2014 New Year’s Resolutions Revisited

At the beginning of 2014, I made a list on the note app of my iPhone of New Year’s resolutions. I glanced at them every once in a while throughout the year to stay on track. Some things weren’t completed because my January knee surgery recovery didn’t quite go as planned, but I crossed off a few.

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Cut toxic people out of my life✔️- This one is difficult for most, but completely necessary. I realized coming into 2014 that I was somewhat surrounded by toxic people and it was overrunning me with guilt and unhappiness. I’m trying to get my life together and become a more happy and focused person, and surrounding myself with toxic friendships wasn’t helping. You have control over who you’re friends with, after all. In 2014 I made a lot of progress with this and am now in a much more positive and happy place. I feel like the friends I have in my life now are the ones that support me and respect my opinions and life. There’s no need for drama, negativity, narcissism and manipulation!
Get to know my city better✔️- I definitely accomplished this one. I made an effort to go downtown, especially when the weather was nice. My husband and I explored new local restaurants, coffee shops and bars. I went into Savannah to practice photography when I got my new camera and brought the dogs downtown for lots of walks.
Run my first race- I made this goal before I had my first knee surgery in January 2014 and before my doctor told me I should avoid running for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I never fully recovered from my knee surgery and ended up having another surgery a few weeks ago. Therefore, there will be no races in my future and I’ve come to terms with this.
Keep my 4.0 GPA✔️- This goal required lots of hard work and dedication, but it paid off! I’ve kept my 4.0 thus far and am proud to put that on my resume.
Lose 30 pounds- Yes, the typical lose x pounds this year resolution. Well, 2014 was a little unexpected. By March/April, my knee was feeling a bit better and recovery seemed to be going well. I threw myself back into working out and eating healthy. After a couple of months I realized that my body was no longer capable of the level of physical activity it once was. My knee was hurting again and I avoided walking, stairs, etc. I was back in physical therapy and it wasn’t improving. Then I had my second surgery. Sitting in bed isn’t the best thing for weight loss and there wasn’t much I could do about it. I got annoyed with myself because the scale wasn’t moving and I realized that the real thing I should be focused on is healing and rehabbing my knee. I’ve been trying to focus less on weight and more on happiness and body acceptance. Following the second surgery I’m feeling positive! If my knee heals and I am able to walk and be active without pain, then I will focus on a healthy weight loss and continue with being body positive in 2015.
Have more sex✔️- This should be on everyone’s list. Sex is good for us (safe sex obviously) and keeps us healthy and close to our partners. It’s easy to get caught up in our busy schedules and put sex on the back burner.
Learn to love myself– I can’t check this one off quite yet because it’s still a work in progress. I’ve improved my relationship with my husband and friends and myself. Love is a strong word and I’m not quite there yet.
Read more books✔️- I did accomplish this, but it doesn’t really mean too much. In 2013 I probably only read one book. In 2014 I’m assuming I read maybe 4 books. Which is a step in the right direction.
Travel to another country✔️- I definitely checked this one off. In 2014 I traveled to Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Stick to a budget– This year my husband and I got serious about money and downloaded the YNAB app. We set up a budget and tried to stick to it for about 4 months. We slowly slipped away from it, but still managed our money much better.  We reached our first MAJOR savings goal and are in a stable place financially. So, though not  checkmark worthy, we definitely improved and got rid of a lot of debt.
Reunite with Valerie✔️- I love that this one was on the list and that it’s checked off. Me and Val have been through a lot over the years and it’s been hard to physically see each other because of the distance. She visited in April and it was fantastic seeing her. We still stay in constant touch and I know we will see each other this year. I’m so proud of that girl for her amazing year! (love ya!)
Wear a bikini– Ya, again with the not losing 30 pounds and not quite loving myself yet, no bikini. I don’t know that I would put this on the list again, I just have my focus elsewhere.
Go hiking✔️- Obviously I couldn’t hike in 2014 like I did pre-knee injury, but on a trip to the mountains 2 months ago we went out on a “hike” to see how my knee would handle it. It didn’t cooperate at all, but I did get out there and try!
Stay close to my besties✔️- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, girlfriends are one of the most important people in a girl’s life! I’m close to my besties and saw them multiple times this year & went without big gaps of no communication.
Watch more documentaries– Nope. Just didn’t do this. Maybe next year!
Go to an art museum✔️- I didn’t just go to an art museum, I went to THE art museum: Le Louvre in Paris! What an experience. I think I could go there everyday for a month a see something new every day. It’s huge!
Try out a yoga class– I didn’t do this because I was worried about my knee causing me problems.
Develop a better bed time routine– Unfortunately, I’m still guilty of playing around on my phone and going to bed too late. I’m going to try getting to bed early and limiting screen time before bed next year.
Try brussel sprouts✔️- This goal seems kind of basic, but I’d never had brussel sprouts before and thought of them as disgusting. I tried them this year and love those little vegetable balls!
Don’t check social media when with friends✔️- Obviously everyone glances at social media throughout the day, but I caught myself doing this too much when I was out with friends. In 2014 I wasn’t perfect, but made a conscious effort to be more in the moment with friends and be 100% focused on them rather than get caught up in the lives of people on social media that aren’t as important.
Eat more consciously– I have a bad relationship with food and I know it. I eat out of boredom, celebration, sadness, and mindlessly. I am going to work on this in 2015.
Record what I eat– This one goes along with eating consciously. I definitely didn’t do this last year and I probably should have.
Smile more✔️– We’ve all heard of resting bitch face, and unfortunately I suffer from this. I decided that I would have to try to smile more to show that I’m not actually a stone cold bitch and I think I did this enough to deserve a checkmark for 2014.
Gossip less✔️– The good thing about detoxifying your relationships is that the toxic behaviors go with them. Yes, I still gossip sometimes. We all do, but when I’m talking about someone else, I try to only talk to good friends or sisters and only asking for advise and talking about things that happened in my life. I no longer just single someone out and talk about them behind their back for the sole purpose of hurting them.
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Wonderful Wednesdays

