Gals With Goals: As One Door Closes…

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Brooke took me to The Pearl for a belated birthday brunch of chicken and waffles. After a couple hours of conversation and brainstorming, we came up with the idea of trying something new every month for a year (which turned into two) and writing about it every couple of days (or once a month). We created our lists of goals, had a photoshoot, Chris built our website, and just like that, Gals With Goals was born. 2015 successfully came and went in a blink of an eye, and it was hard to believe that we had each completed 12 goals! Instead of saying goodbye to Gals With Goals, we decided to stick it out for another year. 2016 brought some heartache, a few hits and misses, and huge successes for both of us. My year included two trips to the west coast; one as a finalist for a college job and the other as a presenter at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention, an article written in a national newsletter, trips to Ireland and Italy, an invitation to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a web feature for Music & Arts.

It’s now Saturday, December 31, 2016 and here we are at The Pearl yet again eating chicken and waffles to celebrate everything that is Gals With Goals; 2 years, 48 goals, 224 total blog posts, readers in 5 different countries, 10,400 readers, 17,300 total views, and 2 very tired, yet energized gals. There simply aren’t enough words to express our gratitude and thanks to our friends and family, our readers, and our husbands for putting up with our crazy ideas. Brooke, thank you for your support and motivation on this journey. It’s hard to believe that on February 11th, 2017,  you will be celebrating the release of your first book and I’ll be fluting it up as the guest artist for a flute festival in Utah. It’s very fitting I guess, that we will both be hard at work in two separate cities, on two separate projects that wouldn’t even exist without our blog! We are exhausted and even so, I know we both have endless lists in our phones of goals just waiting to be accomplished. Here’s a list of things I would like to pursue in 2017.

Angela’s Goals for 2017 and Beyond

Certification & Training: In 2017 I hope to broaden my horizons and experience with Suzuki teacher training, body mapping, yoga, and meditation training.

The Thoughtful Flutist: Stay tuned for a new podcast, workshop, blog, and maybe even a book that will cover a wide array of topics, such as health, wellness, performance, auditions, etc. My goal is to create a platform for flutists near and far, encourage personal growth, and maximize creative potential.

Groupmuse Columbus: I can’t get enough chamber music. Who wants to host a concert in their home here in Columbus? (www.groupmuse.com)

Recording Projects: I think it’s time that Joe and I work on a CD together. I’d also like to record an album for piccolo and piano.

Research our roots: With a simple swab of the cheek, I hope to learn a little bit more about my ancestry though DNA.

Travel: I recently stumbled across this inspirational quote attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo, which I believe to be true: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I will continue to choose travel and experience over material possessions in 2017. According to the app Been, we’ve only experienced 7% of the world!

Home improvement projects: Insulation inspection, a fresh coat of paint, declutter and organize in a minimalist sort of way, a new office space, etc.

Website Updates: The new pages are drafted, I just need to continue to post new items.

Telemann Fantasy project revisited: Along with my monthly goals for 2016, my hope was to learn and record a new Telemann Fantasy each month. Well that lasted for about a month and fizzled. Perhaps I will return to this project in 2017.

One Final Thought…

It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for reflection and a time to reenergize. We are only given one very short life, so I ask you, what are you waiting for? Give yourself a little bit of time each and every day to be creative, dream big, and whatever you do, write your ideas down! Create a list of things you would like to experience, and then pick something, ANYTHING! Explore a curiosity, pursue your passion, embarrass yourself, fail a million times, try something only to realize you hate it, or try something to realize it was the very thing that makes you feel alive, complete, and whole. These two gals with goals will be here to cheer you on!

Cheers to Gals With Goals and new adventures in 2017!

The Cheesecake Factory: the name implies Cheese and Cake

Jan 13:  Wednesday.  I committed to going to a hip hop class at 7:15pm even though it would normally be my day off of working out/day to re-group on groceries.  So things started to unravel the later it got in the evening….

*organic oatmeal and chocolate chip square

*organic banana

*(The Elevator Restaurant) – carrots + celery + hummus <<patting self on back for not ordering the pita that normally comes with it>> + 3 pieces of wheat bread they bring out before <<realizing the bread cancelled out my no pita gig>>

*no afternoon snack….this is where it went South!

*Another organic oatmeal and chocolate chip square that I just-so-happen to find in my car that I had packed from a few days prior

*egg sandwich (Ezekiel english muffin + 2 eggs + shredded cheese).  I ate this at 9pm after having to leave hip hop early because I was hangry.

I know better.  I’ll try again tomorrow.

Jan 14:  Thursday.  Oh, Thursday.  Thursdays rock if you eat pizza and you’re a happy hour fan.  Thursdays are a challenge if you’re in a diet phase and trying to push through on workouts.  Today was my planned rest day since I attempted to workout last night, which would’ve been my rest day.

The only thing that matters today is that I fit into these pants that did not fit 14 days ago.

