New Year, somewhat different me.

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Happy New Year! A day late is better than not at all, right? I hope everyone had a smashing weekend, I sure did. Shane and I went to the mountains with a big group of friends and it was a blast. Neither of us (Shane and I) ski, me because of my knees, Shane because he is cartoonishly bad at it (sorry Shane!), so the two of us mainly did some hiking and relaxing. At night, the group would get together and party like it was…. 2012…? Anyway, it was fun, but we forgot the camera, so there are no pictures of our exploits :(

As much fun as the weekend was, I was so happy for the New Year to start. I love the start of the year, I know that they are technically only days in succession, but for me, as with others, it is a time of renewal. Some people make resolutions at this time, others make goals; others still say ‘Fuck it’ to the whole idea. I myself prefer to make goals, things to accomplish throughout the year. When I was a sad and chubby teenager, I’d always make the standard ‘This year I’m going to be skinny!!!’ resolution, and would inevitably cave and feel like shit when it didn’t work. Goals are much better for me, there is not that sense of failure if something goes sideways. So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2012, and the reasons behind them:

1. Sugar free for the first 2 weeks in January. I know what you are probably thinking, and I don’t blame you. Why start with something so strict? I mean, I just spoke about that inevitable sense of failure with the whole all or nothing mentality, right? Well, for the last 2 months, I have practically lived on sugar and fast food. I’m sure you think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not. It was a short term solution to get me through the long days of rehearsals before my concert, but now, its a bad habit that needs to be stopped, and it’s stopping today. 2 weeks is a short period of time, and it’s not too much to ask. The things that will be off limits are foods with extra added sugars, that’s all. Fruit is still ok (I love fruit!), I just really need to get back to my healthy eating routine, and I need to cut the bad shit, like, yesterday.

2. Participate in at least 3 races this year. I’m not going to kill myself with this, I will be happy if they are all 5k’s. A 10k would be nice, so that would be the ultimate goal for me. I’m coming to the realization that I’m not really interested in running races much longer than that.

3. Finish 1 round of P90X2. It came in the mail at the beginning of December, and I have yet to try it. Shane and I are going to give it a go tonight. It’s more appealing than the original because it’s seems to be more flexible with its timing. I like that it is only 5 days a week.

4. Take a sewing class. I want to be a better sewist, so I’m going to have to bite the bullet and take a class. It’ll be good for me, I enjoy learning new things.

5. Sew 12 different garments this year. 12 garments = 1 per month. Totally doable.

6. Take up one winter sport this year. Winter hiking isn’t the smartest thing in the world, so when we were at the mountains, Shane and I were pretty limited by what we could do. We both decided that we are going to take up cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or both this year.

7. Cook 4 nights a week minimum. This is a shared goal between Shane and I. The every man for himself meals must stop!

8. Share at least 2 recipes every month on my blog. I’m a good cook, why not start sharing the love again?

I think this is a good list. It seems like a lot, but there are many things that can be done throughout the year, and the goals are certainly not too ambitious. It’s a great day for a new start!

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