Project Stimey

First of all, Happy New Year! Let’s pretend that I took this Times Square photo on New Year’s Eve, instead of on December 30.

The ball wasn't even up there yet.

The ball wasn’t even up there yet.

But seriously, can you imagine me in Times Square on New Year’s Eve? I think we can all agree that it is best that I stayed away.

Now that we have that over with, let’s move on to New Year’s Day and the topic of resolutions.

I alternate between being the person who is all, “Resolutions are stupid,” and being the person who makes 15 resolutions and then doesn’t achieve any of them. Maybe that’s why I think they’re stupid.

This year I am firmly in the resolutions camp. But I am making it simple. My goal this year is to improve my overall physical health. By the end of 2013, I want to weigh less, I want to be fitter, I want to be a water drinker instead of a soda drinker, and I want to be altogether more awesome.

How hard could that be?

I feel like I have a good start, because I’m already running, which is great, but I have to work on my diet and sleep schedule as well.

Helping me in this is that I have committed to running Reach the Beach Relay in September. It is a 12-person, 200-mile relay race in New Hampshire. I figure that training for that will move me a long way toward my goals. My team (Team Mid-life Crisis, or Team MLC for short) doesn’t have all its members yet. If you are interested in joining us, let me know. You should be someone I know if you are interested, because although I’m okay with being flaked on/murdered in the pace vehicle, my real-life friends who I’m running with probably aren’t. But I’m serious. Let me know if you’re interested.

It’s hard to commit to something like weight loss publicly, because if you fail, then you’re kind of a double loser. But I’m determined to do it. I am looking at this a little bit less as a resolution and more of a project. Project Stimey. Yeah. Let’s call it that. ‘Cause I’m egocentric and all. That’ll be for next year. Making my head smaller.

Next January I’ll post my after picture. Today I’m going to post my before picture. It was surprisingly hard to find a full-body photograph of me, so I’m going to have to give you this one from the end of October at my zombie race. It is a pretty good representation of me today though, plus maybe a few pie-related holiday pounds.

I hope to be fitter in my after picture. Also cleaner.

Jean, (Before) Before

Stimey, (Before) Before

Wish me not luck, but determination.

What is your resolution this year?



Check out my list of 2012 Parenting Awards over at White Knuckle Parenting. I won all of them.



49 thoughts on “Project Stimey

  1. The soda thing is hard, I did it two years ago. But after about two weeks, you don’t really miss it. Drink sparkling water. That helps.

    • Sparkling water is just about the most terrible thing I can imagine drinking. I don’t understand why it upsets me so much, but I can’t stomach it. I might move to iced tea as a transition drink.

  2. The water thing I did a couple years back. I started with the crystal light flavors – couldn’t go cold turkey, and over a few months weaned myself to just water. Don’t even miss soda now!

    • That’s a good idea. I want to be in that don’t miss soda place. Good luck with your goals too!

  3. I’m going to run an 8K and run a tough mud event at Quantico (join me!). The beach relay sounds awesome. Have a ball!

  4. You can so do this! I need to work on the water thing myself…

    I’d totally be in for the NH relay if I hadn’t already raced NH. Gotta save myself for the new states…

    • I love your many states plan! Too bad NH has been accomplished. (Well, too bad for ME, not for you. :) )

  5. Wishing you lots of luck. I know you can do it. xoxoxoxo I also applaud you for sharing your goal with us. I believe that being accountable to other increases chances for success, so this is a good thing.

  6. I am going to try and walk … I am 74 and my knee is not great so I am going to try.
    Also plan on going back to Weight Watchers. I lost 100 lbs from 2000 – 2002. My husband died in 2003. I gained 33 lbs and have lost 13 of them. That is my plan.

    Good luck to you.

    • Walking is GREAT exercise. Good for you! And even though I am a decade late on my congrats, congratulations on your 100-pound loss—that is an incredible accomplishment. And understandable that you would gain weight after losing your husband. I’m so sorry.

      Good luck with your goals this year. You can do it!

  7. Mine are just about the same as yours, but Reach the Beach? Holy crap girl that’s awesome! I know someone who has done it and well wow. I will show up cheer you on!

