2013 Resolutions-ish Revisited

On January 1, 2013 I posted this: I think these are resolutions?

Later that day I fulfilled one of the resolutions when Andy and I adopted Larry Gary Gray (formerly Larry Q. Gray).

Larry with Santa

Don’t tell Santa Larry’s a Jew.

Then I forgot about the rest and went on with my year. Today, I remembered that post and figured I’d take a look and see how I unknowingly did on these “resolutions”

Here we go:

DSB 2013 Resolutions-ish – REVISITED

(For more details on the reasoning behind these resolutions, see the original post)


Be less of a jerk

Verdict: You decide.

Yesterday on my way out of a store, I opened the door and while the door was open someone coming in grabbed it from me so she could enter. Then she said “YOU’RE WELCOME.” I didn’t realize I was supposed to thank her since it was a mutually beneficial door exchange.  She didn’t hold the door for me; we exchanged the door at the halfway point.

So this one I leave to you: Am I or am I not still a jerk?


 Get hot for wedding

Verdict: Fuck yeah success. Thanks Refine Method.

Dori and Andy farm wedding

In order to get hot for wedding, I needed to get back to a consistent workout routine, which slowed down following Hurricane Sandy because of fewer transportation options and the closing of Refine’s Union Square location (which was just one train ride away). I did try CrossFit Jersey City for a month but I didn’t love it nearly as much, or see the same great results as I do at Refine.

My exact words were, “I need to find a way to make the midweek Refine class work – even if it’s just once a week.” Thanks to joining the Refine Resolution Challenge and committing to three classes a week, I realized that getting to Refine before/after work (Refine is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; I live and work in New Jersey) wasn’t actually bad! Those three classes a week increased to four and, as I got closer to my wedding, five — and it wasn’t a hassle at all. Andy ended up joining the challenge as well.

Now, Refine is a family affair.

family refine

The #RefineGray fam with the genius who invented Refine


Train for a marathon like a real runner person

Verdict: SUCCESS!

I said I wanted a coach and I got one. I said I wanted to incorporate jargon such as “tempo runs” “speedwork” and “hill repeats” and I did all that too. I ran 4-5 days a week. So I think we can safely say that I successfully trained like a real runner person.


 Run a 4:15 marathon

Verdict: Remember how upset I was when I ran a 4:11 marathon? HAHA. Success.

Dori at Richmond Marathon finish line 2013

 Run in the cold maybe once a week

Verdict: Failed miserably.

Not counting the last few weeks of marathon training, I ran in the cold one time. My face felt like it was going to freeze off and that was the end of that.


 Suck it up and run on the treadmill

Verdict: Failed.

Yeah I didn’t do that either. But this year, as my knee heals and I start to build a base for my next goal marathon, I will. Especially since my gym is getting fancy new treadmills that seem like they will motivate me.  And since I’m serious about my goal for the Eugene Marathon (if I’m ever able to find a decent flight, that is…) I will do it this time around.


 Wear sweats to work and shower less often

Verdict: Sigh. Failed.

I wore yoga pants to work maybe twice and I showered more than ever, not counting that time after my 20 mile run when I didn’t shower for 27 hours.


 Do girlfriend things

Verdict: Failed.

I said: “For some reason sometimes a girl likes me and wants to be my friend. I never understand why as I do nothing to encourage such behaviors. But I figure I might as well give in. So, hi Ashley Runningbun. You’ll probably see a little more of me in 2013. Maybe we’ll run. And drink Bloody Marys.”

Then bitch got knocked up so no Bloodys.


Get drunk at my wedding without getting painful hiccups

Verdict: Success.

I was wasted at my wedding and did not hiccup once.

Dori's wedding


Get a dog [so something will love me]

Verdict: Best success of my life. This little boy is the best creature to ever exist in this world and every day Andy and I can’t believe how we possibly found this sweet, funny, cuddly, loving, perfect little thing.

larry fat

His ass is not nearly as fat as it appears

I succeeded at some resolutions and failed at others, but considering that I forgot what any of my resolutions even were I think I did pretty well!

Happiest hiking pup ever

Did you accomplish the  goals you set for yourself this year?

10 comments on 2013 Resolutions-ish Revisited

  1. Laura @werkitinnyc
    December 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm (4 years ago)

    This is one of my favorite posts ever. Particularly because there is a picture of Larry on Santa’s lap. That he is a Jew just even makes it better :)
    I didn’t make any resolutions because I don’t usually keep those. I did start my blog and (somewhat) consistently work out in 2013. And I found your blog! And because of that, Refine!
    Laura @werkitinnyc´s last blog post ..Workout Review: Cardio at Physique 57

  2. GB
    December 17, 2013 at 8:59 am (4 years ago)

    I touched base with my lawyer. Mutually beneficial door exchanges do not do not succumb to mandatory verbalization of thanks. A simple head nod or eye wink is suffice. Verdict, not a jerk. Great year!

    • Kara
      December 17, 2013 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)


  3. Kara
    December 17, 2013 at 10:59 am (4 years ago)

    Love this post. I have also forgotten my resolutions and am excited to go back and look. Also, can I be your girl friend for 2014?

    Lastly, if I could wear sweats to work I would absolutely 100% wear yoga pants every day. I’m disappointed in you! :)
    Kara´s last blog post ..Brooklyn Marathon Race Recap 11/17/13

    • Dori
      December 17, 2013 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, you can be my friend in 2014. I can’t technically wear sweats to work or I would have!

  4. Emily
    December 17, 2013 at 11:24 am (4 years ago)

    Umm yes you looked hot for your wedding. Love the picture!
    Andd I wish we lived closer so we could be real life friends. Stupid Ohio being so far away.

  5. Ellen
    December 17, 2013 at 11:31 am (4 years ago)

    I think I qualify as a girlfriend though, our bloody mary consumption has certainly been sad this year, we have the sweat part down. Lets improve the alcohol intake in 2014 please!

  6. Lynn
    December 19, 2013 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    After reading your blog for some time, I think this is my first comment!!
    Good grief, you are funny! I read through these just now and was dying at my desk… I did semi-okay at my resolutions. Volunteered more, ran a ton of races and had a lot of PR’s – 1/2 marathon(s), 10K, and marathon PR, accomplished a 3 day juice cleanse without dying (or killing anyone), paid off personal loans, and finally visited San Fran!!

    I did not hit (for the second year in a row) my marathon goal time or my 5K time – But I shall do that next year!! I love resolutions!! :)

    Good work on yours!! Big congrats! Also, beautiful wedding dress!!
    Lynn´s last blog post ..New Year’s Resolution – 2014 Baby!

  7. Hayden
    December 24, 2013 at 6:11 am (4 years ago)

    Congrats on achieving some of your resolution goals! I think you made all the big ones and no, you weren’t a jerk to that woman. This is really inspirational and something I will definitely try for next year. How often do you revisit your resolutions? I think the biggest achievement I had this year is being able to let go of things. Next year, I’ll be working more towards redefining my life and being closer to those most important to me.


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