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The last day of the year…

So now I find myself at December 31st 2012 and listening to those around me whilst they give out the usual “I’ll be glad to see the back of this year”. I’m choosing to see things differently, as I have been trying to choose all year.

Instead I am thankful for 2012 and all that it brought with it. The days where the sun shone brightly, the days when the rain fell to water the luscious green grass we so love to look upon. The love I have been able to show friends and family and the reflection of that love back to me. At the beginning of the year I had five specific goals and whilst I have not achieved them all, I have tried.

My goals were to lose weight, tone my tummy area, learn hypnosis, digitise all my old photos and keep my flat tidy for anyone to pop round. In fairness I have lost almost ten kilos over the year, I am now fitting into trousers I haven’t worn for a while and having to by new as some are simply falling off. I am more confident with this as by working with the Insanity program I have started to tone my abdominals too. I decided that the cost of learning hypnosis is currently prohibitive and instead concentrated on maintaining the level of my thinking (trying to stay positive in a world where people often see this as strange takes effort). Most of my photos are now in digital format and some tidying still remains for track down some of them. Nevertheless seeing these photos again has brought many smiles to my face, and more confidence as I realise more about my self. Tidying the flat has been a challenge and is likely one I take with me into the New Year. Largely because I have too many things, I need to teach myself how to let go. I can see some new goals coming for 2013 already.

I will move onto 2013 tomorrow though, today is still 2012 and I am still thankful for the joy and challenge it has brought. I have personally surprised myself with physical accomplishments by completing the Solent Coasts Cycle Challenge and almost finishing the Insanity program. Two things that I had never envisaged at the start of the year. I also watched more sport in the summer of 2012 with the London Olympics than I have ever watched in my life. The country seemed to bond in that time. It was an easy topic of discussion and a great sense of belonging.

I also was able to sail on Oriana for the P&O Cruises Grand Event sail away, an event I had been counting down to since it was announced. For me this was a key experience of the year. Although I may be somewhat biased I do love a good P&O Cruise and this was a very special sight to see all seven ships together and sailing out. Oh and did I mention I happen to love the ships whistle!

So wherever you are, whoever you are with, finish 2012 with love for what it brought, what it helped you through and for all the possibilities (whether you saw them or not). Thanks 2012, much love.


One Twelfth of the way towards your goals?

Well it is now the end of January.  Most people measure the end of the month to be the time they get paid.  Whilst I am under no illusions of the importance of that I am measuring in a slightly different way today.

Firstly I haven’t been weighing in as I am happily maintaining my optimal weight, although I still need to concentrate on my nutrient intake to ensure I address my previous high sugar levels.  At a guess I would say this qualifies for 60% of my goal.

Secondly I have now sent off almost all of the remaining negatives and films to be digitally scanned with Mr Scan.  This takes me ever closer to having all my wonderful pictures in digital format.  Although I now realised how much organising I will need to do in iPhoto.  Recognising Faces, tagging photos to places and also adjusting dates and times to be as close to accurate as they can be.  In my estimations that would sell for about 40% of the goal.

Thirdly with my Tidy Life goal to have a flat that people can just “drop by” is not there yet.  I do aim to make progress every day even if that progress is just not to make things any more untidy…  Realistically I am scratching the surface and still pondering my decision to replace the kitchen.  Therefore this one has to score 5%.

With my Tummy Toning goal I have had a couple of false starts and have yet to fully bed into a routine on this one so I feel honestly this is a no score.  The same applies for my Learn Hypnosis goal although I am booked on self improvement courses.  Currently the Louise Hay course in May at Mind, Body Spirit in Westbourne.

So taking this as a percentage across all five goals this is 105 out of 500.  Which means I have completed 21% of my goals set for the year.  One twelfth would be 8.3% so I am well on the way.  That little statistic has cheered me up, I may even have room to add some new Mid Year goals…

My Start to 2012

Well as I have probably mentioned on more than one occasion 2011 was a learning year for me.  It was a year my direction continued to change and I was beginning to find my feet in many ways.  I have learned how to better look after myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  I have learned to listen to my instincts as they are the ways in which I am guided towards my soul path.  Two years ago reading a paragraph like this would have had me in disbelief, writing it is an entirely different experience and is only borne out of my own experiences.  With my blog now part of my routine I hope that these experiences will be further captured both for my own purposes as a journal but also for the interest of people like myself who are (or will be) looking for something greater in their lives.

So onwards and into 2012 there are a number of things I would like to accomplish, I will refrained from calling them resolutions as that is a statement of intent.  Plus most people consider a New Years Resolution to be a transient target that only arises this time of year.  For me these are my goals for 2012, not simply my intent but the achievement to which I will be directing my energies.

Goal One:
Has started today.  My new weight goal has been logged into Fitbit and I will again be logging food eaten as well as my exercise in order to achieve the correct calorie burn / intake ratio to achieve my target weight.  This will put me firmly in the middle of the optimal BMI range.  It will of course be aided by my continued work with food to better achieve the removal of gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy and tomatoes from my meals.  This is not an easy thing to achieve and hence a lot of my Christmas presents were food oriented.  I have a new Food Processor with lots of wonderful tools to help me to make more of my own fresh meals so that I can further avoid my list of intolerances.  I also have the Covent Garden 365 days of soup which will start a new thread in my food posts, I have picked out three January recipes and the shopping order with ingredients should arrive today.

Goal Two:
This will work reasonably closely with the first goal but the two are not the same.  I will be looking to perform exercises at home in order to tone up my abdominals.  I continue to be considered thin, however the musculature to pull my stomach in and give me a pleasantly toned look have not ever existed.  By working on my core I will also help to strengthen my back which in my family is a known weak area.  So both for the aesthetic and the health reasoning this is another important goal.

Goal Three:
For anyone that has already read through my previous posts then this one is a continuation of the work I have started in 2011.  My “A Tidy Life” posts will continue as I further clear the clutter from my one bedroom flat.  My aim is to have everything with its own place, and therefore a flat that is consistently tidy enough that unexpected guests do not trigger a panic “throw everything in the cupboard” response.  After all the less clutter in the home the less clutter in the mind!

Goal Four:
Again this slightly interrelates with the goal above.  I found a box filled with old photos that were taken by me prior to my owning a digital camera.  I hadn’t thought about these for some time and therefore was very pleasantly surprised when I have looked through them.  I have begun the process of sorting them through and have placed my first order for a number of the films to be digitally scanned.  Therefore my goal is to have all my old photos sorted scanned into digital format and integrated into my iPhoto library this year.

Goal Five:
This is my learning goal.  It may appear to be last on the list but all the goals are very important to me.  Unfortunately when you are writing they have to be in an order otherwise my words would all be jumbled and incoherent.  Most people will already know from my posts in 2011 that I will be learning Hypnosis in the next year.  Although I have not yet found the course I need to do this I trust that this will become evident as I direct myself towards this aim.

So there we have five simple enough goals.  Some may masquerade as the typical New Years Resolution particularly my weight goal, however the target requires me to lose less weight than I did in the last quarter of 2011.  This is achievable and I already have the structures in place to support me in that area.
I will of course use the blog to help track my progress to these goals and of course to tick them off as they are completed.  I wish everyone luck with all they wish to achieve in 2012, may it be the year that brings us yet closer to the people we wish to be…

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