Now as I sit here on the last morning of 2009, I’m waxing philisophic about the year, but not quite as much as normal. You see, it’s been a very thinky last few months. I”ve mused on my job. I’ve mused on my weight. I”ve mused on my running, and come to a lot of conclusions early, so today was just really to put the proverbial pen to paper and commit to what I want to accomplish in the next year. I feel like I”m forgetting things, but it’s not as if this is my only chance, right? I mean there is always my annual “before 31 to do list” and mid-year check in, and all that crap. Man, I make way too many lists.
Anyhoo, let’s get onto it. I have a house to clean and then copious amounts of booze to drink.
Last year’s resolutions:
1. Body: Will continue to eat in a manner that is mostly healthy as I do now and improve when I can, continue improving my fitness, and work on reaching my goal weight, whatever that ends up being, in 2009. While I’ll always work on improving my muscles and endurance, I’d like to get to the point where the scale is just a double check a few times a week that I’m not way off track, and food journals are a thing of the past, by the end of 2009.
Did I do it? …sorta. I’m more into measuring my progress by my running pace, and how my jeans fit now. 150-ish was not what I envisioned my goal weight, but it’s where my body wants to be. So there. I am no longer food tracking, and I’m only weighing about 1-2 times per week. If you don’t count these two weeks of vacation, at least 80% of what I eat, I consider a healthy diet. So I’m pretty happy.
2. Fitness: I will do at least one new exercise-y thing a month. This cannot include running, DDR, yoga, traditional weights, or Cybil the arc trainer. By the end of the year, I would like to transition 1-2 days per week to something like dance classes or volleyball or some other competitive sport OR seriously start training distance running/triathalons. By my 30th birthday, I need to pick ONE of these to focus on and concentrate on it (and make ancillary resolutions/goals based on what I pick). I guess what I’m trying to say is to start working out for a reason that is not just to make the scale go down.
Did I do it? …well, I didn’t do this exactly, but I definitely went into the year exercising solely for weight loss, and now I approach it as a sport. If someone told me that running would never take another pound off me at the beginning of the year, I would have probably stopped. Now, I could honestly say I would continue. I think that’s what I was really going for here, and mission accomplished. I also got a bike and rode it a bit, tried dance, zumba, roller skated, did some diving and swimming, and rediscovered my love for circuits.
3. Soul: I will pick something creative and establish a plan by my birthday to complete a concrete goal by the end of the year. Decide if I’m going to pursue writing (maybe actually giving a novel or book of some sort a go), songwriting/recording, pick up drawing/painting again, acting, or work on selling my necklaces. Maybe take up web design and flesh out this site into a pretty one like I used to do and really give blogging a go beyond just using this for personal theraputic purposes. Realize that I need to pick ONE of these and focus on it or I’ll feel as lost as I did in 2008.
Did I do it? …eh. I tried to do the etsy thing and never got off the ground. I tried to write a novel and got about 30k words in and threw a tantrum. This blog is still just my soapbox. I drew a christmas card for Zliten, but that’s about it. That’s ok. I at least stuck my toe into the waters here, that’s at least half credit, right?
4. Get married sometime this year! That’s about all there is to say on this one…
…hey, 100% there. Next!
5. Allow work to be on the back burner one more year. Of course, be open and receptive to any wonderful opportunities that fall into my lap, but work on enriching my personal life and hobbies instead of focusing on promotions, raises, extra responsibility, etc. Realize that having a 40 hour per week stable job right now that I can pretty much just leave at the office when I walk out the door is a blessing that is giving me opportunities to further the work on my body, fitness, and soul.
…hey, 100% there as well. Maybe even too much sometimes, tee hee.
All, in all, not bad. It was a rough year in some aspects – shakeups at work, a lot of uncertainty with Zliten’s unemployment stuff, extreme frustration with my lack of weight loss. However, I still have a job at a company with an awesome, successful, and stable product. I made huge strides in my running, completing a half marathon and improving my pace at both slow and fast distances all year. Zliten got a job in the industry right when it was looking grim. We still own our house and make mortgage and the “oh crap” fund is still there. We’re making it. 2009 was not the best year ever, but it wasn’t so bad.
So what’s up for 2010?
1. This is the most important and different one for me – for one year, I am going to not attempt to lose weight. As long as I maintain under 155, I’m going to put any pressure on myself to take off weight. I’m going to focus on my running, and continuing to eat healthy. This break really put into perspective how healthy I usually eat – I’m not eating horribly at all, but I’ve been feeling blech from eating not homecooked food for most meals and the sweet crap around the house (popcorn, almond roca, truffles, etc etc). Now, if I *do* take off weight somehow, I’m not going to be opposed to it, but the biggest present I’m giving to myself this year is the gift of stepping on the scale, and not wanting to be less than I am, for once in my life.
2. Running – I want to do a half marathon in under 2 hours, and I want to run a full marathon (no pace goal, just run the whole thing… well, who am I kidding, I’ll have a pace goal by the time I finish training, but anyhoo…) this year. After that, decide what’s next. Martial arts? Triathlons? More marathons? Ultras? Also, I want to make sure to not forget stretching and yoga. That’s when I start getting injured like I am now with hurty butt.
3. I will dedicate 6 hours per week to writing, revising, reading other books, or outlining. I want to finish what I started for NaNoWriMo, and then move on to another one. It would be peachy keen if I could do some necklaces, I would love to start songwriting, but I think this is my year of writing.
4. I’m not sure exactly what I want to say here, but I want to figure out what’s next career-wise. I have spent the last few years keeping my head down and trying to stay out of the way so I can support the creatives, get my check, and go on my way. That is SO not me. I can’t continue to do that forever. I might not have the ability to get what I want just yet, but I want to have a direction by the end of the year.
5. Some one liners: Travel outside the country. Be more spontaneous. Continue to whittle down my smoking. Try something new with my hair. Continue to draw things out of the magic hat. Host some game nights at the house. Attempt to keep a cleaner house so it’s not embarrassing when someone comes over unannounced. Do more industry events and get over my boredom with networking for networking sake. Play more games. Continue to live a life where I can have at least ONE memorable thing I do each month (2009 has many more than 1 per month, but that’s my absolute minimum requirement).
So there, it looks like I have a lot to do, so I best get crackin’. How was your 2009? What are you most looking forward to in 2010? What is your biggest resolution or goal for the next year?
Happy New Years, and I’ll see ya on the other side…