Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ringing Out The Old In 2009

I saw this on The Daily Mel blog, and thought it would be a fun way to ring out 2009!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Went to a July gathering of people that I knew from an online message board but had never met in real life. And it was a blast! I have seen several of them a few times since, and hope to see them even more in 2010.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't have any specific resolutions (did I?), but I have lost 45 pounds since I rang in 2009 so I consider it a success in terms of my biggest goal. I also kept up with my running and significantly improved my mile time, so I am pleased!

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

With my daughter, my mother, and our friend Jan at my house. We will stay up until midnight, do our 2010 prosperity "rituals", and then head right to bed!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

A co-worker and a relative by marriage from my father's remarriage, but I was not close to either one of them except by proximity.

5. What countries did you visit?

The good old US of A!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A romantic relationship.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 9th - My 40th birthday!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making great new friends and creating a new social life for myself.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not saving as much money as I could have to offset future raining days.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had the stomach flu in February, and then had a three week long cold in November/December.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A new wardrobe to fit my smaller figure.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage and childcare costs.

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?

There is no single song that comes to mind for me.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Enjoying quality time with my daughter and my family.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Wasting time on the computer.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

Two: The Biggest Loser and Top Chef.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. Not really into hating. But I have had some major disappointments.

18. What was the best book you read?

The Time Traveler's Wife.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Again, no big musical revelations this year that come to mind.

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Hangover and Inglourious Basterds. Anitchrist was the most shocking.

21. What did you do on your birthday?

Worked and went to Chinatown for dinner with vendors from Taiwan.

22. What kept you sane?

Exercise.

23. Who did you miss?

I missed having a partner.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

Too many to name, but there are two special ones here and several from other states! It was a great year for new friends.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

That you have to both enjoy yourself and challenge yourself in order to feel peaceful.

Here's to a fantastic 2010!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sign Me Up!

I have been playing around with the same 4 pounds for awhile now. My own fault for letting my focus slip over the past couple of months, so this is not a guilt-ridden post. I have been enjoying myself, sometimes a bit too much in the food and drink department, but such is life!

The week before (and including) Christmas was an out of control pig-fest of food and alcohol. I had a great time, in oh so many ways, but by December 26th I WAS DONE. Like "stick a fork in me, I'm done" done. So I started counting points again and went back to the gym. It was actually a relief. I now have 4 solidly on-plan days under my belt along with three hour-long workouts, so everything is moving along smoothly.

But it is time to really kick my weight loss into high gear again to reach my goal in 2010, so I signed up for The Weight Off at work. Basically, we are forming as many teams of 4 as there are interested people, and each team must have at least one female on it. We have our first weigh-in on 1/8/2010, a second one four weeks later, and then a final one eight weeks after that, for a total of 12 weeks of weight loss competition. Each team member pays $25.00, and the team that loses the biggest percentage of weight gets the entire pot to split evenly between the four members. Last time the pot was $1200, so this can be some good money!

I was put together with 3 people in different areas of the company because I could not find a team of 4 in my department willing to sign up. This is actually good in a way because it makes me feel more committed because I do not want to slack off and make them lose their investment and a shot at the pot.

I plan to keep myself on plan until 1/8, but then I am going to kick it into high gear. Hopefully these upcoming 12 weeks will find me close to goal, which would make me so very happy!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Three Weeks of Illness

I have been sick for almost three weeks in a row with no break. I first got sick on November 30th, had my second wave hit on December 4th, and the third (and hopefully final) wave take me down on December 14th. Since it was in my nose and lungs, and I barely had enough energy to drag myself through each work day when I was not home with a fever, I have not exercised since November 26th.

Three weeks to the day since my last run, my last any type of workout. That's the longest I have gone since July 2008. It really threw me for a loop and shook my roots. I was feeling sorry for myself because I felt so sick, so I was comfort eating. And I was feeling guilty that I was not working out, so I was comfort eating. All of this comfort eating was a waster because 1) it did not make me well and 2) it didn't make up for my lack of physical activity.

After my last birthday celebration on December 13th, I pulled it together and got back on plan. Last Friday I weighed in and was actually down 0.4 from my most recent low weight, and that was very empowering... but still no exercise.

I was actually feeling nervous about going. Would I be able to do much after three weeks of poor lung health, and three weeks off in general? Would I become discouraged in having to start back at a reduced level than I had been at before? Would that throw me mentally off track again?

This morning I went to the gym with a friend. Thank goodness he came to town and wanted to go to the gym because I felt much less nervous about my return to the gym with a friend by my side. My mile time was off about a minute per mile, but I was able to complete 2.3 miles on the track and then 30 minutes on the elliptical. I'm proud of that.

It took a lot out of me, and I am actually about to lay down for a nap now to recoup some energy, but I am glad that I plowed through my overblown fears and got back to it. I plan to hit the gym again tomorrow, although maybe not quite as hard since I am still not at 100% health yet, but it is good to be back!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

40 It Is!



It's my 40th birthday today, and I embrace it!
I plan to make this decade the best one of my life so far.
Hello Fabulous Forties!

And thanks, Mom, for the pain you were enduring 40 years ago at this time! And for being there for me in the forty years to follow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1 Week and Counting Until the Big 4-0

That's right, I have only one week until I turn forty. Where have the years gone?

I ordered myself a birthday present on Black Friday after I used a bosu ball with my friend at her gym:

Bosu 3D System

It arrived today, and I am excited to try the workouts that came with it! Right now that would mean kicking my daughter off of it because she thinks it is the coolest thing ever!

I'll give a review in a few weeks after I have had some time to play around with it and give it a real workout.