Monday, January 3, 2011

A new day, a New Year and - finally - a new post!

I have been away from this blog so long that it is hard to know where to start! The fourth quarter of 2010 really rocked our world! But, we are getting settled in and now the holidays are behind us. I think we are even becoming comfortable in our 'new normal'!

I really struggled to get into the spirit of the holidays, this year. Not having much space to work in, or to make a mess in, seemed really limiting. And, even a 45 minute commute (round trip) eats up more of a day than you would expect. I finally got some inspiration to do some handwork, although not in time to finish before the holiday. I am nearly done, though, so I feel good about that.

Since 1/1/11 was on the weekend, this year, I have a holiday 'in the bank'. I am thinking that I will spend it on a day this week, or next, to finish up and ship all the un-gifted presents and to attend a class on machine quilting at the local quilt shop. If I don't, I am afraid January will get away from me, it will be spring before I know it, and the gifts will still be works in progress!

I am not one to make resolutions, but I have decided to make a plan for the coming months. I am going to walk 4 days a week (minimum) in an effort to lose 8 pounds. Why eight? It just sounds do-able. Living in a small environment means that everything is at hand. Once I get home and get out of my work clothes, I do not get much activity. I have begun to notice the slightest bit of weight creep. Well, before the holiday, it was slight, now I would have to consider it major... I am determined to turn the momentum, before it gets out of hand!

And, we are planning a trip to a South of the border destination wedding in June. If I am going to buy new clothes, I wouldn't mind buying a smaller size!

I sat down intending to at least make a start on a post and think about adding photos tomorrow, but I think I will hit the 'publish' button and see if I can get some mojo running.

Maybe you will hear from me again before the seasons change!


Iron Needles said...

I am always glad to hear from you, with or without photos.

Kate said...

Happy New Year, Jan!

This was a great read, good to catch up on your life. I like the idea of 8 pounds. And, I love the idea of you walking it off vs. starving yourself (as most of my friends try to do and fail.) I did a similar thing, vowing to lose a pound a month and it works! It's manageable! I sincerely hope you and Iron can find the time to visit Salt Lake this summer. Would love to see your smiling face. :)

Gaynell said...

The summer occasion has me also watching the weight! Since there will be sunshine, I would like to display less floppy arms..not quite Michelle O. firmness, but better than now! (as I reread this, I don't want less arms, but less floppy!)
I always enjoy the posts.

Allie said...

I am very glad to hear from you!! I wish I only had 8lbs to lose, lol...I started back at the Y after the holiday break, I'm not sure 30 minutes a day will do it, more like 8 HOURS a day.

I hope you spend your "bank day" just the way you want to, Jan!

Sweet_Vee said...

Yeah! Another post!

Lynne said...

You're posting again! Glad to see you back!

The holidays are notorious for putting on a few extra pounds. I would like to lose about 5 and I'd be happy. Walking is so good for you and so easy to do. I need more exercise but it's hard to talk myself into it. We have a new XBox 360 with Kinect and I have yet to try out my dance or exercise discs! Lazy lazy me!

Hubby was in your town last week at the CES trade show.

Looking forward to seeing pics of your handiwork!

Roy said...

Glad to see you are back.