2011 Resolutions, Looking Back

Last year I made 5 resolutions for 2011.  Let’s see how I did –

1. Officially lose the 10 lbs I gained when we moved to Buffalo.


I didn’t gain any weight (and I even lost a little) but 2011 was not the year of healthy habits!  Regular gym visits were sorely needed.

2. Create a written record of my experience as a teacher.


I started working on an outline, compiling memories chronologically, and thinking about my memoir early on in the year.  But those two years were a really hard time in my life and unfortunately I just can’t think about them in great detail without getting sad.  And really angry.  Which wasn’t good for goal #4.

3. Run another half marathon; one for which I’ve actually trained!


Think this and #1 might be related?  I actually did make it through 8 miles on a training plan before I lost steam.  But by the time I gave up, running had become a chore and not a joy, so I doubt this resolution will be repeated for 2012.

4. Work on becoming a less negative person.

Work in progress.

There were some really terrible things happening in my department this last year (which I didn’t blog about for obvious reasons) and I think I did a fairly good job of staying positive.  But I could have done better.

5. Read at least one new book each month.


I read at least 1 book a month, and am ending the year with 26 books finished! I am going to try my hardest to beat this number next year.

Even though 2011 wasn’t my best year for resolutions, I know that it was a good year overall.  And I’m going to think about why these resolutions did or didn’t work when I think about my goals for 2012.

Were you successful in achieving the goals you set for 2011?

5 thoughts on “2011 Resolutions, Looking Back

  1. I found long ago you really set yourself up for failure if you try and take on a long list of resolutions at the start of the year. That’s why I try one or two a month, they say if you can do something for 30 days it becomes habit. That way you aren’t taking on too much at once but your slowly bettering yourself and your goals can change over the year if needed.

  2. I didn’t set any goals for the year because I knew I would either a) forget all about them or b) stop working on them after a few weeks. I’m going to have some goals for 2012, but they will be weekly and monthly goals instead of goals for the whole year.

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