Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Resolutions - Health

It's funny that I'm writing this post today as I'm sick. Thankfully, it's just a cold and I hope to be feeling better soon.

Last year's goals
  • Participate in the SOS Kitchen Challenge - failed.

  • Run a 5k - Success! Not only did I complete three 5k's, I also ran a 4 mile race! In October I ran my fastest 5k, just under 40 minutes.

  • Learn how to bake - I started this but got derailed over the summer.

This year's goals
  • Become more fit. This is a vague goal but I have a plan in place. Right now, I am progressing through week 7 (of 13) of the P90X fitness program. Once that program is complete, I am going to focus on my running again, ultimately aiming for a 10k race this fall.

  • Learn how to bake. One of my 30 day challenges early this year will be baking everything from scratch. I can't wait!

  • Increase the amount of local and organic produce in our diet. I have access to a lot of local produce and need to start taking advantage of it. Ideally, this will mean early Sunday morning trips to the farmers market.

  • Watch one documentary and read one book each month on health and wellness. We have a Netflix account and they have many documentaries available to watch online. There are also three libraries within 15 minutes of my house. Between Netflix and the libraries, I have access to plenty of material.

I am happy to say that last year I reached my weight goal, losing a total of 67 pounds. I know that weight alone is not an indicator of good health and I am hoping to improve both my fitness levels and my nutrition this year. Having better health will also allow me to be a better witness for God as it will improve mental clarity and honor my Creator.

I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service

Romans 12:1


make.share.give said...

Your 2012 spiritual and health goals sound challenging but I know you can do it. 67 pounds is amazing! I love your idea to memorize a verse each week.

David Edward said...

congrats on the progress you are making. God is blessing you.

Barb in Mi said...

Good luck with your resolutions! How do you like P90x? I have been doing it on & off myself, leaving out parts that are not lower back friendly...

Ann@His Grace To Me said...

Your 2012 goals sound great! I really like your goal to watch and read a health/wellness book each month. Congrats on reaching your weight goal- that is an awesome accomplishment.

Melissa Baumgart and Amy Baranski said...

67 Pounds is quite an achievement Cassandra! YEAH!

If you need inspiration for your farmer's market finds - I recently was introduced to this blog: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/.

I like it because it has recipes and tips on introducing good stuff like greens to kids etc.

Also, I think on Netflix you can find the documentary: Vanishing of the Bees (my husband and I are beekeepers). It focuses more on ecology and farming practices, and the factors affecting bees, rather than nutrition. But it fits in with a broader understanding of where/how our food comes from. - Amy

Cassandra said...

make.share.give - Thanks for the encouragement! I really appreciate it. :)

David - Thanks!

Ann - Thanks! I'm excited to get started with the health books next month. I'm not sure which one I'll pick first!

Amy - That sounds like a really good documentary. I'll check it out. Thanks also for the blog recommendation! I see a number of recipes just on the front page that look really good!