Another Year…A look back

by danielle on January 3, 2013

I am no longer a fan of New Years resolutions. I always used to be. I still remember writing in my diary on New Years Eve in middle school telling myself that this would be the year I would get skinny. I can’t even count how many years I prepped and planned some sort of diet scheme to make me lose weight. This would be the year! I’m still waiting for that miracle year.

This doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of goals. I’m a big believer in goal setting and think that if you never even set something as a goal, how are you ever going to accomplish it? That being said I don’t think goals need to start on January 1st or Monday morning. I also don’t think that goals necessarily should be quick fixes (like a 12 day juice detox) or should be something you’re not ready for. If I don’t really want to take yoga classes why would I sign up for a month of yoga just to set a goal? Instead this year I’m taking a different approach. I am looking back at last year and pinpointing what I loved and didn’t love so much about the year behind me. How I can make changes and set goals that will help to make this a much-improved year? Let’s find out…

CrossFit

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Last Year: I wavered between loving it and not wanting to go so much. I took a 3 week break from CrossFit and couldn’t wait to get back. I had set a ton of lofty goals at the beginning of the year that in the back of my mind I knew I’d never accomplish in one year.

This Year: I go to CrossFit because I love it and the second it becomes not fun I will take a break. I set reasonable CrossFit goals, like 10 kipping pull ups in a row by the end of the year, rather than way out there ones, like getting my first muscle up. I put in the effort to improve because I love training and reaching my goals and not because I want the perfect body or to be skinny.

My Website

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Last Year: I started my website in June of 2012 and can’t believe I’ve already been blogging for 6 months. I loved blogging but at times felt like I had to come up with a new recipe or had to comment on a website. I needed to seem perfect and like my problems with my own nutrition were slim to none; I am a nutritionist after all.

This Year: I  continue to blog as often as I want to but I don’t always have to. I  post fun recipes if I want to share but I also post my thoughts and opinions because it is my website. I comment on the blogs and posts I love but don’t always have to. I spread positivity through my blog but also share my personal thoughts and struggles because they are reality. I want to be relatable as much as I am positive.

My Nutrition Business

Last Year: I started my blog in June and focused on building readership but didn’t necessarily focus enough on getting clients. I did sign and work with several clients successfully and loved every minute of it! I worked with a couple mentors and reached out to successful nutritionists for advice. I held my first nutrition workshop, grocery tour, and online coaching sessions.

This Year: I focus on growing my business. I attend B school with Marie Forleo and learn how to improve all aspects of my business. I work with a nutrition mentor to gain additional assistance. I complete my blog redesign and focus on more personal, honest posts.  I have 10 full time clients by the end of the year.

My Nutrition

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Last Year: I was all over the place in experimenting with different eating styles, paleo, zone, gluten free, meat free, and so many more all happened. I followed the last diet I will ever follow and am slowly starting to get closer to finding out what works for me.

This Year: I am label free with my eating. I eat to fuel my body and feel the best I can possible be. I am making choices that honor my body but also honor my cravings. I continue with my 2nd year of being 100% gluten free. I continue to work on getting myself to love vegetables just a little bit more. No more diets for me. Not ever. I eat to fuel my body and feel my best.

My Thoughts

Last Year: Although I didn’t always share it on my blog or reflect it in my posts this past year was a bit of a struggle for me. A lot of things were unstable or in limbo and my type A personality didn’t like that at all. I struggled with anxiety and concerns about how people would perceive me with my new profession: a nutritionist.

This Year: I am positive. I regain a sense of confidence that has been lost in me for a very long time. I no longer concern myself with anxiety about others thoughts of me and instead surround myself with people who love me and who I love. I am fun and happy and proud of myself just the way I am. I reflect my thoughts in my post. I am honest on my blog and share how I feel whether or not it is positive.

These are just some of the visions I have for the year ahead and can’t wait to kick off the new year with them. I am so excited to grow my nutrition business and website in the year 2013 and can’t wait to bring you along on this journey with me!

Now it’s your turn: What’s your vision for the year 2013??? 

