First of all, may I wish everyone a very Happy New Year! My wish is that 2016 be a year of peace, joy, and hope for all of you. Plus some great books! And reading. And blogging. As sad as our world has been lately (for so many, many reasons), there are still wonderful people, events, and actions all around. I'm thankful for all of you.
So, what's the plan for this year? Do I have goals or aspirations for these next months? Well, I guess I do. I'll share a couple of things that I'd like to consider goals for me. First the reading side of things:
Reading Goals for 2016
I have been so pleased to get involved again in the blogging world in 2015. Yes, I did take some breaks, but that was my compromise with myself when I returned to blogging. Take breaks when needed. And that is the plan for the future as well. One of the results of a renewed interest in blogging has been a huge, huge wishlist. And also lots of new acquisitions in the form of print books and e-books. So, it's time to get realistic again. Exactly how many books can I read in a year and how many books do I own? Do the math and figure out how many years of reading are on my shelves (hint: more than 10 years).
2016 Reading Goal - Read my own books. Not completely or exclusively, but mostly.
Read. My. Own. Books. That is all.
Personal Goals for 2016
At the beginning of 2015, I shared some health goals. They were mostly to notice what I ate and move more. I then had a 'wake up' call in May through some blood tests. My doctor told me to either get real about those fitness/eating goals or I'd have to take more meds and be diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic. I got real.
I've lost 30 pounds in 2015. It has not been easy, but it's definitely been something I could do. I've stepped up my walking on a regular basis and added activity all around. My aim for the holiday season was to pretty much maintain and then step it up again in the new year. I've done a decent job at maintaining - only a couple of pounds gained. My blood test in August was a bit mixed - better in one area and not in another. My test in December was much better. I've moved below any threshold for diabetic diagnosis and as long as I continue my current path, I will continue to improve even more. Yay, me!!
2016 Eating Goal - Continue to watch my eating and seek out new ways to enjoy healthy food. Don't be afraid of being actually hungry sometimes (we forget how that feels, don't we?). Watch the carbs. The weight will come off a little at a time (and I have a bunch more to lose).
2016 Fitness Goal - Step up the walking. Check out a couple of classes at the rec center - yoga or pilates or some kind of strength-building class. Keep moving forward. Keep progressing. It's all good. And it helps my moods so much.
Thanks for listening and stopping by. For your patience as I work out what comes next for me. I enjoy the company of all of you. Good luck with any goals and aims you set for yourself in 2016! And if you don't do that, here's to a fabulous year of good reading, good book talk, and sharing our lives with each other! Again, my thanks!!