I’ve seen this a lot on my friends’ feeds, and figured I maybe should participate (if late). 2016 was not a kind year for many of us, and I had difficulty identifying three things that went well in the year. I started reviewing photos, and found 6 more! Here goes my list:
April 2016: Won the BigBlue Healthy Kitchen Wars cooking competition at ODU with the Faculty/Staff team.
May 2016: I got to take my Mom to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens for the LanternAsia exhibit for Mother’s Day (it’s rare for her to be in my area).
May 2016: I got to go to Seattle, WA and give a presentation at the annual Immunology conference! I’d been wanting to do a talk (rather than just a poster) for a few years. I’ve also always dreamt of Seattle; I’m a pluviophile, and the city just captured my imagination. While there, aside from the conference, I got to visit a friend and see the Seattle Japanese Garden which was gorgeous, the Space Needle (so geeky) and the quite stunning Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, the EMP museum, and the Museum of Flight (loved the space exhibits). It was a great trip filled with amazing food, fantastic scenery, and a lot of really good experiences that I’m glad I had.
July 2016: I got to visit friends and family over the summer; in particular, I went to see Luray Caverns with my best friend. I’d never been. It was spectacular. I have literally hundreds of photos and videos from that (and filled up my phone completely). They even played the stalactite organ while we were there. We also did the garden maze (and I think we chanted “get through the Labyrinth? Get through the labyrinth?! … movie reference) and the rope adventure park. You know, for someone who doesn’t like heights, I certainly got some altitude this year!
I kind of liked having just one resolution last year with a few measurable outcomes. I sort of kept that for this year. This year, I resolved to work on my lifestyle: how I want my life to look and feel. Part of this developed from the unreasonable stress I had at the end of this last semester and the fact that it’s simply untenable, so I need to work on better balance (doesn’t everyone?!). So how do I organize those thoughts and make them measurable and attainable?
BMI of 22.5 is measurable. I’m enrolled in another DietBet Transformer. I should achieve this by the end of June. If I am happy, great; otherwise, progress to BMI of 20.
Yoga: I can start with Yoga Camp. This builds on the 30 Days of Yoga I did last year. Later, when $ permits, I can take a class. This is for mental health as well as flexibility.
Strength: there are plenty of options out there for free. For January, I’m going to do the Fit Girls Guide workouts (just not the meal plan, because I hate meal plans). This year, I want to COMPLETE 10/12 monthly workout plans from whatever system(s) I choose or try!
Cardio: This year, I’m aiming for a 5k time of 36:00 or less. Jog 3x/week as training.
Continue the daily 10,000 steps or 5k/day (whichever comes last) for general fitness.