Monday, January 02, 2012
I'm back, after being on hiatus for a couple of months. During October, November and December, Mark and I continued to run, and we completed another 5K on November 19 here at home. It was my worst time for that route- it's in my neighborhood, so I had run it several times during the month. My asthma got the better of me about one mile in, and I was stupid enough to not have my inhaler with me. Lesson learned.
The holiday season came and went, and I'm proud to say I weighed in this morning for a baseline to start the new year, and I did not gain ANYTHING! Woooot! I'll never forget Christmas Eve this year- it was a mild day here in CT, so Mark and I went out and ran 3.5 miles. I never would have considered that in past years. So onward again, and into a new year.
I'm going to own 2012. The last 20-something pounds are coming off by Spring. I'm adding in more weight training this year, too. I have increasing pain in my elbows and wrists, and I have always had very week arms, so I'm going to try to increase my strength there.
As a family, we have decided to spend the year cutting down on unnecessary expenses, being frugal, purging things in the house we don't need, and eventually working toward a minimilast sense in our house. I'll likely blog about it here, as it's something I'm very excited about, and I am looking forward to the calm and peace it might bring with less "stuff" around us. My children are on board, and they understand and are looking forward to the challenge as well.
So to start the year off on the right foot, I headed to the hardware store this morning and picked up hooks, clothesline and clothespins. I came home and installed 70 feet of clothesline in the basement. My first attempt at cutting our electricity expense a little. I'm hoping to only use the dryer to "fluff" my laundry after it is dry.
My own personal commitment to this year of frugality is to not purchase ANY clothing. I have a closet full of clothes that are just starting to fit, and I don't need anything. Let's see if I can pull this one off. I work at home, so I don't need a career wardrobe, thankfully. I have a stack of jeans and capris for summer that will fit eventually. There is an exception to this commitment though- new running sneakers in the Spring, of course! And I've left myself a $50.00 budget for an undergarment or tank top or something if the need arises. But outside of those few things, I'm going to go the year with nothing new.
I'm looking forward to spending the year here with my Spark friends. Good luck to all of you in fulfilling your wishes and dreams this year! I love a new year!