Thursday, December 31, 2009
1. What did you do in 2009 that youíd never done before? Even though Iíve done a lot this year, I didnít really do anything new. That needs to change for 2010.
2. Did you keep your new yearís resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I donít make resolutions, I set achievable goals.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My younger sister had Brandon Grant in August. He might wake up long enough to meet us by the time heís three or so.
4. Did anyone close to you die? 2009 seemed to be the year that tried to pick off as many friends and family members as possible. My granny, my cousin Micah, Krista, Trisha...way too many. Didnít get my cousin Joe, didnít get my brother Craig, but I was personally getting nervous!
5. What countries did you visit? This was a stay-at-home year.
6. Summary list!
--Books read: 55 books total, plus a re-listening to the Harry Potter series
--Movies seen: 13 movies total, itís not as if I have time for moviesÖ
--Music concerts attended: Innerpartysystem (Basement), Airborne Toxic Event (Basement), Morrissey (Palace), Britney Spears (Schottenstein), Janeís Addiction (LC), Ida Maria (Basement), Snow Patrol (LC), Pete Yorn (Newport) and Company of Thieves (Basement)
--This yearís races: Arnold 5K (30:38), St. Patrickís Day 4-miler (38:23), Columbus 10K (58:00), Kings Island 10K (1:00:49), Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon (2:07:35), Circleville Classic 5-miler (46:47), Dead Celebrity 3-miler (27:07), Buckeye Classic 10K (1:03:20) and Flying Feather 4-miler (36:59)
7. What events from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? All the death notices, for sure. My Bernie dog dying. Meeting so many fellow Sparkers in Cincinnati.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I donít know that I really achieved much of note. This was a year of stasis, but a good stasis.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not doing a million new!and!exciting! things this year, I guess?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Everything was pretty minor. This year I will ease back into my mileage rather than try to go from 12 miles to 30 in the space of like 3 days. :-P
11. What was the best thing you bought? All those race bibs.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? (Columbus') Mayor Coleman has shown a surprising amount of backbone this year, in the right arenas, for once. Incumbency suits him. My friends whoíve decided to get more active this year. My friends in general are simply the best.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The Iranian government. Obama hasnít shown as much backbone as I thought he might, but the American public needs a LOT of bitchslapping right now and I think maybe his hand is tired! People who claim to believe in the faith shown by the loaves and fishes parable, but arenít as willing to hold that faith when theyíre holding the basket.
14. Where did most of your money go? Student loans and the IRS.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? I get really, really, really excited about many things! It was great to go to the Sparkpeople Convention in Cincinnati this September and meet some of the great people Iíve come to know on this site.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? ďOscar WildeĒ by Company of Thieves.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? I think I am the same on all counts.
18. What do you wish youíd done more of? I wish Iíd have gone to Azkatraz and done more fandom-y things.
19. What do you wish youíd done less of? Surfing the internet and hobbling around with a bum hamstring.
20. How did you spend Christmas? At my sisterís house with the kiddos and various family and the only non-sociopathic neighbors they have.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009? God, no.
22. What was your favorite TV program? Glee!
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didnít hate this time last year? I donít hate anyone. Iíve lost a bit of respect for quite a few people, though.
24. What was the best book you read? The BEST? Hm. Probably The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Lady Gaga? I donít know. :P
26. What did you want and get? I got faster at running. Who knew that following a training regimen works?!
27. What did you want and not get? I donít like to dwell on the negative.
28. What was your favorite film of this year? Inglourious Basterds, hands down.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 34, and my birthday month was fabulous Ė movies, music, dancing and food.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not having to look back and have so little to check off on the bucket list!
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? I have no concept of fashionÖI wear what I like.
32. What kept you sane? Long runs.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Somehow, when I wasnít looking (and I now regret not looking when I had the chance) Dan Radcliffe became this sexy man! Tom Felton, too. Okay, so most of the young HP actors have grown up well. Too well.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? What political issue *didnít* stir me this year? I had to quit listening to NPR and reading the news for days at a time, and take people off my friendsí lists.
35. Who did you miss? The usual suspects.
36. Who was the best new person you met? I meet new people all the time, and usually like them.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. How people treat you is much more a function of how they feel about themselves than how they truly feel about you. Once you accept this in others AND in yourself, not as a means of condescension or judgment but as a truism, it is so much easier to let the slights go and not take impersonal things personally.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Although I could probably speak in song lyrics, there really is no one lyric that I could quote to sum up a whole year.
39. What are your plans for 2010? I just did my calendar. Phew.
--January: Iím doing the blasted (and itís gonna be blasting snow with wind, oh joy Ė 24* with wind chill of 9*) River Run downtown on January 1st. $100 spent on winter running gear and Iím pretty sure Iím gonna freeze my tits off. >:O Winter hike in the Hocking Hills January 16th.
--March: Arnold 5K. Krista and Stephís wedding!
--April: Race season starts, with plans to travel to Pittsburgh and run an event with --fellow Sparkers John and Bill and as many folks as we can get together. Possibly the Athens half-marathon, if I feel up to the hills.
--May: Cap City half-marathon. Have I ever mentioned that I *hate* middle distances? Not as much I dislike 5Ks. Well, I guess I can be talked into doing things I donít like to do easily.
