Tuesday, January 1, 2013



So it’s a new year. And with it always comes some new thoughts and ideas. I will be the first to say last year wasn’t the best year for me but it also wasn’t the worse. I did one super great thing in the fitness part, I made my goal of running/walking 650 miles which I changed to 1000 which I ended up at 1055 miles. Now that was a huge goal busted and I am very proud of me. I did terrible in the weight loss part. I am at the exact same weight I was 1 year ago. I’m back above the 200 lb mark and at one point in 2011 I made it to 180. So that means I gained back almost 1/2 of my weight I had loss and that just isn’t going to fly. I can look back and see just exactly where it all turned, it was December 28th when Mike told me he was leaving for Wyoming for college. Now that isn’t a bad thing, in fact it was an awesome thing….for Mike, for me it was like losing a huge part of me. But in this year of change I have learned a few things. I can exercise alone. I can go hiking and fishing and biking alone. I can almost enjoy my own self (I’m still learning that). I can do lots that I didn’t figure I could. So now that it’s 2013 I’m going to take myself into a new phase and learn to move forward. You can’t go back and really why would I. It really wasn’t a terrible year, so many wonderful things happened too so we’ll just move forward and just start over.

I have 3 goals I’m going to set for myself.

1. Lost 25 lbs before Mike graduates on April 25th and than keep it off for the remainder of the year. If I can lose more on Allan’s challenge, I’m game for that too.

2. Take my running/walking goal to another level and set it for 1500 miles. I am going to sign up for at least 3 5K and I will try to have a better time of 44:12. That was my time for my last 5K this summer.

3. I am going to quit biting my nails again. I quit like back in 1995 but for some reason I started back last year and my hands are ugly and old and the nails look like crap. I have very small hands with short fingers that right now look like Vienna sausages. Not my best trait at all and I see my hands all day long on a steering wheel and hate seeing them like that.

So everything I have set for myself are reasonable and doable as long as I get my brain in the right place. I will be honest and say my challenges will start on the 2nd, not today. Today we are taking Mike out for one last buffet  breakfast at Cabala's in Minneapolis before we put him on his plane back home. I will not over indulge I will eat wisely and when we get home after our trip I will get my butt out and get a walk in. I will start Allan’s challenge on Wednesday along with signing up for a Triathlon at our local gym. It’s called Tri-Hallett. It will be 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, 26.2 miles of running. It starts Monday January 7th and runs tell February 17th. I thought both Allan’s challenge and this triathlon will get me back on track and headed in the right direction for my loss before Mike graduates.

This blog will still be a bit of this and that. I won’t have much for daycare goodness any more, in fact I am pretty sure daycare is just going to be more of a baby sitting service now and then or on an as needed basis. So that will also bring with it another job of some kind. So maybe there will be goodness to share there. Of course I have my bus driving and the challenges that come along with keeping 56 students ages 5-13 happy, safe and corralled. I want to share some crafts, some baking, some pictures, lots of family and more.

So join me as I learn to move forward as an empty nester. Join me as I learn to lose this weight and keep it off. Join me as I push my body to just see what it’s capable of. Join me as I learn from you and share with you and enjoy this wonderful community we have in blog land.

Take care my friends. May this new year bring you lots of goodness. The Lord doesn’t promise us easiness or all roses and warmth but we can do this. We can make life good, happy and healthy and when it doesn’t go that way, you guys are out there to give me a boost or a kick in the butt when I need it. I promise to do my best to give you the love, encouragement, support and praise and also the kick in the butt when needed. Blessings my friends!!!


Running Stitches said...

I look forward to reading about your adventures in 2013.

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Bethany said...

Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you reach your goals throughout 2013. I will also be joining you on Allan's challenge. Lets kick up some miles this year.

Debsdailylife said...

Happy New Year Julie!! I love your goals!! Smart attainable!!! And do you hear the difference in your tone/mood? Looking forward to sharing the 2013 journey with you!!

Kyra said...

Happy New Year! :)

Jo said...

Happy New Year, friend.

Betty W said...

Happy New Year Julie!
You have some high goals there. 1500 miles a year....that is HUGE for me. But you can do it!!
I want to get back on track with my diet and exercise too. Let's get that weight OFF!!

upinthecosmos said...

Moving forward, that's what we all gotta do... every single day. Just learn & keep going:-) Great goals, awesome work on the miles for 2012!!

Baby Sister said...

Happy New Year!! Good goals, Julie. You can do it!!