Here we go again

Two thousand and ten. Rhymes with pen, den, hen, Sven, and Here We Go Again!*

Happy new year, groovers. Are you resolutioning this year?

Last year I made three No Year's Resolutions, a.k.a. The Minimum Standards Agreement:

  1. Write down what I eat
  2. Exercise a minimum 20 minutes a day and
  3. 10.30PM internet curfew.

This started out excellently then degenerated as the year went on – especially the bloody internet curfew. I am bring the curfew is BACK as of now. Here be my vow! So we'll need better time management, no more eleventh hour deadlines, and less email and social media faffery.

I'm back on the case with Item 1, for both dietary and documentary reasons. I still like having a record of what I ate – words to transport you back to places and meals of yore, as opposed to obsessing over calorie counts.

Item 2 is back in place, technically. If you count incidental walking to and from the bus stop, I make the minimum! This year the goal is to chill out. I'm cutting back my gym sessions from four to just two (both kickboxing) and the rest will all be done at home. I ran myself stupid last year trying to squeeze everything in, at the expense of other stuff. And I've missed the wee home "gym" so much. After three weeks of inertia I did a new Cathe DVD this week and pow, the home gym love was back. Especially the bit where I flopped to the floor for abdominals and got to stick my nose in the nice new clean carpet. Hubba hubba!

Last year I also resolved to read 52 books in 52 weeks… fail! I read 36 – still more books than I’d read in the past five years combined. I won’t be attempting this one again. I found myself picking easier or shorter books just so I could read them quicker! Where's the fun in that? This year I am just going to read whatever I fancy and to heck with the quantity. I want to start with a big fat Russian classic.

So no big goals for 2010, aside from properly addressing why 2009 became quite a shambles and being more thoughtful about how I do things. I want to think before I act – trying to say Yes to the right things and No to the wronguns.

I might make more concrete goals later in the year but right now I'm just enjoying the snow and the feeling of the world slowly coming back in to focus.

Thank you also for your comments on the last post, you rawk and it is always comforting to know you're not alone.

* your accent may vary.

52 thoughts on “Here we go again

  1. All sounds good to me – great that you are motivated to exercise at home, sadly I am not!

    I did the book thing last year, but it resolved only to keep a record of new books read (41) which was helpful for noting purposes (I do love a list!) and remembering who I liked to read for choosing future books. I also gave them a mark out of ten – but then I am a teacher ….

    all the best for 2010 – you may see last year as a mess, but in actual fact, you achieved a great deal, reading the blog – and at the end of the day, you are an INTERNATIONALLY published author, no less!!

  2. Hi Shauna, I just want to say that I struggle with some of the same issues (weight, depression) that have been challenges for you. I loved your book and it’s great to be able to continue following and taking inspiration from your journey. So thank you! x

  3. I’m still mulling what I can commit to for the year, but I’m definitely dedicated to more healthy eating for myself and the family. But what does that MEAN? I’m thinking more meatless main dishes… Better get my resolutions in soon, methinks, or January will be over before we know it!

  4. Those goals are excellent ones – I’m working on similar ones myself. I used to belong to an online book club type thing for people basically just to track how many books they read. It didn’t run last year and I really missed it so I’ve set one up myself for this year – if you want in – still figuring it out but I’m thinking people can set a target and share their progress at a minimum as well as maybe books they loved or they hated if they want. Partly going for that part as I’m always after book recommendations. Happy New Year!

  5. That would be “Yall rock!” here from the Atlanta.
    I’m thinking of the New Year as hitting the reset button..I don’t like to do resoltuions. I’ve got goals I’ve always had and just being a bit more mindful and open to trying new methods. Oh, I do love the fresh calendar pages and the planning and all the magazine/ tv coverage of diets and exercise.
    I like your idea of embracing the home gym and loosening on the battle to get to the “real gym”. My husband would appreciate that more too.
    Rawk on , Shauna!

  6. Good not-a-resolutions as they may be. Besides the fitness ones I resolved to dedicate some time each week to read/write (not blogs), so maybe an internet curfew would be good for me too. πŸ˜‰

  7. Gosh, I would have loved to do the book thing… There were times last year when I was reading a novel a day – extreme denial and completely checking out of my life.

    I think the only way we can stop the year from getting away from us is to BE PRESENT at all times, which takes practice. I really believe that it would be worth it though.

  8. 52 books in 52 weeks, you nutter. I can’t even begin to think of how one could accomplish that, reading on the loo, reading on the walk to and from the bus stop…

    Your goals sound very achievable to me, good luck my poppet. As Zoe mentioned, you may see 2009 as a mess but you did so much my love. I am very proud of you.

  9. Out of the 36 books you read this year, what was your favorite? I’m always looking for a good book although since I got laid off I’ve barely made it through a book. I have more time on my hands but somehow less time to read.

    Happy New Year!