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie January 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

Danielle,

Your blog has been such an inspiration to me. I truly love reading each & every one of your posts. You may of experimented with different eating habits, but the fact that being true to YOU and eating what you feel your body needs, is just amazing to me. I wish you nothing but happiness and achievements this year. You are such a kindhearted person and honestly deserve nothing but the best <3 <3

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Jessie thank you so much! It is inspiring to me to hear that you are enjoying my blog so much! I am so happy to have so much support and positivity from my readers and the blog community so thank you!

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Lucie January 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

Love this post Danielle!! Such a great approach to look at things and decide how to handle them in the coming year. I can relate to so many things you listed – especially the one with others people thoughts. Let’s just not care anymore what others think and do what is best for us – I’ll join you there!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Sounds great Lucie! Let’s do it together!

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Kristen@Change of Pace January 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I love the comparing. I am going to really work on being balanced as a whole this year. Emotionally, physically, nutritionally…. and just try to be happy overall with my life. It sure sounds simple doesn’t it!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Sounds perfect! Balance can be tricky but when it happens it’s so amazing :)

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I really liked the way that you recapped the year. I had no idea that you started the blog just a month before I started mine…. you always seemed like such a pro! ;) Your blog is one of my favorites….your recipes are so creative and different and I love your honesty. Here’s to a fabulous 2013 for both of us!!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thanks so much Kim! You’re so sweet! I love your blog so much too and can always count on you for fun new recipes! Happy 2013!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I think you’re awesome. My vision for 2013 is to continue making healthy choices and keeping up with a HEALTHY exercise routine and constantly try to improve myself. :)

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thanks Linz! You’re already doing amazing creating a healthy routine for yourself and I’m sure you will only get even better at it in the new year :)

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Mallory @ ifgravityhappens January 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I like what you said about having goals that are ongoing not ones that start on a certain day or have a certain designated “it must start today because everyone does” in mind. That is why I see a lot of New Years resolutions fade fast because it always must start with the commitment of the lifestyle change :) Your post was very motivational :)

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

So glad you liked it Mallory!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

This is awesome! I love how you looked back at last year and used it as a basis for this year’s goals. I had a tough year too, but I have a feeling 2013 is going to be better for both of us! :D My vision for this year is to heal my knee and get back to running, to tackle new challenges in the kitchen, to get a dietetic internship, to say yes to more opportunities, and to have more fun!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Yay! Let’s both have an amazing 2013 together. Keep saying yes and having more fun and I’m sure everything else will fall into place!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thank you for this post. As a self-proclaimed “perfectionist,” I need to keep this post in mind when creating goals and expectations for myself. It is unrealistic for me to expect to be perfect and to achieve everything that I want to achieve in a short period of time. Your words are really inspiring. Thank you :) .

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

So glad you liked it Hannah! I am such a perfectionist too and when I actually give myself credit for “little” accomplishments it really puts everything in perspective!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I am setting goals too, rather than resolutions. I have a type A personality too, and I need to work on letting go of some of the anxieties that I have!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Love this! I’m right there with you on the anxieties so lets both resolve to get rid of some of them this year :)

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Kierston January 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Great post! Great Goals…I love your looking back and moving forward approach :)

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks so much Kierston!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I love this sort of comparison. It sounds like 2013 is really a year to follow your own path… which is always the best one. Cheers to continued forward progress and no diets!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks so much Laura. I love the way you put that. I guess I will be following my own path :)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Great post–I could relate to a lot of the things you mentioned. Yay for us more newbie bloggers (I started in June as well)! One vision I have for 2013 is to continue to honor my body, as I have learned quite a bit over the past year on things I needed to change.

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Love this! That is such a great vision!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

soo many years did I write in my journal that I would lose weight! I am so glad I overcame that stupid “resolution” it feels good to make goals rather then beat yourself up over resolutions!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Ahhh I can totally relate. Isn’t it great to make actual achievable goals relative to “living” rather than weight loss!

