Saturday, January 02, 2010

A Few Thoughts

It's the beginning of a new year, the perfect time to reflect on the past and consider the future. You've probably noticed a lot of bloggers doing the same thing; I suppose it's a natural thing, isn't it?

Well, I have (almost) no intention of looking back. The past is the past. The future? Well, it will be what it will be. I don't make resolutions, but I do have some goals this year. One of the goals is a direct result of the last couple of weeks of 2009. I've proven to myself that I CAN finish projects if I put my mind to it. With that in mind, one of my goals for the upcoming year is to actually finish what I've already started. I have more than enough works in progress to keep me busy for quite some time. Having said that, some projects are just that, projects. They're the type of item I may not be able to knit from start to finish because of the levels of concentration needed (like the Shetland Christening Dress). But I now know that I can do it and so it has become my goal to finish what I've started.

My second goal relates to my overall health. I must admit that I'm a junk food junkie and my wardrobe is starting to confirm that. Right now, I have one pair of slacks that fit well. Everything else seems to have shrunk in the closet. It is my goal to take small steps to improve my overall health and perhaps, in the process, to lose a few of the pounds that have found their way to my frame.

I admit that I am not an exercise nut; I dislike (and have always disliked) regimented exercise programs. When the weather is decent, I walk to and from work (but not in the dark; John won't let me walk in the dark), a good 20 minute walk each way. My downfall is nibblies. Even my doctor has said that if I cut back on "the white stuff", I'll drop a few pounds and improve my health (blood pressure issues). He's told me that even 5-10 lbs will make a difference. So, that is the goal: eliminate some of the white stuff, and eat healthy (not that we don't; I just need to eliminate the stuff I know isn't good for me... like Cheetos).

As of this morning, I've cut out the sugar in my tea. I used to drink my tea black all the time, but once I got pregnant, I couldn't handle it without milk and sugar. It's one small step, but it's a start.

In other things, I did look back at my knitting in 2009. It was a good year for knitting. Five first place ribbons in the Armstrong Fair and 25 finished objects. That's more than 2 per month. Not bad. For my own sake, I've put together a pdf file with all of the finished objects of 2009. If you're interested, feel free to check it out. Personally, it's nice to see a pictorial of all the items in one place. It feels good!

(just click to open the pdf)

What about you? Have you made any resolutions for 2010? Have you set goals for yourself? Share them; I'd love to read about your goals for the new year. Let's make it a good one!


  1. I'm with you on the losing 5-10, maybe we can encourage each other in our excersize routines!! :) But first I'll have to somehow get rid of all the Christmas chocolate here :(

  2. Beutiful collection of items finished in 2009. I enoy reading your blog. Your work is very tidy and well knit. I would love to emulate it. Good luck on the 5-10. I'm in the same boat.

  3. Me too - I have at least 10 pounds to shift after all those Christmas goodies (and I still have some mincemeat in the fridge so the eating isn't over). No resolutions for the New Year - I never think that far ahead!

  4. Now the mom is on the home stretch of her cancer treatments, it is time to focus on my health improvement plan. So, I'll be joining you in the better motion, better eating resolution/goal! :)

    BTW, you do know that Cheetos aren't white, right? ;)