I completely love this time of year. NYE and NY Day are probably two of my favorite days (and it’s definitely one of my favorite holidays – if not my favorite). I love the idea of new starts, chunks of time marked out with a new chunk all ready to go. It’s no secret here that I’m a big fan of resolutions (goals).
2013 was the year of no changes/intentional stress. We made this the plan after a pretty rough 2012. We wanted to take a break, so we made it a priority. Overall, we did very well. Molly is the only real deviation.
(She’s worth it.)
(Especially now that she seems to be housebroken, though I could do without the taking advantage of the bell whenever the mood strikes to sit outside for a minute.)
The caption on January 1 at my first 5k (to try to run – it was my time trial for the RunKNOX program): Pouring rain and 30’s and I sat on a couch for 2 weeks, but I’m doing this 5k. I will get out of my car. Eventually.
I got out of my car and did it, but I had to walk because I couldn’t run but 30 seconds or so at a time. I think I finished in around 45 minutes.
The rest of the month must have been spent in a cold, miserable haze as I forced myself to run in circles around a local HS track. I don’t have many other pictures.
We went to San Francisco! It was a fantastic trip, but is super memorable because it’s the very first time I’ve made a strong effort to exercise while traveling (meaning I kept up with my running plan vs. blowing it off).
We also traveled to West TN because my mom got married.
(I didn’t think much about the fact that I packed black until later. In my defense, it wasn’t a full wedding – just immediate family at her church for a simple ceremony. And yes, my mom is many inches shorter than me. I’m standing awkwardly and slouching in every picture. Bad habit.)
Also notable in February? I ran a mile (without stopping) for the first time on the 11th.
Henry developed his first cataract and I legitimately had some sort of crisis reaction about his age, his health, etc. It was just completely depressing.
I was still running and gearing up to run the 5k on which I’d focused my training. I was also going to a Body Flow class on a regular basis, though Jon could (and still can) completely show me up without even trying.
Henry developed his second cataract and was nearly completely blind, so we scheduled him for surgery.
He spent just about the entire month on a crazy med regimen and in a cone.
I took several of these sorts of pictures for some reason – maybe because I was in the 150’s for the first time?
I ran a 5k for the first time! I think I finished in about 34 minutes.
I did it again (KTC Expo 5k).
In addition to going to the Body Flow class regularly, I was also doing the running group’s core class each week.
We met my mom in Chattanooga for a fun day of touristy stuff.
Jon’s youngest child graduated from HS.
We also went hiking, but I only posted one picture (of a lonely grave we found way up on a mountain).
To be continued because this is taking forever for some reason …
One thing that’s sticking out this morning: most of my memories as I look through pictures from the early part of the year are of discomfort about my body. The wedding with the black dress? I wore a cardigan to cover up … something? The running pictures? SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE. Also, first time I’ve ever worn spandex in public. I remember freaking out the morning of the race over the clothes – NOT the running. The Chattanooga pictures? I wore that billowy white shirt because I was feeling like I wanted to cover up.
I feel sad about this. This is not how I want to live – and I’m not sure where it’s coming from. I think I’ve just become accustomed to it?
I’m thinking that I need to revamp my plan for 2014.