New Year

2009 has officially come to a close, and we’re now ushering in a new year, full of hope and promise. It’s funny: Millions of people make resolutions on New Year’s Day, but I prefer to split hairs and say that I don’t make resolutions – I set goals. I tend to set goals throughout the entire year, not merely on January 1st, but it’s a nice round place to start.

The past year had a lot of positive things to it for me health-wise. Thanks to The Hot 100 challenge, I really feel like I ended 2009 on a high note: I’ve steadily increased my runs, so that I’m running both more often and further. That’s the biggest thing I wanted to work on and I’m happy to say that I nailed it. In fact, I’ll be doing a half marathon in a few short months (!) I can’t wait to officially begin training for it! Who would have ever thought that?

I still have no idea where I am weight-wise. I’ve been traveling a lot over the holidays and I haven’t been with my own scale on a Friday in a few weeks. I don’t think that I made it down to 172 as I had hoped, but I’m ok with that. As much as I hate to be a lemming and follow the masses with vows of weight loss at the beginning of the year, it does tend to get me pumped up about eating better and working out more, so I’m confident I’ll be posting great numbers in no time!

I’m also looking forward to settling back in and cooking again. I never thought I’d miss making dinner, but I’ve really started to enjoy it: Choosing exactly what I want to eat, selecting the ingredients, assembling everything just how I prefer it and then savoring each bite. My husband and I are continuously amazed at how delicious everything we make is, and are always saying we need to do it more often. It’s become more and more frequent (except through our traveling, of course), and I look forward to getting back to it… especially since I recently discovered for myself the wonder of Whole Foods.

I tend to reevaluate things quite a bit over the first few days of the year, so I’m sure I’ll come up with some additional things to work on, but continuing these things is a great start.

I hope you’re all off to a great start, as well! It’s a new decade folks – make it fabulous for yourself!

4 Responses to “New Year”

  1. adorkable Says:

    hey there! just wanted to say “thanks” for inspiring me! i recently started running and for christmas, my sister signed us up for a 5k race. needless to say, i am a little nervous but reading your blog has given me hope! you have had such success with it and have truly grown to love it. i know i can do it too!

    best of luck in 2010!

  2. Vicki M. Says:

    I kind of split hairs too, in regards to fitness, I will be setting goals monthly now, not yearly. I expect that to have 2 advantages, 1. I will tend to set realistic, measurable goals when I know I will check up on myself at the end of a month. 2. If I don't meet the goals, even if I totally blow it, having the habit of reassessing every month will discourage me from waiting a whole year to get back on track.
    My goals are here:

  3. South Beach Steve Says:

    I am off to a great start Kimberly – trying to continue down a path of healthiness.

    You mentioned The Hot 100 – have you thought about The Perfect 10? I'd love to have you join in.

  4. Kimberly Says:

    I'm so excited for you! I remember my first 5k – it was incredible – and I've been hooked ever since. I hope you and your sister have a similar experience! Keep me posted – I'd love to hear about it!