  10. Sounds like a plan! I’m staggered by last year’s book scheme–wow! This year’s goal sounds more do-able to me:)

  11. Oh my god, yes, I need an internet curfew. I am not convinced of my ability to keep it up 2 minutes though let alone days or weeks. See me now, 23:32 and still to do tee and weeth (sorry, my mum’s saying still sticks) and hot water bottle and GET IN BED when I was determined to be asleep by now. And I’m STILL computing.

  12. p.s. um… some of us ARE guilty of reading on the loo and walking to the bus stop (see Hanlie’s comment)… occasionally on the way in to the office from the car… at all times. But it’s more like an addiction than dedication, I think you’re very sensible not to force it!

  13. Shauna, I was very sorry to hear about your run in with that Black Dog. It was such a surprise too, because I always think of you as that bright, cheery person who is inspiring everyone else via your blog, book and those wonderful new podcasts with MizFit. Then, you never know about that BD do you, he is a strange animal.

    I love your goal to read more, might have to incorporate that into mine. If you’re looking for book recommendations, have you read “The Athlete’s Way – Sweat and the Biology of Bliss” by Christopher Bergland. It is one of my favourite books, and it talks about the science behind why exercising hard enough to make you sweat makes us happy. A lot of the recent science shows that the internal body chemicals released during hard exercise have exactly the same effect as anti-depressant medication. Anyway, I’d suggest making that goal, exercise hard enough to make me sweaty 20 minutes a day” πŸ™‚

    “Sweat=Bliss” is his, and my new motto.

    Hope that Black Dog runs away from you very soon!

  14. Shauny, book you MUST read if you haven’t already (did come out 2 years ago!):

    A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Tolz.

    You will LOVE it, I’m sure.

    Happy new year!


  15. Dear Shauna,
    I love your blog, and your book. πŸ™‚
    I totally hear you on the internet curfew…every few months or so my husband and I reinstate one, and it only lasts a few weeks. πŸ™ So that is one of my resolutions this year too!
    I just think you are so inspiring – and such a talented writer. Thanks for all that you do.

  16. Try “The Idiot”, that’s a good fat Russian. I’m slowly but surely making my way through it. The other book I read last year that I was rather keen on was Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”, I recommend it!

  17. TWENTYten. (Repeat in any accent) Twentyten, twenty ten, twenty-ten. Just like Nineteen-ten.

    Also, there is a woman named Nina Sankovitch who read a book a day for a year, and blogged it at I like to look here for recommendations. She has some deeper reasons for doing this than first appear, and I’m sure she’s writing a great book to be published soon.

    My NY Rez is to eat dessert just once a week. Even if I’m not perfect at this, it makes me more aware how often I was eating them in the past!

  18. Still working on my resolutions, adding action items in order to make them more than simple wishes. Re Russian classics: dip your toes in with Eugene Onegin by Pushkin, “the Russian Shakespeare.” If that works out, Anna Karenina is a great read. Just remember that Barbara Cartland described Russian Lit as a bunch of people staring at a dead rat in a sewer. Austen might be a happier read! ; )

  19. P.S. I do read on the loo and sometimes on the way to a bus stop and I still don’t manager 52 books a year. I don’t think…

    Also – you’re not really a nutter… you know I think your tops. xx

  20. P.S. I do read on the loo and sometimes on the way to a bus stop and I still don’t manager 52 books a year. I don’t think…

    Also – you’re not really a nutter… you know I think your tops. xx

  21. @Cassidy – That Read All Day blog is so cool! My lord imagine being able to do that… that is my idea of heaven. Le sigh πŸ™‚

    Thanks folks for yuor comments and reading suggestions. Going to check em out on!

  22. In regards to your last post, congratulations on taking that first step. I know it must have been a challenge–I never took that step myself, even when suggested to me by friends and family. I’m lucky in that I pulled out of that down phase enough to function well, but yeah, the big D is nothing to shake a stick at.

    I haven’t made any resolutions to speak of, apart from the usual “be the best version of myself possible” goal. Your book goal from last year was certainly ambitious, though–that’s one I’d love to attempt but know I’d be set up for failure for sure. I think instead you should aim for, say, 1 2FitChicks podcast per month? πŸ˜€ I know *I* would enjoy that resolution too!

  23. Still working on my resolutions as well even though I posted them. I already need to revise them. I find if my list is too long I won’t do any of them so I like your idea of WANTING TO THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. That’s a great place to start.

    As for the book reading… Wow.. I’ve not read one book all year. But I think I’ll change that.

    Have a great day.

  24. Shauna,
    36 books is quite an accomplishment. Way to go.
    I need to borrow (and stick to) an Internet curfew myself. I spend way too much time reading stuff that doesn’t really interest me. I’ve cut way back on my Google Reader–don’t worry, you’re still on it. Dietgirl is essential reading material.


