We went to Arizona for the holidays. It was 70ish degrees every day. Not sure if I even saw a cloud while I was there. Spent the night in Vegas. May I digress?
I used to live in Las Vegas. I spent my tween years there, which desensitized me to a lot at an early age: public drunkenness, nudity, gambling, flashing neon lights, etc. Since I've left, new casinos have been built (back in my day, the Mirage and Excalibur were the "new" hotels). Over the years, Treasure Island changed its show from one similar to Pirates of the Caribbean to some almost naked woman show (blasphemy) and now it's under construction probably to make an even splashier presence. New shops and boutiques have emerged (Prada, anyone?). And it all leaves me so empty. I can enjoy the lights and sites for a few hours, but then it becomes so meaningless. It's a temporary reprieve, one street where you can visit New York, Paris, Venice and any sin your heart desires before you go back to your reality...unless your reality is working on that street, and then I feel sorry for you.
2014. A year I don't have any hopes and dreams for. Maybe my 2014 motto will be, "Keep plodding along." It's not like my calendar is devoid of happenings this year. There will be fun stuff. We're going to be taking a vacation by ourselves in June. I hope to cook and host more. I hope to blog more. 2013 was my crappiest blogging year ever. You can see there has been a nosedive in my number of posts each year. BUT...I hope to reverse that trend this year!
I didn't do a December By the Numbers written out. I'll type it instead.
Lost 1.4 lbs compared to December 1st.
550 minutes of exercise:
- 110 minutes of weights
- 370 minutes of walking
- 25 minutes dancing
- 45 minutes jogging
I had 3 clean days.
Over the course of 2013, I read 126 books. I lost 2.6 pounds in the past year. Certainly not stellar, but I didn't gain and I am sure I kept things in check because of the accountability I had here in terms of exercise and scale check-ins.
What I'd like to do this year is be super diligent about recording my food. I'm not talking about necessarily here since I have an app for that. But I do like the accountability piece of tying it into here. And I do have to be in a fancy dress at the end of March, so there's some motivation about being good in the first quarter of 2014 in particular. And then there's the lure of being in a swim suit for the summer to keep me good into the second and possibly the third quarters of 2014.
That was a big step in 2013 for me. I was in a bathing suit in public for the first time since I was 13 years old! Maybe in 2014 I can wear a bathing suit twice.
Here's to a fabulous 2014 to everyone!