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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2009 12:59AM

    Got my orange book today and plan to devour it when I go on vacation to San Diego in a couple days to celebrate our 20th.

I am dreaming HUGE in 2010 in living technicolor! WOO HOO! You encourage me every single time I read one of your blogs....and yes that is praise and YOU deserve it!

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SPINTOWIN 12/30/2009 4:01PM

    Thanks for the information and the reminder!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/30/2009 3:56PM

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT + U!!!!!!!!!! *hugs* so glad to have met u... u are amazing....

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PINKCOCONUT 12/30/2009 1:45PM

    YES!!! Way to go woman!!! And I'm with ya! 2010 is the year to surpass what you think are your limits!!! Let's do it!!!!!

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CAROLYN1213 12/30/2009 12:50PM

    I believe, I believe, I truly believe! We are capable of so much more than we ever even imagined! Great job!

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1972ROSES 12/30/2009 11:46AM

    Thanks for encouraging me!

And, Yes, you totally rock. 10,000 minutes! Fantastic!

I'm going to do the Pee-Wee Herman dance in your honor.

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BEACHY_KEEN 12/30/2009 11:14AM

    Way to go!

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DREAMRUNR 12/30/2009 11:14AM

    Way to kick some serious XXX in 2009.
I can't wait to see all you accomplish in 2010.

I will also be dreaming big.
I already signed up for the challenge to do 500miles in 2010. I am hoping that most of it will be jogged.

Wishing you continued success in 2010!

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TEAM-SARAH 12/30/2009 11:12AM

    Yay good for you!! My big 2010 goal is to run a half-marathon... maybe even a marathon, and to bike 100 miles (maybe a little rest, but a nice summer day bike trip). So what are your plans to "go BIG" in 2010??

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/30/2009 10:55AM

    You're right! I'm going to go BIG to get small in 2010!!! I just read this intro and chapter 1 of The Spark this morning, and I'll admit - there were a couple of places that literally brought tears to my eyes! We do forget to dream...but that is going to be my theme as I set my goals for 2010...to dream big! Who knows what I might be able to do!?!?

Way to go - I can't wait to spend 2010 working with you towards our goals!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 12/30/2009 10:38AM

    I am so super proud of you! You kicked the pants off of that goal, you rocked it. What are you going for next? The sky's the limit chicky :) GO BIG (and get little) IN 2010!

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CAPECODDIN 12/30/2009 10:36AM

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Awesome job!!! U guys really rock!!! Keep up the great work!!!
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ROBBIEMARIE 12/30/2009 10:00AM

    Congratulations on setting a huge goal and reaching it. emoticon

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GONE2THEDOGS 12/30/2009 9:01AM

    Congratulations Kristina!!! Wasn't actually part of the "challenge" but was really trying to stay neck & neck with you two....it was great motivation!!! So, I fell short - boo hoo - but my own fault... You, on the other hand deserve to be showered with praise!!
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Yep, going to dream big for 2010 - bring it on!! emoticon

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FRIZGIRL 12/30/2009 8:40AM

    love the spark quote!

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ANGELLACOLE 12/30/2009 5:42AM

    I have been pondering this week what I should enter for my fitness minute goal for 2010. Thanks for the nudge to "dream big"!

Oh, and even though it's not why you posted I want to also give you a big emoticon emoticon emoticon on your super accomplishment!

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 12/30/2009 12:48AM

    You are awesome. I love that you are so positive and inspirational. I will be writing a similar blog next December. emoticon

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/29/2009 10:32PM

    How fabulous you are!!!! My goal for the new year is to log 3000 minutes of cardio every month!

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STINA6584 12/29/2009 9:48PM

    Awesome encouraging message! I really do want to go big in 2010, and it so awesome to have friends who are on board with setting ambitious goals and striving for them!

(Also, you're a total badass)

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ZIRCADIA 12/29/2009 8:55PM

    WOOHOO!!! :D I love that part of the Spark as well. :)

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RAINTHIEF 12/29/2009 8:23PM

    Congrats!!! What a great blog - Yes!! Let's shoot big for 2010!!! emoticon emoticon

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WISLNDR 12/29/2009 7:56PM

    OK, so what's next??

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CHICAT63 12/29/2009 7:24PM

    Hi Kristina,

You and your friend ROCK, 10,000 minutes since June 2009. In our French-Quebecers culture we have this caracter named: Elvis Gratton, one of his signatures lines is " Think Big Esti " so your blog reminded me of that " Dream Big for 2010: Think Big and Loose Big ". Hmmm, I am trying to find the translation for Esti but can't, it's a *blushing* not a very good Quebec noun *lol*. As for me and 2010, I am still thinking about my goals for sure increasing my fitness minutes is one of them.

Think Big Esti, Josée emoticon

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L3DESIGNS 12/29/2009 7:10PM

    Great job! Keep on moving into 2010!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/29/2009 7:09PM

    Great advice for everyone to follow. I am amazed at how`quickly the minutes`rack up. I did more in my 6 months here at Spark that I was scheduled to do for the entire year. emoticon

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STORMTMB 12/29/2009 6:53PM

    WooHoo for dreaming big! Thanks for the challenge!

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COURTNASTY82 12/29/2009 6:08PM

    i just think you're great. you've got me totally amped to ramp up my minute goals for 2010!!!!!!!

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