Monday, December 31, 2012

The year.

Time for that customary year-in-review post.

2012 was, in all, a pretty great year.

Some highlights:

1) Finished 3/4 of nursing school with a 3.9 GPA.
2) Worked as a nurse extern at my #1 choice hospital, where hopefully I paved a foundation for a job after graduation.
3) Started running seriously, and consequently ran my first half-marathon in October.
4) Finished my 5th novel, which I queried for a while before setting it aside due to school. Learned a lot.
5) Finally convinced Hubby that we're getting a dog after I graduate. :)
6) One of my best friends moved back within an hour visiting distance.
7) Possibly discovered where I want my nursing career to begin and flourish (critical care).
8) This one is a mixed bag, but I lost my grandmother in March. She was only 69 years old, but she'd been in an off-and-on fight with breast cancer for many years. We all hated for her to leave us, but I like to think she's at peace now, with my grandfather who passed in 2010. Her death was the catalyst for my dedication to running, which I began the day after she passed.

Our health is a gift and the only thing we can truly control is what we choose to do with it. At the hospital, I see people who have chosen to squander and abuse themselves, and others who treated their lives and bodies with respect, but still suffered from uncontrollable disease. It may be easy to leave things to Fate or chance or luck, but I believe that improving your own odds is the best gamble to take, and it makes your life much more enjoyable in the meantime.

If you're considering weight loss or health living New Year's resolutions, let me just urge you to make sure you do your research thoroughly on what avenue to approach. Personally, I believe in eating wholely, within proper portion and calorie/carb/fat/protein/fiber ratios, and exercising. They really do go hand-in-hand. Also remember that any commitment worth pursuing is going to require hard work and dedication. There will be bad days. Don't let them derail any of your success. One bad day isn't going to undo all the previous good days. Start slow and build up. Don't expect phenomenal results in weeks. Our bodies just don't work that way, and you should be thankful for it. The body is an amazing machine. Remember that.

*steps off soapbox*

Most of all, I hope you and I both find or continue to enjoy true happiness and contentment in the year 2013.   I usually set a few resolutions for myself, and this year will be no different, though they may be shorter:

1) Finish my last semester of nursing school with a 4.0
2) Find a job.
3) Finish my current WIP.
4) Be able to do 20 regular-style pushups by the end of the year (what? I have to be strong!)
5) Hubby doesn't know this yet, but I'm going to try to convert 4/7 of our meals per week to vegetarian or vegan. We do pretty well already, but sometimes I let him talk me into throwing in some chicken. He won't be thrilled about this, but I think it's for the best.

If you're celebrating tonight, I hope you have fun, reflect well, and ring in the new year in the manner that best suits you! I know I will be!


Teri Anne Stanley said...

Merry New Year!

I'm so impressed with your achievments for 2012...I figure I've got another 14 hours to mark a few things off of my to-do list...gotta go!

Old Kitty said...

Push ups!!! Good grief!! LOL!!! But of course you'll do it and do all your other fab goals too!! Happy New Year to you and yours! Take care

Hannah said...

Me and J usually eat vegetarian. With only weekends reserved for meats and then it's only organic hormone-free meats from a trusted source.I'm not a big red meat eater anyway, but it's hard not to just throw some chicken in something. He was gluten-free for a while, which meant that I was for the most part gluten-free. I'd rather be vegetarian. Much easier for me. I love me some veggies.

When I was in school, I learned so much about health and how your body reacts to the subtle misuses and abuses, which can turn into huge things. That's why I stopped drinking 6 months ago. It not only helped me lose a bunch of weight, but I just feel better moodwise. My next thing is to possible go off coffee for a least during the week.

Sarah Ahiers said...

We eat a lot of meat in our fam. BUT! My breakfasts and lunches rarely have meat. I'd like to eat more vegetarian, and i'd really like to eat more fish, but Anne doens't really like fish so there's that...
I need to get back on track with the eating and excercise. Holiday season and other fam things have really gotten us off track.

AND YAY on the dog!! I can't wait for you to get one!

DL Hammons said...

I would say that 2012 was a good year for you!!

Happy New Year! :)