A few days premature, but never too early! I just love this time of year – an opportunity to look forward to my next Best Year Ever! Some say that the pursuit of self-improvement is a form of self-rejection (which I see the perspective) but I don’t agree. I feel as though setting up aspirations and pursuit of achievements is what keeps me growing and learning. I hope to never just coast through life: always curious and always exploring about myself and the world around me.
However, with a dose of perspective, if I don’t come even close to meeting these goals below, I am still overwhelmed with gratitude for a robust life. I’m inordinately thankful for the blessings and opportunities that I have received over the last few years. I never forget how lucky I am. It is my New Year’s wish that the same is bestowed upon you.
So, in no particular order, here are some things I hope to achieve in 2014.
1) Get more bendy. It’s a commonly held belief that yoga is nothing but beneficial for people who avidly CrossFit, and it’s something I’ve continually pushed to the back burner. With my schedule opening up more in 2014, it’s time to bump that up on the list. I signed up at a new yoga studio that had a Grand Opening discount through the end of this month and the deal was too good to pass up! This particular studio also has Pilates, Aerial yoga, Hot yoga AND free parking. I went to my first Ashtanga class tonight and was floored at how tight my hips were. But I could still do a back bend! It is my plan to attend some variation of Yoga 3x per week.
2) Get less squishy. I mentioned this in my last post, but I had hoped in 2013 to do lose that 15 lbs* I gained after the wedding in 2012. I lost about 8 lbs over last summer, but it found its way back, especially over the last month with holiday events and treats. For this goal, I’m not going to sign up for Weight Watchers or do some meal plan to take steps toward this. My approach is sort of different this time. I’m going to take care of me first which means getting enough sleep, managing stress, getting enough exercise (including CrossFit, yoga, RPM, leisure walking and anything else my heart desires) and managing my stress & hunger hormones more effectively. I have learned over the years that my biggest challenges toward weight maintenance is healthy eating and that is the hardest when I’m sleep deprived, stressed and short on time. I’m taking the approach that if I take care of my basic needs first, then making good choices when it comes to food will come more easily. Last year was tough because of a demanding schedule and I’m hoping that by managing my time better, I’ll be able to manage my stress and hormones and therefore weight better.
3) Get more awesomely domestic. I didn’t have many houseguests in 2013. No way. There was, at any given time, a huge pile of maybe clean, maybe dirty laundry on the dresser and/or floor, 2-4 weeks of dog hair matted into the carpet and an overflowing sink of dishes. When you work this kind of schedule, it doesn’t leave much time for cleaning. I actually like cleaning; I just need to have the time to do it. So, hopefully with my new schedule, I will in 2014. Plus, when my house is clean, my life just feeeels easier. It’s easier to keep a house clean than to clean it up from a mess. (Kind of like how it’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape, right?) A messy house just feels overwhelming and I would love to host more events in 2014.
Along with this, I want to spend some time doing more home décor projects, doing more sewing (I love to sew!) and learning to cook some great go-to meals. I want to learn how to cure my own gravlax, how to whip up a delicious meal from scratch and how to flawlessly decorate a cupcake. These skills take time and practice and I hope to work on that this year.
4) Get fluent in Spanish. This is one of those skills I actually used to have about 10 years ago, but I let it slip through my fingers. I bought the Rosetta Stone CD-ROMs and have already started working my way back to it. I can understand the gist of written Spanish, but I’m not conversant and totally miss the nuances. Being bilingual is something I aspire to be. Maybe even trilingual someday!
Along the same lines, here are some things I’m vow not to do in 2014.
1) I’m not going to learn how to knit.
2) I’m not going to train for a marathon or a triathlon. I might do a half or maybe a 5k/10k here and there, but no big races.
3) I’m not going to cram an event into every waking hour of every waking day. I will leave breathing room in my schedule.
If there was a theme for 2014, it’s Start With Me First. I’ve spent many years in many ways working for others and this year, it’s all about me. I’m making a conscious choice to fulfill my needs first. This isn’t to say I’m ignoring other’s needs, but I’m starting with me!
*As a note, 15 lbs is such an arbitrary number. I’m sure I’ve put on +/- 5lbs of muscle over the last 12 months so it’s really hard to compare pound to pound. My goal is just to be more comfortable in my clothes which is somewhere 10-15 lbs from where I currently am. Right now, I just feel weighed down.