Goals for 2013

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hi, friends!

Since I recently reviewed my goals for 2012, I thought I’d blog about my goals for 2013. I’m not much of a resolution person (a year is a long time!), but I’m all about goals! With that said, here are my goals for 2013!

My goals for 2013:

Keep my colon healthy

I know it’s sort of gross, but this is my #1 goal for 2013. If you don’t have your health, you have nothing. I spent the majority of 2012 trying all sorts of (sometimes crazy) things to heal myself. It was pretty much a roller coaster ride to health, but I’m getting closer to figuring out what works and what doesn’t work. I know I can’t control the disease, but I’m going to try my hardest to be kind to my body and do whatever I can to stay healthy and flare-free.


Get organized

An article in Real Simple recently inspired Mal and me to get organized in 2013. Ok, we’re already pretty organized, but we want to be super organized with labels, containers, and all that jazz. We’d basically just like to simplify, which means getting rid of things we don’t use and clearing the clutter from our lives, so we made of a list of areas/cabinets/drawers/stuff in our house that we want to organize, and we plan to tackle a couple of projects each month throughout the year.

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Throw my sister an amazing baby shower.

My first niece or nephew will be born in June, so I want to throw my sister an awesome baby shower. She deserves it, and I want to celebrate her and the arrival of my new niece/nephew to the fullest! I’ve already started planning (via Pinterest) and can’t wait to really get going on it!

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Go on one date night each month

Mal and I tend to overextend ourselves (we only had two weekends without set plans in 2012), so we decided to make it a point to plan one special date night with just us each month. We love going out to dinner, but we also want to mix it up with some other activities. To make it a little more fun, we’re going to alternate who plans our date night each month, so it’s a surprise for the other person. Mal offered to take January, so I’m excited to see what he plans!

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Try surfing

After my paddleboarding adventures this summer, I decided I want to try surfing someday. Mal and I are going to Hawaii in February (more on this later!), so I figure it’s a great place to finally give it a try!

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Try (indoor) rock climbing

I’m actually sort of surprised I’ve never tried rock climbing. It looks like a lot of fun and I love new fitness activities, so I definitely want to try it this year.

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Rx Fran

It seriously might kill me, but I really want to Rx Fran this year. It’s still a huge goal for me, but, hopefully, I’ll get there in 2013.

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Listen to NPR daily

I used to listen to NPR nonstop, but somehow I dropped the habit. My goal for 2013 is to tune in at least once a day (if not more), so I know what is going on in the world!

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Learn to Make Sushi

Learning to make sushi has been on my Life’s To Do List for years now, so I’m finally committing to it. Maybe Mal and I will take a class for one of our date nights?

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Mal offered to cook dinner last night, so I kicked up my feet and watched TV while he worked in the kitchen. Most nights we tackle dinner together, but I’m more than happy to let him take the reins whenever he offers!


Of course, the pug wasn’t far from the action.


On the menu: Gingery Beef and Broccoli, which is one of my favorite recipes from 2012. So delicious!


For dessert, I made some mint-flavored hot cocoa for Mal and me.


Mal really liked this variety, but I didn’t think it was chocolaty enough. I like really rich cocoa and this one was just regular old hot-chocolate-in-a-packet with mint flavor. It did, however, smell amazing!


Health News & Views

It’s that time of the year again! Time to make some New Year’s resolutions! If they’re part of your yearly tradition, you may or may not have succeeded in the past. As with any goal setting, there are a number of things you can do help achieve them, which often begins with setting realistic resolutions. Here’s how you can go about creating your own resolution, and one that’s logical, doable, and one you can see yourself accomplishing in 2013!

The Secrets to Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Question of the Day

What are some of your goals for 2013?

P.S. A reader sent me this video the other day: 200 Pound Weight Loss. It’s a beautiful and inspiring weight loss story, which shows that just about anyone can do CrossFit. It brought tears to my eyes. Definitely check it out!

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