Posted by: wildflowerz | December 31, 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Here it is.  The obligatory New Year’s Eve post.  Here’s where I post a list of resolutions and we see how I did with last year’s.  First,  last year’s stuff:

  • Books: I read 211 this year.  I’m going to make my goal 200 for this year.  I read a LOT of YA this year and I hope to get back to more of those classics this year.  So, keeping that in mind, I think the 200 might be tough to do, but I’m going to give it a shot.  I’m going to keep doing my mini reviews and xposting them.  I’ll have a list here at WordPress, but the reviews will be public at my LJ.  Also, I went through my to-read pile and picked 10 books I want to read this year.  Some are classics.  Some are just books that I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet, and I want to.  So here those are:
  1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  2. Vanity Faire by William Makepeace Thackery
  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  5. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  6. Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
  7. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  8. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  9. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  10. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Well, doing 200 wasn’t hard.  It’s the last day of the year and I read 228 books.  I might finish the one I’m doing for a total of 229.  I’ll do a big book post tomorrow or the next day, but I did meet that goal.  I did not read more classics.  In fact, I only read 6.  That doesn’t include any SF, fantasy, or YA classics.  I didn’t read less YA.  I might even have read more.  As for the books I wanted to read this year, I read all but Catch-22.  To be fair, I did try and read it but I couldn’t get into it and was extremely bored.  Also, LJ frakked up somewhere in the year and I couldn’t post for quite a while.  So I stopped posting reviews there, but I’ve kept up posting them both on Goodreads and Shelfari.
  • Exercise: I plan to start out twice a week for two weeks, three for the next three weeks, etc on up to five.  Same as last year, but I’m starting out at two instead of one.  While it’s still cold, I hope to do at least half of that outside.  Other than that, I’m sticking with games and dvds.
Overall, I didn’t do horribly with this.  I’d say that I’m ending the year averaging at least 3x a week since the end of September.  I didn’t do much of anything in the way of exercising all summer.  I did get the treadmill around Thanksgiving, though, so at least there’s that.
  • Food: Back to the almost no sweets and eating more natural foods.  It worked last year, so here goes again.  I’m feeling pretty crappy lately, so hopefully this will help me feel better.
I didn’t do all that well with this one either.  I did re-join Weight Watchers in late September, though, and I have been doing much better.  I haven’t cut out sweets by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m definitely eating better.
So, that was last year.  What should I do this year?  I don’t really need to make any resolutions about STARTING exercising or dieting, so I’m already ahead of the game there.  Yay me!  But I can always stand for some improvement.  So, here goes with my list:
  • I will start the Couch to 5K program and complete it.  It might take me longer than the 9 weeks it’s supposed to take, but I’m going to finish.  After I finish, I’ll increase my pace, gradually.
  • Barring illness, I’ll exercise at least 3 times a week, aiming towards at least 5.  The length of each session will be 30 minutes or more, but aiming toward an hour.
  • I’ll continue to follow the Weight Watcher program.  By this time next year, I will be at 170 or lower.  That’s a modest loss of 1 pound a week for 52 weeks.
  • I will be less quick to judge.
  • I will, again, read at least 200 books.  I’ll also keep up my mini reviews.  Included in these 200 books, I want to:
  1. Finish Bujold’s Vorkosigan series.
  2. Finish Robb’s In Death series
  3. Read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  4. Read The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
  5. Read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  6. Read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  7. Read The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
  8. Read Foundation by Isaac Asimov

I think that’s good for now.  That list of books above is actually 25 books, so it’s quite a bit to decide I’m going to read ahead of time.

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