Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Forward to 2012 Resolutions and Goals

    We are still a few days away from the official end of this year but I am ready to look forward and set my sights on 2012.

     Here are my goals/resolutions for the next year:
1.  Weigh less at the end of the year than at the beginning.
          I'm not going to share what I'm starting at but since 1/1/2010 when I first made this resolution I've lost and kept off about 35 pounds.  So slowly but surely I'm getting there and I am in MUCH better shape!
2.  I will complete at least two sewing projects a month.  Tentatively I'm hoping for one new and one old but I'll be happy if I just actually complete two.
3.  I will learn how to use a serger.  Got to have 1 easy goal.  ;)
4.  This year I will go to the gym or exercise for at least a half hour at least 4 x per week year round when I am home.
        The last two years I went on hiatus for the summer and had to work hard to get back to where I was.
5.  I will spend at least 15 - 30 minutes a day doing some sort of cleaning type activity.

      My plan is to set up some sort of side bar to track my success with these.
      This afternoon DH and DS are going to be taking the carpet out of my sewing room and doing some furniture rearranging.  I need to go clear away some of the clutter so they can get started.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looking Backward

Where did November and December go?!!
What was I thinking when I started a blog so close to Christmas?  And, what was I thinking when I set a goal of 14 hours/week for the month of November?  Sigh, so naive and optimistic.

I will do better going forward but today's post is about looking backward over the past year.
I started the year with a few resolutions.  I only remember two of them.  Again, deep sigh.

I achieved one of them - I weigh less at the end of the year than I did at the beginning.  Even that had its ups and downs (pun intended).  Last spring I did a great job exercising and eating right.  I stayed on track with Weight watchers and by the end of May I was 20 lbs less than January 1st and only 10 pounds away from my goal.  Then, I stopped cold - not going to the gym and not doing weight watchers.  Interestingly thanks to being outside a lot I maintained for the whole summer.  Then, starting Labor Day weekend I lost control.  Gradually over the fall I put 10 pounds back on.  I started going to the gym again but not often enough.  So, while I still weigh 10 pounds less than in January 2011, it could have been better.

The other goal I remember was sewing related.  I wanted to finish 4 projects a month.  I hoped that this way I would work my way through my vast inventory of UFO's.  While I didn't not complete 48 projects I did complete quite a few both new and old.

 These are just a few of the completed items.  So I have to feel pretty good about my success rate.  Especially as some of the items had been unfinished literally for years.  Some were new - I am proud of figuring out how to sew clothes.
Obviously, from the poorly arranged grouping of photos I have not figured out how to use blogger properly yet.

Later I will look forward and set my goals for 2012.