March 28, 2011

WWW: The End

My picture for the week:

I was looking through old tweets on Twitter to try and find a quote I had liked and saved, and I came across this - from this past September. Amazing how my life has transformed in the six months between then and now!

How I did with my goals:
1. Achieve my 100 pound weight loss.
Done, and then some! I'm down 122 pounds as of last Friday's weigh-in.

2. Train for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Chicago 8k on 4/10/11.
Done! The first few weeks of WWW, I hadn't been running very consistently - longest long run was a 3.1 miler. Yesterday I did 4.75 in 55:00 - that's an average pace of 11:35. I'm so thrilled! The race is in less than two weeks and will be 4.97 miles ... I can do this!

3. Begin looking for jobs (try to apply for at least one).
Done! I have looked for jobs, and while there aren't very many in my field, I have a few prospects - I officially applied for one (outside of my field) and the possibility of a contract extension for the fall has been alluded to. Fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed.

4. Be an amazing teacher.
Done! I feel good about the work I've done so far this spring semester - only five more weeks left!

5. Complete two of my 101-in-1001 goals.
Done! I completed #57 (Donate to a cause I truly believe in) and #99 (Make a time capsule to open at the end of the 1001 days). I also did a lot of work towards some of the goals with multiple parts (like #64 [sending 25 postcards via Postcrossing] and #72 [trying new fruits]).

6. Visit three museums on their Free Days.
Incomplete. I only went to two: the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. They were great, though!

7. Spend 1/4 of my tax return on new clothes.
Done! I got lots of nice new stuff that, unfortunately, is already baggy on me. But it was really fun to shop and look/feel good in my clothes!

8. Make art.
Incomplete. I made some, but not as much as I would have liked - I only did one collaged notebook. I started a painting and then lost my inspiration; I bought clay for a small sculpture that's still in the shopping bag in my bedroom. To-do for spring, I suppose...

9. Do something every week to make me feel gorgeous.
Done! This was one of my hardest goals, though, to be honest - trying to think of something every week that would make me feel lovely was surprisingly tough! I started wearing a little makeup regularly because of it, though, and I'm glad that's something I've been sticking to.

10. Go to the opera
Incomplete. The last deal for the season was on Friday and I was just too tuckered out from my whirlwind getaway to sit through four hours of "Carmen," no matter how lovely it is.
Do you feel like you had a productive winter?
You know, looking back on it, I think I did. I had a lot of ups and downs from day to day and even week to week, but as a whole, I think this was a good season for me. Definitely the most productive winter I've ever had before - I lost weight, stayed active, nourished my body, and even enjoyed life a little. I'd call that a success!


Leanne said...

Love reading this post . . . you are inspiring from 1 to 10!!! I started this new journey in my life on January 8th, and I must say that I'm feeling productive . . . one day at a time. So grateful to come across people like you who have done it - are still doing it - and so very motivating on the days when I need it most.

Leanne said...

p.s. just realized you are a Chicago girl!!! I'm a Chicago girl, too! Lovely to meet you!

Ann said...

Wow, great job hitting your goals!!!!

Amy said...

You continue to amaze me! I'm glad you said it was a productive winter, because I would be mad at you if you didn't! I have my fingers crossed for your job too!!

Jessica said...

Great job!

Heather said...

Wow what an awesome goals list and you completed so many! And even the ones you didn't you still did part of it! Were these your goals for the winter or all of last year?

Randa said...

Wow, congratulations! Looks like you had a very productive winter!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great job! Hello Winter Wonderland Warrior!!

p.s. I LOVE postcrossing!

Krista said...

Wow, great job on crossing off all of those goals. I feel like I always set a ton of goals and hardly ever meet them. Blah. haha

Yum Yucky said...

Wow. Your list (and all the crossed off) are proof that you are living and enjoy life. My list looks something like this: "feed cat. do laundry. write blog post." so you see, I need some more excitement. LOL!

Jess said...

Nice job being able to cross off so many of your goals!! WTG!

Anonymous said...

Well done, you've done brilliantly and awesome running.

Karen@WaistingTime said...

Wow! You accomplished so much:)

Anonymous said...

Great job!