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Guest Post: Susan from The Great Balancing Act

Posted Dec 01 2009 12:00am

Hello! As funny as I think it would be to carry on a post pretending to be Maria , I’m an awful liar and imposter. I’m actually Susan from The Great Balancing Act , a little blog where I eat excessive amounts of pita bread, talk about Starbucks, and sometimes share things I’m learning through my personal training certification.

There are many things I love about Maria’s blog. First there’s Maria, who is a complete and utter sweetheart :) I love her weight loss story and how she now seems to be in a good place in terms of her food, fitness and overall health. Of course, the Japanese goodies always catch my eye too ;)

I wanted to write a guest post that would properly reflect Maria’s blog. But there are so many great things about it, I had a hard time deciding! The one thing that kept sticking out in my mind was her 101 in 1001 list. It was here that I first learned something like this existed. I am a huge goal-setter and list-maker, and this idea really appealed to me.

I have yet to write a proper list of 101 things I want to accomplish in 1001 days (approx 2 years and 9 months). But I thought it would be fun to get a start! The goals must be specific and reasonable to do within the timeline. They must also be something that requires a little extra effort ;) So without further ado, here’s the “starter list”:

  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon

  • Learn how to bake different varieties of bread, and do it at least once a month for a year

  • Have an article published in a national magazine

  • Help at least one person lose weight and get in shape as a personal trainer

  • Get down to just two packs of gum a week

  • Squat my bodyweight
  • Host a dinner party
  • Change my own oil

  • Move to another city
  • Visit both my sisters

  • Get a dog

  • Roast a whole turkey

  • Travel to another country

  • Get a four-toast toaster with an egg poacher


Awwww yeah ;) Doesn’t that look amazing? I honestly dream of these things.


So those are some things I want to do over the next 1001 days – what are yours?

Susan, it looks like you have a wonderful start to your own 101 List! :) Thanks so much for writing the guest post and for all the wonderful compliments. Please check out Susan’s blog for lots of Starbucks fun while she begins the process to become a personal trainer. I’d hire her for sure!!!

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