In order to try to get healthier, I decided to purchase a Fitbit Force in January to monitor my:
3) Calories burned
I have currently only been using it for a little less than two weeks. I have come to find out that I am considered to be a fairly active person (I didn’t think I was, I thought I was sedentary). A day that I wasn’t pushing myself to get to 10,000 steps (this is the default number of steps) I took over 8,000 steps, though most days now I try to hit over 10,000 steps.
Yesterday though, I pushed myself (exercising for 30 minutes in the morning) and hit over 15,000 steps!
I am also using MyFitnessPal to monitor what I am eating throughout the day to make sure that I don’t overeat.
Hopefully I can keep this all up so that I can finally lose the weight I want to lose.
*note* I am not being compensated by FitBit or its subsidiaries in writing about their product.
Technically this should be the second post of the year on this topic – but because of my laziness, this is the first post. Mostly I am using this time to drop book titles that I have already read. This biggest book (literally) I’ve read this year is Anna Karenina.
This was my first time reading Tolstoy – and it took me 17 days to read approximately 634 pages. I also read a few other books during the time I was reading this book, to break it up a bit (6 books to be exact).
The books I’ve read so far in 2014 (22 books including Anna Karenina) are:
Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman
Socs and Greasers: Behind The Scenes of The Outsiders from Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Ronald Reagan: A Very Brief History
Fast-Trapped (Fast-Track Trilogy, #2)
An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill
A Time for Peace (Quilts of Lancaster County, #3)
My Days with Harry Truman
Arabian Knights – Volume1 (Knights of Arabia, #1)
The Sheik’s Defiant Fiancée
Loving Yourself Thin
Poems by Emily Dickinson, Series One
The Raven (read on E.A. Poe’s birthday)
I am Good at Lots of Things
Google+ For Business and Pleasure
The Officer and the Bostoner
Lauren Takes Leave
Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1)
Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century
Autobiography of Countess Tolstoy
7 Steps Towards Happiness
Frugal Gourmet Ideas: Secrets to Saving Thousands in the Kitchen
Based on my schedule – this post should be about what I am doing for myself – or my soul, I guess that’s more apt. Well, nothing too exciting has occurred so far this year, mainly because the weather has just been so cold! – I hate the cold with a fiery passion, and it being in the single digits when I wake up is not my ideal.
I’ve been spending a lot of time reading, if you haven been able to tell (21 books so far in 2014) – maybe I should spend more time writing for myself. I’ve started so many novels, or short stories, or what ever you can call my writing. I think I keep pushing myself down, thinking that I can’t be a writer. In truth I’m the one telling myself that. Does it seem like I am for a loss of words with this blog? I don’t think so. Maybe I just need to write down my thoughts and opinions, and not be scared by them, or what people may think of them.
I’ve noticed that I like to push down my feelings, so that no one can really see the real me. I’ve shared a poem I’ve written before, but here it is again:
You see me smile,
you think everything is fine.
You don’t know
what goes on in my mind.
I do a good job pretending
who you want me to be.
But, one reason I am lost
is that it’s not whom I am meant to be.
This sums me up pretty well right now. Until next week.
Sorry, I haven’t already failed in updating my blog. That’s what happens when you plan a relaxing weekend and lose all track of time because you are reading so much (14 books already finished in 2014 – and yes we’ve only had 19 days so this year). Last Saturday I only had read 6 books – so in the course of this past week I read 7 (oh wow).
But, this post isn’t supposed to be about my reading (that should have been last week) – this week is supposed to be how I am trying to become a healthier me (focusing on my body). There have been a few things that I’ve already done:
1) Cooking more foods at home.
My boyfriend and I have made homemade pasta sauce already a few times, twice for pasta and once for pizza bagels, we’ve had his homemade “spicy” burgers – (a secret recipe, even I don’t know everything that goes into them), and we made homemade jalapeno poppers that ended up being very spicy.
2) Exercising once a week.
Yes, I know I’m supposed to exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week – but 30 minutes once a week is so much better than never exercising – right? I am planning on exercising more – I just have to find the extra time.
Well – that’s all for the body for this time – I think anyways. I’ll share more next time – but really tryout the jalapeno poppers recipe – it’s good.
I have decided to create a writing schedule, an editorial schedule if you will. My posts will be on a three week rotation: post on the mind, post on the body, and post a post on the soul.
Posts on the Mind
The first post (starting on 1/11/14 and continuing every three weeks in the year)will be about what I am doing with regards to strengthening my mind. This will usually be where I discuss the books that I am currently reading, and a tally about how many books that I’vre ad so far in the year (my goal in 2014 is to read 200 books). – Just as an FYI, I am currently reading Anna Karenina and I am about 1/3 of the way through the book.
Posts on the Body
The second week of the rotation will be what I have done to strengthen my body. This could include different exercises that I have used/will try to use, new recipes I have tried or even drinking different teas to help me lose weight (while at work I drink at least one cup of Green Tea a day).
Posts on the Soul
The third week of the rotation will about what I am doing for me (and my soul). This could consist of vacations that I’ve taken (I’ll be going to Mexico for a wedding in April), hanging out friends, talking about the benefits of massages, home spa days, etc. You name an experience, and if I do it I will blog about it.
I hope what I’ve posted intrigues you to follow me – every Saturday of the year I will try to have a new post for you.
Since I posted my most recent post regarding my new year’s resolutions, I have gained some insight into my resolutions. It hit me as I was washing my hands, I don’t have two new year’s resolutions, I only have one. My resolution (plan/goal) for 2014 is to become a better, healthier and happier me.
To become a better, healthier and happier me I will need to focus on:
- my mind (this is where my reading goal comes in)
- my body (healthier eating/exercising)
- my soul (get to know the real me)
Is it me, or does it sould really close to the book Eat, Pray, Love? Since reading the book I have been drawn to this theme.
2014 will be a year of transition to make Aidan the best Aidan possible. I hope you follow me on this quest.
I, for one, am happy that 2013 is coming to a close. I haven’t really been as attentive to my blog as I meant to be – hopefully I can add more content in 2014. Besides my failure at being a consistent blog poster, 2013 has been somewhat of a good year.
Why 2013 was a Good Year
- I completed my M.S. program – lookout world!
- I have gotten a few jobs within my chosen field (currently I am doing a long-term temp job)
- This year was a good year to grow in my relationship
- I am a first-time aunt!
Hopefully 2014 will be an even better year than 2013.
2014 New Years Resolutions
I, like most of you, always seem to fail at my new years resolutions. But then, come this time each year I am always up with creating new ones. I have two this year:
- Become a healthier me (see – no weight loss plan, or anything in particular – I just want to feel healthier this time next year)
- Read as many “classic” books as possible - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16793620-aidan?shelf=to-read-in-2014
My goal, but not a resolution, is to read 200+ books in the year 2014. If you have any suggestions of what books I should add to my list – please leave a comment below.
If I don’t get to publishing between now and 2014, HAPPY NEW YEAR!