9 in 2009: Revisited

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 16, 2009


Remember in this post when I told you what my nine in two thousand and nine were?

Things I have never done but want to in ‘09

  • RACE! [my first half marathon (May 10th 2009); my first 5k (March 29th)…etc]
  • Run 1,000 miles in 2009
  • Visit a new country (we are thinking Ireland this year)
  • Start an online bakery
  • Raise over $2,500 for Cancer research
  • Renovate our new house (e.g., learn how to install hardwood, do basic repairs, etc)
  • Start working on my first cookbook
  • Secure a BIG ($$$) contest giveaway on Oh She Glows

What is number 9 you ask?

  • Learn and practice YOGA!

As you probably can see, some things have changed since I pledged my little heart away at the beginning of the year!

I thought being 1/3 of the way through 2009 (can you believe that!?) and exactly 1 month away from my birthday, I should re-evaluate my goals.

I am not hard on myself when I don’t succeed with all of my goals. I realize that life happens and sometimes you just need to roll with the punches! There is a lot of psychological research that shows that individuals who adapt and embrace change are better off mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The key to adaptability is to learn how to modify our goals or objectives in times of change!

When I gained weight during my injury, I could have beat myself up over it and made the situation much worse. But I decided to make the best of a bad situation and find new challenges and goals.

So here are my jazzed up and current 2009 goals:

  • RACE! [my first half marathon 10k* on May 10th (see below ); my first 5k (March 29th)…etc Either another 10k or half-marathon June 14th]
  • Run 1,000 miles in 2009 How about this: Don’t push my body too hard!
  • Visit a new country (we are thinking Ireland this year) Due to me starting up my own business, traveling to a new country probably won’t be financially feasible this year, but I’m hoping for a miracle! ;) If it doesn’t happen I will say ‘visit a new city’ this year for a mini vacation.
  • Start an online/homerun bakery –> CHECK! :D
  • Raise over $2,500 for Cancer research (oh boy, this will be tough but I hope with everyone’s help I can still do this!)
  • Renovate our house (e.g., learn how to install hardwood, do basic repairs, etc) In progress!
  • Start working on my first cookbook (hmm…MIGHT happen. Maybe this Fall when things slow down a bit?)
  • Secure a BIG ($$$) contest giveaway on Oh She Glows (I’m thinking an expensive kitchen gadget like a Kitchenaid mixer or something equally cool- I guess I better get on this and email Kitchenaid.)
  • Learn and practice YOGA! I am finally getting into some yoga by doing poses on my own (self-guided)

*Hot off the Press: I am thinking about running the 10k race for the Mississauga Marathon instead of dropping out of the race all together. I have 23 days until the race. If I am ready, I am ready. If not I will have to drop out as planned. No worries!


  • Secure a couple weddings this summer for Glo Bakery (do favours)
  • Pass my Food Safety Certification exam
  • Take Decorating class(es) for cakes, cupcakes, or cookies
  • Start Project Glow
  • Get really good at downward facing dog! (It ticked me off how bad I was at it for a long time. Ok, I still am, but improving!)
  • Create healthy recipes for Glo Bakery
  • Secure more advertising for OSG
  • Advertise Glo Bakery locally and country-wide (wedding magazines, wedding websites, flyers, newspapers, local shops, etc)

That should keep me busy for a little while. ;)


As I mentioned in this afternoon’s post, I had to calibrate my foot pod today. I hooked it on my sneaker and ran 1 mile on the treadmill. I didn’t really feel like it, but I knew I had to get it done! I actually felt quite refreshed after the mile. I ran it around 4pm, which is when I usually hit my afternoon slump so this was a nice pick me up!

I also found this great You Tube video on stretching the IT band:

It felt so good to stretch that area!

And a couple of thank yous:

  • Thanks to everyone for your great advice for knee strengthening exercises! I have a huge list to Google now! It helps so much to read about your own experiences and what you did to overcome the knee problems.
  • Thank you to everyone who gave me such great feedback for my Glo Bakery logo and website design. I got sooo many wonderful ideas- now I just need to figure out how to do them all in Photoshop! A couple of you have so kindly offered your help to me so I may have to take you up on the offer. :)

Tonight’s Question:

What were your 2009 resolutions and have they changed at all? Why or why not? Did you have to modify your goals or let go of any all together?

Ok, back to the receipt tracking. The good news is I finished my tax research for the day! I actually got quite a bit accomplished.

Ok, I almost forgot- receipt tracking AFTER The Office!!!


In the pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.
– R. H. Grenville

Loooove that quote!

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Michelle Hisae April 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I’d always been a resolutions girl, but lately I’ve stopped. Why? I lose them, forget, and just have a hard time feeling obligated to do something. Whatever life throws at me, I’ll catch or drop. We’ll see!


Run Sarah April 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Awesome goals – it’s great that you went back to revisit them too. I need to take a look at mine for 2009 as well.


Bec April 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm

what great goals, I think one of my goals should be to make more goals!


nicole April 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

You will rock your goal list!!!!

Also the foam roller rocks! I’ve been using it for my PF and it’s a huge help. I totally recommend it.


