Wednesday, January 07, 2009

New Beginnings

"Oxygen into your lungs can bring fresh hope into your heart." ~ an Anonymous smart person

After a big couple o' weeks it's been hard to get back into the groove again. We're digging ourselves out from under a mountain of snow, cleaning up what feels like a mountain of holiday mess.

While shoveling and scrubbing and so on, I kept thinking about this new year and what the big ideas should be. Some say it's better not to make resolutions but I feel that's terribly short sighted.

How do you accomplish big things if you don't make a list, check it twice, then announce it to the entire world so they can give you hell when you don't follow through?

Furry Girl and I are pledging to lose a little bit o' weight and we've got an exercise program that actually works. It's called the Friday Afternoon Club or 'My how time flies when you're having fun.'

We've been slapping on the snowshoes and traipsing all over the place. Hard work but lots of fun. I don't even notice I've been out there for 3 or 4 hours. (And, THAT is what exercise should be all about.)

My grand plan is to a lose one pound per month for 12 months. If I lose more than one pound in any given month I'll break all speed records on my way to Wendy's for an order of Biggie Fries.

But, that's the least of my grand plans. Most importantly, I hope to...
  • Install a water feature.
  • Finish Rock Garden II.
  • Hybridize my very own Columbine.
  • Grow all my summer veggies.
  • Go on vacation with the horse!

If you're planning to be more active this year, turn the great outdoors into your gym. A walk in the woods (or the park) is infinitely more enjoyable than being cooped up indoors. Bonus! It's free.

9 comments:

KC said...

"Furry Girl"!!? I can't stop laughing, especially since the last few years I am considerably less furry. I know what you are referring to...I just had to give you kudos for making me laugh!

Iron Needles said...

I am so looking forward to our first snowshoe outing. I have 2 more weeks before I can do stuff like that again. So anxious to get up to Rocky and stretch the muscles.

Kate said...

KC: I was just teasing since your new blog is all about the fur. :)

Kate said...

Iron: It's hard to sit still, isn't it? But the time is going fast and you have those pretty blue Colorado skies to look forward to...

OmegaMom said...

I am very very envious: The highest temp we've had in the past 10 days is something like 3 above zero. It would be nice to be out snowshoeing or skiing or skating, but it's cold enough they've been cancelling the cross-country ski competition for days now.

Anonymous said...

I hope you're watching the avalanche warnings. I don't want to discourage you but it has been a hard year for avalanches around here. - Chris

thismngardener said...

hybridize columbine? do tell.

Kate said...

Jane: Columbines - thought I'd try to be a weekend botanist. And, since Columbines are happy to create new colors it might be easy?

Kate said...

Omega - Sorry to hear it's so bitterly cold. Now that I know you're a hidden object buff, like me, here's another that might keep you busy! Try the Lost Sea Treasures. I thought it was pretty fun.