everybody’s doing it.

by Janetha on December 30, 2010

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so. i know you have read a zillion “goals of 2011” posts.. whether the blogger has called them resolutions, goals, to-do’s, aspirations.. you get it. and so do i.

because i get it, and know you are probably bored with them, i am going to keep this short. like me. at only 5’1”, i am a shortie!

not to toot my own horn or anything, but i am pretty good at sticking to my new years resolution(s). the key is to only set one or two, so you can focus and accomplish.

in 2009, i gave up candy. didn’t have a single bite! marshall did this with me. i was so proud of him! we both did it.

in 2010, i had three resolutions. i know, a little lofty. they were:

1. no soda

2. floss every day

3. run 400 miles

let’s talk about it!

1. check!


this was my main resolution (like the candy one of 2009) and i can happily and PROUDLY say i didn’t had a drop of soda this year. granted, i was not a complete soda addict going into 2010.. but i still drank too much of it and that was not necessary. there were times i really wanted a swig of marshall’s dr. pepper or to enjoy a root beer float.. but i held back. i am not going to start drinking soda in 2011.. but if i feel like a sip here or there, i am allowed.

2. mainly check!


the point of this resolution was to develop a new healthy habit. and i did. now i floss daily—sometimes twice a day. it is second nature. there were some days missed in 2010, i am sure, but the point was to develop the habit of regular flossing, and i did! my dentist would be proud. i know deb is.

3. check, i think?


so i set out to run 400 miles (indoors and outdoors combined) in 2010. the point of this was to run more and just be more active in general. i tracked my progress here. i did a great job the first couple months, but then i ended up with tendinitis in both ankles (ugh!) and had to lay off running for about 5 weeks. such a bummer. i did manage to get back on track.. but guess what? i stopped officially tracking the miles around mid-october! as of october 21st i was at 332 miles. i kept track on a notebook and november was around 45 miles. it was a good month for running. that means i would have had to run 23 miles this month, which i think i have easily done. even though i have taken several days off from the gym, i typically run 3-4 miles when i do cardio on the treadmill.. so i am going to give this one a big CHECK!

now, moving on to 2011.

i have two resolutions.

i usually try to work towards something and give up something entirely.

the working toward something resolution, like my running resolution, is a work in progress. there is time to get there. 365 days, actually. 366 on a leap year, if you wanna get technical.

the give up something resolution, however, is an all-or-nothing deal.  i commit to stop doing something and that starts on january first. no excuses. that is the resolution that i usually focus more on.

here are my 2011 resolutions:

1. touch my toes. this is the work in progress goal. i have never, in my life, been able to touch my toes (with my legs straight, of course.) word on the street is that my dad can’t, either, so maybe it is genetic. i have heard that. every time i work my hamstrings, they get ridiculously sore. even if i just work them with light weights. they are tight. and sore. and not flexible at all!

i know you guys are reading this and thinking it is such a ridiculous resolution. and that the majority of the world population can touch their toes. but for me, it’s a big deal! i have always wanted to be able to and never have.

here is where i am right now:


a better look at the distance between my fingers and toes (and randy’s face, always hogging the attention):


i think that with some stretching and determination, i will be able to touch my toes in a year from now. i also want to try a yoga class, because i bet that would help. i mean, it wouldn’t hurt, right? plus, i have never done yoga and have always wanted to try it.

at least i have some helpers Winking smile penny and randy thought it was play time.


if you have any toe touchin’ tips, send them my way!

next up:

2. close things all the way. this is the all-or-nothing goal.  and i realize that it needs further explaining. i am notorious for not closing things all the way. lids on peanut butter.. cereal boxes.. laundry detergent containers.. lids on jam.. zip lock bags of anything.. lids on milk.. you get the idea. anything that can be open and needs to be closed? well, chances are that it will get halfway closed on my clock. aside from the toilet, of course, thanks to years of nagging from momma b i am very good at closing the toilet lid.

i pulled a few things from the fridge and pantry today to show you my bad habit…

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this bad habit of not putting lids on tightly was never a real issue for me. sometimes things would spill, but for the most part, it never bothered me. well, i got married, and as it turns out.. it really bothers my mister. like. a lot. i never noticed what a bad habit it was until he started pointing it out. every day. with everything.

so, this resolution will break my bad habit. and it will probably help my marriage. two birds, one stone.

marshall’s resolution this year is no soda. i am really proud of him because that boy drinks at least 36 oz of soda a day. i wish him luck!

i told you i was going to keep this short, and it ended up a little long, so i am going to go now.

i want to mention a few really unique “2010 in review” posts from other bloggers that i absolutely loved:

enjoy those and i will see ya tomorrow for a special flashback friday!


1. did you have a 2010 resolution? what was it/did you keep it?

2. are you making any 2011 resolutions?

xo. janetha g.

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MelissaNibbles December 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

People not closing things drives me nuts! Fix that girl!
I want to save money and bone more dudes in 2011!

april January 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

that’s so funny you mention not closing things all the way- I do that too!! My family gets so annoyed with me but it’s a bad habit!

Susan January 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I love these resolutions!! I am AWFUL for not shutting things too. It must be related to the gene that hates hanging clothing up ;)

Okay, toe touching thing. I always had trouble doing it too until I went to this intro to Ashtanga class where the instructor had us put our feet shoulder width apart and wrap a belt around our thighs. He then made us contract our thigh muscles like we were trying to burst through the belt. Then he made us take off the belt, contract our thigh muscles the exact same way, and bend towards our toes. When those thigh muscles are working you get a lot more distance. I was able to stretch forward at least an extra inch!

Hopefully that makes sense?

Lindsay R. January 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Your goal of closing things is cracking me up! When my hubby and I first lived together, about 8 years ago, he kept pointing out that I left cabinet doors and drawers open. I never noticed I did that! I go through phases where that bad habit creeps back in, but for the most part, I’m cured. Funny what living with someone teaches you about yourself! :)

elise January 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

you are so effing awesome. your first few sentences are EXACTLY how ive been feeling – and yet – i found this post refreshing because you are so damn cool.
i am the loser of 2011 or something because im refusing to do the whole resolution thang. im just over it i guess.
we could NEVER live together because you would drive me loco by not closing things. i cant stand it. im so ocd about that kind of shiz. as for the tow touching. oy. i would love to jump on board with that goal. i suck in the flexibility department. maybe yoga and i need to get acquainted.
AND i just got this coffee xpress thing which is AMAZING!?! im ecstatic! you are such a sweetheart. i cant get over it.

kaitlinwithhoney January 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

These goals are adorable. You are awesome.

Holly January 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

you get the award for best 2011 goals. word.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

baaahahaha! i’m the same way! I never close things all the way. I’m especially notorious for not closing kitchen cupboards all the way. drives.rob.crazy.

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