It’s a bit belated, but in the spirit of the New Year I wanted to do a quick post with updates on some exciting things that happened at the end of 2013 (the reason my posts on this blog have been so sporadic) and my resolutions for 2014.
First the Updates:
1. I started a new job in October 2013, as a Senior Consultant in Business Planning at Partners Healthcare. Some of you may know that up until October 2012 I was working at a start up in healthcare IT. The start up sold (a good thing for the company) and I tried to give the new company a chance but ultimately it just wasn’t for me. I spent months interviewing for what seemed like my dream job, and after a lengthy process was finally hired (yay)! Career wise it’s a great opportunity with tons of potential and I’m sure I made the right decision.
2. Also in October, we adopted an adorable pomeranian puppy Louis (short for LV, obviously)! He’s six months old, and almost full grown at 7 lbs. I absolutely love him, he is sooo cute, and has such a great personality! If you follow me on twitter or facebook you’ve probably seen some of these pics.
3. I’m moving back to Boston! The bf and I are moving to Southie (sometime in Feb or Mar). We found an amazing condo about 1/2 mile from Andrew Square that has everything we were looking for. This will be the third move in the past two years, so I’m glad to have finally found a place that will be at least semi-permanent.
4. I’m working on two exciting projects I can’t describe in detail right now, but I’m hoping they both gain some traction in 2014. More to come (hopefully!) later this year.
Now the resolutions:
Losing weight is always on my list, and I’ve tried just about every fad diet out there. I know this is not healthy or sustainable so this year I’ve decided to try something different. Through blogging I’ve met a lot of great people including some health and wellness experts. While they all have different programs and perspectives, there is one point they all seem to agree with. Diets and counting calories don’t work. What’s most important is balancing exercise with eating natural, whole foods, and paying attention to how your body feels. I’ve been reading Kendall’s tips for a #KendallClean life this January, and her advice seems to resonate the most with me. You should definitely check her out!
My resolutions specifically around weight loss are:
1. Unless I have specific plans to go out to dinner, cook every meal at home (and as much as possible cook from scratch). No more takeout, fast food, or cafeteria at work.
2. Do grocery shopping every Sunday, and meal prep for the week as much as possible as soon as I get home.
3. Do at least three workouts a week that are a mix of cardio and strength training. I’ve been working out with my amazing trainer Celeste for about six weeks now. She trains me once a week (aka kicks my butt) and gives me homework for two more days during the week. I plan to continue in 2014, and just need to find a new gym and routine when I move to Southie (I will miss the convenience of a gym in the building).
4. Use this blog as I originally intended; a place to write regularly about my progress toward health and fitness goals.
1. Six months of living expenses in savings by the end of the year (buying the condo made a serious dent in the savings I had)
2. Organize my pictures and books – I completed this last weekend! I put all of my loose pictures in albums, and bought a bookshelf specifically for cookbooks and food-related books (this took care of all of the books stacked up on the floor in my den).
3. Write at least one article or blog post for a source other than the blogs I currently maintain (or am a contributor).
This is the first time I’ve ever posted resolutions for all the world (internet to see). I hope this year it makes me more accountable!
What are your new year’s resolutions?