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

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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!

Nikki

 

Resolution check: August

OK, so August wasn’t the greatest exercise month, this I know as fact.

I stopped recording everything in my Exercise Log Book about 10 days into the month, and My Fitness Pal wasn’t too far behind on the back burner, but this isn’t going to be one of those, “I suck,” “I’ll get better” resolution round-up posts, no siree Bob!

You see, I might not have written everything down the past month, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t kicking my own ass. First there was the moving of all the important stuff from our second-floor (up very steep steps, mind you) apartment in NEPA to our charming (and very 1st floor) abode in South Harlem.

Up and down, up and down the fella and I walked, sometimes under the heavy weight of a couch, dressers, chairs and cabinets into said SoHa home and what was getting stored in the lower level of my parents’ homestead.

Then there’s the walking to and fro the subway to and fro work – and up (and up) the tons of stairs from the train to the streets – which I have to admit is grueling, especially in the temps of 80 and above we’ve been having in the city the past week.
But I cannot tell a lie: It beats getting stuck behind a moron NEPA driver – and driving myself!

In just a week, I’ve already seen a big difference in my face – and my gams. My newish jeans are already baggy on me, and let me tell you, that’s a darn good feeling, darn good indeed! My next order of business is getting myself better walking shoes to really feel the burn on the walking commute and lunchtime Financial District meanderings.

So I’m sorry I was out of touch, August 2012, but just because I was paperless doesn’t mean I was resting on my laurels. I’m seriously doing something exercise-y every day!

My goal for September now that we’re settled into our new home is to really get back into eating better, especially since the options to do so are so vast here in New York.

Nikki

A perfect 10

Yesterday’s trip to the gym at 6 a.m. was my 10th day of exercise in a row, making today’s at-home Pilates/yoga/calisthenics mash-up day No. 11!
Is it weird/narcissistic I keep counting the entries in my Exercise Log Book 1. To make sure that I counted right and 2. Because I am pretty proud of myself? 

Plus, since starting this new regime last Monday, I’ve lost four pounds from this regular exercise and, of course, cutting out all the shitty foods I had been turning to.
Also: I’ve only eaten meat twice (and a very little amount at that) and kept the dairy to a minimum.

Both are a pretty big milestone for me – especially since my regular readers know how I’ve been pretty lax and down about myself the past two months. I added some interval jogging to my treadmill routine the past few visits, which is getting me closer to my goal of putting the run back into Run, Nikki, Run – at long last.

I feel pretty damn good – inside and out – and wore a fabulous new outfit yesterday that I felt really smashing in.

Here’s to the next 10 days and the 10 after that and the 10 after that …

Nikki

Scale, scale on the floor …

So not my actual scale, nor will said scale ever read such a number. I'm a whole lotta woman, you know!

… I love you this morning more than ever before.

Especially since it told me I was down eight pounds, to a weight I haven’t been since last April!

My weekend just got off to a lovely start – hope you have a good one!

Nikki