resolution review: part 2

December 9, 2010

#4-6: these are so not MICRO goals
from organizing your way
while i like the ideas behind last year’s resolutions, i can already to see to some extent what i could have done better. my heart was in the right place, but my aims were lofty and general — not in the MICRO goal style at all! here’s the rundown:

#4: become a better teacher and mentor at work. i think i do an okay job at this now . . . but i want to be better than okay! part of my issue is that sometimes i lack confidence to feel like i really have the expertise to be teaching off the cuff.

but honestly, that’s silly. and the learning curve really has been steep! i still have a LONG way to go, of course, but i know so much more about endocrinology than i did back in july. and when i actually do it, i truly enjoy sharing my knowledge about what i consider a fascinating field with students and residents.

i have to have SOME credibility . . . i have my own prader beads!
#5: workout reform: increase strength training & yoga. again, it’s hard to evaluate my success on this item because my goals were very nonspecific! but i think i’ve done a fairly decent job.

i can even hold crow sometimes . . . when i’m lucky
this summer, i did gina‘s summer shape up; more recently, i generally have been incorporating 2 weight-training sessions weekly. even if they are a piddly 15-20 minutes, this is certainly better than nothing. i usually get in 1 (short) yoga session/week, though i have not been going to actual classes (i use yoga download audio tracks/pdfs). and thanks to lower mileage overall (20-30 whereas i used to run 40+), i’ve had an injury-free year — truly, my first since 2005!

#6: learn to take better pictures. while i think my photography has sucked less with the purchase of my S90, i still have no idea what i’m doing.

looking appropriately mystified at the 2010 HLS
despite swearing multiple times to the contrary, i have yet to crack open my camera’s manual. i would call this goal a solid fail. can’t win ’em all!

moderator vs. abstainer
yesterday, gretchen rubin posted 8 ways to beat holiday stress on her HP blog. i enjoyed reading her tips, with my favorites being “take your time and plan ahead” and “make time for real fun”. however, i found tip #3 to be a bit harsh:

3. Stay in control of your eating. It seems to me that guilt about holiday binging is a major source of the blues. As an abstainer (as opposed to a moderator), I’ve decided that I won’t have even one sweet during December. It’s easier for me to abstain altogether than to be temperate. It may seem Scrooge-ish not to have gingerbread cookies or bites of a Winstead’s Frosty, but I’m happier when I’m not worrying about it.

sigh. i guess it just makes me a little sad when i see delicious food . . .demonized like this. partly because i do feel that last night’s banana pudding did make life just a tiny bit sweeter.

not the actual dessert josh and i shared, but a google images approximation
i guess i’m just a true moderator at heart. what about you?



workout: 5 miles with 3 x 800m @ 7:30/mi pace (on the TM, 0.5% incline). these felt hard. i do not have high hopes for the 5K race on sunday, but i’m trying to be okay with that.

bin 54: i have no photographic evidence of the dinner josh and i enjoyed at bin 54 last night, but i assure you: it was good.

though i am often the domineering one when it comes to shared selections, i made sure that last night josh ruled the menu choices 100%! we split the following: half-bottle of barnett napa valley cabernet; greek salad; bacon-roasted brussels sprouts (everything’s better . . .); the aforementioned banana pudding (which was, by the way, to-die-for). we each had our own filets — mine was 6 oz while the birthday boy enjoyed a solid 10. i loved the dried cherry sauce while josh preferred the red wine glace. definitely a birthday treat — for both of us!


  • Reply haya March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    i love that those beads are pretty innocent looking but have such a strange purpose! (strange to anyone outside the field, i guess)

    my macbook is shubox famous! (i&#39m pretty sure that&#39s mine anyway…)
    i&#39m totally also a moderator, maybe even a little more than that. i never feel guilty or blue about it though! that banana pudding looks amazing, and i don&#39t even really like banana pudding all that much but i would eat that for sure.

  • Reply Liv March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Geez, no sweets during the holidays?! That&#39s too harsh for me. It would really stress me out trying to avoid indulging. I guess that&#39s also because I&#39m not a person who ever feels guilty about eating–it really is all about eating what you want in moderation.

  • Reply Doctor Blondie March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Hehe true moderator definitely, and I think you (and I) have the bodies to prove it. I think &#39abstinators&#39 have an unhealthy relationship with food which will make them unhappy either way.

    But I&#39m really glad to learn that you will be able to accurately estimate the size of my testicles.

    O wait, I don&#39t have any.

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    haya: definitely your mac!! miss you!

    da: if you give a monkey a typewriter, at SOME point something good might occur . . . really, though i have no idea what i&#39m doing.

    aimee: ahh, i like that. plus it&#39s measurable and finite . . . may earn a place in the 2011 lineup. we&#39ll see.

    liv, chelsea, kristina, blondie: hooray for the moderators! we have more fun (obvi). and blondie, thank you!

    mm you are way too nice.

    crystal: totally fun – and cool! definitely a first for me 🙂 i would be excited to hear your resolutions! and if you ever want to go for a run together i&#39m game!

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