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.
✰ #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.
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.
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.
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!