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Old 04-07-2011, 08:54 PM
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2. Breed marmoset monkeys.

Oh, Mylata! Now that's some goal. I can't imagine the wild time monkeys would be!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:45 AM
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Whooohooo ItsmeAlice!!!!! Fantastic news!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:36 AM
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Hooray for updates!
I am so happy for everyone.

ItsMeAlice - that's especially awesome. Hooray! I'll bet you can't wait!


I set three goals, I only intended to work on one this year, and thus far, I have only been working on one, but at the rate I am going, I can start on them early.

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GOAL: Pay off all loans except my car by 1/1/13. Wish me luck!
Of the high-interest loans, I'm halfway there! One I get the other half done, I can take my time, because the interest is extremely low, and most of it is actually payable to myself and my retirement plan.

Next I intend to start taking that online flying course I bought and paid for five years ago, so I can line up a flight instructor next year no problem. (Hopefully I can still get in. *Grins*)
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:11 AM
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Late to the thread, but here are my goals:

1) Get back to a daily spiritual practice, meditation, etc.

2) Get back onstage and play and sing some damn music again. (its been awhile...and Shellcrusher, I am a 20 year professional musician, those fingers only hurt when you DONT play, after awhile. Its a common joke among musicians."I ve lost my callouses, tonights going to be a tough show.."

3) Get back to the book I strated writing, and then got away from when RAH came home. It was as if my creative output and his selfishness could not coexist..LOL

4) Be the best mom I can be, and regain the trust and affection of my 6 year old, after putting him through the unpredictability of RAH being here with us.

5) Quit smoking all the way! I am down to a pack lasting 3 days, on average. It is not good for me.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:09 AM
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I am going to explore and weigh out the realistic-ness of going back to Law School.

I took a break from teaching for a year about 10 yrs ago. I got a full ride for 3 yrs to Law School in Boston. I went for a semester and left bc AH who was my bf at the time (and I didn't know he was an A) told me that he wasn't sure he'd be able to "wait around" while I finished law school and since I didn't have the flexibility to leave/move that I did as a teacher it might be hard to keep up the relationship (we were planning to get engaged that year) if he had to live elsewhere for work.

So, I dropped out of law school and returned to teaching and have regretted it since. I didn't regret marrying him but I did and do regret that I didn't stick with something I loved and take the chance that I might lose him. I chose him over me. Not wise.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:15 AM
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I started doing p90X with a friend of mine. We are starting week 2 today!
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:30 PM
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Here's the new goal since I'm currently in progress on my first 1.

I am going to start a C5K plan tomorrow. I need to get some good shoes first.
The plan covers 3 jogs/week and starts off slow and builds each week.
Here's the general program for the 1st week, 1st run. (W1D1)

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Not sure how I'll track the time but I suppose I can count it out and then measure the distance around the little track near my house.

It's a big one for me. I'm 6'2" - ~280lbs
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:54 PM
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ItsmeAlice...You're AWESOME! I loved reading your update...it was UPlifting

As for me, my "massive" goal is already started: I've begun a D.E.S.S. ("Diplôme d'étude supérieure spécialisé" or "specialized graduate diploma"). I've been waffling around for a year, wondering what to do with myself, because I'm so not happy being a legal assistant. I thought about HR management or similar business-y things, but it felt frustrating to have to "start over" when i already have a B.Ed. (bachelor's of education). So I found myself a nice 30 credit graduate diploma that can be completely totally online (there aren't a lot of these programs here in Canada).

Despite the challenge of going back to school 10 years after I graduated from university and doing graduate work IN FRENCH, I've managed to complete the first course and got myself a nifty A+. I'm now doing the second one.

Usually, such degrees can be completed within a year full-time, but seeing as I work FT and I'm a single mom to a busy toddler, I can't handle more than 1 grad course per term. My goal is to do 3 courses per year, and hopefully, in 3 years, I'll be done. After that, who knows...perhaps I can find myself some interesting job someplace that allows me to work from home part-time.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:26 PM
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seeing as I work FT and I'm a single mom to a busy toddler, I can't handle more than 1 grad course per term.

I don't see how I could handle blowing my nose let alone a grad course working FT as a single mom with a toddler. That's amazing! WOW!!

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Pleased to report in that I'm still following my healthy eating and have now lost 3 stone 6lbs in 13 weeks and am feeling fabulous Still a way to go but am still determined and focused and the benefits are amazing.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:08 PM
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I now go to the gym daily!

