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2013 - New Goals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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Measurement scale

1) Maintain my weight at +10 / -14 pounds
**Official weigh in on the last day of each month, all 12 months must be within range (whole numbers only, not considering ounces)
**need to keep this a focus so I don't backslide into old habits

2) Maintain my budget and pay off 2 debts
**No late payments; 2 debts to be paid in full and not charged up again (if applicable)
**need to keep this a focus so I don't backslide into old habits

3) Finish my 1st Marathon
**Cross the finish line before the course sweepers
** registered for the Paris Marathon on 7 Apr 13. My original goal was to complete in 6 hours but the cutoff time is 5:40; I refuse to be caught in the sweep and forced to leave the course. So my new goal is 5:25, which averages as a nice steady 12 minute mile

5) Resume saxophone playing and look for a band to join
**Practice minimum of once per week (if not traveling); by end of August research local band options and joining requirements
**I'm looking more for a marching or concert band, not a rock band. I'm not making the goal to actually join a band because right now I don't even know what is out there. So the goal is more to get my skill back and then see what I can do with it.

6) Travel
**Take a minimum of one personal trip per quarter to someplace new
**I'm in Europe for another 2.5 years, I should make the most of it!

7) Set Triathlon goal date, start training
**Goal date set by June 30; measurement scale TBD once training plan is created
**not even going to think about this until after the marathon is over; note that actually completing a Triathlon is not necessarily going to happen in 2013, just the date setting and start of training

8) Improve sleep habits
**Go to bed to sleep on-time, minimum 4 nights per weeknight; 75% attainment required to meet goal for the year. Weeknight is defined as having to get up at a specific time the following morning.
**I've been a chronic insomniac since I was about 12 years old for reasons both in and out of my control. So I'm taking back those things I can control (with the possibility of help in the form of melatonin or amitriptyline if needed), like maintaining a clean organized room, maintaining a consistent and early enough bed time, using the bed for sleeping and not to read / eat / computer, etc. Since I can't force myself to sleep, and to stay asleep, I'm measuring the getting to bed with the intent to sleep part, not the actual hours of sleep achieved.

9) Eliminate the Snooze
**Get out of bed at the first alarm and do not use the Snooze button, minimum 4 mornings per weekday; 75% attainment required to meet goal for the year. Weekday is defined as having to get up at a specific time in the morning for which purpose the alarm is set
**I have a love/hate relationship with the person who invented the snooze button. I really need to eliminate this tool from my life. My hope is that by achieving Goal 8 I can eliminate my dependence on the snooze button since I will not be so tired in the mornings.

10) Learn French
**have not yet determined how I can measure this
**I know I can get by without really learning to speak the language; other US expats did it and there is a person in my office who has been working in France for 7 years who does not speak French and who has no desire to learn to speak it. But it will make my personal and professional life much easier & more fulfilling if I can speak the language, even if only at a simple level. Plus I'd be a hypocrite otherwise as I've always said about immigrants to the US that they need to learn English if they're going to live in the US so I can hardly do less than apply the same standard to myself.

11) Have fun and stress less; list other monthly mini-accomplishments
**Completely subjective
**actually, by following my goals I do have fun, at least by my definition, so this isn't necessarily a "real" goal, I just like giving myself the thumbs-up every month! To help me with this goal I have my "Watchover Voodoo Ninja" keychain doll, to help me "control my frustration with idiots and show patience".
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    I have one of the voo doo dolls TOO...mine is a Hawaiian one that wards off bad men. lol
    Great goals for 2013. I like how it is not all weight related. :) I am thinking along the same lines.
    What I do need to how did you TRANSFORM from your "thicker shape"...sorry I don't mean to "offend" the trim fit you?
    I see people "get smaller" all the time but I don't want to be JUST SMALLER vs. my former plus size. I want to be FIT.
    I am looking for some guidance...perhaps you can help me?

    Did you workout with a trainer who guided you through working each muscle/group?
    How many hours daily/weekly did you spend lifting?
    Did you switch your diet in a way to help aid muscle building and definition?

    THANKS for any help you can give me.
    1852 days ago
    Good luck on reaching all of your goals! emoticon
    1877 days ago
    sounds wonderful! Especially the sax, french lessons and just learning to stress gots this! You're in Europe! Have FUN with it!!! (and stupid dog too)
    1878 days ago
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    What fabulous goals! You never know, you may learn french while playing in a new band in a small new town you find while traveling in Europe! Wouldn't that be amazing!?!
    Happy New Year!
    1878 days ago
    Great goals for the new year! emoticon
    1878 days ago
    Go, you! These are great goals, and I wish you all the best in acheiving them.

    My husband has been taking melatonin for a few years now--he's a shift-worker who goes back and forth between working nights and working days, so he's constantly in need of adjusting his sleep schedule, poor guy. It still works on him, though, and I'm not sure he ever goes to bed without taking some.
    1878 days ago
    lots of stuff here ! emoticon
    1878 days ago
    excellent goals. i like being able to talk english with people sometimes, but i've never understood people who want to live in a foreign country without learning the language. i've known some ... and they've succeeded, but ... but one never thinks one's got it down perfectly ... since you don't have a measure anyway, i'd phrase the goal as seriously improve my French. i think i know you well enough to know you'll be honest in judging yourself ... unless you're too harsh, which you shouldn't be.
    you know that train reservations are substantially more reasonable when made fairly far in advance? night trains to Florence or Venice are fun. enough in advance, you can do eurostar reservations for 77€ each way! Bruges is still on my list. Barcelona. SW France. the côte d'azur.
    have a wonderful year. looking forward to meeting you. we'd love to run with you, but we're Galloway runners, which i'm pretty sure you're not. i did do my half at a pace of 12:06, doing run/walk intervals.
    1878 days ago
    Nice broad range of goals. :) I like that you threw in a financial one. The 'Learn French' one is funny to me, that some people don't care to learn the language. In 2011, my husband and I were on a train from Paris to Versailles and there was an emergency. Someone pulled the emergency lever on the other end of our car, and then someone screamed and everyone started running off the train. Since we didn't speak French, we had no idea what was going on. Very scary. Turned out someone had fainted in the heat and had fallen over onto someone else. A nice French girl who spoke English eventually told us as we hovered near the stairs on the platform, unsure if there was a dangerous person or situation on the train. No way I'd want to live in France and not speak French, after that experience.
    1878 days ago
    I'm with you on the snooze button... relocating the alarm clock (must get out of bed to shut off) is my best bet.

    Learning French - for me - was a bit easier to keep to reading and comprehending / listening, and THEN focusing on pronunciation. Something about speaking a foreign language tends to choke me up.

    I'm looking forward to watching you measure the progress and tackle the 2013 goals!
    1878 days ago
    Awesome set of goals!!

    I will be checking int...Keep us posted.

    If you go to Regensburg, Germany - let me know. I bought a beautiful hat there...that ended up getting lost in the Paris airport. Would love to have another one!! I'd pay for it, plus shipping and a "tip" for your trouble!!

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    1878 days ago
    Have an amazing year ahead and be good to yourself! Xo
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