I was looking through our blog the other day and the first thing I realized is, weâ€™ve been doing this since October 2010! Time definitely flies. The second thing I realized is that at the beginning of each year, weâ€™ve jumped on the bandwagon and written about New Yearâ€™s resolutions (2011 resolutions, 2012 resolutions). I know itâ€™s what everyone does each year but I never go back and write about how everything went (probably because it didnâ€™t go so well!).
So while this year I have the same typical resolutions (eat better, exercise, give more, worry lessâ€¦.), itâ€™s time for a little reflection on 2012â€¦a year in review, if you will. My assessment is I did pretty well. If I look back, I have no regrets on how I lived this past year. I didnâ€™t succeed on drinking more water every day (meh), but I think I lived a healthier life. I kept up my exercise regimen, and ate a lot cleaner than I have in the past. And my mental/emotional health improved because I gave more of myself to people. Sometimes this can backfire if you overdo it and not take enough time for yourself, but I had a good balanceâ€¦.I think. Maybe we should ask my family how I handled the stress. 🙂
So to toot my own hornâ€¦.
I ran for Team Vaughn in March, to raise money for my friend, Kimberly, who lost her husband in Afghanistan. This was followed by an online Team Vaughn auction. I had the honor of presenting a check to Kimberly at a Washington Redskins Cheerleaders alumni halftime show.
I walked to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My friend Leslieâ€™s son has MD and I walked on their team, Nickâ€™s Chicks (will be doing it again this yearâ€¦and clearly will be wearing the right green next time!).
As with the past few years, I helped raise money for Breast Cancer research and awareness through my Avon Walk team, the Step Sisters. As you all know, itâ€™s a cause near and dear to my heart. Hereâ€™s 2 of my 3 loves about ready to run in the Brambleton Ribbon Run:
And thereâ€™s the first annual Step Sistersâ€™ Scramble I co-produced. Pretty proud of this one. Hereâ€™s a fellow Step Sister and I goofing off and trying to keep warm:
And of course, the Avon 2-day Walk:
And last but certainly not least, the first annual Owenâ€™s Walk to Remember (Deena did an awesome job organizing this, by the way. I was just a mere participant):
Yup, Iâ€™m pretty proud of what Iâ€™ve accomplished this past year. I hope Iâ€™m saying the same thing this time next year.
So how am I starting out 2013? By practicing what we preach. I really do worry about saying one thing about health on this blog, then going about life and doing something different. So when Deena posted the Food & Fitness template yesterday, I immediately printed a few copies so I can start journaling this week. First, a cool binder cover:
Side note: Iâ€™m super proud of our logo every time I see it. We invested in it, found a graphic designer who got our vision and voila. Love it!
One thing I love about the journal is Deena added â€œwaterâ€ as something to track. I think she did that especially for me. 😉 And since I got this cool new Tervis Tumbler for Christmas, I have NO excuse!
And so the resolution of drinking more water lives on. Out of everything I set out to accomplish, why is drinking water the hardest on my list?? But we all know water is good for us, Iâ€™ve preached about it before, so itâ€™s about time I get to practicing!
Happy 2013 everyone!