The Pilates teacher said I have improved
The Zumba dance teacher told me I dance well
The Kickboxing teacher congratulated me because the others are like doing aerobics and in my mind I am imagining people I don't like much - I put a lot of intention to my moves!
The Box teacher told me I had gain strength and had improved my aim and technique.
I even went to the gym walking one day, it was like 40 minutes just going there then 2 hours of exercise then another 40 minutes to go back home.

I lost 1 kg then I gained 3 due to IBS due to stress :/

I feel weaker but my doc recommended exercise so its half an hour of work, off to eat a salad then its some box "shadow" work (moves infront of a mirror) this evening.

I am determined. For the first in my life I have abs and my upper body feels lean, defined and strong!

Exercise is cheaper than therapy and antidepressants....
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:14 AM
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Here was my goal:
Pay of debt is my biggie.
And it's definitely doable for me to be debt free by the end of the year. It will take working two jobs, but I will be able to do that AND go on vacation.
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Next paycheck -- Wednesday -- I'm paying off ALL my debt. It's friggin APRIL, y'all!!!

Time to set new goal: Saving every month and getting back into an exercise routine...
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Guitar has always been a goal of mine, or buying a piano and sticking to practicing (I can play but not very well anymore and find it very meditative to play music so I highly encourage any and all musical pursuits!).

I have been 'trying' to put my own consulting business together but only got as far as getting a tax ID number. Haven't had time because of my regular work schedule.

Oh and more time in relaxing places outdoors (walking on the beach, etc).

Take a REAL vacation to somewhere out of state (I'm long past due) but gotta save up the money to do so.

(Great thread)
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:25 AM
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My goals for this year were fitness and travel.

Sooo ... first triathlon this month. Gulp. I decided at the start of the year that I wanted to get fitter. I hike regularly but needed a goal to kick things up a notch. I signed up at the start of February. This is the first time in years that I've been as consistent as this with exercise - I'm getting in 4-5 sessions a week because I'm training with a group. Even if I don't make it to the starting line (I will) I'm already sleeping better, feeling better physically, my mood is better and my focus is better. Result!

I'm also getting on a plane and going on a solo vacation over easter. I have wanted to get away for myself and by myself for more than two years but have had some sort of barrier about it. I booked the trip about a week after I signed up for the tri.

My new goals are to book another trip within six months of this one (and save for it :-) and to keep up with the exercise even after the triathlon is over.

This is a great thread! Alice I am -thrilled- that you are out of that house with the creepy grumpy guy and so glad that the universe has thrown you a bone while your dram house is coming down the pipeline. How great that your paperwork made it through? You're due!!

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Oh and now I also want a monkey!!!!
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:30 PM
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Setting a new MASSIVE goal...

House for me and the kids- check.

Next: finish this darn master's program. I am dragging my feet...I really didn't need to be doing this (again) but felt the opportunity was too good to pass up when I enrolled. Now I am two classes and a thesis away from finishing, and I am stalling because it is BORING! UGH! I'd rather do anything than read any more academic articles and write papers...

So this is my new massive goal. Finish. By Spring 2012.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:36 PM
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I'm happy to see this picking up some steam.
I didn't achieve my goal this weekend of buying some shoes and starting a c5K plan.
The good news, is I'm leaving early today. I'm getting shoes at a running company that can help me get the right pair and I will be running tonight. Today is the day!
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Alright!
Just got confirmation that one of my bills is completely paid off, and just send my $5.71 payment towards interest on the second one - two bills down!

Also, I am redecorating the bedroom, so that it's my decorating style, and not XABF's.
I'm keeping the Art Deco theme, but taking out the clutter.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:28 PM
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Stay hydrated, Shell, and keep us posted on how the run goes. I am so short-strided, I run like a possum. Well, really I waddle fast like a possum.
I power walk, though, and even dabbled in a little speed walking. I found I can actually speed walk faster than I run.

Good luck tonight!!
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:11 PM
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Wow, these are fantastic!!

I started running in September, and just cleared my Massive Goal on Saturday of running a 10 mile race in under 2 hours! (I did better than 1:59, too... I got in at 1:54!!) This is huge, since I had pneumonia for a long time 3 years ago. Running partners rock!

My next goal is to get us moved into a little apartment or house in town asap. Current rents are ~US$1200. Gulp. Wish me luck!!

- Sylvie
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