Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Forget 2012. I'm planning to live at least 20 more years because I have developed a list of goals I want to accomplish by then per Task #1 in my Christmas-new book This Year I Will... by M.J. Ryan. [My mom & dad bought me the book and I am not receiving any kind of compensation for talking it up; besides, I don't know yet if it's really going to help change my life. So any inspiration and/or dissatisfaction experienced is hereby considered incidental.]

Task #2 is to give a timeframe (1, 5, 10, 20 years) for each goal and Task #3 is to pick my top 4 one-year goals (noted by asterisk*).
  1. Family trip to Europe (~5 years)
  2. Family trip to Asia (~10 years)
  3. Family trip to New York City (~1 year)
  4. Yoga every morning (1 year)*
  5. Breakfast every morning (1 year)*
  6. Regularly bake gifts for friends (1 year)
  7. Make delicious & nutritious meals most days (1 year)*
  8. Remodel kitchen (5 years)
  9. Party with Fountains of Wayne (sadly unrealistic)
  10. Girlfriend trip to Europe (~10 years)
  11. Read all the books in my house (possibly infinite)
  12. Get hardside suitcase set (1 year)
  13. Daily walks with husband (1 year)*
  14. Maintain plants in beds & containers (1 year)

Task #4 is to list "things you may need to do that you don't want to" in order to make these goals happen. I like how M.J. thinks! This is exactly the kind of metacognition I need to do more of; be realistic about whatever I know will require me to do what I hate...

4. Get up early everyday; actually perform exercises
5. Get up early everyday; have food choices available; prep the night before
7. Find/organize recipes; take time to make menus; write specific grocery lists; plan meals according to family schedules
13. Make time in evenings; change clothes/shoes; go walking [aka exercise] despite weather

Now I'm supposed to choose one goal that I'm willing to do "hard things" for. Clearly #4 & #13 have the easiest "hard things," so I'm wondering if in the interest of not being a big baby I should automatically select them PLUS one of the goals with actual challenges? Hmm.

I think I will go with yoga & walking for now [meaning: when I am no longer on crutches] and see if I can add on decent meals once I've developed the good exercise, shhhhhh habits, hopefully happening within a couple of months.

Thank you for being my cybersupport. I will report back often to let you know how things are going; feel free to send me kind & gentle nastygrams if I don't.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I may have to look into this. I'm definitely planning on making some healthier choices in the coming year. Many of them sound a lot like yours!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

More hard things: Winter time hours = dark before Stu gets home. Will you walk in the dark? Just thinking aloud because it's hard this time of year to do it every day. Maybe 4-5 times a week.

And now I sound like Debbie Downer. So sorry.

PS: I will walk with you when Stu can't.

Fantastic Forrest said...

This is a great idea. And I will join you and Lisa in walking when Stu can't!

LarryG said...

you left off "mindless blogging" - a serious but correctable oversight I am sure... and you did promise to report back...

that's an inspirational plan!
I am about 18lbs lighter than I was last year at this time... so I want to keep up the momentum.
Keep jogging, yoga, workouts, eat healthy, feed the masses (family ;)

best of the new year to you Stephanie !

Stu said...

I will bestow my walking partner title to Lisa while it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon...


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