The day started off with a workout at the gym. I’ve been feeling poorly for the last couple of weeks & haven’t been working out as much. First, I caught a bug that developed into a pretty disgusting sinus infection. I felt so miserable for about 10 days that even thinking about going to the gym made me want to take a nap. Right about the time I was finishing up with my antibiotics, I developed an especially painful ovarian cyst. As expected, the Saturday morning run was less than fantastic. I made it through, though, and felt better for having made the effort. Later on, The Boy & I took The Dog for a walk to visit J’s folks.
Last night The Boy, The Dog & I enjoyed a quiet evening at home. I made Boeuf Bourguignon served with a salad, baguette & lovely bottle of Bordeaux. Several hours later I baked a couple of Chocohotopots. I could eat that stuff raw! We celebrated the turning of the year with a bottle of cava.
We stayed up pretty late (for me), and I got to sleep around 1:30 a.m. Still, I managed to wake up shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning & made it to the gym for an easy 2 mile run.
When I got home, I made a special New Year’s Day breakfast.
It was special because it featured a mimosa made with the cava we couldn’t finish last night (pathetic, I know).
Otherwise it was a standard bowl of rolled oats cooked with pumpkin & topped with homemade trail mix & a luscious dollop of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to give the oats some staying power.
I paired it with a sunny dish of Clementine slices.
Isn’t that a cute little bowl? It was a holiday gift from a friend who always manages to find unique pottery. I’ve benefitted from her keen eye & generous spirit in the past.
The Dog, waiting for his special New Year’s Day “Mommy dropped this from the table so it’s MINE” treat.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. Every morsel of food went straight into my belly.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about things we accomplished in the past year, things that went unfinished & things I’d like to work on in the coming year. Some notable milestones in 2011:
I went to the gym an average of 3x/week from the end of January until the end of December.
I started running for the first time in my life.
I finished 7 races.
We got a new water heater.
We had our chimney rebuilt.
I survived New Orleans in late June.
We got a new refrigerator.
The Boy installed a new faucet in the kitchen.
I started therapy and began the long process of finding & maintaining balance in my life.
The Boy and I went dancing at a club for the first time since we’ve been together (strange, considering how much we both enjoy dancing).
This year was packed with happy times, long walks with The Dog, as well as some sad times, some unforeseen family illness & a few loved ones lost.
So what’s coming up in 2012?
For me, this will be the Year of Mindful Eating. I’ve been on a diet pretty much my whole life. I think about food all the time. Really. Either I’m thinking about what I want to eat, or I’m thinking about what I should eat, or I’m regretting something I did eat. Now that I’ve made exercise a regular part of my life (I need to exercise now to feel centered and less stressed), it’s time to focus on my relationship with food. Of course, I’d still like to lose those 20 lbs. I meant to lose last year, but my focus is going to be on having a healthier relationship with food.
In an attempt to eat more mindfully, I’d like to do more meal planning. I find that I definitely eat healthier if I plan out what I’m going to eat for the day or week. My intention is to post what I eat here. We’ll see how well I do with that.
It is also my intention to plan my workouts for the week, which I also plan to do here. For example, this week my plan is:
Sunday (New Year’s Day!): 2 mile run (done!); walk w/The Dog & The Boy (also done!)
Monday: 20 min elliptical; strength workout (legs + arms); walk w/The Dog; BONUS – 45 min yoga
Tuesday: 2 mile run
Wednesday: 20 min elliptical; strength workout (legs + arms)
Thursday: 3 mile run; walk w/The Dog
Friday: 20 min elliptical; strength workout (legs + arms); walk w/The Dog
Saturday: Rest OR 45 min yoga
In terms of eating, my goal is to not snack between meals on the days that I work, and make healthy eating choices most of the time. My eating schedule is much more erratic on the days I don’t work, so I’m not making any promises about those days.
I have some running goals. First, I want to run the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle (8K). After that, I’m not sure.
Finally, I really really REALLY need to get more rest. I absolutely need to get more sleep on a regular basis.
I have a bunch of goals related to popular culture, specifically music, but this post is long enough now. I guess that means more tomorrow. Maybe.