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Over a year ago, before I thought anyone would ever read it, I posted this.

A simple list of goals, things I wished for in my future and in the new life I was hoping for.

I look back at those goals and realized I accomplished every single one. A few months later, I posted this.. and accomplished those too.

I did a lot in the last year:

I uprooted my life, started a new job, and moved into a new apt in a new city.

I started running.  I’ve run hundreds of miles: including two 5K’s, three 10K’s, and a half-marathon. AND, I managed to love it.

I do yoga, not always as often as I would like, but I’m making it happen.

I read. I’ve read probably 15 books this year, which may not sound like a lot.  In 2010 though, I think I read one and only because I was on vacation.

I cook. A LOT.

I lost 15 pounds. I got healthier.  I feel stronger and most importantly, I feel better in my own skin.

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and then there were the things that 2011 brought that I didn’t have on a list…

I took what was my frustrated/tipsy/hopeful internet ramblings and turned it into a blog, with readers (!!)

I’m staying in my apt  (and if you’ve moved as many times as me, you know thats huge)

I stepped out of my comfort zone, a lot.

Lisa asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Not one but two of my good friends had gorgeous babies that I can’t get enough of.

I made lots of new friends.

I met a great guy.

AND I’m going to be aunt. excitement can’t even describe it.

That’s one hell of a year. So, every so often when I think I still “haven’t figured it out yet”, I have to remind myself that I’ve come a long way. I had no idea how true this would be.   Maybe I have it figured out more than I realize.  Maybe all I need to do is make one good decision and then make another..

One step at a time my friends.

I couldn’t be happier.

2011 has been unbelievable, friends.

Bring on 2012!

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Dec. recap

Another month complete!

I’m off to NYC tomorrow afternoon for New Year’s, so before I go – a recap of my December goals.

1. yoga – I went to yoga almost every Thursday this month. There was one where my boss scheduled lunch over class, but I broke out the DVD once. I’ll call that a success.

Speaking of yoga – I went today and tried a wheel for the first time, it was great. it looks like this: pretty sure that when I was 12 and did gymnastics this was called a bridge. I don’t care what you call it.. I felt strong. probably not as strong as I did 16 years ago when I did this last, but still..!

2. will not spend unnecessary money on food – I was pretty good about this. I got lazy towards the end of the month, bought lunch a few times, but nothing major. Decent.

3. bake or make something festive & christmasy – I made Cranberry Walnut Loaf, which was sort of festive & I made Bacon Cheese Spread again for Christmas Tree Day.

4. be nice to my foot – I managed an entire pain-free month & I’m back to a normal running schedule. 🙂

and completely unrelated:

20111229-144627.jpgthis is making my afternoon just a bit sweeter

 

who accomplished what this month?

I need to drink more tea. Suggestions?

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the right foot

I’m determined to start 2012 on the right foot.

So! I’m getting rid of the clutter, cleaning my apt, stocking up on the right stuff, and making plans.  plus – I’ve officially put away all my Christmas decorations!

Cleaned out the closet:
more clothes to donate.

I planned out all my workouts for the month of January. As crazy as it sounds, you won’t get to see it because I wrote it out on a calendar. Yeah, on real paper.  Something about tracking it online doesn’t excite me. Looking at a calendar with the boxes filled in makes me happy.  Weird, I know.

and now I’m watching Top Gun, working on my 2011 recap, and playing with the new Garmin 🙂
(dear santa, thank you. love, alli)

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 Is the Garmin going to be my new best friend? I think so. 

anyone else already attempting to prepare for the new year?

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Christmas 2011

Its hard not to love Christmas.  Lights, music, food..
After my run on Friday, I packed for home & cleaned my apt. JT and I did presents, went to dinner, and met up with his friends.
(Do Friday nights get better than that? I doubt it.)

lots of love in the mail

Saturday, I headed south for the weekend, aka Dad came to pick me up. 🙂   I went to church with the fam & spent the evening at my grandmother’s.

my parent’s pretty tree

Sunday, I started the day on the elliptical. Nothing says Merry Christmas like breaking a sweat. Just me?  Ok.   Anyway, everyone comes to our house.  First, sister & bro-in-law to do presents just the 5 of us and then my mother’s side of family – 19 of us.

Santa came!

someone's getting the stink eye

LCR, its a tradition

we may not be looking but at least we're all smiling

 Nana & the 6 grandkids, somehow my camera missed the significant others. Sorry guys!

Christmas was great, always good to see the family, and there were even a few flurries!

I’m enjoying getting back to normalcy though. Not that I enjoyed going back to work today, but I did feel good about the normal routine.  I rocked a treadmill run after work, did my laundry, & ordered groceries for Monday. Pretty productive evening.

How was everyone’s weekend?

ready to be back in the normal routine?

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying time with loved ones.
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Virtual 10K

There were a lot of thoughts in my head at the beginning of this run

I hadn’t run more than 4 miles in 6 weeks.

I had 6 miles on my training plan this week, but skipped the 5 miler last week. oops.

So I signed up for the Home for the Holidays: Virtual 10K for a little extra motivation.

I laced up and headed out for my first “long run” since the foot. Its also my first run since its gotten cold, but it was necessary so I didn’t think much of it.   3/4 of a mile from home, my toes went numb.  That can’t be good right?  What do I do? Hope they come back? Maybe I have bad circulation, but my fingers seem to be ok?

I actually paused took my shoe off and looked at them. They were fine after that.  So weird.

Once they were back to normal, I stopped thinking and just ran

Cambridge side by Longfellow BridgeCambridge side by MITWestern Ave BridgeBoston side – by BU

Given the lack of distance in my life, I figure I’ll run whatever is comfortable and just go with it.

I was ALL OVER THE PLACE!

(does that happen to anyone else?!)

Splits:
Mile 1: 9:44
Mile 2: 9:35
Mile 3: 9:51
Mile 4: 10:02
Mile 5: 7:38
Mile 6: 9:33
.22: 2:01
overall: 58:25

Where the hell did that 7:38 come from?!?! apparently I randomly sprinted?  awesome.

Regardless, it was a phenomenal run. Far better than I expected.  I felt great (post-toes, of course), forgot it was even cold out, and loved it! I might just be able to handle all this winter running stuff. 🙂

thumbs up! or maybe hitch hiking?

I’m obviously not a contender for the most spirited outfit, but really why is everything I own blue? I don’t own a single piece of red clothing. lame.

anyone else doing the Virtual 10K?

or squeezing in a workout between all the holiday festivities?  

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last minute plans

I ❤ last minute plans.

Lauren texted at like 5:00 and this became our evening.

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20111222-100105.jpgPizza from Fig’s (who delivers now :))

20111222-100128.jpgrainy but delightful

 Yesterday, I did 4 miles on the treadmill. I really wanted to get outside, but lunchtime & rainy runs don’t mix. So I stayed inside but got it done. Not going to lie, it was pretty brutal. I think the stats on the treadmill get in my head. If I’m outside, I have a general idea of how far I’ve gone & what my pace is. If I’m on the treadmill, its staring me in the face every second.  Reason #258 why I need to get outside.

Tomorrow my office is closing at 2 and Saturday seems like its going to be a bit crazy, so game plan: tomorrow afternoon 6 mile run outside

and make it even more interesting!

I signed up for the Virtual 10K race that these fabulous ladies are hosting. last minute race? yes please.

so actually, I’ll run 6.2.   Am I going to attempt to run at race pace? No.

Looking at my training log and I haven’t run anything over 4 miles in 6 weeks! eeekkk.

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anyone else running the Virtual 10K

anyone want to run sloww with me tomorrow afternoon?

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