Sarah April 16, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I am running the Mississauga Marathon 10k! It’s a great course… I ran it last year, too, and the spectators are great!!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I resolved to quit smoking and start exercising… I’ve done both so far!


Sarah April 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I’m sure you will have no trouble running the 10K. And since there’s a 1/2 marathon as well, I bet it will have the same exciting vibe of a bigger race. Good luck!


Alisa - Frugal Foodie April 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Your goals still sound fantastic. That might help me to get a little organized, thanks!


Wiggs (The Beholder) April 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

OMG I LOVE Yuri’s videos! I’m obsessed with him now. I’m going to do a Yuri exercise tomorrow, in fact!


Alison April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Great goals. Congrats on getting your online bakery going. That definitely makes letting a few other goals go worth it.

I never really set resolutions. But I have had a goal lately to eat and exercise better. I feel like I’m mostly meeting that goal, with occasional fallbacks.


Marissa April 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Great goals!


David April 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm

You can run our fall ball tournament if you want to raise $3000-4000. I don’t think I’ll be up for it this year and some of the organizers from last year can help. Glow bakery goods as the prizes? heh


Tyler (Raspberry Runner) April 17, 2009 at 12:05 am

great job for setting ambitious resolutions and actually doing them!! i didn’t really make resolutions, but now i wish i did!


Alison April 17, 2009 at 12:22 am

Hi Angela – Just wanted to let you know that the travel resolution might be more feasible than you think…I just booked my roundtrip ticket to Australia, and lets just say it was shockingly cheap compared to normal prices. I know a lot of resorts are offering amazing deals too… I guess my advice is just to keep checking travel websites – some of the offers are incredible! And who doesn’t want a fun vacation (especially now?!)


sarah (ghost world) April 17, 2009 at 6:25 am

love the goal revision — i do the same thing often. and i love goals :)

as for the footpod calibration — do you get an accurate calibration from the treadmill? i have the same footpod (i think — Polar rs200SD) and i LOVE it but to calibrate it theoretically you should be on the same kinds of surfaces that you run on outside. the strides used on the treadmill are not going to be exactly the same, and you may not get as perfect a calibration.

that said, if it works — it works! also, not everyone has access to a marked path (i am lucky to have one nearby) so i completely understand if this is the best way to do it for you. i was just curious to how accurate it was (ie, if you’ve done any races and seen if your 1 mile agrees with the mile markings!)


Lynsey April 17, 2009 at 6:44 am

Hey Angela!

Great goals! i am running my first ever 10K on the 10th May! its for cancer research called the race for life! Im increadibly nervous but also excited! im studying my final year at university so my training has been limited but i hope to step it up in the next week! Hope all goes well for you! Love the site!!!



Susan April 17, 2009 at 7:41 am

I’m hoping to run my first 10k on May 10th too!! It will actually be my first race ever, and I’m definitely not feeling ready yet. So like you, I’m not fully committing until I feel ready. I can always do the 5k instead :)

I’m pretty goal oriented too, but I think it’s important to know that those goals can change. Just gotta go with the flow I guess :)


Laura April 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

The Mississauga 10km is a great and pretty ‘easy’ race. It is relatively flat – just a few gentle rolling hills and everyone is pretty enthusiastic there as well. Hope you get to participate.


VeggieGirl April 17, 2009 at 7:49 am

HELL YES FOR YOGA!!! I do it daily :-)


lauren April 17, 2009 at 8:57 am

awesome goals :)
i LOVE eveything you said about changes and how people who addapt to change are happier and do better in life. Im trying to change alot of things at the moment as im in recovery from an ed..change is essential..theres no recovery without it. we can either welcome it with open arms or fear it, but ive realised how much easier and funner it is to accept and embrace it :)
i love how you changed your goals depending on your situationa and sircumstances now. it shows how adaptable you are and its really inspiring to see someone not beating themselves up for not achieveing goals they set and instead re-assesing and changing them.
great post :)
have a great friday!


lauren April 17, 2009 at 8:58 am

sorry that comment above was from me, but for some reason it linked back to my old blog….


brandi April 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

I think you have some great goals!

Mine are to run more (it’s going okay – the weather here hasn’t been great lately, but it’s getting better!), do more things I want to do like re-learn how to play guitar, read more books, get in the garden more, etc.


Leah @ Simply Fabulous April 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

You could always come and visit me if you want a cheap holiday :) No hotels necessary!!


Colleen April 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

Awwww – Leah is such a sweet friend!

My only resolution was to eat less desserts, and I’ve failed miserably! Easter candy was my undoing! Time to get back on track… :) It was totally worth it though!


Becky April 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

Great list of goals! I am very goal oriented myself- I need to make some more new goals this year!


Marika April 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I think that even if you aren’t prepared to run the whole 10k next month, you should still participate and walk part of the distance if you need to. You’d still have a fun experience and you wouldn’t have to feel that you completely missed out! I’m actually attempting my first 10k in about a month as well and I’m also not sure if I’ll be prepared to run the whole distance, but I’m not going to stress over it :-). Good luck!


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