Thursday, 31 January 2013

Operation Get Healthy Post #1

I mentioned some resolutions in my last post.  So far I think I'm doing alright in 2013.  No, my house isn't always clean, and no, my bank account isn't healthy, but I think I am in a better, healthier place than I was last year.

One of my biggest goals for the year is to be healthier.  I need to lose weight, but--even more than that--I want to have a healthier lifestyle.  I wasn't particularly unhealthy before; I don't drink or smoke or have any particularly awful habits.  I just need to improve.

I have gone out running for the past four mornings in a row.  I use the term "running" loosely, as my running is probably slower than most power walkers and my endurance is still pitiful.  I tell myself the important thing is that I'm trying, and I'll eventually get faster and stronger.

According to my Nike app, I have gone 6.16 miles this week at an average pace of about 14 miles per hour (keep in mind that I'm running on the road in a hilly area).

Luckily for me, I do live somewhere pretty.  I also live near the water.  About a mile from my house, there's the beginning of a trail that follows the path of the lake.  We took a family run along it recently, and it was so much more peaceful than running on the road.  My goal is to be in good enough shape to consider the run to the lake as my warm up, and then do my actual run along the waterfront. 

Here are a couple of pictures from the lakefront trail:

I'm also trying to eat healthier. 
The past few weeks I have been eating a lot of quinoa, and not very much bread or pasta.  I have drastically cut back on cheese, and I'm trying to avoid refined sugar.
For breakfast, I usually have a smoothie.
I also made these vegetarian meatballs (only with less egg and cheese and more vegetables) and enjoyed them as much on a crunchy romaine salad as on pasta.
Current Weight: 223 pounds (that's hard to admit)
Current Size: 16-20 (depending on brand and style)

Friday, 11 January 2013

So long 2012..Hello 2013 Resolutions

This was my 2012 soundtrack.  These are the songs that pretty much sum everything up; the songs that I listened to over and over and over again; the songs that caught a mood or a moment or months somehow.  If my life were a movie (and we can all be thankful that it's not), this would be the 2012 soundtrack.

2012 Soundtrack by Keri on Grooveshark

I'm a bit of a cynic when it comes to New Year's Resolutions, but I feel like I'm at a turning point that happens to coincide with the beginning of 2013, so I have set some goals.

1. Get Organized

Source: via Keri on Pinterest

In some ways, I'm really organized.  In other ways, I'm a walking disaster area.  I want to get more organized, and include the family in my organization.

2. Write more

Obviously, I'm not a regular blogger.  Sometimes I overwhelm the blog with new stuff, and sometimes I mysteriously disappear for months.  In the blogosphere and beyond, I want to write more.

3. Get Healthy

I've spent too long being comfortable with bad habits.  This year, I want to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.  I need to lose some weight (OK, a lot of weight), get in shape, eat healthier, think healthier, etc.  For my sake and for my family, I want to get healthy.  At the end of the year, I want to look back at pictures and see a marked difference.  I want to think, "Wow, did I really look like that?" I want to have enough energy.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

More art

An old painting by Angel and a drawing from Princess (I think from around Thanksgiving).

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Weighing In

Little Boss weighs almost 30 pounds.
Angel is about 40, and Princess is 48.