A look back and looking forward
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2013 was not a bad year at all. I officially became an Army Reserve chaplain, ran two half marathons and several shorter distance races and got to play in a few ice hockey games. I got to preach in chapel services for my unit several times and had good fellowship with soldiers during drills but especially during our AT in February as we were gearing up for deployment to Afghanistan, a mission that ended up being off-ramped. I performed my first wedding, for my youngest brother (which was awesome). And I got to spend lots of time with family and friends, seeing each member of my immediate family one or more times, which is rare. I also celebrated 15 years of marriage to my best friend, Philip, this year :)
On the health side, it was an up-and-down year. I had surgery on my left knee and also on my left shoulder. Although I can and do run, I have quite a bit of knee pain still and I am currently unable to do pushups (both of which I need to be able to do to meet Army PT standards). Activity restrictions have not been as bad as they could have, but my weight suffered a little, rollercoastering up and down 5 or so pounds for the last few months. My cholesterol numbers have improved over the course of the year, which is always good.
I know some of what 2014 promises to bring, including a month in NJ with the Army to start with (most of January and part of February) as well as an upcoming mobilization to Cuba starting in May. What that may mean for my health remains to be seen. I am participating in a two month challenge starting January 2 to see how much weight and body fat I can lose, so hopefully that will help me stay on track with my diet. I just hope I can get my knee and shoulder in good shape so I can do some of the things I enjoy doing more often.
I hope 2014 is a stellar year for all. Happy New Year!