• 2012 Goals in Review

    December 31, 2012

    Good morning!

    Last night, Mal and I went to our friends’ condo to watch the Pats game together. They said we could bring “Mugs” (Murphy + pug), so we brought our furchild along.

    When Mal and I travel with the pug, one person always takes the dog while the other person carries the stuff. Whenever Murphy arrives at a new place, he’s always SO excited and pulls at his leash and pings back and forth all over the place… basically, he’s a lot to handle, so we put this little divide-and-conquer system into place to make our lives easier. As you can see in the photo below, Mal is carrying our cider and a bag with some Rotel Dip inside while I’m manning the pug, who is super psyched to visit a new apartment.


    While I watched the game, I snacked on all sorts of goodies—guacamole and chips, cheese and crackers, and Rotel Dip and baby carrots.


    I also drank a couple of Angry Orchard Hard Ciders.


    It was a fun, low-key evening with friends and the Pats won! Yay!

    2012 Goals in Review

    With the new year right around the corner, I figured I should review my goals from 2012. I can’t say I achieved them all, but I’m very happy with what I accomplished, especially since some of them were real priorities for me.

    My goals for 2012:

    Run a sub 24-minute 5KAchieved!

    My original goal for 2012 was “get faster,” so I quantified it with a sub 24-minute 5K. I made it through more than half of the year without running a single 5K, so when I reviewed my goals in July, I made it point to register for one. I ran a 5K in August and just missed my goal by 23 seconds. I was bummed, but a month later, I tried again and ran the Canton Road Race in 23:51! It was awesome, and I was so proud of myself!


    Redo my officeAchieved!

    I spend a lot of time in my office, so redoing it was a priority for me this year, especially since the décor was so… uh, overwhelming. It took me about a week to completely transform my office, and it was well worth the effort. I love it now!


    Fix the fence in our backyardAchieved!

    This was a huge goal for Mal and me. When we first moved into our house, the fence in the backyard was a complete disaster—old, worn, and falling into our neighbor’s yard on both sides. We wanted to replace our fence in 2012 no matter what, so we saved our pennies, got a bunch of quotes, and finally got our new fence. We also managed to save enough to redo our front yard and walkway and repave our driveway. It was a busy home improvement year for us!


    Do three unassisted pull-upsAchieved!

    I still remember setting this goal for myself. I thought it’d be a miracle if I could do three unassisted pull-ups by year end and just the other day I did 40 of them in a workout!

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    Complete the NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification – Not achieved.

    I’m not sure what happened with this one. I registered and bought the materials, but I never even started studying. Maybe I’ll try to do it in 2013?

    Run more than 735.62 miles – Not achieved.

    My fitness interests definitely changed in 2012, so I did a lot more CrossFit than running and racing. I still enjoy running, but CrossFit is my jam now. It’s so fun and it makes me a better athlete and faster runner, so I’m not at all bummed about this one. I ran 321 miles + whatever I ran during WODs in 2012.

    Read and comment on at least 3 blogs each day – Not achieved.

    I started out great with this one, but then my commenting took a nosedive. I did, however, comment more on blogs in 2012 than any other year, so I guess my goal helped me to improve overall.

    Fran Rx – Not achieved.

    Oh, Fran. I still haven’t Rx-ed her, but I make progress every time I do her. I’ll be adding her to my 2013 goals for sure.

    Fran WOD Progress

    Question of the Day

    What’s your proudest accomplishment from 2012?

    P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a $100 gift card to Reebok. I’ll pick a winner this afternoon!

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    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } December 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My proudest accomplishments was going from couch to 12 miles in 2012! Also, realizing I’m strong enough to be happy alone. For once, in a long time, I’m really content with how my year went!


    Michelle December 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My sister just started studying her NASM materials. Hope the both of you achieve this goal! 🙂


    Sara @ fitcupcaker December 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hey Tina, I just started my blog in Nov. and I just want to say thank you because most of my readers came from your site and a few others. I hope to have a great year in 2013. My biggest accomplishment was that I even started running. I ran 11.7 miles which was my highest. Not a half marathon, but thats ok with me since I never was a runner!


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

    @Sara @ fitcupcaker: That’s awesome! Congrats! 🙂


    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Great job on achieving most of your goals! My biggest achievement would be getting my body healthy and getting pregnant!


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 10:13 am
    Maureen December 31, 2012 at 9:45 am

    For 2012 I committed to doing yoga once a week, and I was pretty good about this one. It was the most consistent I’ve ever been about practicing yoga. Finishing a marathon was also a big accomplishment.


    Katie December 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Lost about 45 pounds! And started my blog to share my new lifestyle with the world! Yay 🙂


    Sara @ The Foodie Diaries December 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I would say my biggest goal that I achieved was getting outside my comfort zone in 2012. I moved to Boston where I knew no one to Orlando where I had lived my entire life. It was a huge leap of faith, but I couldn’t be happier that I took the dive. Getting outside my comfort zone was the best thing that could have happened to me!


