Sunday, December 30, 2012

So Long 2012...

It is so hard to believe that it is the last day of 2012... it has been such an amazing year for me in so many different ways.



I started the year by running a 5km Resolution Run with my wonderful husband and partner, whom I lovingly refer to here as The Captain.  It was our first official training run for the half marathon in which I had already registered us... and we ran, finally, on May 13th... Mother's Day.  It was awesome. It was horrible. It was so exciting. I recall every moment of the 2 hours 56 minutes and 36 seconds it took me to complete it.... and  most of the 8 or 9 hours of cramping I agonized through after because I was dehydrated and salt-depleted.

We decided in the Spring not to move back onto the sailboat when our house/kitty sitting gig ended in May.  We rented an apartment in the city and spent many many weeks selecting just the right furnishings and decorations. It was a labor of love and we have created a cosy little urban nest with a container garden for some flowers and vegetables... right across the street from a beautiful city park full of rabbits, squirrels, turtles, herons, peacocks, gulls, geese, and ducks of all kinds.  We have become urbanites and love it, a lot.  We have a heated outdoor pool and I am learning to swim.  We walk everywhere.

I have let my hair grow longer for the first time in over 10 years... wore it short the whole time we were living on the sloop because it was so much easier.  And I am investing in some girlier clothes again now that we are in the city. I have gained a few pounds and am no longer quite so skinny.

I continue to search for some answers to some health issues that puzzle me.  I have experimented with different fitness related activities... yoga, strength training, tabata circuit workouts and really enjoy working my muscles to exhaustion.  I still love to run, and to golf and walk and hike, and yes, sail.

I have made some great blogger friends and done promo work with terrific brands and agencies.  I am enjoying this aspect of blogging immensely.  I am thankful to have won some great giveaways and have had the opportunity to try out some things I would never have bought for myself, too.

Looking forward to 2013, I am embarking on yet more new adventures... I am starting a new food plan, a Whole 30 Paleo Challenge that I will be writing about, from time to time.  I am also going to participate in the New Year New Rules Challenge...  food and diet have always interested me but now I am delving further as I continue to search for health answers through nutrition.

I am going to take on a part time job - will tell you more about that down the line - and I am looking forward to that a lot.

I hope we will find some bicycles to purchase in the Spring.  We are planning to join a neighborhood lawn bowling league in April. It's strictly for fun and socializing.  I want to swim more, golf more, run more, strength train more, walk on the beach more.... and stay healthy to keep enjoying the life The Captain I create together every day.

I hope 2013 brings great things to you, too.







20 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a fabulous year and that you have an amazing year lined up for 2013! I'm excited to hear about your experience with the Whole30 challenge and hope that you find some answers to your health issues. Happy New Year and here's to a healthy and happy 2013!

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  2. It sounds like ti was an exciting year! Congratulations on your Half Marathon, what a huge achievement! Have a safe and happy New Year.

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  3. I hope you find your new bikes soon. And I'm curious about the part time job. I could never live on a boat because I throw up even if we're in the harbor. So the land sounds great to me!

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  4. What a great 2012! I am looking forward to reading all about what 2013 brings!!

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  5. Good luck in all your adventures in 2013!

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  6. I love what an amazing year it has been for you too
    here is to an equally FAB 2013 for us both.

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  7. Happy New Year Elle! Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

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  8. Great year full of new stuff! I'll be interested to see how you like paleo and how it all fits into the athletic lifestyle. I'll learn from you and then maybe try it myself! ; )

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  9. LOVE that you are investing in girlier clothes :) so cute :)

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  10. Aw Happy New Year!! Great year! May 2013 be as healthy and happy!!

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  11. Sounds like a great year filled with changes and fun! Wishing you all the best in 2013!

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  12. What an awesome year you've had! Happy New Year and I can't wait to continue to follow along in 2013.

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  13. What a wonderful year, Elle! I just finished reading "It Starts with Food"- I'll be curious to hear about your experience. Happy new year!

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  14. Elle, you sound like you have what I crave; balance! You're doing so many different things, and all of them well!

    I too just finished reading It Starts with Food and am contemplating doing a Whole30 myself. Can't wait to hear what you think of it?

    Have a wonderful, happy new year my friend! Any many, many thanks for your unwavering support of my little YouTube efforts!

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  15. Fabulous yr in review! I do love the longer hair. Here's to 2013 and new challenges and your blogs that continue to grow! May your soles continue to take you places!

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  16. WOW! What a fantastic year!!! Lots happened & more to come! Hoping you figure out your health issues & yes to a great 2013!!!!!

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  17. That's a great year for you Elle! I love your photo collage too -- did you color coordinate it on purpose?

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  18. 2012 was such a good year for you guys!

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  19. Again, I love your photo collage - you're so pretty! :)

    I loved sharing 2012 through blogging with you and am hoping for good things all around in 2013. I can't wait to hear more about all of your upcoming adventures.

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