A New Year, A New Beginning

Sunday, December 27, 2009
Now that Christmas is over, it's time to start thinking about the new year. Last year, I had made a short list of non-resolutions and, sadly, the stuff on my list for 2010 is remarkably similar. Still tops on my list, kicking the pop habit.

Sadly, I did not succeed last year but did manage to make some progress in reducing the amount that I drink. Since Dad had his heart attack almost 2 weeks ago, our family's health history has been on my mind. Thanks to my mother who pointed out that not only has his entire side of the family had heart issues, they all have drunk a great deal of pop throughout their lives. While I don't know if her science is sound, it certainly makes you think. Therefore, I'm focusing most of my efforts on giving it up once and for all. Its funny, I had no problem kicking cigarettes and couldn't understand how folks found it so hard to quit. Over the past few years though, its become increasingly clear how much of a hold an addiction, of any kind, can have on folks. I wonder if Dr. Drew will have a new show next year: Coke Therapy.

Last year, I wanted to become more financially responsible. While I'm not debt free (that's still a few years off), I paid off the treadmill I purchased, in full! And all before the interest-free period ran out. My next goal is to bring down the amount owing on both my line of credit and my credit card. Without having to make payments towards the treadmill, this will now be easier. I'd really like to purchase a house by the time I'm 45. That gives me 8 years...time to stop spending!

My third and final non-resolution last year was to cook more and eat less processed food. While I have not cooked as much as I would have liked, I consider this a partial success as I have definately started experimenting more. You might remember the Orange Chicken or perhaps the Beef Bourguignon that caused me to have a massive attack. There's also one of my other blogs, Cooking with the Captain. Looking through the new cookbook my mother gave me for Christmas, Ministry of Food, I've found a number that I'm looking forward to trying so there's bound to be more entries over the coming months.

So, this year, my plans for the new year include the same as last year with a greater emphasis on my heart health. Having said that, I'll be training for the 10K race instead of the 1/2 marathon in August. That means, more time (regular time) on the treadmill. It also means a healthier attitude towards breakfast. No more leftovers - I'm going to try and eat a lighter, healthier breakfast each day. Oatmeal and fruit sounds good but I'm not committing to anything specific at this time.

Reading reading reading reading... 2009 was a slacker year for me and books. I went months without finishing a single book. 2010 will be spent with less time on my computer and more time spent with the written word. I'd also like to spend more time with my camera and with other people. It's been a while since I had a date. I'd like to aim for three next year. That might seem low but given my track record...that's speed dating. And one last item: I'm going to grow some fresh herbs. And use them! Basil is a definate must. I'm thinking possibly parsley although I'm not a big fan. Suggestions???

There you go. 2010 in a nutshell. What do you have planned for next year?


nwtrunner said...

Karen - yep, debt-free by end of the year is on my list - I own my house, so just line-of-credit now to go. Doing 2000 km of running is again on list. I'd set that for this year and passed the 2000 km mark last week. And I wanna get down to 190 lb/92 kg from my current 99 kg, which is where I started and ended the year! In between dropped as low as 94 kg, but.... So, good luck with your own list!

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm thinking of my goals for next year, too, and mine in some way are similar. I think it's so excellent that you've started a food blog and are more interested in cooking yourself meals rather than relying on take-out! That is a HUGE step in the right direction! Small steps, though, in general are best, and it sounds like you have a great plan on your hands.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You must grow some dill! There is nothing like fresh dill, and it smells so wonderful.

I haven't yet considered what I want to achieve next year. But I suspect it will involve sweat and sacrifice.

sp said...

Those are some good resolutions, very practical and achievable.

I'm not sure what I have planned. I don't usually make resolutions, but after reading yours I'm inspired. So I'll give it some thought over the next 24hours and see what comes to mind.

Milla said...

I have no proper goals this year -for me there's no point having goals, cos if I have a goal I procrastinate like mad towards achieveing it, until it is already 31 Dec again.

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