Closing out 2013

I have several blog posts written in my head to get this new year going, but I’m having trouble getting some quiet time without interruption to write. My husband is still home for the holidays and won’t return to work until Monday. So I guess we are still in “vacation” mind-set, having fun, eating out. I really need alone time to write. (In this first paragraph, I’ve been interrupted twice!)

(And a third interruption). On New Year’s Day, I did this guided meditation. I found it really helpful as a sort of ceremonious way to let 2013 go (in spite of writing a post three days later on closing out 2013). (Finished writing this paragraph two hours later from the first).

At the beginning of December, I decided to plan the month of dinners to help keep me on track and to simplify the agony of “What’s for dinner?” Let me share with you how that played out over the month:

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I hope you had as much of a laugh over the results as I did. I better stick to planning one week at a time. (I’ve only been interrupted once in this segment 🙂 but now I have to go do my daily exercise in order to be ready to leave the house on time this afternoon for a college basketball game.)

(next day, two workouts later) Another thing I’d like to wrap up for December is my goal of: Eat healthy to not weigh more on Jan 1 than I do now on Dec 3 {172.5 lb}. I did lose weight during December but gained it back over Christmas-time. I weighed in on January 1st at exactly 172.5! Yay, I was so happy to have met my goal! (I didn’t count interruptions this paragraph, although there were several including myself getting up for a snack.)

My 2014 goals are almost done and I should be able to post them soon since my husband is going back to work tomorrow. {smile} And now it’s football time- I’m off to have some more fun before returning to routine tomorrow and getting 2014 started.

Looking Back

I seem to have gotten out of the habit this week. Out of the good habits that is: healthy eating, healthy cooking, exercising, blogging. But I’ve had lots of fun and relaxation and family and friends and good food. I went four days without exercising and picked it up again on Thursday with another session for my c25k plan followed on Friday with a long, slow walk of 2.5 miles outside. Yes, outside! I haven’t been walking outside since Thanksgiving. Yesterday was a warm day and I wanted to take advantage of the warmth. I wasn’t able to wait until the temperature went above freezing so I had to walk very carefully and didn’t even attempt jogging. But it felt so good to just be outside in the fresh air. Kitt was very happy to get out for a walk too.

walk

Looking back on this past year, there’s not a whole lot to report. The first seven months were spent exclusively finishing up my graduate degree (and gaining weight due to the stress and frustration of it). I revived this blog on July 29 and began working on getting healthy. Since then, I got off the couch and began exercising. I started with walking outside (my favorite exercise). I worked on that, trying not to lose my breath and eventually starting to do a little jogging with the walking. My dream is to be able to run, run, run… In November I joined the Fall Into Fitness Challenge which kept me pushing myself and losing in preparation for the holidays. I was able to drop 22 pounds since July 29 (but added back 3.5 this past week).

I’ve also gotten back into cooking. I really enjoy cooking and am surprised to find so many ways to cook healthy food and that it’s as delicious as it is. I still remember the diet days of cottage cheese, and carrot and celery sticks. Boring! We’ve come a long way in knowing what is healthy to eat. As much as I love cooking and trying new recipes, I don’t like to do it every day and I do love going out to eat which is challenging.

My middle daughter moved back to the area at the end of August. Now all three of my kids are back nearby! I want my kids to spread their wings and soar with the eagles. But as a mother I miss them when they’re gone and selfishly want them nearby. I also love for them to be close with each other. They come from a divorced home and over the years haven’t always been close. I can see the past year or so that a lot of mending has happened. I am so grateful for that.

That’s all my yearly good news. I am really looking forward to 2014. I know it’s going to be a great year. I look forward to getting even healthier and hopefully helping others along the way. Now to make some 2014 goals.