Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking back and looking forward

New Year's Eve...

I had to look back at last years posts around this time. I'm so glad I did, because it revealed a lot.

I've lost almost 40 lbs this past year.
I've found clean eating - or, the version of clean eating that works for me.
I busted out of the 200's (twice now, lol)
I completed a Rugged Maniac
I PR'ed my 5K

In other news, I established myself more fully in my church, continued to grow our theater company, continued school and made Dean's List, Honor Society and earned a scholarship. Continued to exercise, and continued to raise the most amazing little men all while working full time.

In all of these things, there have been ups and downs, but that's life. Life is not the straight and narrow. It just doesn't work that way. But, I'll continue going in the right direction.

I'm not a huge fan of "resolutions" because they just tend to work for a few days and then get forgotten. I do, however, like the idea of fresh start and feeling "renewed" by the new year. There is motivation is starting the new year on a good note.

I'm starting my New Year off with a 9AM spin class :-)

I have other things I want to work on this year - my patience, temper, my closeness with God. These are things that will undoubtedly make their appearance here on my blog as well.

Of course, my weight, strength and health are always a top priority. My first short term goal is to be at 180 or less by my surgery date - 3/6/13.

I can't wait to feel how running and exercising will be after this huge amount of skin is GONE from my abdomen. I can't even imagine...

Here is my exercise schedule for the week - I'm excited about it:
1/1 - Spin
1/2 - Group Power - strength with barbells and dumbbells
1/3 - Group Active - cardio
1/4 - off :-)
1/5 - Bodyology (Tuff Girl)
1/6 - Gym, individual strength workout that I am going to put together
1/7 - Spin

I'm going to do some cooking tonight and tomorrow for the week. I talked with Thing 1 about trying new foods and focusing on filling our bodies with healthy foods. We talked about what kinds of foods are healthy (he actually is very good with this - he knows a lot of healthy choices) and what kinds are not, and need to be "every once in a while" foods (phasing out the term "treat", because he doesn't get a treat is every once in a while. Obviously, this is my fault) He was super receptive to this and tried, and really enjoyed the shrimp we had last week and a chicken/black bean chowder I made in the crockpot for the weekend. I was so proud of him for trying it, and so happy he enjoyed it!

Thing 2 is much easier - I haven't destroyed him quite as badly. He'll eat what is put in front of him - the spicier the better. Crazy punk.

Anyway - no plans for tonight. I have a big date with Thing 1 at Bounce U at 2:30 today. After that, home for dinner and kids to bed early so hubby and I can have some quiet time. That is my idea of a perfect New Year's Eve.

What's going on with you guys?? Have you looked back at your accomplishments this year??



  1. I hate the term "treat," because it's really, basically, a euphemism for "junk," and why teach kids (or ourselves) that foods that destroy our health are things to look forward to eating? Semantics, I know, but I think your approach of describing foods as "once in a while" (and laying down the law that a while is a long, months) will give them a better frame of reference. Wishing you & your family a Happy New Year, Kelliann!

    1. Exactly!! And a solid idea of what "once in a while" is (like you said, months) is CRUCIAL or it turns into once a week, and once a day. I WILL NOT do that to my kids, PERIOD. I'm lucky that they do enjoy healthy foods and they LOVE to be active.
      Happy New Year, Miss Norma. Can't wait to see what our new years have in store for us! LET'S DO THIS.

  2. I haven't done a recap....but yours was great. I'm so proud of you!

    1. Thank you!! I can't wait to see your re-cap (if you do one) and reading a LOT more of you this coming year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and special. :-) :-)