Looking forward to 2013, or Run, Nikki, Run’s annual resolutions

As I always do this time of year, I’m making a resolutions list that I’ll vow to stick to throughout the year.

But first, I’d like to take a look back at last year’s resolutions to see how I fared … though I already know the outcome.

– Continue exercising, doing at least something daily.
– Eat at least once piece of fresh fruit a day.
– Eat more vegetables.
– Try to go vegetarian as often as I can.
–  Go back to Planet Fitness.
– Cook more, and at least one recipe from each issue of Bon Appetit.
– Blog more.

I’d like to carry some of these over into 2013, but first and foremost, I really want 2013 to be the year I lose some major weight. I’m talking 30 pounds, at least.

I still have that HIIT boxing class that I haven’t taken yet because of the whole Bone Spur Situation, but I plan to do it come January. There’s been a lot of cool-looking classes on Living Social, but the fella made me promise to take the HITT class first, and I really need to, but I am pretty nervous.

As for the daily exercise, that’s really easy since we walk so much, and it’s gotten easier on my foot (and better overall) since I wear my trusty Sauconys everywhere now. Plus, I’m looking forward to breaking in my brand-new hot pink and yellow Reebok Real Flex Transitions that I got for Christmas!

I need to get back into the fruits and veggies thing, that’s really fallen to the wayside, and I’m definitely feeling the effects.

I also want to try get back to being vegetarian as often as possible. I know it really made a difference in my body and mindset, and I really want to get back to it – which should be a lot easier since one of my Christmas presents from the fella was a 2.5 hour vegetarian-cooking class! I’m so excited about it, and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can and bring it on home!
As a party bonus, the class will also help fulfill my “Cook more” resolution!

I really hope when I write this annual post a year from now, I’ll be more proud of how far I’ve come health-wise, because 2012 – while a great year as a whole – it was pretty much a wash on the health front.

But that’s why resolutions are so great, they’re a chance to redeem yourself, dust yourself off, and get back at it.

I hope you had a fantastic 2012 – and here’s to an even better 2013!
Thanks for reading!



Run, Nikki, Run’s 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

In Pursuit of (Daily) Happiness. What’s on Your List?

Shira always has so many wonderful blogs, but this one, by far, is my favorite – especially as this time of year always makes me want to reflect on how thankful I am for all that I have, even when I sometimes feel like grumbling about life or how I feel about my body.

I used to be in the habit of doing what I called “Happy Lists,” which I got from my most-favorite blog, “Rockstar Diaries,” and they’ve really fallen to the wayside the past few years.

But they’ll be back, for sure, now that Shira reminded me there’s ALWAYS something to be happy about.


in pursuit of more

Cassis, France | IPOM

There are things that bring us all happiness in our lives.

It could be a quiet moment, or a few hours with a really good book. For some it could be a run in the woods, or a call from a good friend. For me, I can always use a good laugh, and luckily there is no lack of that in my life.

I was at the gym this week, doing my thing on the stair master & catching up on some (mindless but wonderful) magazine reading (this is one of my happy places). In this month’s issue of Canadian FASHION, there is a page dedicated to New Year’s Resolutions (after all, ’tis the season). On this page, a few celebrity clothing designers wax about their goals for the coming year.

There was one I read that particularly struck a chord with me (I love those moments).

“I want…

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