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League December 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Great job with your 2012 goals! I love reading these recaps and seeing people grow and achieve things they want throughout the year.


    Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well December 31, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Congrats for doing so many! I proud by the fact that this year I stopped yo-yo dieting, overeating than undereating, feeling guilty, all that stuff and switched it all out for eating wholesome healthy foods. So far, I am LOVING IT. Thanks to you, and reading all your recipes and outlook on “healthy”, I’m a healthy, happy girl!


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Yum! Those Angry Orchard hard ciders are delicious!! 🙂

    I love that you set goals for yourself instead of making resolutions. That seems like a much more productive strategy for the new year. I just may have to follow suit this year.

    My proudest accomplishments in 2012 were graduating with my Master’s degree and getting my first “big girl” job!


    Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction December 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Running my first half-marathon!!


    Alison Knight December 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hi Tina,

    Congratulations on all your achievements! You are a BEAST!

    Stating with just ONE unassisted pull up is one of my goals for 2013. What did you do to achieve your goal? Whats a reasonable timeline? Any advise for a non-Crossfitter?

    BTW – Just started a blog yesterday! You have been great inspiration.


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    What worked for me was lots of practice and watching videos of kipping pull-ups on YouTube to get the motion down. Hope this helps and good luck! 🙂


    Meghan December 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

    What a great set of goals, you have definitely got me thinking about what to aim for in 2013. I am just sorting through all of my photos from 2012 and I am most proud of how many new experiences we have given my son this year. Look forward to reading about what you tackle in the upcoming year.


    Melanie @ Beautifullynutty.com December 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Running my first half marathon with my husband.
    Happy New Year Tina!


    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com December 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Buying my first home and starting my blog.


    Brooke @ Being Vivacious December 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Ran my first sprint triathlon. 🙂 I’m still so proud of myself.


    Kerry @ Totes My Oats December 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

    You definitely achieved a lot last year! Graduating from college was probably the biggest thing that happened for me in 2012.


    Sky December 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

    My biggest achievement in 2012 has been just gaining a better understanding of the relationship between nutrition and fitness! I’ve really become serious about keeping my body healthy and strong. I’ve also been doing yoga since the this spring and am so amazed at the progress I continue to make 🙂


    Angela@The Chicken Scoop December 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I didn’t think 2012 was all that great until I started looking back and realized just how much I did in the year! So my greatest accomplishment was being so busy and successful while going back to grad school. Also, I ran 200 miles out of my 300 mile goal for the year, despite having a hurt ankle from April through the end of the year!


    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I am most proud that I decided to go ahead and enroll at IIN to become a health coach and start my own blog! I actually graduate in February–I can’t believe it. The year has gone by so quickly, but I’ve learning so much!

    Happy New Year, Tina!


    dana December 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

    2012 was a pretty great year! Married my best friend and love of my life in June… that pretty much took the cake for 2012.


    Eating 4 Balance December 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Your goal of commenting on more blogs is a great one! That’s something that I work on everyday. I find that the more I comment on others, the more others comment on mine! 🙂

    And I’d be super interested to hear more about the Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification if you choose to do that!


    Nicole@livingthesweetlifestl December 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

    My proudest accomplishment was all the traveling I got to do this year…such an awesome experience.


    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Sadly I don’t think I’ve ever made a list of things I hope to achieve that year. I am going to start in 2013 though and have a solid list going right now! I like how you aren’t bummed about not achieving a few of them though because sometimes plans change, and it’s often for the better.


    Mandi @ Miles and Mascara December 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love this recap. It makes me think more about setting goals/resolutions for the upcoming year. The three biggest accomplishments that I hit in 2012 were running my 2nd and 3rd half marathons and making my first step into CrossFit. The biggest milestone in 2012 was getting married!


    Mandi @ Miles and Mascara December 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    @Mandi @ Miles and Mascara: Oh, and yay for the Pats…wish they played like that all the time!


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I think you did a pretty good job! I achieved my biggest goal – running my first marathon!


    Meghan@themeghamix December 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Ooh…so hard to choose. I guess probably pullups! This year I finally hit my first unassisted strict/dead-hang pullup. Now I can link 3 in a row! My next goal is strict/dead-hang chest to bar pullups. I still haven’t DONE Fran. Ever. In over a year of CrossFit I never seem to be in class on a Fran day! Weird…


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Ooooh, Fran! Have you done Jackie? It’s similar!


    Danielle December 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I honestly didn’t really set any major goals for myself in 2012 which is definitely changing this year. BUT I am most proud of the fact that I celebrated my CrossFit 1 year anniversary in December! Woooo! Here’s to another year.


