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Reflections on 2012 and looking ahead at 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I have been pretty quiet around here in recent days. Life has been so busy there hasn't been a lot of time for Sparking, just a bit here and there. With the end of one year and the start of a new one, though, I wanted to at least do a quick review and post a few thoughts about the year ahead.

Last year was amazing. I not only passed the 100 pounds goal that I originally set, I went beyond that. I have officially moved from weight loss mode to maintenance now. Just recently I actually hit that magical number that put me at a healthy BMI. I haven't focused too much on that as a goal, but it was nice to see that come up on my scale. I ran a lot--16 races, 9 of which were half marathons, plus two Ragnar Relays (reminds me that I never posted a race recap from our last race in December, oops!). We just started some personal training a couple of weeks ago, too, and are already seeing some improvement in strength as a result. All in all, 2012 was a great year for my husband and me, and I am so grateful.

So what is ahead for 2013? I have been pondering that a lot. If I had to pick one word to describe my goals for the year ahead, I think it would be *intentional*. I want to be more intentional about life this year. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants a lot, and while I do not want to completely stop being spontaneous, I do want to be more conscious, more deliberate, and more intentional about life. My husband got me some wonderful gifts this Christmas, and I want to put them to good use: a spinning wheel (for spinning fiber into yarn), a Kindle Fire (already have some books on it I am reading), and some other craft things to help with making cards and scrapbooking. I will need to be better with my time in order to really use them while still keeping up with things like work, home, running, and so on.

It might sound strange, but I want to be more intentionally kind this year, too. When I am stressed, especially, I am not a nice person to be around. That needs to change. I'd like to work on eating cleaner this year, too. I am not going to be rigid or compulsive about it, but I know it would help both my husband and me to do better about sticking mostly to whole, natural foods and limit the processed stuff.

I am going to try and blog here more often, even if it is just a short post about my workout that day. I joined John Bingham's 100 Day Challenge to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day starting today (see for more info) because it is easy for me to slip back into being a slug at times. Made it much more than 30 minutes since we went for a 6.5 mile run today. I probably won't be joining many challenges here, though, since I can't always get online to post and I hate letting a team down.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to make progress toward your goals this year. Every day is an opportunity to make a fresh start and make better choices, not just New Year's Day, so don't make resolutions, make yourself into the person you have always wanted to be. It IS possible to change the future for the better!

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    I am a huge fan of RAOK and just did a very similar blog on intentional living. One of your friends mentioned the similarities. emoticon YOUR blog and attitude! There are so many resources and ideas for living and doing intentional acts of kindness. I just posted on my facebook and am sharing forward just one such idea for doing so. Maybe it too will become a "revolution" of a great kind!
    I am not a resolution maker but do a word of the year.

    You are going to have an AMAZING year! Make it count!

    2289 days ago
    Great, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a great year last year. I hope this year will be even better, and sounds like you are planning for it to be! emoticon
    2295 days ago
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    2296 days ago
    I love how you use the word intentional. That's something I need to be working on also. You have set some good goals for the new year, and congrats on your accomplishments in 2012! I hope maybe you can get down to Portland again this year.
    2297 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    I like this blog. A lot of your goals, I share. Especially the "intentionally" nice. When I am stressed, I'm not pleasant, I have been trying to change that.
    2298 days ago
    I'm so pleased that 2012 was also the year I got to put a face and voice to a name here and was able to meet you and your DH! You do inspire and motivate, and I appreciate how you've shared your adventures with us! Here's to many more tales to come.
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    2298 days ago
    I agree that you DID have an amazing year, and you deserve feeling proud of yourself for the great success you've had! The number of races is awesome.

    I love your desire to be more "intentional"; when we aren't life just seems to go by in a total blur of frantic activity. I have no doubt that since you have accomplished the big elephant-in-the-room goal, you know will be able to focus on other, more subtle goals. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful new year!
    2298 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I love the term, "intentional" and think that's a fabulous way to look at all you do in 2013. Congratulations on the weight loss, on being "healthy" with BMI, and all of the races. You are an amazing and inspirational woman! I do hope that 2013 is all it can be for you!
    2298 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like you had an amazing year last year and are setting up for another great one! Have fun!
    2298 days ago
    Awe you are so awesome! Your goals are great. I love them. You've had an amazing year, and that is what I want to have this year, A FANTASTIC, AMAZING Year! I'm so happy for you for all you've accomplished. It's inspiring.

    Here is to a fabulous 2013!

    2298 days ago
    You had a great year and are an inspiration! Hope 2013 is even better. :)
    2298 days ago
  • PAG2809
    You're going to make it another great year! emoticon
    2298 days ago
    You made some wonderful progress last year, it sounds like. And what a great plan you have for the new year. About your christmas presents, I would love to learn how to spin wool into yarn, how did you learn to do that and WHERE did he find a spinning wheel!
    2298 days ago
    it's so interesting to read these blogs about the year past and the year to come, there are so many approaches and we can all glean benefit, adding a bit of this, a bit of that. you have an amazing 2012 behind you, wishing you an even better 2013!
    2298 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    so happy for you! emoticon emoticon
    It all sounds so fabulous! emoticon
    Looking forward to continuing the journey in 2013, emoticon emoticon
    2298 days ago
    What a great year - and great plans for 2013, too.

    All the best to you!
    2298 days ago
    still here, still following you, still amazed....Happy New Year, my spark friend, and thank you for updating us! Make 2013 awesome, I know you will! love the "intentional", so many times, i tend to slip into mindlessness...intentional is good, heck, GREAT!
    2298 days ago
    what an amazing year you have had.....loved your goals.......Being intentional in everything keeps you focused and more centered, I think...I am going to check out the liink that you have because it sounds like a very good thing. Congratulations on your weight loss and your amazing have much to be thankful for, but also much to be proud of yourself for.......cause you did it!! YOU!!! did it, no one else...You have already got a great start to this new year......good for you.:) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2298 days ago
    That is wonderful that you have passed into the healthy BMI. Do you notice any difference in regards to your running?
    I like picking one word for the year and focusing on it. Thank you for reminding me of this concept. Intentional is a great word and being kind especially when under stress is also very good. Thanks for sharing and coming back to let us know how you are doing. It always inspires me. joann
    2298 days ago
    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss! And I think your goals sound great. Kindness is always a good thing!
    2298 days ago
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