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2013.....oh boy!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I decided I have to write this blog now. I am back to work on Monday and will be busy, busy, busy...

So, I will talk about 2012 and look forward to 2013....

2012 was a challenge, weight wise. No excuses here, but with foot surgery in the summer and then a month long cold in November, my willpower and sound mental health and good planning went out the window, and I went up to 129 pounds before I yelled to self stop! Now, that is still in my healthy BMI, and really, the fact that I could yell stop! and listen to myself is pretty amazing, I never did that before.

But still, way too much weight for my height and frame. So I did what I have done before, went to a new way of monitoring. This time I am relying on technology, and have used some dollars from my part time university grading and upgraded to an iPhone 5 and a fitbit One. So there is constant monitoring of my activity, as often as I want, and with that goes a constant running report on how many calories I can eat. I have set a very slow weight loss goal and hope to be at 115 by May or June, but I really don't care as long as each day is a healthy and mindful eating day. And so far I am down about 3 pounds.

Activity--I am back to a treadmill 5K walk five days a week, and am darn proud of that. My foot is still sore, but I ignore it...it is soft tissue, the bones are fine, the soft tissue will heal eventually. Plus a shorter treadmill walk on the day I houseclean, and, if the weather permits and no one is sick, DH and I walk to synagogue every Saturday for a total of about 6 miles. Plus light weights 3 days a week, and a short hooping session three days a week. I kept this up even when I was pretty sick, so it is ingrained and will likely stay with me until I am unable to move anymore!

Music--I have my third guitar, and playing every day for at least 15 minutes, and have discovered a number of Hal leonard books that have fingerpicking arrangements for modern music is playable keys and at an intermediate level. I bought three, am now learning Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and feel re-energized with my playing!

And on to 2013!

The biggest story is that I am retiring at the end of August. I have spent more than 30 years working in child welfare in Ontario, have done my bit, and it is time to move on. Plans? The Monday after the Friday I retire, I will be out doing volunteer work at a hospital. Other plans could include part time employment, or consulting work, that kind of thing. And much more music! Lessons, even, if I can find a teacher I can work with.

Wellness? Continue with the fitness regime, slowly increasing speed on the treadmill (I am working on getting all my intervals to 3.6 mph now, that's fast for someone with short legs!) Eat well, using the best technology I can get to monitor. Forgive myself for slips, and get back on tack asap.

Do good deeds, be kind, and hone my sense of the ridiculous and the sarcastic. Aging comes with some physical limitations, but you do have the opportunity to say what you really believe, no more need to be politically correct at work. Feh!

And, of course, I will be here on Sparkpeople every day!

Best wishes to all Sparkers for 2013!

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BOOKWORM27S 1/10/2013 8:01AM

    Have a happy and healthy 2013! I've discovered that I have quite a few food intolerances that have accounted for my weight gain. I'm still trying to isolate all the "offending" foods in my diet.

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WHISKERS17013 1/2/2013 9:13AM

    Happy New Year, Bonita! Would also love a list of guitar books, as I'm just starting... Okay, actually have owned the guitar almost 2 years, but only know 2-3 chords...

Enjoy your retirement when you get there!
Ann

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PUDLECRAZY 1/1/2013 8:04PM

    Great job on your practice time! I'd love a list of your favorite Hal Leonard (or any other favs) books.

I just got a book of Spanish guitar music by Gaspar Sanz, written for ukelele. I just started working on a piece. It is very pretty, makes the uke sound like a lute.

Congrats on retiring!!!!

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CURTIOSITY 12/30/2012 1:50PM

    Your blog is a great read, Bonita. Huge Atta' Girl for hitting the Sanity Clause instead of the panic button re weight gain. Have been listening to a Ronrocco CD this nooning while watching bluebirds bathe in snow-melt-road-puddles. It has been almost 20 years since I have been able to see neighbors walking to synagogue. Your mention of that strikes a chord of intense nostalgia in me, and your well laid plans for the new year are an inspiration. Cheers!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/30/2012 1:39PM

    I like your plan for 2013! Wow, you are retiring this year, good for you.

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MEXGAL1 12/30/2012 10:18AM

    Your blog was a wonderful read. So good that you were able to make yourself stop the bad behavior and get back on point with the eating and exercise. It sounds like you have a good plan for 2013. Good for you!
Happy New Year
Sallie

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ANDY_54 12/30/2012 10:01AM

    I love this from your blog: Do good deeds, be kind, and hone my sense of the ridiculous and the sarcastic. And along wiht all the rest, too!

Good luck with retirement...I have been for a year and a half now--volunteering is the way to go for me (plus I'm looking for a part-time). Sending only good vibes your way, sounds like a very workable plan to me and really balanced!

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WIDELOADROAD 12/30/2012 8:31AM

    2013 sounds like a big year!

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ROCKMAN6797 12/29/2012 11:21PM

    2013 promises to be a special year Bonita!

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PLANTAGO 12/29/2012 9:21PM

    You have some great plans here! Best wishes for you, too!

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