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Resolutions for 2013

I did sort of "meh" on my resolutions from last year, so I've basically got the same as before, with some modifications. Here's a look at how I did and what I'm hoping to do.

Last year, my resolutions were:

1. Lose an average of 1 pound a week throughout the year (which would put be a little below where I was when I got pregnant).

This didn't happen. In fact, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm either at exactly where I was last year at this time or slightly up. Looking back on the previous year, I really didn't do much differently from what I did when I lost a lot of weight 10 years ago. But I've found a possible reason why: food intolerance. According to nutritionist J.J. Virgin, a large percentage of Americans develop food intolerances over the years, which can lead to weight gain. The best way to deal with this is a three-week elimination diet, pulling out the most frequently problematic foods. Then you can ascertain which of those foods might be a problem. I'm hopeful that this will do the trick, because just by cutting back on sugar for most of the past two weeks, I've lost four pounds.

2. At least once a week, pursue a writing-related opportunity (whether it is a freelance job or sending a manuscript to a publisher or submitting work to a literary magazine, etc.)

I would say that I achieved this most weeks, as long as you consider my Yahoo! writing. In fact, I doubled my income from my Yahoo! articles.

3. Organize the office/nursery.

This almost happened, but I barely got started. One of the problems was that I became too overwhelmed with other projects and didn't really focus on it. Then, on the weekend a friend was going to come help us move furniture, I got sick!

4. At least once a week, actively check in on my friends via social networking sites, such as LJ, Facebook, and Twitter.

At least I did this one. :)

5. Put out at least 3 issues of Wild Violet and publish the 10th anniversary book (this spring).

I did the first part of this, but not the second.

New Goals:

1. Follow the Virgin Diet, starting on Wednesday, January 2, with three weeks of eliminating the most commonly problematic foods (corn, gluten, sugar/artificial sweeteners, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy). Ultimately, I would like to lose 50 pounds, but at this point, I'd settle for anything.

2. At least once a week, pursue a writing-related opportunity (whether it is a freelance job or sending a manuscript to a publisher or submitting work to a literary magazine, etc.)

3. Organize the office/nursery, which essentially means to move my work station from there into the dining room. It also means sorting and filing the papers that have been piling up since before KFP was born and making the space more of a toddler bedroom and less office. This also includes converting his crib into a toddler bed.

4. At least twice a week, actively check in on my friends via social networking sites, such as LJ, Facebook, and Twitter.

5. Publish the Wild Violet retrospective book.

What are your goals?


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Dec. 31st, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
LOL - I am thinking if I decided to make resolutions, mine would need to say "STOP spending so much time on social network sites."
Dec. 31st, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
It seems to me like a lot of people already have done that. At least, I'm hearing less and less from people I used to hear from all the time. You're one of the exceptions. Thank you for reassuring me that someone is still listening. :)
Dec. 31st, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
LJ is not a problem for me, but sooner or later, I will need to walk away from the book of face. It is a serious timesucker. LJ is relationships and connections, but the book of face is just a collection of addicting games that give nothing in return.
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've dropped all of the Facebook games except Farmville, but that does tend to be a time suck, it's true.
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I dropped farm -- return gifts, but do not play. Cafe and zoo and three kinds of scrabble games are still time-sucking my life -- but if I understand correctly, in March there will be a parting of the ways between FB and cafe, so I will wait until then to do anything.
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's nice that you still return gifts! I think most of my friends are no longer playing, because most of the people who are returning gifts seem to be Farmville-only friends.
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
It only takes a few seconds to go in every day and return gifts and send out the request items. When I was "actively playing" it was a time suck, but this "gift return" thing is not a problem.
Farm was as bad as cafe with the whole "beg for this part" silliness.
I had to pick one to dump playing last year, and farm took up more of my time than cafe.
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your goals! I also want to pursue writing opportunities, but having a more fulfilling social life is at the top of my list. I'm not sure how to do it, but it needs to get done.
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Probably the best way to improve your social life would be to figure out some activity you enjoy and start participating in it. You're likely to meet others who have similar interests. That's where I've always found my closest friends.

Good luck with your goals, too!
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm still working out my goals for 2013... but I suspect that among them will be:

-Continue to improve my exercise habits. Build consistency with cardio and develop a weight training plan.
-Start a running program,
-Continue to improve my dietary habits. I've made a lot of progress on this one, but I've still got a ways to go.
-Keep a tidy living space.
-Do work on my family history for at least an hour a week.
Dec. 31st, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Those sound like great ones! Last year, I set reminders up in my Astrid app on Droid to take steps towards the different categories: i.e. Look through writer newsletters on Monday, pursue a writing opportunity on Wednesday, do an organizational task on Friday. For the weeks I actually followed through on it, I found it useful. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
Giving up sugar is very popular among circus performers and I know a lot of people who have found it very effective. It's apparently the one-two punch of giving up empty calories that weren't doing them any good anyway, and many foods that have sugar are processed crap full of other bad stuff, anyway.

Your Yahoo TOTALLY counts!

Happy resolutions, and happy new year! Glad to know you :)
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