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm



    sti @ little windmill yoga December 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    You’re awesome! It’s so important to set goals for a new year…You kicked 2012’s ass!


    Kandi December 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    My biggest accomplishment in 2012 was graduating nursing school, passing boards and getting my nursing license!!


    Andrea December 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Proudest accomplishment: Find a balanced lifestyle my last year in college! I am proud to have had a very balanced semester with only two or three crying mental breakdowns(hey, give a girl a break, test weeks suck). I managed to study, do all my work in time, run 4/5 times a week AND sleep!

    Also I hope you see this! http://www.pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/39069234325.jpg


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on achieving so many of your goals!

    One of my biggest accomplishments was winning an award for achieving the highest average out of all the students in my program in my year!


    joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    My proudest accomplishment was a tie between getting promoted at work (tough to do at my company in one year) and running my first race! The latter was especially important to me, since I’ve registered for a million races and usually get injured midway through training. 🙂


    Katie @ Balanced RD December 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I think my biggest accomplishment in 2012 was receiving my Master’s degree and becoming a registered dietitian! It was a lot of work…but definitely worth it!!


    Luv What You Do December 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I finally tried one of those cidars during the Bear’s game yesterday. So good!

    Congrats on a fun and successful year! All of your home decorating looks fantastic!


    Candice@allthingsyogi.com December 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I ran a marathon!

    so happy for everyone and their accomplishments! bring it on 2013!


    Michelle @ oats n' bows December 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Miss Tina 🙂 Congrats on all of your wonderful achievements!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m a long time reader (since 2009) and you’ve always inspired me every year since then. This year however, you helped me to achieve my long time New Years resolution, which is to start my journey to become a fitness BAMF rather than just your average globo gym goer running on the treadmill and pumping 5lb dumbells. Your crossfit membership has inspired me to get my own, and it’s improved my quality of life much more than I could have ever imagined! I was deadlifting 35lbs at the beginning of my journey, and 3 months later my 5 rep max is 115lbs, and I nearly Rx’d a hero wod today! I would’ve if I hadn’t forgotten my shin guards 😛 We did Morrison and I would’ve wrecked my shins jumping on an actual box for the whole time. Thank you! 🙂 Happy New Year!!


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    @Michelle @ oats n’ bows: That’s awesome! Great job! Happy New Year to you too! 🙂


    Megan December 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My goal is to get an un-assisted pullup. I’m so close!!

    PS- Where can I buy that reebok WOD book? It looks amazing! The myWOD app doesn’t have everything.


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    @Megan: The one I have isn’t for sale, but you can buy something similar from Journal Menu. Here’s some more info: http://carrotsncake.com/2012/12/holiday-gift-guide-for-the-lady-crossfitter.html


    Caitlyn December 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Pull-ups are definitely on my list of goals for this year. I’ve been doing crossfit for almost 2 years and I STILL can’t do them without a band 🙁 I’ve been able to decrease what band I use, but can’t seem to kip!! I’d also like to get back into running more, I’m like you and have been doing mostly crossfit for my workouts. I’ve done 1 marathon and would like to do another one this year……we’ll see!


    Cathy @ Showing Up December 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    My greatest personal achievement this year was completing my first half-marathon. I’m 57!!!


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm



    mary @ minutes per mile December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Do you have trouble commenting on blogs because you don’t have anything to say, or because you don’t read them? Just curious. Sometimes I find that I really like a post, but don’t really have anything to comment on it! That’s why I really appreciate when writers include questions for their readers.


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    A little bit of both. I don’t read a ton of blogs nowadays and sometimes I just don’t have anything to say.


    Stacey December 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Where is the chair in your office from?


    Tina December 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    @Stacey: Staples, but I bought it a few years ago.


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    My biggest achievement was a combination of passing my NASM CPT exam and running my first race, which while a 5k was quickly followed by a 10k and another 5k. Now I’m looking forward to a 1/2 marathon in 2013!


    Karen January 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

    In 2012 I kicked my sugar addiction, ran a half marathon and bought a new house. Thanks Tina for such a great blog. I read it everyday and you are so inspiring. Keep it up and looking forward to knowing your 2013 goals !


    Allison W January 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Congrats on your achievements! This year I’m going to try to be motivated!!

    If you don’t have Murphy on a regular leash get him one. Dogs can’t pull as much on a 6 foot leash as they can on an extendable one. I love that the extendable leashes give the dog some sort of freedom but they really do take away any control of the dog the owner can have.


    Tina January 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    He has a regular leash (he’s never actually been on a retractable leash), but we’re working on his pulling for therapy. He has a 4-foot leash that seems to help and doesn’t give him as much freedom. He just gets SO excited to go to new places and meet new people!


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