Best 9 eats of 2009 + 2009 resolutions review

Only a few more days left in 2009, which makes it the perfect time to evaluate the year that’s nearly past! Since I’ve been blogging for over a year now, the first thing I searched for was the blog post on my New Year’s resolutions for 2009 (if you are interested in the original post, you can find it here). Let’s see how I did…

Become truly Healthy AND Sane! – well, well, well – as expected this was a loaded goal and a really tough one to achieve! I think this is still a work in progress. I’d like to think I got a little better at the balancing act this. Making the decision to stop trying to lose weight (and be ok with maintenance instead!) and stop counting calories and eating intuitively I believe has tremendously helped me in this quest. This goal is staying on my 2010 resolutions list!

Stop being scared of running outside – ha, kicked that one’s butt! In fact, I now prefer to run outside and miss it terribly these days (running in the cold has not been fun so I’m back to treadmill running for the season).

Race a 10K! – Yes, yes, yes. Achieved this one back in May (recap can be found here) and even trained for a half marathon later in the year (something I thought was impossible a year ago – see the 2009 resolutions post). If you haven’t been following my blog then and would like to read the horror story of my first half marathon, you can find it here (it’s slightly depressing but there are lessons to be learned too!). I signed up for another half in 2010, so you better believe I’m finishing one next time!

– Improve this blog! – another loaded goal! I guess you guys can tell me if the blog got better. Some days/weeks I feel like I’m really onto something and am cruising; other days it’s hard to find things to talk about and I find my posts are a little flat. My readership has grown quite a bit over the year, so I guess at least some of you like the blog 😉 Please comment once in a while so I know you’re there! It’s good to be reminded that I’m not writing into space. I’m keeping this goal for 2010 as well 😀

Overall I think 2009 was a really good year. My husband and I bought a condo (a major milestone achieved!), as mentioned above I stopped counting calories and started eating more intuitively (another biggie) and I met so many great friends though the blog that taught me lots in the process (like the fact that running can be fun and is not just a way to burn calories!). I hope 2010 is even better!! (I’ll do a separate post for resolutions for 2010)

Now let’s get to some fun stuff – 9 best eats of 2009! I should note that I’m excluding meals out – these are best eats that were prepared by me (and you can replicate them in your own kitchen!). It was fun reading through old posts to come up with this list. :mrgreen:

1. pumpkin spice muffins

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2. Endive boats stuffed with oranges, goat cheese and candied walnuts

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3. pork tenderloin stuffed with goat cheese, dates and pecans (this recipe is now our all-time favorite and has turned Adam into a goat cheese lover!)

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4. sweet potato ravioli with lemon-sage brown butter

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5. stir-fried tofu with bok choy and ginger sauce

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6. maple mustard chicken thighs

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7. savory pumpkin pudding (this one was not prepared by me but by a fellow blogger and friend Shannon, but it was one of the year’s highlights and you guys should make it! :) )

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8. pumpkin whoopie pies

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9. chocolate cherry almond clusters

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How was your year? What was the best thing you made in 2009?

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17 comments to Best 9 eats of 2009 + 2009 resolutions review

  • It was so fun to meet you in 2009 :)
    Things look like they may be calming down a bit on my side – lets meet up again soon!

  • Omg those all look like all-star dishes. I think my best recipe was banana goodness bread with chocolate chips

  • I’m not normally a whoopie pie fan but the pumpkin whoopies are AMAZING!

    Good job on your goals this year. You kicked some major bootay!

  • I think your blog gets better and better and I am definitely in awe that you went to eating intuitively with such ease! I love it. :)

  • Elina

    Kirsten – I am very happy to have met you this year. Let’s definitely get together soon (and I want to go to yoga with you sometime on the weekend too!).

    Evan – I do think that every one of these dishes was amazing. Give them a try!!

    Good Taste – Those whoopie pies were dangerous in a good way 😉

    Hangry Pants – you are such a sweetheart. I know you’ve been reading almost from the very beginning so it means a lot to me! 😀

  • Seems to me you did pretty awesome on the resolutions front! And yes of course you’ve succeeded with the blog as well. :)

    The best thing I made in 2009 is the recipe I JUST NOW posted. This cheesy strata just kicked all my other recipes’ butt. It will be hard to top that in 2010! But naturally I’ll have to try. 😉

  • Those eats defs deserve the top ten!!

  • I have lots of delicious foods this year and it was one of the best years of my life, if not the best! I married my best friend, started grad school, and bought my first home.

  • fabulous job girl!!! I love all your goals and the recap was really interesting. Those pumpkin whoopie pies totally caught my eye. They look awesome!!

  • I love this post both for the goal recap and the food highlights :) I am definitely going to have to go back and check out Recipe #5…how did I miss that one?!

    I think you did great on your goals this year! Yeah, definitely kicked outdoor running’s ass. And really, I think the calorie counting step was HUGE for you! Stopping that and still maintaining your healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals is hugely admirable! Yay, you!

  • You did a great job in meeting those goals this year. Wonderful blog, amazing job with the intuitive eating, and in my book, you did run a half marathon!

    I will be going back to check out those recipes again. Thanks for recapping them.

    I am just coming back form being away, so I had to read back a ways….I’m happy you had such a lovely holiday week!

    Looking forward to running with you again in the new year when it warms back up!

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  • I think you did an awesome job with your goals this year. HUGE goals are always going to be a work in progress, but you definitely moved in the forward direction right?

  • sister inna

    you kicked those goals’ ass(es)
    i need to make a list so i can follow up on myself.
    i doubt that even 95% of people do as well on their resolutions as you did. so proud of you !!

  • Elina

    Thank you all! :mrgreen:

  • ooh, #2 and #8 were awesome, indeed 😉 and how honored i am to be in there!!

    you did a great job with last year’s goals!

  • Elina

    Shannon – your bread pudding definitely deserved to be on that list. I am thinking of making it this week. I’m craving it in a bad way! 😀

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