Evaluation Time

I’m late on this, but how is it already May?!? Is it just me or does time go by faster every year?

So now that we’re almost half way through 2011, it seems like a great time to evaluate the goals I set back in January.

1. Stretch: I’ve never been one to take much time to stretch. Physical therapy has taught me that stretching is important to keep my body in alignment and that I need to make daily stretching a priority, especially when sitting at a desk all day.

I’ve been doing a great job on this one – especially after finding out that my scoliosis was getting worse. I do yoga for scoliosis at least 3 times a week, which is almost all stretching. It’s made me feel so much better!

2. Get in better shape: I’m at a healthy weight for my body but I want to feel better in my clothes (see number 5) and see more muscle definition. To do this I’ll focus on strength training and interval training.

This one is a work in progress. I’ve been doing the Core Fusion DVDs and incorporating more strength training in my workout routine, but it hasn’t been with enough regularity to make a big impact. I plan to work harder on this goal. I think having strength training routines that I can do at home will really help.


3 . Eat less sugar: Since the holidays I’ve been craving sweet foods and wanting dessert after lunch and dinner. Overall, I’d like to cut back on my consumption of sugar and I think that will help decrease the cravings. To keep track of this, I plan to start keeping a food journal again, either written or digital.

I’ve been keeping a food journal (I use Livestrong’s Daily Plate). It’s really eye opening to see how much sugar you eat in a day- added sugars are hidden in so many foods. Besides having a mild obsession to Sweet Frog frozen yogurt as soon as the weather warmed up, I’ve been doing well with consuming less sugar. I still have a snack after dinner almost every night, but I’m no longer craving something sweet as soon as aI finish my lunch. Speaking of sugar, Janetha recently wrote a great post about cutting out added sugar.

4. Love myself and banish negative body comments: I will focus on loving my body, feeling good in my skin and appreciating what my body allows me to do each and every day. Confidence is key!!

I’ve been doing pretty good on this one. Having an S-shaped spine doesn’t really help with body confidence but I’m learning to embrace my curves. I’ve found that yoga has definitely helped with my body awareness and acceptance. I love this quote from Elise Browning Miller, which reminds me that curves can be beautiful: “As there is beauty in the straight alignment of a palm tree, there is also beauty of an oak tree with it’s many twists and turns.”


5. Fit in my new (and old) jeans: Over the past few months, all my jeans have been feeling tight and there are even a few pairs that I’ve just been avoiding all together because I knew they would be too snug to wear comfortably right now.

My jeans are fitting pretty well… just in time for bathing suit season. 🙂

Did you set any goals for 2011? Have you met those goals or taken a look back at them yet?

**Need a good read? Check out this article from the Washington Post – Why being a foodie isn’t ‘elitist’

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  1. Congrats on accomplishing and sticking with your goals! Ugh, fitting in my old jeans is one of my goals this year as well, I got to try harder on implementing a healthier routine.

  2. Oh fro-yo, how I love thee. I try to limit myself to it, though, and compensate in other ways if I know I’m going to have it or other sweets/sugar. Great evaluation of your goals for 2011. Smart move to take a look at them before the year is over!

  3. I agree that tracking is key – even people who aren’t trying to lose or maintain their weight should do it for a few days just to really be aware of what they’re eating! I feel like I have a pretty good handle on calories but even I’m suprised some days.

  4. Your goals are so balanced and realistic. It’s great that you want to love yourself as a goal; that is something I need to work on! You look so great in your pic! (but I understand discomfort in pants size- try not to worry about it too much!)

  5. I feel like I’m in a similar place to you. I don’t necessarily need to lose a lot of weight, but there are definitely jeans I don’t wear because they are too tight and I don’t have quite the muscle tone I want. I don’t know that I’ve set an official goal (maybe I should) but I did decide that NOW (not tomorrow or the next day) is when I need to get better about food journaling and portion control. It’s one of those things where I know what I need to do and what can get me where I want to be, it’s just a matter of actually following it. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. You are so inspiring! Lately, I’ve been feeling a little low on some of my own personal goals but I think I just need to write them out and assess them. You are doing an amazing job on all of your goals and accomplishments and you look INCREDIBLE!!!! 🙂 <3 you!

  7. my goal was to learn as much as I can, do as much as I can, and live as healthily as I can during my 5 months in New Zealand. with two more to go I think I’m doing pretty well! And tips on your blog helps, too!

  8. So glad to read this post tonight. I did not really make a lot of goals this year b/c I was going through so much at the time. I’m making goals now. I want to make my blog well known b/c I feel I can help others w/ molar pregnancy, my jeans are fitting tighter, I’m not always very body image positive. Yes, the years pass quicker every year. Thanks, great post and got me thinking again. Eat better and get toned. I’m ready.
    Suzanne Williams

  9. I think setting goals is really healthy, and looking back on those goals and realizing what you have accomplished is even more so, so good for you 🙂
    It is wonderful to hear how healing yoga has been for you. It has done miracles for me too. Along with completely erasing any symptoms from a knee problem I’ve had since childhood, it has also helped me with mental peace and awareness. I love it!

  10. We are on the same wavelength tonight, I did a goal check in, too! It looks like you are doing awesome. I love thedailyplate.com and it really is eye opening to see the sugars everywhere. I feel like if I am going to eat added sugar, it needs to be something super good like ice cream. Not something that doesn’t need sugar like a tortilla!

    I am glad the yoga is helping your scoliosis. Such good news.

    Oh and thanks for the shout out 🙂


    • Good minds think alike!! I definitely agree with indulging in something that is actually suppose to have sugar – like ice cream or fro yo. There’s just no need for all the extra sugar put in packaged items like dressing, spaghetti sauce, AND tortillas. 🙂

  11. Congrats, it looks like you’re doing a great job on your goals!

    I find it more difficult to track my eating habits online, so I try to handwrite them, but you reminded me on how much I’m missing out on tracking of sugars since I tend to focus on calories. Maybe I’ll give dailyplate a chance and see how consistent I am tracking there!

  12. I also use dailyplate – I think it can be really insightful in telling you how your macronutrient profile looks, and lets you tease out patterns in your eating that might be getting in the way of your goals. I find that it keeps me honest (especially with the, uh, weight tracker function).

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