A new year — again!

I’m not one to make resolutions; I didn’t quit smoking on January 1. Nor did I start a diet.

Oh, I want to quit smoking. I stopped for about 18 months and started again over the summer. I didn’t beat my self up about. Hell, I love smoking and starting again was like reconnecting with an old friend. The kind of friend my Mom didn’t approve of in my high school days — a bad one that got me into a lot of trouble. But boy, did we have a lot of fun. So while I didn’t resolve to quit smoking as soon as the clock struck midnight, I do plan to stop again soon. I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of being ready. I’ll know when I am.

I don’t believe in dieting. I know they don’t work — not for long anyway. The only thing that works is changing your lifestyle permanently — not skipping dessert for a few months. Over the last few years I have lost a fair amount of weight and I didn’t stop eating anything I loved — I just ate more of what I loved less.

Plus, I started walking a lot. I get bored at the gym but I don’t get bored walking around the city, so that was an easy thing to add to my daily routine. I still would like to lose a little bit more. Just enough to go down one size. Maybe I can do it or maybe this is my set point. Either way I’m fine with it.

There are few things I am interested in doing this year. One is volunteering. I’m not sure where yet but I am doing some research.

The other thing I want to do is go to Iceland. It seems like I am the only person I know who wants to go there! But I’ve decided life it too short to not go because I can’t convince any of my friends that it is a great vacation spot. It is and I am going!

Finally, I’d like to take a driving refresher course. I don’t think I’ll buy a car (despite thinking those new Fiat’s are adorable) but joining Auto Share would make my life a little easier. Thing is, I have barely driven in 20 years. I used to drive all over the place in my little Acadian and later in my fancier Olds Calais — on the highway even — so I know I can do it again. I just need to get behind the wheel and get comfortable.

Happy New Year!


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