  25. Hi Shauna,
    I think 2009 sucked for a lot of people, not just you and I! But, you almost hit the nail on the head when you said you have to figure out why… that you just don’t want to cram things in for the sake of cramming things in. And… when you mentioned the book reading just for the sake of numbers? you lose the joy in reading when you’re just doing something to meet a goal.

    Instead? Find the love in things again… and if it means you focus on just one or two things instead of trying a whole whallop of things to “see” what you like, then it becomes overwhelming.

    Obviously, you like the kick-boxing. You might think you suck at it sometimes, haha but – keep at it. YOu know the hard-work will get you somewhere greater and full-filling.

    Life – it only comes around once (unless you believe in reincarnation, i don’t!) … so make sure you enjoy everything and don’t do the things that don’t bring you joy.


  26. Personally, I think I set myself up for success when I *Don’t* make New Year’s Resolutions. Ha! Then I don’t have anything to crazy to live up to!

    Happy New Year! (And I’m really enjoying the podcast too!)


  27. Haha your very wise, my theory is if you keep it simple you keep it workable!

    I was wondering how you write down everything you eat? Is it a sort of diet journal you take everywhere, or do you just do it at the end of the day or week or what? Has it had a good impact?

    I only ask because I recently got on this nutrition program designed by this doctor who got the Nobel Prize for his work on it, and I’m trying to figure out how to log everything. I figured I’d ask from someone who knows the ropes πŸ™‚

    Hoping you a happy and healthy new years!!

  28. I love that you acknowledge it all & it is just going to be about saying YES to the right things & NO to the wrong things. To me, that is a perfect way to start!

  29. I hear you! Too many goals or resolutions can make us crazy! Especially when we fail to meet the high standards we’ve set for ourselves. I know, for me,failed resolutions can be just another excuse to beat myself up. This year I was much gentler with myself, I spent little time looking at those goals I didn’t achieve, but lots of time praising myself for the ones I did. And when I set out to make the list for 2010, it was a much gentler, baby steps kind of list, and it feels good. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I usually don’t resolve myself to anything but this year I want to (in the spirit of keeping it simple):

    1. Go to more live gigs
    2. Walk 30mins everyday
    3. Learn something that is a bit scary ie. skateboarding.

    Glad to hear the fog is lifting πŸ™‚

  31. I need a internet curfew, or at least time blocked out to read, comment and just enjoy, as well as post!

    Otherwise I have no book time πŸ™

    2010 will rawk mate!

  32. Hi shauna,

    Awesome resolutions, mine also revolve around getting back on the pony after a very rough 2009! I have another 4 stone to go and after the 10 that have gone already that should be a doddle!! |SHOULD BE??!?!?

    Anyway, resolutions as follows:
    – try a new kind of exercise (done – as from next week i’ll be doing latin american and ballroom classes and kettlebell classes as well as my pump, step and circuits!)
    – write down all food consumed!
    – stop eating crap!

    Just to say as well, I had a sad scary stalkerish moment when I saw you in Edinburgh before christmas! I was gonna speak to you but remembered that you don’t ACTUALLY know me!! lol

    Anyway, Happy New Year and good luck with the resolutions!

    Jaclyn xx

  33. Great post. The internet curfew really resonated with me. Not that I’m on it too late at night, but that I homeschool my kids and am bordering on being on it too much during the day in general.
    Love my ‘home gym’, 30 miles to the nearest real gym for me, so I plan on taking the home gym to an art form this year, lol.
    Would that be War and Peace? Just curious, that was my goal last year and still haven’t finished it, maybe this year!

  34. I would like to wish you and Dr G a wonderful new year Shauna. It must be wonderful to have had a white Christmas. It’s hard to imagine snow when it’s 30 degrees and hot. Here’s to a more serene year.

    Vanessa aka Nessajane

  35. The Crimson Petal and the White. You must read (unless you have already done so). In between chapters, you can write down what you’re eating while you’re reading. I rejoined WW online on Monday, and I have to say, keeping track is so important for me – until I get tired of keeping track.

  36. Crazy but great list.. this year I have one goal and only one – to lose half my body weight… I don’t want surgery…. Trying to figure out what will work for me. you are inspiring.
    thank you.

  37. Good goals. As of yet I don’t even have any for this year. I think I’ll make them up as I go along. One thing I know is I need to lose some weight this year – unlike last year when the resolution was lose 90 in ’09! Blah! More like gain 6 in 09… Oh well.

  38. Glad to hear you sounding better. And I suggest you read “War and Peace”. I really like it and you get the added benefit of actually being able to say you have read “War and Peace”!

  39. I recommend Anna Karenina for big fat Russian classics – it’s big, it’s fat, it’s Russian and it took me 6 weeks to read (I’m used to blasting through an airport novel in 6 hours). It wasn’t that the book wasn’t great, though – it’s just that you can’t expect to inhale it like you would Bridget Jones’ Diary.

    I need to do all the things on your list. I’ll stick a post-it on my screen to remind me…

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