A New Year and a New Beginning

Thursday, January 01, 2015
Happy New Year to one and all. I’d like to say I partied the night away but let’s be honest, I was in bed and fast asleep by 8:00 pm.  Surprisingly, I didn’t even wake up when the fireworks went off to ring in the New Year.  Living downtown, the noise is usually loud enough to scare the cats and rouse me from my slumber.  Nope, not this year.  Out like a light! To ‘celebrate’ the start of the New Year, I’m spending most of today cleaning.  Give everything a fresh start.  Laundry, washing floors, vacuuming, etc.  The Christmas tree and lights will be coming down and packed away for another year.  And if they’ll sit still long enough, the kitties will get a fresh brushing. 
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m not setting a list of specific resolutions for 2015.  For the past couple of years, I’ve made some general resolutions but like the majority of people out there, I didn’t stick to them.  Instead, this year, I’m focusing on trying to get a bit healthier to try and ease some of the problems I’ve been having over the past few months.  To get things started, I bought a scale a few weeks ago.  However, I purposely left it in the box and didn’t take it out until today.  I weighed myself this morning for the first time in months and it was both upsetting and a bit of a relief.  
You see, I’m at a weight that not only makes me unhappy, I’m sure it’s not helping how I’ve been feeling.  However, despite the lack of physical activity since late August/early September, I’ve only gained a pound or two.  That’s a relief considering I haven’t really been eating very well or very responsibly.  It doesn't excuse how heavy I've let myself become but there it is. To help myself along this year, I'll be posting a picture of my weight. I'm hoping this helps keep me accountable and encourages me onwards to a healthier and happier life.

2015 holds a lot of promise, as does the start of every year. I'm planning on taking advantage of more of the opportunities it will have to offer.  First up, my pottery class. I'm excited and nervous about it. Its only six classes and I'm going in with no expectations of my potential skill (or lack thereof). I've been wantng to do this for so long that I'm worried it won't live up to the anticipation.  Whatever it turns out to be, I'll enjoy the experience.

I'd also like to learn Swedish. However, Edmonton is not a hotbed of Swedish speakers and there seems to be no courses offered through the University of Alberta's faculty of extension or MacEwan University. The UofA does offer courses as part of a degree but they are for credit and not available evenings or weekends.  Still exploring options....

I'm hoping that all of you have a wonderful, health, happy and prosperous 2015!


Wandering Coyote said...

Hey Karen! Happy New Year to you! I gained nearly 40lbs over the course of the year due to that heart debacle and then a sprained ankle, so I am with you on the weight loss bandwagon.

I wish you all the very best for 2015! I am going to try blogging more and see how that feels, so feel free to stop by once in a while, and I'll try to keep up with yours as well. Take care!

Wandering Coyote said...

BTW, does Rosetta Stone have a Swedish version? Check them out!

S.M. Elliott said...

I think you'll get those few pounds off in no time! Heck, pottery-making (potting?) might burn calories - it looks like hard work!

Happiest 2015 to you!

Eugene K said...

If you learn Swedish you can watch the Swedish Wallander series in Swedish!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hope 2015 is good to you. And I know you can gain better health. After learning last March that my cholesterol was elevated, I made it a priority to look after myself better, and I am very happy with the results. You can do it too!

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