Reflections on Summer 2016

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to reflect on the summer.  It was quite the packed summer and I wouldn’t change anything about it.   I learned a few things this summer and thought I’d share them with you.

boston-reflection

I was in Boston last week and saw this amazing reflection in an office building.  This picture does not do the reflection any justice.

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Goals: A Check-In

Last week, I wrote about my goals for this year.  I’ve been doing some reflection on them and realized that the Health category doesn’t have to refer just to doctors and annual check-ups, as it does for M.  Health, for me, refers to anything that keeps me healthy, including working out and eating right.  That said, here is my addendum:

Health

  • WOD 3 times per week – With the holidays (aka Christmas and New Year’s Day) falling on Thursdays and the Eves falling on Wednesdays, my CrossFit WOD schedule got completely messed up.  Combine that with getting sick the first full week of January, and I realize my last WOD was the Monday before New Year’s Day.  This is a big problem for me.  So, my CrossFit WOD goal for this year is to get back on track and get my tush into the box 3 days every week.  This can be some combination like Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Monday/Tuesday/Thursday.  Whatever it is, 3 days.  Saturdays are always reserved for Trainer J and Sundays have always been and will always be my rest days.

Now, for the Goals 2015 Check In:

  • Nails – I haven’t done them yet.  I removed last week’s nail polish yesterday.  I was going to attempt to do them today, but Boyfriend D and I spent the afternoon and evening in NYC.  For Chanukah, he got me tickets to see If/Then with Idina Menzel and we enjoyed our matinee.  (Go see If/Then before it closes March 22.  The show was fantastic and Idina Menzel is amazing.  Have you heard her sing Defying Gravity from Wicked?  The woman has pipes.)  We went to dinner at Quality Meats afterward (So.  Much.  Delicious.  Food.).  Maybe tomorrow night after the WOD?
  • Sleep – Yes!  I’ve been setting my alarm clock based on what time I crawl into bed and I have been getting my sleep!  Woo-hoo!
  • Time in the morning/dressing better for work – Sort of.  Having whatever this was (bad cold?  mild flu?) was miserable.  I did the best I could feeling so under the weather.
  • Finn – Another resounding yes!  I’ve been making time on Saturday mornings before my session with Trainer J.  I had her at the dog park in the bitter cold for an hour yesterday where she ran around with 2 huskies.  I wish I had gotten video of her keeping up with the bigger dogs, every muscle in her body rippling.
  • Organized house – I’m working on it.  This will always be a work in progress.
  • Work – Both of these are also works in progress, especially as I was ailing all week.
  • Social – I have dinner in NYC with B on Thursday.
  • Must To Do’s – Nothing yet.

Tell me, dear Fitters, what are your goals for 2015 and how are you doing at keeping them?

Goals: The 2015 Version

Happy New Year!

I don’t believe in making resolutions; I believe in setting goals.  As M said last year, “resolutions don’t stick; goals do.”  While we’re on the topic of last year: My goal for 2014 was to find love (insert snarky rom-com/Patti Stanger comment here).  Goal accomplished.  In February, Boyfriend D asked me to be his girlfriend and we’ve been together ever since.

M and I met up on New Year’s Day and spoke about this year’s goals.  Before meeting M, I had come up with a handful of personal goals.  She showed me she breaks up her goals into 4 categories: Personal, Work, Social, and Health.  She also creates a Must To Do list of things that must get done that year.  I added these categories to my goals.

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Resolutions

I don’t believe in them and I don’t make them.  People set them, keep them for a month, then drop them.  Yes, I believe the new year with all of its symbolism is a good time to make changes that better oneself and to set goals, but not make resolutions.

I met my friend M. for brunch on Christmas Day.  As we walked to the subway afterwards, she asked what my goals are for 2014.  I told her I want to find love; I’m ready to find love.  When I questioned her why a goal and not a resolution, she said resolutions don’t stick, goals do.

In response to my last post on Reflections, M. e-mailed me: “U are really out with the old and in with the new.“  To continue in that vein, remember my holiday wish list post where I talked about time with a personal shopper?  On Monday night, I brought five garbage bags of clothing and a suitcase filled with shoes to her house.  I came home with two garbage bags and three fewer pairs of shoes.  The new year is the perfect time for change and one of the biggest changes I am making is improving my wardrobe.

So, dear readers, I wish you only the best in 2014.  May you achieve your goals and better yourselves.  Tell me, what are your goals and what changes do you wish to make this year?