Excuse the quality of the photo.  I didn’t intend to post it on the blog.  It was intended for my girlfriends on a “look, I’m in these pants” type of message, but what the heck…  Also, my hand is on my hip.  I really want ladies everywhere to agree we’ll stop posing like that, but until EVERYONE stops doing it, I will continue, I guess.

pants

*organic oatmeal and chocolate chip square (sign that I was running out of food for the week)

*(work cafeteria) – salad with lite ranch dressing + chicken + greek yogurt

*I was really killin’ it today because I forgot to put any other snacks in MyFitnessPal even though I know I ate them.  Go me.

*(NorthStar Cafe) – 1/2 sweet basil burrito + chips and salsa.  I felt guilty about the chips and salsa but kept justifying to people who didn’t care by saying “I mean, it’s like 10 chips.”  Here’s a visual.

In closer review of the photo, I think it’s safe to say “I mean, it’s like 6 chips”

burrito

Jan 15:  The typical Friday – left work late, traffic, energy non-existent.  All hopes of a workout were out the window and dinner became snacks pieced together enough to call it a meal.

*organic chocolate protein shake

*organic banana

*greek yogurt + honey

*(catered lunch at work because I was in an 11-2:30 mtg) grilled chicken + broccoli.  Both had a cream sauce over it but not enough to sabotage my efforts.

*left over sweet basil burrito chicken wrap from NorthStar from last night.  I ate this around 4pm at work so it was late snack/early dinner. Or something.  It was supposed to be my lunch.  Whatevs.

*Ancient harvest granola something or other cereal + almond milk.  The random go-to/back-up/hey-I-forgot-we-had-this meal.

Jan 16:  The main agenda in the food world today was delivering Meals on Wheels (if you’re a new blog follower, Chris and I deliver 1x per month) followed by lunch (or “brunch”) at the Cheesecake with Chris, my dad, step-mom, and sister.

You guys….the Cheesecake Factory.

The. Cheesecake. Factory.

Like, the name implies cheese, cake, and cheesecake.

<<deep breaths>>

Here’s how yours truly got a hold of herself:

*oats

*(Cheesecake Factory) – I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

Say you’re proud…say you’re proud… <<pageant wave to crowd>>

cheesecake factory

*organic chocolate protein shake

*shredded chicken + whole wheat pasta + marina

I did a 35 minute home workout with a YouTube video.  First time I had done that before and I underestimated it’s difficulty.  According to Jillian Michaels, if I do that for 6 weeks, I’ll have sculpted abs.

Jan 17:  My whole body was just achy when I woke up.  Not even achy like ‘I’m so achy from working out,’ but just that general ‘am I getting old?’ achy.  I’ve done yoga every Sunday for the last few years, and I skipped it.  I just wasn’t in the mood to have my mat 4 inches from the people next to me, and I was too busy reminding myself how achy I was and throwing in a little ‘this is all a waste of time, why am I even trying, I probably haven’t made progress’ bit.  There’s nothing better in life than defeating yourself with negative self talk.  Way to focus on the negative, Brooke.

I pulled myself out of the slump and it went down as such:

*oats

*(Northstar) – I went to the gym before this and did some cardio, so I drove over to Easton and picked back up with my normal NorthStar routine even though I didn’t do yoga at Lulu Lemon.  Granola + mint iced coffee.  MyFitnessPal says the granola is 603 calories.  I don’t even care.  Here’s a pic to prove my point on how amazing it is.

granola

*5 multi-grain crackers + garlicky kale yogurt dip (a new find at Whole Foods)

*shredded chicken + whole wheat pasta + organic marina.

*1 spoonful of organic crunchy peanut butter

Jan 18:  MLK day, so no work today.  I had dedicated this day to picking back up the ole manuscript to assess where I stopped on my book writing ventures and what is left to get my book published.  I don’t want to derail my healthy eating blog this month to talk about it, but I have a game plan and you’ll be hearing more about the book situation again in May…and any other time I drop in random stuff about how long of a process writing a book is (real authors don’t end sentences with “is”…oh well).

Here’s what food on a Monday without work looks like:

*organic banana

*(Stauf’s) – egg sandwich (2 eggs + cheese on a honey wheat bagel).  I started at Fox in the Snow, which is my official “work on my book” place.  I had already decided I wouldn’t deprive myself of ordering something at Fox in the Snow, but that I would have to hold on the cinnamon roll, which is my fav, and it’s the best in the city, possibly state, likely the world.  I told myself I’d get their egg sandwich and was ignoring the fact that their bread wasn’t really healthy in the slightest.  But, Fox in the Snow was way too busy so I bounced over to Stauf’s and was shuffled through the line quickly and just had to make a quick decision on all things bread-related that my eggs would land on.  I did the best I could.  I had an iced coffee too.

*organic chocolate protein shake

*4 multi-grain crackers + garlicky kale yogurt dip

*shredded chicken + pico de gallo + low fat sour cream + a little bit of shredded cheese.

I lifted shoulders and did cardio today too.

I’ve decided to only weigh myself on January 1 and then again on my final blog post as to not torture myself.  So, who knows how much I have or haven’t lost yet, but I shall carry on with vegetables and workouts next week.