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Caitlin January 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Danielle, this post is incredible and I love the direct comparison idea. I cannot believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months and your positive attitude, smiles (whenever I picture you, I picture you smiling and laughing), and teachings of acceptance and happiness seriously inspire me every single day. I can’t thank you enough for keeping up this blog and helping me and so many others. You’re an amazing person and we better be able to hang out again soon!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Caitlin, you are so kind! I am so happy I make you think of happiness because that is really all I want through this blog and my work. I love your blog as well and your Amazing Me post still touches me! Please let’s meet up again soon!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Love your goals!! I never make resolutions because I always forget them – guilty. Ha ha. I do have goals in mind though :D

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Excellent! Goals are good :)

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

This post was such a pleasure to read, Danielle – talk about motivational! It sounds like you’ve come such a long way in your health journey, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you. I’m sure it will be wonderful, and I have to thank you for letting us join you :)

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thanks so much Amanda! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it!

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Lisa January 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You are just awesome. I like the comparisons you are making between this and last year and ways you want to improve. I love your blog and am so happy you started it up, you always put a smile on my face first thing in the morning when I read everyday! I’m with you on no dieting! And I’m excited to follow you more on your journey!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Thanks so much Lisa! I’m so happy you enjoy reading it and I always look forward to yours as well!

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Alex @ therunwithin January 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

this is such a great reflection of how much you have grown this past year. good for you for finding what works for you. 2013 will be your year yet again!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thanks so much Alex! I hope so ;)

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julie January 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm

loved this! this year for me is all about building strength – physically, mentally, etc – that’s why i’m loving crossfit so much – even though i’m just starting out – it’s giving me mental & physical strength which i’m learning is SO important in life – not draining myself out!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I’m so excited for you to get into CrossFit. It will be amazing for you :)

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Belle @ Rebelle Fitness January 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I love your CrossFit goals and super cute shoes!!

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danielle January 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thanks so much Belle!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

2013 is definitely the year of GROWTH! FOR ALL OF US! :) Cannot wait to see how big we all grow!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Yay! This comment got me so excited!!!

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Courtney January 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Wonderful post, Danielle :)

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Courtney!

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Brad Gouthro Fitness January 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Nice! 2013 is the year of living lean. Your clean recipes help!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Totally agree Brad! I think Live Lean TV is going to be huge this year!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity January 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I think those are all great ways to look at it! Especially with the blog, I feel that one a lot. I have to remind myself that it is my hobby and not my career, and that skipping a day or two of posting won’t hurt anything :)

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Yes! Totally agree Alysia!

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Chelsa January 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Grest outlookodor the year! I am really glad that you are blogging more about your personal feelings lately. You have a lot of good things to offer us, I can’t wait to see more this year.I love your recipes too. I’m going to make those mini brownies when my friend comes over Saturday because she is GF like us. I’ll let you know how she likes them.

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Thanks so much Chelsa! I hope she enjoys them!

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Danielle's Mom January 4, 2013 at 2:27 am

Danielle, with confidence there will be no stopping you! You are an amazing beautiful caring person, and that is hard to improve on!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Thanks so much! I love getting comments from “Danielle’s Mom” ;)

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

Ever since discovering your blog last summer, I’ve been inspired by your enthusiasm and passion! You’ve shared some amazing recipes (those GF Luna bars are a favorite treat of mine now!), and it was you who ignited my interest in CrossFit. You’re amazing, Danielle, and I KNOW you’ll achieve what you set out to do. 2013 is going to be such an exciting year for you! I’m cheering you on all the way. :D xoxoxo

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks so much Sara! I hope we are able to connect again soon! I am always inspired by your blog too and your positive comments are always so kind and helpful! Thank you!

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Rachel @ Healthy Chicks January 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Danielle, we are SO similar. I LOVE this!! I too set intentions this year because the word “resolution” was giving me an icky taste in my mouth. It means we have to change something when really I want to make 2013 about personal growth – long-lasting, gradual changes! Intentions & goals have such a more positive spin too!

I too am IN LOVE with Marie Forleo – attending B School is going to be a great way to kickstart your biz. I’m working to grow my business as well (Holistic Health Coaching) so we can def. chat & keep each other motivated!

Much love & happy New Year

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I will totally be checking your blog out! Let’s definitely chat because it sounds like we have a lot in common and a lot of similar goals :)

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Rachel @ Healthy Chicks January 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

P.S. Just read you’re in IIN – amazing!! I graduated in the end of summer. :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

I love this!! I am focusing on being healthy and decreasing stress this year. I still need to pick your brain about IIN!

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danielle January 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Yes we still need to connect :)

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