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Last year's resolutions - the review [Dec. 29th, 2005|05:42 pm]
Zoethe
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I set a lot of goals for myself at the beginning of 2005. As the year draws to a close, it's time to review those goals. The good thing - and the bad thing - about LJ is that you can go into your archives and see the unvarnished version of what you set out to accomplish. Assuming you don't cheat, there's no forgetting the goals.

This is the most comprehensive list of things I wanted to accomplish, with my "scorcard." I did cut out the things that were simply maintenance for the sake of brevity.

Medical
Get enough sleep to stay healthy. Not even close. 6 hours a night is the most I manage during school. This should get better with the end of school, though.
Exercise and diet to get my weight under control. Much more successful. I lost over 70 pounds this year, and logged more than 2000 exercise miles between walking, biking, and the NordicTrack.

Practical Living
Better meal planning to eat healthier and save money We did better at this off and on. Need more consistency in the coming year.
Attention to the garden in summer I cheated on this one. Kristi was here and did all the garden work, so it was done, just not by me. Definitely goes onto next year's goals, now that my live-in gardener is busy with her own life.
Keep house organized and neat. Needs serious work. Definitely in next year's goals.

Financial
Budget. What month is it? Doing better, but still getting a handle on this.
Marry our finances. Mission accomplished.
Revise Will. Shame on us. Must still be done.

Social
Connect with friends. Up and down, but for the most part successful.
Better at contacting family. Ditto. Part of the problem is that I hate talking on the phone, so it's tough.

Recreational
Read more. I did a good job of this. Using the NordicTrack helps a lot, because it's 45-50 minutes 5-6 times a week that I read. And riding the bus. That definitely gives me time.
Dancing lessons. We tried. Utter failure.
Wine classes. Again, we missed on this one entirely.
Outdoor activities Biked a lot, but other than that, not much. I want to up that in the future.

Inspirational/Personal Growth
Meditation.
Study.
Writing. Well, there's always next year.

It was a very ambitious set of goals, and frankly I forgot some of them entirely, but I don't think I did half bad. This year I intend to choose more carefully and stay more focused. 2006 resolutions will go up tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: pavel_lishin
2005-12-29 10:50 pm (UTC)
Wine classes? :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-29 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Cleveland Wine School gives classes, but everything on their schedule except one class conflicted with my school schedule. So we signed up for that one evening. And then forgot to attend. We are idiots. Maybe next fall....
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-12-29 11:18 pm (UTC)
Revise Will. Shame on us. Must still be done.

However, we did do life insurance. That counts!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-12-29 11:19 pm (UTC)
Dancing lessons. We tried. Utter failure.

Also, not so much as "utter failure" as "we didn't find the classes sufficiently interesting." Of which there is a difference.
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From: whoa_bitter
2005-12-30 03:57 am (UTC)
Have you tried Contra Dancing? If you want something a bit different, it's worth a go. After all:

Before each dance the caller explains the figures while walking the dancers through them. Because each dance is taught, no previous experience is necessary.

[from here]
They even have quite a few in the Cleveland area in Jan.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-30 05:05 am (UTC)
I actually did this a few times in Fairbanks. It was fun! I didn't even think about there being groups here. My January is already booked, but I will bookmark the calendar and look for possibilities. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-30 12:21 am (UTC)
Very true!
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2005-12-30 12:19 am (UTC)
You completely rock.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-30 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you. You inspired me.
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From: going_not_gone
2005-12-30 01:07 am (UTC)
Considering that you were attending law school, the fact that you accomplished ANY of these is something to be proud of. And losing 70 pounds? WOOT. You rule.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-30 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks. It was a good year in many ways.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2005-12-30 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, the weight loss and exercise is awesome! You rule!
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[User Picture]From: kornkid4ever
2005-12-30 04:43 am (UTC)
Reviewing your resolutions is a good idea...wonder why I have never thought of it myself. Hmm...
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2005-12-30 06:12 am (UTC)
This should be bolded and in red with many more exclamation points!

Exercise and diet to get my weight under control. Much more successful. I lost over 70 pounds this year, and logged more than 2000 exercise miles between walking, biking, and the NordicTrack.

Woman - that in and of itself is amazing!!! That you got to anything else on this list, WHILE going to law school? incredible! You rock!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-30 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. It was a good year.
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[User Picture]From: hilarita
2005-12-30 08:29 am (UTC)
congratulations; you achieved some significant life-changing goals.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-12-31 10:14 pm (UTC)
"Have sex with husband."

Make a note of that, wouldja?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-31 10:32 pm (UTC)
Added to the list, my sweet. Added to the list.
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