--June: Columbus 10K. I really liked this one!
--July: Infinitus!!!!!!! Liss will be here, too! :D
--August: Bike the Cbus.
--October: Possibly the Army 10-miler. Dead Celebrity 3-miler.
--November: Buckeye 10K and Flying Feather 4-miler.
40. What would you like to see happen in 2010, based on what happened in 2009? Iíd like to have the sense to train without injuring myself and to save even more money than I did in 2009. Iíd like Gitmo to be closed permanently. A push through Afghanistan a la 2001-3, ousting the Taliban for good. Democracy in Iran. INS paperwork for friends and family (several of whom are working and paying taxes and paying into the system, unlike some of our fellow countrymen) and the current health care bill to be scrapped for a real public plan that cuts the insurance companies out completely. I would sure like the Grim Reaper to leave my family alone!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I finally find myself recovered from my holiday excesses and detoxed from sugar and other ickies. Now if a certain aunt (ahem) would take her leave, my holiday baby will be well on its way to being gone.
It seems like many folks on SP - okay, folks the world over - have trouble getting back on track after the holidays. When you have cookies and finger foods and egg nog and FUDGE omg at your fingertips, it is way too easy to nibble and munch and fall into the habit of eating mindlessly.
That is precisely why most junk food advertising shows people eating on the go or eating while doing something else. Think about it. True, yeah? Cereal commercials show actors wolfing down Fruit Loops but really *enjoying* that bowl of Special K. Not that Special K is especially good for you. But relativity is what I'm going for here.
How did I detox? I do some of these steps whenever I find myself slipping, or when I randomly find myself starving for no good reason (or telling myself that I'm starving for the no-good reason of slipping up).
Step 1: Increase water intake to offset salty/sweet food. The SO brought home a container of mixed nuts from work and my lips shriveled up like salted slugs (yeah, I liked the visual on that, too).
Step 2: Decrease salt/sugar/flour intake to normal levels. 'Nuff said. I do supplement this with artificial sweeteners, because no matter what is said about them, for me they help with this step.
Step 3: Replace that salt/sugar/flour with spices, whole grains and fiber. This week I've added beans into my lunchtime and 1/4c. oatmeal in the morning. I made my beans/greens mix with plenty of curry and red chili in anticipation of this last week. Mmmmmmm!
Step 4: Up intake of healthy fats. This, more than ANYTHING else I've EVER tried, has brought me success with getting rid of the "I'm still hungry" feeling. My sister & niece made me some chili-infused olive oil for Christmas, so I've been using 1/2t. in my morning omelet and 1/4t. in my nightly veggies. OMG SO GOOD. This morning I put a tablespoon of walnuts in my oatmeal. It doesn't take much, and the payoff in saiety is well worth the extra 100 cals/day.
Step 5: QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP FOR WHAT YOU CAN'T CHANGE! Feeling helpless and hopeless is a channel for "stupid energy" - direct those feelings outward. You can't undo a week (uh...month...uh...six weeks?) of poor eating at this point, but you can take action to change a) how you will eat at your next meal and b) how you would like to change your holiday eating next time. Break the cycle of emotional eating, 'tis always the season.
Still working on the epic 2009 summary post of d00m...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"Human" by the Killers
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"Shattered" by O.A.R.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Whew, the holidays are almost over. I need to deliver this 6-pound holiday baby, stat! :-P This holiday hasn't been so bad, I lost a pound over this week, and I've kept the annual gain below the usual 8 pounds from October through January.
I did track what I ate, and didn't do too much damage overall. I was so stoked (literally!) and carbed-up that I was nicely warm for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was glorious not to shiver and to be able to snuggle down and sleeeeep without waking up freezing. I also made it through an hour-long HIIT session AND full weightlifting session with no troubles - typically I can make it through 45 minutes of HIIT OR lift for an hour, but not both.
See, sugar isn't ALL bad! The marshmallow fluff in the fudge, however...*munches raw veggies to clear arterial marshmallow fluffification*
I need to figure out how to do this kind of carb-loading in the days before the CC half...seems I need like 500 extra calories/day for 3 days or so. Food for thought. Ahem.
Sadly, the extra energy didn't help my mood (or maybe excited it) and I ended up lecturing my dad at the dinner table. I need to remember the guy is 76 years old and while my sister can lecture him without anyone batting an eyelash, I can't. Bad!
Christmas lasted a little longer than usual - wingman duties, you understand - which gave me a rather early start on the post-Christmas shopping (thank you, JCPenney, for being open at 5am on Boxing Day and allowing me to return things and fumble around). Feels good to know that I can still party all night and remain relatively functional the next day, and do it again the next night without too much blowback. Okay, so it kind of looks like I've got two black eyes, but I *feel* good, dang it!
The SO and I went and saw Sherlock Holmes yesterday (Seriously, WHY were there female romantic interests in this movie?! Forget Kirk/Spock - Holmes/Watson are the original slash couple!). Swashbuckle-y goodness, muahaha.
ANYWAY. I need to make up some great summary of what I accomplished in 2009. I've been putting up stubs and my race bibs on a poster calendar in my office; it's about 3/4 covered.
Hope you all had fun over this holiday month, and I wanna know what you're gonna do next year.
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