Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Year in Review (Part II)

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
  • Lost 60+ pounds
  • Got pregnant
  • Tried a spinning class
  • Ran 10K
  • Placed 3rd place in my age division for a 2K

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made new year's resolutions...but I did decide to turn our health around and make a lifestyle change and if I'm allowed to blame pregnancy a bit, BEFORE the "EAT ALL THE THINGS" cravings started, I think I was doing a very good job of keeping it!  I don't know if I have concrete resolutions for this year, but I know I've got a lot of goals and plans made that the little miss can probably shatter or change in the blink of her little eye! :)

Did anyone close to you give birth?
YES! So many babies this year!  Melissa gave birth to her little Olivia five (FIVE!!!) weeks early and she's doing amaaaazing and Kristine introduced us to sweet little Mia just a few weeks ago!  There were a couple other baby births, but the question was "anyone close to me" *LOL* Babies everywhere!!!

Did anyone close to you die?
No...every day I am very thankful for that...and I hope and pray that carries on into the new year!

What countries did you visit?
Just the US this year.  When we found out about little miss it was pretty much easy to decide that our traveling days and yearly trips are on hold for now... :)

What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
I wouldn't say I lacked anything in 2013, but our little one isn't here just yet, so I'd love to meet her and have her in 2014!  I would also like to have the resolve to get back to our commitment to a healthy/fit/active lifestyle and I would also like to log more running mileage in 2014 than I did in 2013 :)

What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 14 - the day we found out there was going to be an addition to our little family!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • Committing to losing weight and getting healthy and maintaining an overall healthier lifestyle
  • Completing the Insanity program
  • Actually losing 60+ pounds
  • Getting pregnant!

What was your biggest failure?
I feel like I could have been stronger in overcoming my "EAT ALL THE THINGS" cravings...

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injury thank goodness and no pregnancy-related illness either, but I did inconveniently come down with shingles about two months into the pregnancy which caused quite a bit of stress!

What was the best thing you bought?
MY CAR!  I've owned it for 6 years but as of December 14th, it was officially BOUGHT and PAID FOR IN FULL by myself!  Otherwise, just a bunch of health and fitness gadgets and all of the baby gear that we think we'll need for when the little miss gets here!

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Bart's - he's just the bestest, most awesome-est man in the universe and I can't wait to see him a Daddy!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Same as usual, I guess... *LOL* But I wouldn't go so far as depressed...just appalled!

Where did most of your money go?
Running and fitness gear/gadgets!!!  And in the tail end of 2013 - BABY things!

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I am STILL really, really, really excited about meeting our baby!  But before then I was really, really, really excited when the weight started coming off and staying off and then I was really, really, really excited about FINALLY feeling like I was a "runner" and meeting some running goals that I thought I would never get to!

What song will always remind you of 2013
  • We Are Young - Fun (this song played at Melissa's and Rory's wedding and ALL my friends who are just like family to me were on the dance floor and we were doing some weird circle dance holding hands and swaying and it was just like what the song was saying.  It was our time and we were young and had everything going for us on that day that was the mark of a new beginning and it was cornily a really epic moment that stands out in my memory quite a bit!)
  • You are My Sunshine - first song Bart sang to our baby in my belly

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? THINNER! Yee-haw, that's the first time I've been able to write that in all the year in reviews I've done!  And it's awesome that it's still true even while being 8  months pregnant! *LOL*
c) richer or poorer? Richer...on paper...but poorer because I keep spending it and now it's technically spent for the next 18 years or so *LOL*

What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had blogged more, I wish I had taken more pictures, I wish I had put the electronics down and cuddled and talked with Bart more, I wish I had spent more time with friends, I wish I had become more active sooner...

What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I'd spent less time procrastinating...worrying...

How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve we spent with my mom's side of the family! Huge pot-luck where there was too much food as usual and we opened up our secret Santa gifts and made all the kids do weird and embarrassing things for their presents *LOL* Then over to church for mass where we sang in the choir and only messed up a couple of times :) Christmas Day we went over to my parents to open up gifts together and visited my grandparents. Then for dinner, we met up with Bart's parents for our annual Christmas dinner buffet at this hotel that we've been going to for quite a few years now and I ate an indecent amount of bread pudding covered in caramel sauce.

How many one-night stands?
A whole string of 'em with my husband! *wince* TMI?

What was your favourite TV program?
Hands down: Big Bang Theory

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I'm an equal opportunist...I dislike the general population the same *LOL* Plus, hate is a very strong word...

What was the best book you read?
Hard to a lot...I doubt any of them would really be classified as the, I can't really remember...

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Might have to pass on this one...

What did you want and got?
  • I wanted to lose weight and the body the went along with that and I got it
  • I wanted to get pregnant and got the little pink plus sign
  • I wanted a crap load of running/fitness gear and I got it

What did you want and not get?
It is humbling to know that everything I wanted this year within reason, I received.  I am blessed beyond measure.

What was your favorite film of this year
Honestly, I can't really remember all of the movies I went to I'll just say the most recent film I saw was The Hobbit 2 - The Desolation of Smaug and true to the middle movie in a trilogy, it was boring.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Again, humbling to know that there's nothing more I could ask for that would make this year more satisfying...we are very blessed and in the words of Edwin McCain - I Could Not Ask For More

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Besides the awesome fact that the size of my clothes went down?  I would LIKE to say it was ironic/hipster, but I think I purposely just tried to dress like a tool - it was fun and the knee socks are ALWAYS in!

What kept you sane?
Bart and my family and having goals to work towards

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Not one to get caught up in celebrities...

What political issue stirred you the most?
*wince* I'm not very good with political issues.  I am aware of Obama's attempt to introduce Obamacare in the US.  I am sickenly aware of all the attention that the Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford is garnering and recently, Nelson Mandela passed away...figuring out what Nelson Mandela did in order for everyone to be sad that he was gone...I found out via Wikipedia :S

Who did you miss?
I miss Bart when he's away for work at weird hours and far away from home and on days like today when the weather is rotten and the roads are bad

Who was the best new person you met?
2013 Catherine - I like her, she's spunky.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Persistence.  Little things count.  Time goes by fast. 

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I’ll carry you home tonight

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