2012 Countdown

by Khushboo on December 30, 2011

Andddd another year bites the dust yet my reaction stays the same as last year: Already?? I can’t say 2011 was my best year but it definitely was a good one.

5 Highlights of 2011

  • Qualifying as a Nutrition Specialist, which means I can legally prescribe nutritional advice both weight loss- and exercise- related.

  • My birthday: You know it’s a good night when as you’re reaching home, the sun is already out and your grandmother is reading the paper…enough said!

4 Resolutions for 2012

  • Personal: Go with the flow.  These 4 words sound pretty basic but I sometimes find it hard to just take things as they come.  A study actually found a trend that women tend to be more specific whereas men are more able to go with the flow.  Testoserone or not, I am resolving to adapt better to unplanned circumstances and be more flexible.
  • Health: Give up diet drinks, including my beloved Diet Coke. It’s reached a point where I can have 3-4 cans a night on the weekend and 1 can every other day during the week which is quite disgusting.   My body doesn’t need it, nor do my teeth or brain cells!  As hard as I know it’s going to be, I’m ready to go cold turkey.  I gave up Splenda at the start of the year so there’s no reason why I can’t get rid of aspartame in my diet once and for all.

  • Mental:  I want to read at least 5 books in 2012.  For avid readers, this doesn’t seem like a challenge at all but for someone who read all of one book in 2011, this is quite ambitious.  The books don’t have to be  heavy, intellectual or profound- just provide a source of entertainment which doesn’t rely on battery.  Some people go on a weight-loss diet at the start of the year, consider this a technology diet!  That all being said, I also want to continue blogging 3-4 times a week because it is a creative outlet for me to comunicate my passions with like-minded individuals.
  • Professional: I love the job I am currently doing, I am learning & growing a lot but it’s not my ideal job.  I am passionate about healthy, nutritious food and I am passionate about staying fit.  I know this is the field I want to make my first million from be immersed in the long-run, so hopefully I will get the ball rolling in 2012.

3 Fitness Goals for 2012:

  • Continue strength training at least twice a week: Strong is the new sexy and in that case, I’m bringin’ sexy back in 2012 ;) .

  • Improve my running pace to an 8.45 min/mile:  I am currently running comfortably between a 9min/mi – 9.15min/mi and know that I have it in me to knock off some seconds.
  • Complete 10 continuous ‘regular’ press ups: Considering I can now complete a grand total of zero, this is going to take some work!

2 Places I Want to Visit in 2012

  • China, more specifically Guangzhou.  My sister and brother-in-law moved there earlier this year and the more I hear about it, the more wrong my impression of the place seems to be…which is a good thing!
  • The Golden Temple in Amritsar: Ever ever since I saw it in a movie, I was taken aback by its beauty.  Despite my cousin and mine’s great plans, we are still yet to visit it!

1 Reminder to Ponder Over:  

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

I am guilty of falling into a rut yet expecting different results.  If something is making you unhappy or is not going the way you planned, do something about it.  Whether it’s your career, life, relationship (s), weight…whatever: if you want to see a change, modify your approach.  Be the change, make the change!  And when better than 2012??

What are you hoping to achieve in 2012?  On a side note, if you have any book recommendations, please send them my way!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra December 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

That golden temple is gorgeous! If you go there, take tons of pics on my behalf ;)
2011 sure was a rockin year for ya girl, I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Oh I sure will :)

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Shannon from Healthiful Balance December 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thats so awesome that you were in Shape magazine! :)
I gave up soft drinks more than a year ago and feel so much better! :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That’s great to hear…I already feel better for choosing water yesterday when normally I would have ordered a Diet Coke!

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honeywhatscooking December 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

good goals. in india, i want to see the taj mahal, i saw it last when i was 6, but i hardly even remember. that’s so funny you wrote i want to read 5 books, lol. i barely read, i read magazines and selfhelp books, but i can’t sit down and read, else i fall asleep. i’m writing up my goals too.

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Taj Mahal is also on my list but I figured aiming for one site a year is more realistic :) !

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Shelly December 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Good luck on your resolutions! You have a lot of good ones!
As for books, check out my books page. I love murder mystery or suspense books, so if you like that sort of thing you can find some there. I’ll be adding to it since I typically read 1-2 books a week. Except of course right now since I am dragging to finish a book I started at the beginning of the month. :)

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Wow 1-2 books per week is great! ..and fast :)

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Priyanka December 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Congrats for all your achievements this year. My entire family has been to the golden temple except me, I want to go there so bad.

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks :) ! Hopefully I finally will this year!

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Parita @ myinnershakti December 31, 2011 at 12:47 am

Love all of your goals! You are going to rock 2012! I definitely recommend the Hunger Games series…I think you’d really like it!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’ve heard so much about Hunger Games- I’ll definitely check it out!

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Christina Does It All December 31, 2011 at 3:06 am

How awesome that you were in Shape Magazine!
And I love your goals!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Thanks!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset December 31, 2011 at 4:56 am

That is just too cool that you were in Shape, celeb over hurrrr :)
And congrats again on the nutrition certification! That is just such a great accomplishment, and wow, you must be so darn proud

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Haha free autographs ;) !

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JoJo December 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

I have several new years resolutions as well.
Giving up diet sodas would be a very hard one for me as well… Although I don’t drink much sodas, I drink a lot of “diet” drinks… Probably best to stick with water most of the time :D
I love the quote by Einstein!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Good luck with your resolutions!

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Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) December 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

What a great year and great resolutions. I can’t believe you were published; that is so cool! I recently made a bucket list for myself and being published was one of my goals. congrats!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Getting published was also on my bucket list…felt great to cross it off!

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When Harry Met Celery December 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Wow! You have put things down so neatly. Some goals you have girl! Happy new year to you and may you accomplish all the new resolutions :D

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Kat @ Balance & Spice January 1, 2012 at 6:57 am

Awesome resolutions! Thanks for the lovely inspiration. Happy New Year!

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Karina January 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Good luck with all you New Year’s resolution!!! Hope they all happen this year – especially you visiting China:) Happy New Ywar!!

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thanks, I am more than certain my China resolution will happen in 2012!

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The Healthy Engineer January 2, 2012 at 2:22 am

Go to China!! Seriously I wish I could just move to Asia and live in Hong Kong because I love the energy so much. If you don’t like crowds, then it’ll take some time but you probably have a ton of preparation from Mumbai!

I think I’ve been to the Golden Temple….but as a 4 or 2 year old hahaha.

My way of life is also go with the flow…things happen for a reason even if they don’t make sense at the moment.

You have to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!! One of the best books out there in the recent years.

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Khushboo Thadani January 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Haha I think I will fare well with the crowds- Mumbai has definitely made me more tolerant of over-population!

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ritika January 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
how very true, and this kind of sums my life, and that’s gotta change and change, starting now.

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Khushboo Thadani January 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I’ve been repeating it every time I find myself doing the same thing!

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