Well folks, here I am again, back at Prismatic Perspectives after what has been almost a year-long hiatus. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing my same sad, sorry excuses for being away for this long: I’m too busy with grad school, blah blah blah. But 2012 has ended and we are at the start of a new year. And with that, I’m hoping that I can post a little more frequently than I have in the past. My grad school tenure will be ending in just a few short months, so perhaps I can try to achieve better work-life balance to do things outside of school relatively soon.
I’ve decided to continue with my annual tradition of posting on my Reverb blog by responding to prompts reflecting on this past year. You are welcome to become acquainted to those posts here. But I thought I would return to my original blog as I also did in 2012 by looking back on my goals and seeing what I have been able to accomplish.
New Year Goals 2012
- Eat healthier/lose weight: ACCOMPLISHED? I was doing SO WELL at this point last year because of ballroom dancing. But alas, the grad school workload once again reared its ugly head, and I did not dance as nearly as much as I did last year. The fall semester started off strong in terms of cardio when I started doing Insanity, but that too died out by Halloween, when I quit the program with only a week and a half to go. I’m not very proud about that. And I was tracking what I ate at some point, but that too flew out of the picture. So let’s just say that I need to get back to the drawing board on this one.
- Win a ribbon at a ballroom competition: ACCOMPLISHED! Not with my usual competition partner, Edd, but in Rookie/Vet at BAM Jam I placed 5th in Cha Cha with my BAM Big, Derek! My ribbon hangs very proudly on my master’s degree. That’s how important that ribbon is to me, haha.
- Get published two more times (Bonus points if in JPRR): ACCOMPLISHED!! I didn’t get a solo-authored piece in JPRR, but I did manage to have a co-authored piece in there, plus 3 more publications, a book chapter, and 3 in press. It’s been a very productive year in that regard, I must say!
- Win the Rima Rudd Health Literacy Dissertation Fellowship: NOT ACCOMPLISHED. I did not win this fellowship, based on criteria that were simply impossible for me to meet by the designated deadline. But no worries – I’m doing just fine, I finished my dissertation data collection, I’ve purchased my HyperRESEARCH data analysis software, and I’m ready to knock this study out in time to graduate in May!
- Find time to cook more and eat out less: ACCOMPLISHED? The eating out everyday thang was what ultimately hurt the scale, and my wallet last year, so I wanted to rectify that. The fall semester started off well with eating home cooked meals with friends, but that kinda died out. Add in the fact that I hate cooking for myself, and you end up with a goal not really accomplished.
Ok, so I probably didn’t fare as well as I would have liked, but that’s what the new year is for. And with that, I hereby present:
New Year Goals 2013
- Track all of my meals, stay within calorie count: gonna use MyFitnessPal app to get this thing going. Also, I just found the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide online so I’m going to try using this plan to keep me on track.
- Complete Insanity: I was so close, SO CLOSE last time that I’m more determined than ever to finish the damn thing. Got a new calendar and the videos ready – let’s DO THIS!
- Stop drinking soda: another weakness this past year. Soda is terrible for you, and I was drinking diet, which I’ve found is even worse. Let’s stop this bad habit now and nip it in the bud. Gonna start drinking green tea instead, which Alton Brown says you should drink everyday anyway in his Good Eats episode, “Live and Let Diet.” (BTW, it’s a really helpful episode, you should all totally watch it!)
- Cook more, eat out less: Let’s try this again shall we? I think the Insanity Nutrition Guide and Good Eats episode can be helpful in this regard in terms of meals and recipes. Plus, I just need to accept the fact that I’m still cooking only for one and get over it.
- Pay off my credit card debt: Once I stopped working at Macro to make extra income things kind of spiraled out of control. Hopefully we can rectify this situation once I start making a real person salary at my real person job come fall. It’s going to be nice to no longer have a lowly graduate student stipend to make ends meet, haha.
And there you have it. 2013 I’m ready!!