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How did I do this year??

At the beginning of this year I wrote this post about my goals for the year. Since we are coming to the end of 2011 and 2012 will be quickly upon us, I want to review how I did this year with my goals:

1. Pray more. Pray the divine office every morning. There is something about the rhythm of the Divine office that I need and crave right now.
~ We got a subscription to Magnificat which helped tons with this.  I started most days with the Magnificat and daily mass readings.

2. Make a Holy Hour once a week.
~ I started well with this one, but did not do a good job with it once summer hit!

3. Regular date nights with my hubby.
Could have done better with this one too.  I knew when I started to really want a date night, that meant it had been too long since our last one.  But, we do got out a good amount together!

4. Read all the books on my “To Read” book list.
Did not do too well with this one.  I read a lot this year, but the problem was was that my "To Read" list grew faster than I could read the books!

5. Continue to strive toward my “ideal day.” This one is much more abstract but encompasses many other things to make it happen. My ideal day means:

                    a. Getting up early and exercising first thing in the morning (5:30 AM at the latest)- Did well with this until I hit Oct/Nov/Dec. Got into the habit of running or going to the gym at night.

                    b. Come home, get ready for the day and eat and pray BEFORE the boys wake up. -For the most part, I did well with this one!

                    c. Start school by 9 AM at the latest.- Check!

                    d. Do not even turn the computer on until after school is done for the morning.- Did it! And boy, did it make the mornings go so much faster when I did not have the computer to distract me!

                    e. Have reading time with all the boys.- Did this most days!

                   f. Have special time with A (since he seems to get lost in the shuffle while we are doing school). - Did fairly well with this one too!  I realized that he NEEDS special time to help him be on his best behavior everyday.

                  g. PLAY with the boys. Play a game. Play tickle tag. Football. Whatever. We just need to
                      have fun and laugh. - Check!

And although I call this my ideal day, it is not a perfect day and therefore totally attainable each and every day. The key is consistency in the morning. If I can start my morning off right, most things fall into place the rest of the day.

6. Attain my goal weight. - No Comment!

7. Be less anxious. I stress way too much. And, really, if I do #1, 2 and 3, I will be a lot less stressed!
I think I did better on this one . . . . what do you think, hubby???

8. Plan dinners once a week for the whole week. Pick clean meal options. Plan every meal for the day for myself the night before. -
Most weeks I did really well with this and am happy with my progress.

9. Invite more people over. 
Still not great at this, but I really did much better with this that in previous years.

10. Running Goals.
a. Run my first Marathon on March 26, 2011 - Did not happen due to the death of my Grandfather.  But got to run my first marathon in April instead!!

b. Run at least one 5K with J this year. I LOVED running with him and he is asking to do another race, so I am sure we will run together again soon! - Did it and loved it!!

c. Run the following races (This is a wish list of races . . . we will see how many I will actually run, but I at least want to be in shape to be able to run any of these):

           i. Cloud Snapple ½ marathon (1/29)
           ii. SunTrust National Marathon (3/26) - Ran the Garden Spot Village Marathon instead (4/9)
          iii. GW Parkway 10 miler (4/10)
          iv. Marine Corps Historic ½ Marathon (5/15) or the Williamsburg ½ marathon (5/22) - Did it!!
         v. Zooma Annapolis 10K (6/5)- Did it!
         vi. Baltimore 10 miler (6/18)
        vii. Marine Corps Marathon (10/31) . . . . changed to the 10K and then could not even run it           due to hot water heater problems . . . could not leave kids alone with babysitter!
        viii. Cold Turkey 10K (11/20)

OK, crossing out all of the races I did NOT run looks pathetic, but this is what I did accomplish in running this year:
1. Ran my first marathon
2. Ran 2 half marathons
3. New 5K PR
4. New 10 K PR
5. New half marathon PR

Overall, I am happy with how I did in 2011! Now it is time to make 2012 even better!


  1. Wow, you did great! All I did was have a baby ;)

  2. What a great year!!! I'm so excited to get my lists ready to go! You've inspired me!

    I'm going to shoot for my first marathon (my sis & I) in June. Wish me luck!

    Are you doing a list for 2012?


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