New Year’s Eve: Goodbye 2012!

Obviously, the world didn’t end before Christmas. I knew it wouldn’t, because God tells us that no one will know the day or the hour that Jesus comes back. So I am quite willing to put my trust in Him and laugh at the end-of-the-world theories.

But now it’s New Year’s Eve! The year ending always feels like such a big event, doesn’t it? I don’t know why, but it does.

At any rate, it’s time now to list some of my goals for 2013. Yesterday I posted my book list, which is something I’ve been doing for a few years. Reading is my biggest passion. Writing is a close second. But I also have a passion for so many other things. My interests are incredibly varied, which always ends up meaning I don’t concentrate on any one thing for very long, which I don’t like at all. It makes me feel that I neglect my interests and passions, which is a terrible feeling. I’m not necessarily good at managing my time (though I have gotten better over the past few years), and then I try to do everything at once, and…well, that doesn’t go all that nicely.

Thus, one of my goals for the coming year is to manage my time better, in all things that I do. This just takes thought and willpower.

Other than that, I have set myself a goal of getting in shape. I don’t say back in shape because I was honestly never all that fit to begin with! I love hiking and camping and being outdoors, but I never really equated that with exercise. Plus, as I said above, reading is my favorite thing to do. So… But my husband is an outdoorsy kind of guy, and I really, really, really want to be able to keep up with him more so than I can already. And I ache all the time, so regular cardio exercise and stuff like yoga will help that! I really like the physical exercise of yoga. It’s more like strengthening than anything else, and that’s always a good thing. Plus it teaches you to listen to your body, and I think everyone would be a lot healthier if they could pay more attention to what their body needs instead of what they think it wants. Big difference right there. That leads me to my secondary goal under getting in shape: eating right. I eat pretty healthy food, as far as my actual intake goes. But the thing that I have a hard time with is that I so rarely eat at regular intervals. Eating breakfast is something I haven’t done regularly in years, and Nate doesn’t eat breakfast much, either. So I guess I should say that not only do I plan on eating better, but I’m going to help Nate to eat better, as well.

I have a few other goals, like sticking with a cleaning schedule instead of trying to do everything in one day, taking up knitting again, teaching myself crochet, playing the piano (and other instruments) more often, taking a walk every day it’s not gross weather outside, and doing more sewing projects.

Together, Nate and I are going to spend more time outside, as well as checking out cool places and museums together. We watch a lot of tv in the evenings, which is fine sometimes (especially if it’s Doctor Who, haha), but when the warmer weather and longer days come around again, we hope to remember more often that the outdoors calls to both of us. 🙂 Of course, we’ve been outside more in the last few days because it’s snowmobile season!! Gahh, I love it so much.

I realize this is an incredibly long post, but sometimes it’s hard to articulate exactly what you want to. Plus, I’m a writer. Oh yeah, that’s my other goal: write something every single day. Blog post, poem, short story, journal entry, fragment of a novel, etc. Just write.

So.

Hopefully you have a fantastic end-of-the-year celebration with lots of champagne and laughter. Happy New Year’s Eve from us (Nate and Beth) and see you next year!

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a new direction: gonna lose that weight!

Mmkay, so Mitt Romney cancelled his appearance last night due to the hurricane. I was quite disappointed, but I completely understand. It has been rescheduled for Friday evening, so maybe we’ll be able to go then. 🙂
As far as my workout progress goes…it pretty much wasn’t. Until yesterday.

Yesterday, I did the following:

1. Sun salutations — 15 minutes.

2. Brisk 4.2 mile walk — 1 hour and 15 minutes.

3. Cardio/strength routine — 15 minutes
All that made me SUPER sore, of course. I should have done the cardio/strength routine for longer, but I’m so dismally out of shape that I was only able to complete it once. I will build strength, though, just like it indicates.

Today, my workout only consisted of yoga:

1. Sun salutations — 15 minutes.

2. Stretching routine for a slender waist — 30 minutes.
I was so sore that I felt like I couldn’t do anything, but then my hubby unintentionally put me on a guilt trip (he always means well, so it’s quite easy to forgive him!), so I got on my mat and once I was going I began to feel better. I guess stretching sore muscles really does help.

So that’s that. Plus, eating right. I’ve already talked about my journey towards healthy eating, and I am now beginning it in earnest.

absence makes the heart grow fonder

I have neglected this blog, and I am really very sorry for this. There is so much I could have been posting, I’m sure. Our first year of marriage is going very well, though unfortunately my hubby works a lot of hours…and by a lot, I mean generally 14-18 hours a day. Thankfully, he got last weekend off, so we spent some quality time with each other and some of our friends! It was a grand weekend.
I also have finally begun meal planning, as I realized I have more cookbooks than I know what to do with, other than actually use them. Obviously. So I made some delicious foods over the past week. But I do not have a working camera, so I honestly don’t think I will post any recipes for awhile.
Soon I am going to begin a mostly vegetarian diet, mainly for weight loss and health reasons. I also thought it might be fun to try. I love eating greens — my younger sisters used to call me a rabbit because of this! My hubby is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so we’ll see how this goes… I certainly don’t intend to make him eat vegetarian, but it will be interesting to see how I manage the cooking.
So I hope I can keep this blog up. It might get kind of random for awhile…since I’m attempting to lose weight and get fit. Ugh. I used to be skinny and able to run…I don’t know what happened.