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The requisite New Year blog


Monday, December 31, 2012

Firstly, I need to give myself a emoticon because I had a really great year in 2012 but right now, and maybe its the post-holiday blues settling in, I'm feeling really apathetic towards "another year."

I have full-on 20-something angst about where I'm "supposed" to be in life. I don't know who she is inside me, but the little voice inside my head that says I should have Sex in the City type friends by now, my apartment should be bigger and more glamorous, and I should be engaged already (after 6 years and still no ring?!) needs to STFU.

Anyways, an obvious goal for 2013 is to not let that little voice inside my head tell me all those things. I mean who does she think she is?

Breathe. 2012 was a great year:
*I landed an ideal job (okay so I technically got it at the very end of 2011, but I feel like it belongs with 2012) and I'll be getting a promotion already.
*I gave myself the best little gift ever, my kitty (also technically in 2011, it was the day after Christmas). I've never had one and my whole life I've always wanted one. And yes, I've turned into the pet mom that spoils her little princess :)
*I have officially spent a full year in a new city, with pretty much a new life, and I can honestly say I love it. I love the area we chose, and I love my little family (bf and fur child)
*I've accomplished things I never thought I would do, such as being brave enough to do a Via Ferrata hike (http://www.nelsonrocks.org/).
*We had an amazing trip to Belize, climbing Mayan temples and deep-caving for a once in a lifetime experience.
*I lost about 10 lbs. I proved to myself that it was possible.

Goals for 2013: emoticon

Health- emoticon emoticon
*Lose the few pounds that I gained over the holidays and maintain my new weight
*Stick with my new heart rate monitor fitness training program (right now it says I need to burn 1550 calories per week, which is kind of a lot, but I'm going to try!)
*Regardless of anything, never go more than 2 days without SOME form of exercise
*I get to work from home more often for my job now, so on those days when I have no commute, I'll commit to doing longer workouts
*be HONEST with my water and drink at least 9 glasses/day. I've found myself just assuming I've had enough and tracking it as such, I need to honestly do it. Especially because I'm really sensitive to coffee/dehydration I should have even more water from that and working out.
*Increase my fitness test level. My new heart rate monitor has a fitness test function (just based on resting heart rate) and right now I'm in the "moderate range"; goal is to increase it to at least "good" over the year.
*cut back on artificial sugars. I usually use 3 or so splendas or truvias in my coffee. not good. Cut back to 1 or 2 to gradually hopefully use none.

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*relax with the BF. less nagging and let up on the wedding stuff. I'm not a crazy person who is constantly dropping hints, I do however, feel like even mentioning something wedding related here and there (or watching Say Yes) may be construed as hinting, and I don't want to push him. Let it be. just enjoy our time more
*Attend at least 1 Meetup every other month. I've been in a new area for over a year now (1 yr, 4 months or so) and I wish I had more friends, or friends, period. I need to actively work on expanding my social relationships so I don't get down on myself about this.

Other-
*save more, spend less. I know, not a smart goal. But I have a serious shopping addiction I'd like to cut back on (I do NOT need more clothes, only if I lose more weight, which I shouldn't, and actually need smaller sizes) I'd also like to start saving for more vacations and to upgrade our apartment.
*reflect more, e.g. spend more time journaling. I used to be and avid diary/journal keeper. I cannot remember the last time I wrote. While blogging has helped, I think getting back into journaling will help me to be more positive, and there is something comforting about actually writing your thoughts down (rather than clacking away on a keyboard).

I always get really nostalgic on new years...seven new years ago was my bf and mine's first new years together. Well, we weren't officially together yet but I guess you could call it "seeing" each other. You know that new relationship feeling when everything is exciting and you don't know what to expect...well I think something clicked that first news years together and thats when I knew we had something special. I guess you could say that's when I fell in love. Anyways, not to bore or gag you to death with that sappiness, I think that's the reason why I get all nostalgic. We both agree that our first new years was the best one, and no new years since has really lived up to it... I guess you can never relive the hormone fueled beginnings of a new relationship :(

And on that note, we will be spending a quiet new years eve together tonight, if we even make it til midnight, with what has become our traditional smorgasbord of fancy cheeses and crackers, pepper jelly and champagne to ring in the new year. That is why tracking and starting a new plan begins on new years day ;)

Happy new year to all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Best wishes for the year to come and for all of your goals and resolutions!
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CLRWILLIAMS25 12/31/2012 2:39PM

    You're definitely not along in your 20-something angst! I think mid-20s is a hard time in that respect, especially since 25 was always that magic number of when we would be totally grown up and have perfect everything.
Living in a new city is hard. I am 8 months into my new city (granted, its only an hour from my old city), but it is really hard to meet people, especially if you work with a bunch of 40/50/60 somethings (or work from home in your case).
You have some really great and realistic goals for the new year (regardless of their "SMARTness." Journaling is a fantastic idea to get your thought down and hopefully help you see more positives than negatives in your life.

Have a great NYE with your bf and Happy New Year! emoticon

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GOLMAR25 12/31/2012 2:02PM

    You've got some amazing goals girl! I have no doubt you will make 2013 as successful as 2012 was! And as great as journaling might be, I always love reading your blogs, so don't stop doing that :) Btw your NYE plan sounds somewhat better than mine: Home alone sick, maybe with some bubly watching the ball drop :) Happy New Year!!

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LEB0401 12/31/2012 1:34PM

    OMG.. your second paragraph! Those thoughts get me down all the time, and it made me feel physically relieved when I read that someone else feels this way too.

Actually this entire blog rang true for me. Meetups helped me break out of my shell a bit and meet new people in this city where I know no one. I bet you'll find some cool new things to do.

It's amazing how much we have in common... moved just over a year ago to a new city, started new job, live with long-time BF's, love our fuzzy children.
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HAWAIIANMAMMA 12/31/2012 1:14PM

    What a great blog! Sounds like 2012 was a good year and I have no doubt your 2013 will be exactly what you want it to be. :-)

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