My youngest sister visited last weekend for her 21st birthday, yay! …but her birthday isn’t until later in the month, boo! We still celebrated with the fam and went out for a fabulous dinner at Public Kitchen (highly recommended). I owe her a chocolate martini when she actually turns 21!

I forgot to take pictures-all I have is this blurry one of us at dinner.

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Today was Wednesday: my favorite day. I have no class and the husband has no work, so we get to sleep in and get brunch and catch up. We ate outside at J Christophers for breakfast and slowly strolled the streets of Savannah in this perfect 70 degree “fall” weather with hazelnut lattes in hand. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but I got a few snaps on my iPhone.

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We’ve made some health goals together and I’m pretty excited about them. I’ve been slowly strengthening my knee by doing my PT exercises and riding a stationary bike that I bought on Amazon. My husband is getting back into running and having our chubby husky join him (she’s such a trooper!).

Also, I’ve got some exciting travel plans in the works. It’s going to be big! Stay tuned!

Best x.

Life is Always Changing

I stuck to the Super Shred diet for a solid week and a half until life threw another curveball (as always) and I had a friend visit. I know I need to learn to adjust my diet to the ups and downs of life, but it’s hard when I’m constantly adventuring with a BFF. I’ve know Val since middle school, but she moved away when I was in high school. We’ve managed to keep in touch and pull each other through hard times.  On a positive note, Val and I worked out almost everyday and we stayed active!

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The week was complete with donuts, running snake encounters, booze, bargain hunting, wasp stings, girls dates, sex shops and beach days!

IMG_3164We brought the dogs to Jekyll Island last Thursday for a day of sun! They had so much fun and were completely worn out!

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IMG_3166Also, check out my week in noms. Yes, that is the most delicious cheesecake of life!

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Week 1 Day 3 Complete!

I completed week 1 day 3 of the Super Shred diet !! I brought all my snacks with me and even packed a lunch when I went out for the day. It made it so much easier to to not eat at a restaurant.  I also did another 40 minutes of alternating walking and running. I’m highly impressed with how my knee feels during the runs, considering how immobile I was post-surgery just 3 months ago.

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Today I strolled down Bay Street in downtown Savannah with my mister and dreamt up DIY projects in the antique stores. I also fell in love with some beautiful wood and stained glass antique bars.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a spare $30,000.

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Isn’t it beautiful???

I love looking at and touching all the handcrafted furniture. You can see all the passion that went into making each piece. One day I’ll fill my home with the perfect mix of these beautiful, old pieces and modern furniture.

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I know it’s repetitive, but it really has been beautiful in Savannah these past few weeks.  Be jealous.

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The Green Truck Pub Savannah

IMG_2883Let me tell you all about a magical place. A place where burgers are grass fed/sourced locally, pickles are made fresh, ketchup is made in house and great craft beers are all around. Any true burger lover needs to stop by the Green Truck Pub on their way through Savannah, Georgia. It’s small and not in the heart of downtown Savannah, but there is always a line out the door. Locals, foodies and visitors alike enjoy the quirky atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. Wash it all down with a local craft beer and you’ve got a full belly and a smiling face!IMG_2894After starting with a beer (of course), I ordered a Green Truck Classic burger with swiss. The ketchup and fries are almost as delicious as the burger. Their house made ketchup is tangy and goes perfectly with the fresh cut fries. Healthy eating, we shall meet again….sometime.IMG_2893After lunch we went on a walk in downtown Savannah to burn off a few of those new fat cells on my thighs. We strolled down Jones Street, known as the prettiest street in Savannah. Eric and I checked out some (fantasy) real-estate. One can only dream.

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