I had high hopes for 2011 and all-in-all it was a really good year. Lots of lifestyle changes for me and the key to all of them was dropping cable. I had no idea how much mindless TV would suck me in but now that I actively choose what I watch (rather than find something that is on) TV is just not something that interests me much. Now, don't get me wrong. I am still the biggest Top Chef fan out there. I still love The Office and I accept that nightmares are simply a part of life when The Walking Dead is on. The difference is, I make a point to watch my shows. It feels like a much healthier way to approach TV. It's probably what normal people do, right?
So, time to face the music. How did I do on my specific 2011 goals? Here we go.
Complete two 5ks and one 10k.
I give myself a B+. I did finish two 5ks, (blogs here and here). I did not to a 10k though and here's why. I've come to accept that I dislike running! Really. It's just not fun for me. Running as a form of exercise was a chore, something I had to do and having completed the entire C25K program I *still* didn't like it. Guess what I do like though? SPINNING. I'm spinning 4x a week now. That is usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 hours 45 minutes. I love it, it's fun, I look forward to it and it's a great way to burn calories.
Finish 3 quilts
A+! I finished 3 quilted prayer shawls and Andy's comforter (which I have yet to blog about). Grr. I also did a small baby quilt.
Sew from a pattern
A+ Yep! I did it. I made Andy some pants. They were super cute and very easy to make.
Read 12 books
C-. I read only 9 new books this year. I've been stuck halfway through book #10 and while I've lost interest I was not ready to admit defeat. I'm surprised by this one as I would usually describe myself as an avid reader. I guess more accurately I am well-read. I read news and articles from all over the world, I'm well versed on current events, but, apparently, I am not as big a reader as I though. Werid.
Acquire and rehab (if necessary) a china hutch for the dining room.
F. I found several, went and looked at many, but the husband is not on board.
Make a headboard for our bed
Improve general decoration of the house
C-. The Bathroom redo is a great starting point but I have so much farther to go.
Reach my goal weight
D. I did not reach my goal weight. I am not close to my goal weight. But I'm not considering this a failure. I am still working for it and have been exercising 5-6 times a week since June.
So there you have it. A really successful year. More importantly, we're happy, we're healthy and we're all together. Everything else is just icing on the cake.