The Best of 2014

Well… here we are, December 31st 2014. It’s been a really interesting year for sure and I hope I have set the stage to an even more interesting year. Let’s review:

2014 RESOLUTIONS CHECK

1. Start a New Adventure: I started a few different projects this year but my biggest adventure was this blog. This little blog has opened doors I didn’t know were there. I find that my writing has improved, my social network has grown, and new opportunities have arisen. All good things.

BEST POST IN 2014: Year One: The Weight Loss Chronicles

2. Arrive at Goal Weight: What is “goal weight”? I know a lot of people don’t like the BMI statistic but I find it a good number to start with. I don’t believe it is a specially important number nor does it say a lot when considered alone. But, it’s a good number to start and along with eating well and moving more, a healthy BMI is something I am striving for. On January 1st 2014 I weighed-in at 188 lbs., today I weighed-in at 166 (I’ve been eating out a lot). At 5’1”, my BMI is 31.4 which keeps me in the obese category (will I ever escape?). However, in 2014 I managed to lose 22 lbs. and I am super proud of that.

BEST TRANSFORMATION PICTURE 2014: From size 18 to 10

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3. Zumba Everyday: This was a really silly resolution. In reality doing zumba everyday is not going to help me lose weight. I have learned that I have to diversify my workouts and so I have. I mostly did zumba this year but I also took weight training classes, barre, and yoga; I also did some running, took nature walks, and got on the elliptical; every so often I took a kettlebell class or went for a swim.

BEST NEW WORKOUT IN 2014: Barre

4. Eat with a Purpose: Another silly resolution. I consider this one accomplished. I pretty much recorded everything I ate all year, missing only a handful of days. I planned ahead when I ate out and learned from all the bad decisions. I am much more aware of what I eat and keep learning more every day.

BEST CHEAT MEAL 2014: Buttermilk Chicken Fried Burger at Porterhouse Grill in Athens. GA.  

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5. Run a Half Marathon: What was I thinking! 😆 This year I completed the Couch to 5K program and ran my first official 5K. I also did a 10K MudRun and completed most of the 36 obstacles. That was amazing! Half marathon? Maybe someday.

BEST RACE 2014: Ultimate Challenge Mud Run

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6. Read More: Initially I wanted to try and read one book a week. I fell way short but I still managed to read more books than I did in 2013. I read 20 books total this year and learned quite a bit. My favorite book reconnected me with my roots and sparked my interest in history.

BEST READ 2014: Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana (my review)

7. Pay off Credit Cards: I managed to pay off one of the two. I am looking forward to paying off my second credit card and destroying it too. No more credit cards for me for a while. This year as I change sizes I’ve become a thrift store regular and I love it. It’s more like treasure hunting and less like shopping which I find a little too much sometimes.

BEST SHOPPING SPREE 2014: $20 Brown Bag Sale

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8. Travel More: This year I have been the most financially challenged I have been in a while. I’ve gotten incredibly creative and when better times come I know I’ll make much better use of the extra cash. I still managed to make a few trips including Washington DC., Athens and Atlanta, GA., Williamsburg, VA., and Savannah, GA.

BEST TRIP 2014: Fitbloggin in Savannah, GA. 

9. Make New Friends: My recently-developed introversion and moving to a new town made it difficult to make new friends but I have managed some. I joined a wonderful Book Club, developed some friendships at the gym, and let my online social network grow.

BEST NEW FRIEND 2014: Come’on ALL OF THEM of course 😀

10. Volunteer: I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t really made much progress on this resolution. Although I did some volunteer work here and there and was able to make some donations and participate in a few charitable activities I haven’t really committed as I wanted to. A few months back I attended an interest meeting during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and I realized that this is what I want to get involved with. Hopefully I will find a group I can work with.

Overall, it’s been a very productive year. I feel I was able to accomplish most of the goals I set out or at least I got them started. Check back tomorrow for my 2015 Resolutions list.

 As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014

goconfidently

Be safe.

How did you do with your resolutions? Preparing any for 2015? Comment away.

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