To read 100 books this year. I’m currently stalled at 59 because I’m not super into either of the books I’m reading.
To get fit for my wedding. I have ten to fifteen pounds of fat I’d like to drop. I have four months. If I can stay healthy for a while it will be very doable.
Okay, I promise this isn’t turning into a fitness blog, BUT:
I’m so proud of myself this morning. I woke up at 6:40 am, got dressed, and went downstairs to exercise. This morning’s workout (Day 4) was Pilates inspired. It’s considered an active rest day, but it was still tough. My glutes were burning for real.
Getting up early ended up being kind of awesome. It set a nice tone for the rest of the day. I wasn’t rushing around to get ready. I had plenty of time. Despite the fact that I didn’t sleep well last night, I don’t feel overly tired. In fact, since I’ve started exercising regularly, I’ve noticed I have a lot more energy. I haven’t been napping! Are you shocked? I’m shocked. I think D is a bit shocked, too.
Anyway, I love it. I love this program. I love how I feel. I can’t wait to see my body change. Today my Shakeology should be delivered and I am pumped to get started.
I never thought I’d be the kind of person who gushed about an exercise program, but here I am.
I did the first workout today and holy shit that was hard. I’m feeling good about it though.
- I want the big, fancy house with a private swimming pool, but I want it to be in the city. Is that too much to ask?
- When I consider options for the next adventure trip, my top three places (now that Iceland has been checked off the list) are: New Zealand, Japan, and an Antarctic cruise.
- Though there are still some places in the US I’d really like to see: like the Grand Canyon, Alaska, Maine, and NYC.
- I want a big blue sapphire ring with a diamond halo.
- And a pair of Manolo’s. I’ll take these or these.
- I’ll also take an orange Siberian cat.
- And a trip to Paris.
That’s not asking much, right?
I know some people hate New Years resolutions, but I love them. Here is what I hope to accomplish in 2015:
- Read 50 books. This should be easy. I surpassed that this year.
- Be more active. I’m not putting any pressure on myself about a certain number of times per week I need to be exercising. (In fact, I plan on canceling my gym memberships.) I just want to run and walk more. Maybe ride my bike. I don’t want it to feel like a chore. I’m over that. I’m never going to be that super fit chick. I’m never going to hit the gym every single day. That’s just not me.
- Be more body positive. Finishing up my reconstruction has helped a lot with this, but I still need to work at it. I am way too critical of myself, and it really brings me down. That’s silly. I am beautiful. Inside and out. It’s time to start acting like it. I’m going to own that in 2015. I’m done with being my own worst enemy. I’m 35 years old. I’m over it. I even told the bf that I want to be naked on the beach in Belize next year because fuck it that’s why.
- Strengthen relationships with friends and family. I’ve already started on this one, and it makes my heart happy.
- Travel. On the list so far: Iceland, Boston, Wisconsin, Chicago, Hawaii, and Belize.
- Try something new every month. It can be anything: a new food, restaurant, hairstyle, activity…you get the idea.
- Be more present. Less social media. Less cell phone. Less work distractions. My people deserve more of my attention.
I think these are reasonable. It’s not like I’m foolish enough to think I’m going to magically turn into some super fabulous version of myself or something. However, I do want to be constantly improving. Otherwise, what’s the point?
- Allegiant – Veronica Roth
- The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
- Ghost Story – Peter Straub
- How To Be A Good Wife – Emma Chapman
- Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
- Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
- Lies You Wanted To Hear – James Whitfield Thornton
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
- The Never List – Koethi Zan
- If I Stay – Gayle Forman
- Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
- Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Maria Semple
- The Waiting – Joe Hart
- House of Glass – Sophie Littlefield
- Attachments – Ranibow Rowell
- The Magpies – Mark Edwards
- Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Martian – Andy Weir
- Breast Left Unsaid – Jude Calligros
- The Winter People – Jennifer McMahon
- Promise Not to Tell – Jennifer McMahon
- You Should Have Known – Jean Hanff Korelitz
- Before I Go – Riley Weston
- The House Next Door – Anne Rivers Siddons
- Dark Lullaby – Mayra Calvani
- Still Missing – Chevy Stevens
- Heart Shaped Box – Joe HIll
- Lineage – Joe Hart
- What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
- The Guilty One – Lisa Ballantyne
- Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
- The River is Dark – Joe Hart
- Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
- Charm & Strange – Stephanie Kuehn
- Complicit – Stephanie Kuehn
- Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
- The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain
- Landline – Rainbow Rowell
- Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
- Help For The Haunted – John Searles
- The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
- Falling Into Place – Amy Zhang
- Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
- Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham
- Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
- Flatland – Edwin Abbott
- The Tender Bar – JR Moehringer
- One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
- On A Hill – Michael Whitehouse
- The Last Letter From Your Lover– Jojo Moyes
- After I Do – Taylor Reid
- Turn Of Mind – Alice LaPlante
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
- We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
- Conversion – Katherine Howe
- Contact – Carl Sagan
I haven’t yet decided what to read next, but I doubt I’ll finish it this year (though it’s possible). My goal was to read 36 books this year, so I’m quite pleased that I somehow managed to read 56.
My top 10 of 2014:
(in no particular order)
- The Girl You Left Behind
- Me Before You
- Not That Kind Of Girl
- Heart Shaped Box
- The Martian
- Eleanor & Park
- One Plus One
Basically, Moyes and Rowell for the win. But read The Martian if you like science fiction, because it is amazing.