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If We Make it Through December

I know there’s just a few days of 2014 left but I really want to see the back of it and turn the page. I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day.

Oh if we can just make it … I am starting to make plans for 2015 already.

The past few years I have watched one of my Facebook friends as she has walked 2014 km in 2014, 2013 km in 2013 … you get the idea. It’s inspiring to see. She hits the goal long before the year is over and she looks fabulous. I bet she’s the most fit she’s been in her adult life. I have an activity tracker that tracks my steps, my miles, my kilometres per day and it syncs with a program online that keeps the data all year round. I did not walk 2014 km in 2014 … hell, I didn’t walk 100 km. I didn’t wear the thing all the time of course and when I was wearing it and trying I was doing pretty good, I’d get 3-8 km in a day. But I didn’t stick with it and I never worked myself back up to where I had been before I went away and got married and all that stuff that took me way off on another track for a few years.

I did some math (I know, it’s hard to believe) some rough calculations in my head, guestimates mostly based on some of the old data I had when I wore the tracker. It looks like I can go about a mile in 2000 steps. So if I did the 10,000 steps a day that you’re supposed to do, that would be about 5 miles, which is 8 km, but to achieve 2015 km in the year 2015 I only need to average 5.5 km each day or about 3.5 miles or roughly 7000 steps per day. That seems doable. There are days when I do some laundry, go pick up some groceries and poof I’ve got 2 miles on without even trying and totally taking the lazy way out. What would happen if I was conscious and I had a goal that I was truly working toward? Hmmm …

2015 is also the year I want to go vegan. And I mean HEALTHY vegan, not this junk food vegetarian I’ve been doing for the last few months. For Christmas I got a TFal Actifry, which from the few things I’ve done so far is totally freaking the most awesome invention of all time! I cannot wait to buy a sweet potato, slice that sucker up and make some amazing healthy fries! But you can do so much more with it than just make fries, I think I am going to get as much use out of this as I do my rice cooker, and maybe even more. It’s just so easy! And the texture is wonderful.

I also got a bread maker and given I’ve been stocking up on all kinds of crazy healthy grains and flours for awhile now, I can only imagine what kind of experiments I will turn out. I ordered a book with 300 recipes for bread machines and I’ve been exploring some gluten free and vegan recipes online, so I think this is going to be fun and a healthy alternative to the Wonder Bread that I sometimes buy just because it’s cheap and allows me to make toast.

I have been vegetarian for over a year now. I have been smoke free for over a year now. But I have put on some pounds in recent months when I gave up the nicotine gum. My body is rebelling with female type issues from indulging in too much junk food and not enough activity. So it’s time to not only get back to the basics but to take it to the next level!

I also got a new controller for my Wii for Christmas. The nephew made off with mine … he knows who he is … 🙂 So I got a new one and I am hooking up the Wii Fit so that little douche can tell me everyday that I am obese again and make me exercise and eat better in the way that only that little ass hole can make me. You would think it’s unpleasant, demoralizing even, but I’ve never found that at all. I find it a great motivator and yet another tool to help get me on track and keep me there.

I know that if I do these things, use these tools, make the effort, I will not only feel better physically but even more importantly I will feel better mentally and emotionally. That’s the big pay off. Well being and peace of mind. Less stress. Being able to cope. These are things I want … if I make it through December …

This song helps.

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  1. I want to become a more healthier me in 2015 too. Its easy to say these things at this time of year, but what if this time they actually stick? What if this year we actually follow through? Why not, I say! It’s possible that 2015 can be an awesome year….and so I believe it shall. 🙂

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    • It is possible for sure. When I think of all the changes I have made to my lifestyle all ready that have stuck. I am a morning person (well not over the holidays, but in general). I am a non-smoker. I am a vegetarian (albeit a junk food one, but still, dammit I have quit eating chicken!). I can also be healthy and active. I just need to do it enough for it to become habit, the normal way of life, so that when those times come where I can’t get out and walk or do something active, or I find myself eating chips and candy and cake, I notice that it is weird abnormal behaviour for me and I long for my regular healthy active routine. Sleeping in until 10:30 as I did today and have been doing this past week feels like that now, like I’m not being true to me. I can’t wait for the return of 5:30 mornings, my regular routine. And it wasn’t all that many years ago I regularly slept til after noon and thought getting up at 10:30 or even 11 was early. If I can change that all around, then I think I can do anything.

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