    • I will welcome your cheers. And at some point, when I’m a little fitter, I’ll ask you what your friend has to say about the relay.

  8. Great project. I love that race. I’m hoping to bribe my husband into allowing me a few days off to run it myself. Develop you inner motto to say to yourself as you train especially on the harder days. I like to chant “burning fat” to remind myself there is a good reason I’m doing this. Go Stimey!

    • Awesome! Maybe I’ll see you there! I love the idea of an inner motto. I’m going to have to think about one for me!

  9. I’m with Kate — I’m not sure you can be *more* awesome. You are already really, really awesome.

    That beach relay race sounds cool. We have a race near me that I want to walk. The main race is actually a marathon but they have smaller versions of the course. I’m looking at the 5k to start. I’ve never liked running. We’ll see when (if) I get moving if that changes. My sister has done a few of those Dirty Dog-type races. I may join her for a fall one.

    My goals/resolutions are to move more, eat healthier, get stuff organized, purge like crazy. I know those are pretty generic sounding. But those are the categories the more specific goals fit into.

  10. Make sure to save your beautiful smile! I am firmly in the weight loss camp for 2013.

    • Good luck! You can do it! And if you end up as a runner, feel free to hop on the relay train!

    • oh and I am totally with you with NYE in Times Square being my worst nightmare. I was afraid when you, Jersey, Kristin and I were there on a Thursday in August.

      • Totally. You should have seen me with my three kids. I am amazed we made it out of there.

  11. Less Stimey, More AWESOMESAUCE ;0)

    I am with you my dear friend. I now drink only one cup of coffee, the rest is all water and a splash of barreled grape juice ;0) (At least it’s a good 12:1 water/wine ratio lol)

    I gave up the junk food, too. Slowly substituting down one indulgence for a slightly less crappy one. My biggest obstacle was nighttime ice cream right before bed. For like years. So I started trading down by going to Lucky Charms cereal. After a few weeks, I made it to Cracklin Oat Bran. My next step is to switch out the whole milk for 2%.

    I now go out for at least an hour walk/run minimum four nights a week. It’s my Me Time. If I feel like I can run, I run. If I feel like I’m just proud to be out there and moving, I just keep up a decent walking pace. I haven’t felt this good in years and I know that I can reach any new goal I set because I have finally learned what it really means to set a reasonable resolution and just plug along at my own pace to get there. (Besides, I have a feeling eventually Jersey will just kick my ass if I don’t take better care of myself ;0)

    Love you, Girl. You continue to inspire and amaze me. You’ve got so many talents and gifts and we are all blessed that you share them so openly.

    I believe in everything you set your mind to, Friend.

    • This is such a smart way to do it. Cold turkey is bullshit, right? :)

      And I like the idea of looking at your walk/runs as “me time.” Making it something positive like that is brilliant.

  12. Good luck on your relay race. It sounds like a lot of fun! I gave up soda a while back and don’t even miss it. Never thought that would happen. I still need to give up cookies.

  13. Gave up soda ages ago. I am strictly a seltzer girl – and I’m down 20 lbs! I hate running more than anything but would love to cheer you on during your leg of the Reach the Beach! xoxo Christine

  14. You are so brave to put your resolutions out there – that’s pressure! I just want to make sure I finish unpacking the boxes from my move in March. All the other things I want to do – not brave enough to put in print. Maybe that means I’m not committed? Anyway. I have no doubt you’ll reach your goal. Don’t forget to post if you get discouraged. You have a huge cheering section!

  15. I think you look beautiful in that picture! But I always support fitness. My resolution is to keep my head above water!

    • Aw, thank you, Lindsay! You’re doing a pretty good job of staying afloat, I think. :) And you know you have an open invitation for the relay!

  16. Finish my first Adult Urban Fantasy Novel. I would like to say get at least two more Egret books out, but since they are written and dependent on other people for illustration and editing, I can’t really call that my resolution. Keep blogging regularly. I putting in little tidbits about the Urban Fantasy book into the posts to help me keep resolution number 1. Get back in 1/2 marathon running shape. A few months ago I could go out and run 12-14 miles at a drop of a hat, now not so much. That’s all I can think of right now.

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