Category Archives: Goals & Motivation

Monthly goals, other goals, and things that motivate me.

10 Week Turnaround

A few weeks ago Erin over at Big Girl Feats started her 10 Week Turnaround Challenge.  I thought it was a brilliant idea, and I immediately jumped on board.  Then I promptly fell off the wagon.  However, I still think it’s a brilliant idea, and it seems like an even better way to jump start my true efforts.

The idea is that each week, for ten weeks, you add one new goal to focus on for the week.  Week 1 Starts today.

For this week I chose to eliminate all meals out except two.  We usually go out to dinner with friends (or family) about once a week, but lately meals out have become more and more frequent, and I’m definitely starting to feel the effects.  This week I get one dinner out and one “I need to grab a quick breakfast/ lunch” meal.

1. (6/12 – 6/18): Eat out no more than twice.










28 While 28

If there are two things bloggers love it’s lists and goals.  The first time I ran across a X while X list was on my friend Erin‘s blog.  Since then Laura, Heather and other bloggers have posted their own lists.  Today is my birthday, and as part of my quest to become more sentimental and make the most of my 28th year, I’ve decided to hop on board and make my own list.  Some of these items are off my Mission 101 list and some a new goals.  The goal of this list is to have new adventures, try new things, and challenge myself.  I don’t plan take the list too seriously because the goal is to have fun and enjoy life.  I’ll update this list as the year progresses and track my lists on my 28 While 28 page.


  1. Maintain my 28th Year Journal/ Scrapbook (more on this later)
  2. Visit a local (IL, IN, WI, MI) brewery
  3. See the Mythbusters exhibit @ Museum of Science and Industry
  4. Visit The Ledge at the Sear’s Tower
  5. Eat at 5 new restaurants
  6. Try 12 new beers
  7. Eat Vegan for 1 week
  8. Consistently strength train for 30 days
  9. Find, frame and display 6 photos
  10. Make 28 recipes from my cookbooks
  11. Do #photoaday for 1 whole month
  12. Self host my blog & host a giveaway
  13. Move in with Nik
  14. Do a sprint triathlon
  15. Visit a haunted house
  16. Hike 3 Chicago area trails
  17. Bike 3 (different) Chicago area trails
  18. Run the Spring Grove Cornmaze 5K
  19. Run the Zoo Run Run 5K
  20. Reach my goal weight & become a Weight Watcher’s Lifetime member
  21. Pick a pumpkin and carve it
  22. Go to the beach
  23. Go to the zoo
  24. Go to a baseball game
  25. Make whoopie pies
  26. Take a cooking class (e.g. a sushi making class)
  27. Host a game night
  28. Volunteer for the Chicago marathon
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