Hello 2013!

Mirror Ball

Another new year… everyone make it through the holidays OK?   Anyone else relieved that they’re finally over?  I know I’m not the most festive person – I kind of roll my eyes when people tell me this is their favorite time of year, but I’d be lying if I didn’t always experience something of post-holiday melancholy every year around now.  I also kind of feel excited, though, to just get back into the normal grind.  The holidays are exhausting!

I can’t say that I’m too big on New Year’s resolutions, but it’s hard not to spend some time reflecting on the past year and thinking about what you’ve accomplished and what you might want to accomplish or do differently in the coming months.  I think I tend to keep my expectations pretty low compared to others.  The other night we were out with some friends, who I thought had a pretty big 2012, but they were kind of “meh” about it.  I related that I just caught up on a few doctors appointments and organized some of my finances and was calling it a banner year!  Oh well…

All in all, I think 2012 was a pretty great year for me.  Here are a few things I accomplished:

1.  As stated above, I finally caught up on a bunch of long overdue doctor’s appointments.  This was huge and I felt a major weight lifted off my shoulders just by doing this.

2. Spent some time organizing my finances – not that they were in horrible shape or anything, but there were a few things that needed to be taken care of and I feel a lot better now that they’re done.

3.  Reorganized and decorated my home office.  When you work from home as much as I do, it’s nice to have a clean, happy place to work.

4. Lost another 10 lbs! This has been a slow steady battle – like really slow.  Overall, I’m down about 40 lbs from my all time high reached back in 2006.  It’s mainly been accomplished through an emphasis on regular physical activity, watching my mid-week drinking habits, portion control and just not eating garbage.  These days, my snacks are usually fruit or trail mix.  Eat real food – mostly plants.  It’s actually not that complicated once you get started.

5. I feel like it was a pretty good year for socializing.  I met some new people and got out and did some fun things.  Good times.  In recent years, Kevin and I have fallen into a bit of a rut where we hang out with the same few people all the time, and obviously they’re awesome or we wouldn’t spend so much time with them, but it’s just nice to branch out a bit.  Definitely something I want to continue in the new year.  There really is a social butterfly hidden deep within me!

Some Goals for 2013:

1.  Travel more.  Travelling is one of my favorite things – right up there with eating and drinking – and we really didn’t go anywhere in 2012.  The last few years have actually been a little lame as far as travel goes, because of Kevin’s school schedule, but we usually at least get one or two long weekends away.  We didn’t do any of that in 2012.  He should have a bit more free time though this year, so hopefully we can get out a bit!  2013 is already proving to be better since we’re only 4 days in and we’re heading up to Boston for the weekend!

2.  Maintain fitness.  I’m at a point now where I’m pretty happy.  As always, the holidays have taken a bit of a toll, but if I can just get back into swing of things now that they’re over, and maintain my weight and general fitness, I’ll feel pretty good about myself.

3.  In 2012, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up (yes, I know I’m 30), and I made some real progress narrowing things down, but now it’s time to figure out what steps I need to take and work out the logistics of it all, so I can actually get there.

4. Finally, I want to blog more.  My blog was mostly neglected in 2012, but I’m determined that this year, there will be more posting.  I don’t know that they’ll all be food related – recipes and restaurant reviews can be really time consuming.  You may see a lot more shorter posts, perhaps even posts that are mostly just pictures.  It helps that my smart phone takes fairly decent pictures now (or at least better than my old one), so I don’t always feel that I need to lug around the dSLR.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone!  I hope it’s a great one.  Anyone else have any big plans for the year?

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