Posts Tagged With: #2013

Random Musings on 2014

So here are my random thoughts, memories and musings on 2014…

  • I lost a lot of weight and now wear size 8 jeans.  Pretty sure last New Year’s Eve I was wearing size 18.
  • I climbed enchanted rock – yay.
  • I traveled.  A LOT.
  • I did my first 5K.
  • I moved, like into a new house.
  • I got confirmed into the Episcopalian Church.
  • I had a professional photo shoot done on my 45th birthday in August.
  • I made my first pie, ever.
  • I got a Kitchen Aid Mixer.
  • I got a Vitamix.
  • Hosted a girl from Spain in the summer.
  • Hosting a girl from Hong Kong, now.
  • Celebrated 22 years of marriage.
  • Did a zip line thing at Camp Capers.
  • My oldest child became an adult (ugh).
  • Hiked in Big Bend.
  • Discovered essential oils.
  • Tried Yoga.
  • Tried Kickboxing.
  • Bought an indoor trampoline.
  • Went on a wine tasting tour.
  • Went to a few good concerts.
  • Went to Women of Faith Conference in Houston.
  • Adopted a rat terrier dog and a kitten.
  • Learned to use a Macbook.  Decided I hate Macbooks.
  • Met some of my amazing online friends in person, including the fabulous Nancy Anne.
  • Converted this blog to WordPress.
  • Tried champagne last night for the first time 🙂


Looking forward to an exciting 2015 where I get completely out of my comfort zone, get all dirty and sweaty, make a fool out of myself, have fun, go on adventures, learn new things and … you know …

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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2013 Goals

Happy New Year …how is it going? Hope everyone is moving towards their goals and/or resolutions. One goal I have for 2013 is to cover at least 1,000 miles via walking/biking/swimming or whatever. I even have a great group for this on Facebook which is fun. Part of this goal includes wearing my FitBit consistently and aiming for 10,000 steps/day and 10 flights of stairs/day.

Another goal? Climb Enchanted Rock to the top and complete the trail around the bottom (more on that later).
Hardest Goal?  I must work on getting more vegetables into my body. NOT sure how to quantify or measure that yet, but I will before this blog is done.

Some of you in here are aware of my weird eating habits, some call it a disorder. BUT if you’re not familiar and happen to be interested, there is a link below where I write about it a bit. At any rate; a big weakness of mine is that I do not eat nearly enough vegetables. I’ve just GOT to get them in me. Right now I take an Alive multi-vitamin and make-do with some smoothies. I had spent a long time in broadening my diet and expanding with the 300 new foods experiment. It was pretty successful, but also stressful, so I took a LONG break. Time to get back at it. Must start making and finding ways to get more veggies in my body without them coming back up!

And in other news, last weekend I climbed a big fat rock . I didn’t quite make it to the top of Enchanted Rock, my stupid knee wouldn’t let me … but I came darn close. Next time, that mountain is MINE! I will climb that rock and do the trail around the bottom before the end of 2013 for sure. It is part of my plan for 2013.  I really need to find a good knee brace. Hiking is my true love. I’d rather be outside climbing a hill or walking a trail, than in a gym any day. Tom ( hubby ) also suggested maybe a walking stick when we’re on the trails to help me with my knee. Here is a pic as we started out of hubby and baby James getting going. The other 3 children had taken off already.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
January 12, 2013
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Happy New Year 2013


I don’t really do the whole resolution thing … but I do believe in goals and habits.  Here are some ideas I’ve got floating around in my head for a healthy and prosperous 2013.  Most people won’t believe me, but 13 is my lucky number, so I have very high hopes for this coming year.

Remember: Many little steps taken consistently over time can add up to huge results toward living a happier, healthier life.
  1. Aim for 10 flights of stairs per day.
  2. Aim for 10,000 steps a day.  {1,000 miles in 2013 is my goal}
  3. Try a new food once a week – many of which need to be vegetables.
  4. Cook one new recipe from scratch at least per week.  Must do this!
  5. Prepare a large batch of something on the weekend I can easily reheat for meals during the week.
  6. Include fruits or vegetables with every meal.
  7. Seek out healthier version of the things I love to eat.  For example:  I love caramel frappes, fish sticks, canned chili and canned new england clam chowder … how can I make these myself?
  8. Replace sweet tea with water or unsweetened tea – I’m already pretty good at this one, and very pleased I gave up diet coke once and for all! Whew!
  9. Drink less Starbucks.
  10. Continue to reduce and/or eliminate foods containing High Fructose Corn Syrup or artificial sweeteners – already pretty good at this one.
  11. Take a walk every day – already pretty good at this one.
  12. Look in the mirror and say something nice to myself every day … easy peasey!
  13. Start the day with a healthy breakfast – I already do this!
  14. One day a week, choose an unexplored area near me and go for a hike (urban or nature). Love this.
  15. Get regular sleep – easier said than done.  Big problem for me, trouble with insomnia.
  16. Try a new physical activity that sounds fun.  I have so many ideas it’s not even funny.
  17. Schedule at least 1 hour of “me” time a week and use it to do something I enjoy that relaxes me.  Hmmm?
  18. Commit to Meatless Mondays.  Not so hard.
  19. Journal and blog.
  20. Sit less, stand up more.
  21. When buying processed foods, choose products that contain ingredients you understand or 5 ingredients or less.  Try to get the whole family on the ‘clean’ eating bandwagon.
  22. Commit to shopping at my local farmers market whenever possible.
  23. Park as far away from the store as possible and walk – I do this a lot.
  24. Reduce or completely eliminate foods containing partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils. Yes!
  25. Sign up for an event like a 5K walk or run and train for it.
  26. Replace negative thoughts about the way my body looks with positive thoughts about the things my body can do.  Important.
  27. Donate or put away clothing that does not fit and flatter me right now!  I am bad about this.
  28. Prepare vegetables and fruits ahead of time so I have healthy, easy to grab snacks ready when I want to munch something – for me and kids too.
  29. Watch less television and spend less time on Facebook.
  30. Try more smoothie recipes.
  31. Take a cooking class?  Hmmm, maybe.
  32. When I eat something indulgent, eat it slowly and enjoy it, guilt free.  Then move on.
  33. Play the XBOX Kinect with the kids.
  34. Take up a new hobby that is outdoors or a hobby that keeps me occupied when watching television (less mindless snacking).  Yes, I need a new hobby.  No clue what it will be.
  35. Every day, turn on some music I love and dance when nobody is watching.  I am good at this 🙂
  36. Read the Bible through entirely in the year 2013.
  37. Be more social with church groups, SparkPeople team, etc.  Need to meet more people, “in real life” people, not just online people! 🙂

I have so many things I want to try this year.  I want to complete a 5K (Have never done that).  I want to try Zumba again, and kickboxing and roller skating.  I want to go bowling more often.  I want to try Golf and Tennis.  I want to play basketball with my boys. I want to give Yoga another try. I love hiking – I want to climb Enchanted Rock and climb more hills and hike more trails.  I live in an awesome city and I intend to make very good use of the resources I have.

So, what can you add to the list?   A lot of this came from a blog I read at this link, but I modified it to suit me.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
January 1, 2013
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1,000 Miles in 2013

1,000 Miles in 2013 – Who is in ?

So, let’s get busy and make tracks.  Indoor/outdoor – does not matter.  Run, walk, bike, swim … use your pedometer, use your FitBit, use your elliptical …pop in a DVD, whatever works for you … let’s cover 1,000 miles in 2013.  Who is with me?   I’ve created a public event for this effort on Facebook, here is the link:

On your mark, get so – GO!

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
December 26, 2012
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