The Twelve Days of Gazellemas: Day 10 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
The Twelve Days of Gazellemas: Day 10 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

The Twelve Days of Gazellemas: Day 10 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

Happy 2012, y’all! This morning, I am at the beach with the architect & 8 other friends. I am (probably) feeling all smug because I am not hungover. (This is likely opposed to last night when I was sad because I was drinking sparkling grapefruit soda and pretending I was fancy.)

It is a new year, and time for new goals. I have a lot of things I want to do this year – and a lot of things that I think will happen pretty definitely. There are going to be a lot of big changes in my life – namely giving birth and then having a small child to take care of FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! or something.

Anyways – keeping with my annual goal setting theme of recent years – I present you with TWELVE goals in 2012! (This may get awkward in about 15 years…)

1. Finish grad school (“A” goal: win the Capstone award)

2. Have baby (“A” goal: give birth naturally)

3. End 2012 weighing less than I do right now (“A” goal: End 2012 weighing the same as I did the end of 2009; there will be no scale looking until July 2012, and then twice monthly weigh-ins after that)

4. Learn to do a flip turn (Ambitious One – I’ll need your help on this one!)

5. At least one triathlon (I’m thinking Blue Lake, end of July)

6. Half Marathon by the end of the year.

7. Maintain debt-free, no credit card lifestyle, even with new, expensive household member.

8. Complete sub-step #1 in secret goal (this is finance related)

9. Complete sub-step #2 in secret goal (this is marketing related)

10. Weekly date nights with the architect (with possible hiatus in April & May)

11. Sirasana with no wall assist

12. Continue habit of nightly work (school now) after school ends to start writing again (with possible hiatus in April & May)


On the tenth day of gazellemas, Amy gave to me:

Ten friends celebrating

Nine goals a-making

Eight hours a-sleeping

Seven miles a-cycling

Six yogis posing


four pancakes,

three lazy cats,

two empty boxes, and

A Pooh Bear outfit, adorable and twee!


  1. I was drving home from my parents house this morning thinking, there’s somehting to be said for starting the New Year refreshed and hydrated. I was drinking grape ultima with a splash of lemon.

    You should check out you tube videos on flip turns. That’s how I taught myself. I just committed to doing it and threw my workouts out the window for a couple of weeks. It really does make pool swimming smoother.

    Good luck with 2012 goals. I have no doubt youl reach all of them.

    1. I cannot learn via video, unfortunately. I’ve tried, but I think I get too frustrated/give up too easily. Fortunately, my swimming buddy will help me out (I’m sure; I should probably ask). I wonder if I could start learning now, or if it would be easier to wait….hmmm…..

      I miss having a beer or glass of wine to unwind at the end of a stressful day, but I love, love, love never feeling out of sorts or hungover.

  2. Alisa

    YES, flipturns…this will totally happen! Maybe after you are bumpless :)…though I’m totally willing to teach you whenever you want lessons.

    I think you’ve set totally realistic and attainable goals. I can’t wait to see the end of 2012 where everything has SUCCESS written on it—especially flipturns b/c I can actually help with that one.

    PS If you decide to do a half in the fall and i’m in town (and not injured) I’ll either: a) be the most awesome spectator you’ll ever have/watch your kiddo or b) do the race with you. Whichever you prefer! I’m there for you.

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