On this last day of 2009 I’m now looking back at the goals I set for myself this year. Did I meet them? Did I even come close? Let’s see.
Goal #1: Run a 5k. – FAIL
Well, I did WALK a race this year. If I can count that… Ok, so I still didn’t meet this goal. I had so many running starts and stops this year that I wonder if I will ever get around to actually running a 5k. I have a feeling eventually it will happen and I’m going to be very excited, but it just didn’t happen this year. I guess it is a goal that carries on to 2010. I wonder how many years I will let in carry over before I actually complete it?
Goal #2: Complete a triathlon. – FAIL
Much like running a 5k, this didn’t happen. I didn’t even get close. I was swimming a lot for a while and biking as well and could have easily finished those portions, but running tripped me up. So this goal was not accomplished and will be moved on to the list for next year. I promise, I will eventually complete a triathlon. I can do it.
Goal #3: Improve my cooking skills. – SUCCESS
This goal was a huge success as I went from barely being able to cook anything to making a couple good meals in the last month. I’ve slowly worked on this goal throughout the year and greatly improved my abilities in the kitchen. I can no longer claim I can’t cook, but can only hang on to the “I’m not very good” tag. I owe a lot of my success to the things I picked up from Jon and Lisa at Green Mountain, and also from Mallory, who is an amazing chef herself and nice enough to share tips and tricks when Michelle and I were at her apartment. I think she inspired me to cook and pay attention to what went in my food more than anyone else I’ve ever encountered, so I’m really grateful for that. And at the end of the year I have improved my cooking skills! Woohoo!
Goal #4: Move out. – SUCCESS
This is a big success for me. Even though I’m technically not living on my own and am more or less being a bum living with generous and amazing friends, I am still out of my house. And this makes me happy and healthy and feel better about life. Living at home was a negative and unhealthy trap for me. I was caught up in old bad habits, depression, and inability to cope. I let the past suck me back in and threaten my future, but then I moved out in August and have been doing better and better since then. Moving out was a success!
Goal #5: Reach 175 pounds. – FAIL, sort of.
As far as this goal goes, I definitely failed. But the funny thing is that on my written list of goals I didn’t write “reach 175 pounds.” On that list I wrote “reach a healthy weight.” And I consider the weight I am at now MUCH healthier than the weight I started out the year with and much, much, much healthier than what I was in April. So, I consider this to be a success. I’m at a healthier weight. I’ve lost weight, and a considerable chunk of it. I’m not under 200 lbs yet and I’m not at my “goal” weight, but I’m definitely much closer and much healthier than I was. So this is a success in my opinion!
So, I met a few goals, missed a couple, and got a lot closer to all of them. I’m pretty happy with my progress for the year even though I didn’t do everything I set out to do.
How did you do this year? Did you meet all the goals you set for yourself?