Goodbye 2011…..Hello 2012!!

Here's to 2012 treating me a little better....

It’s the last day of 2011, and it seems appropriate to think back over the last year and make new resolutions for the year to come. I recently wrote a post about my 1st year of blogging, in which I told how far I felt I’ve come this past year. Although, physically, I haven’t lost half as much weight as I’ve wanted to, mentally I’ve come a long way. Here’s a link to that post:

My personal opinion has always been that weight loss is at least 80% mental approach/attitude and 20% exercise and healthy eating. Once you’ve overcome the mental barriers that hold you back from really achieving what you want to, you can then put the physical wheels in motion. I’ve managed to mentally achieve a lot in 2011, and even though I still have a long way to go, I feel as if I’ve laid the ground work for really applying all I’ve learned to how I’m going to live my life in 2012.

So, here are a few resolutions I want to achieve in the New Year:

  • Go Large in January. Much to my own disgust, I really let go during December. I gave in to every food/drink whim and have managed to pick up 2kg again. In a month! So, I’m going to spend January doing a lot of gym work and really going lean on my food intake. I want to just kick things off so that I can get my head in the game again.
  • Races, Race & More Races! My enthusiasm for running really fizzled out towards the end of 2011, and I felt really guilty about that. I actually ran a 10km race and then just never did anything much after that. I’m really disappointed with myself and want to do better in 2012. I want to get back into the running groove and run a few more 5km, then definitely do another 10km and see how I go from there.
  • Be conscious of my eating. Since joining Weight Watchers, I have access to a lot of their online resources which includes food logging. I did no such thin during December and I want to get back in control of what I’m eating. I’m also going to keep planning my weekly menus and do most of my cooking myself.
  • Photography. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it, but I’m passionate about photography. For my 28th birthday, my amazing boyfriend bought me a new Canon 550D camera. Needless to say, I was over the moon! I want to spend 2012 learning more about photography and hopefully turning it into a craft that I can hopefully make a living out of one day.
  • Learn something new. There are so many things I’ve always been interested in and I want to spend 2012 just learning new things. Whether that’s doing a course of some kind, learning to tango or just attending lectures that I find interesting. I want to stimulate the brain a bit more!
  • Volunteer. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, but never seem to actually get to it. I’m very passionate about animals and our environment and want to help any which way I can.
  • Change. It’s time for me to make a lot of changes in my life and I think 2012 is the year for me to really do this. There’s a lot I want to do and achieve, and I want to really put my mind to making the changes I need. Whatever those changes are, I want them. And I want them really badly. Change is always good, right?

Well, those are (in a very vague and general way) my New Years’ Resolutions for 2012. What are yours??

Yay for 2012!!!



(pictures courtesy of


Quick Update!

There are a few new developments I wanted to share with you all….

  • As some of you may have noticed, I’ve changed the layout of my blog. I think it’s much more user-friendly this way and I like the new look. I hope you guys like it too!
  • As I said in my last post, I’m loving my new training gear. It really was the best money I ever spent! I went for a run in the park this morning, and my shins felt great during and after the run. It’s amazing not having to worry about my shins when I want to go for a run. Now I can just get up and go for it!
  • I’m trying to up the distance I’m running each week. I’ve been averaging about 10km a week in my training for a while now, and have decided it’s time to up this to about 20km a week. I’m getting there though. I managed 14km this week, and can only keep improving. So that’s my aim for the time being. I’ll address this again when I’ve reached and maintained my target for a while. You can actually have a peek at my weekly training on my DailyMile page.
  • I’ve signed up for a few more runs/walks in the upcoming months. Here they are….

 Adidas Women’s 5K Challenge on the 11th of September

Run Richmond Park 5K on the 1st of October

BHF 18 mile Chilterns Way Walk on the 8th of October


Well, that’s what’s new with me at the moment. What’s new with you?


New Developments…..

Hi All,

A couple of new and exciting things to tell you about……

1. As much as I’ve hated doing this in the past, I’ve realised that I’m probably going to have to start calorie counting again. Nothing major, but I just want to make sure that I’m within my calorie range limit every day. I’ve been eating really healthily & I can feel the benefits of that, but I think it’s time to take it to the next level. I’m going to give it a go for a while and will let you guys know how things go….

2. I’m going to start a separate blog just for my recipes. I know I’ve been lagging with that a bit lately, but I just feel that the current layout doesn’t allow me to get really into the recipe side of this. If I start a separate recipe blog, it’ll be better categorized and easier for you guys to use too. I’ll just have a link to it on my current recipe page, so not much of a mission to get to. Please keep your eyes peeled for this, as I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the week! 🙂

3. Last, but not least……I’ve signed up to do various charity runs this year, which I’m super excited about. It’ll be really good for me to have things to aim towards, so here’s my running schedule for 2011 (so far):

  • 20th March – Clapham Common 5km with a friend of mine
  • 3rd July – Clapham Common 5km with a friend of mine
  • 10th July – British 10km for Dogs Trust (10km….Eeeeek!)
  • 17th July – Race for Life 5km in Hyde Park with a friend of mine
  • 17th September – 5km Tree-Athlon in Battersea Park

Well, that’s the plan so far. I will update you guys on any additional developments. Also, if there’s any runs/events anyone’s doing and they need a partner, just give me a shout. If I can, I will! 🙂

Let the training begin!