January 5, 2009

What do you hope for in 2009?

The beginning of the new year tends to make people think about what they want to achieve in the coming year. I guess it's kind of like turning a new page. This year I have a few goals and have thought about trying to achieve some of the things I hope for in life.

My first goal is aiming to be more active. Partly because being more active has lots of health benefits, but the other part of it is that I want to be able to enjoy the fruits of my baking-labour without feeling as guilty.... Anyway, the first part of this goal is to try to walk 10,000 steps per day, the second part is trying to get to the gym at least 3 times a week on top of my 10,000 steps per day. I got a new whiz-bang pedometre for my birthday, which counts your steps, measures how far you've walked, and how many calories you've burnt. You can set your stride-length down to the nearest centermetre, and enter your weight to ensure more accurate readings. I have joined up to the website: 10000 steps.org.au and I am entering my daily steps in there, and there are other things you can do on the site, like set goals/challenges and tick them off as you get there, but I haven't yet explored that area. Even if I can only achieve part of this goal, I'll be happy, if I can achieve both parts, then all the better.

I don't expect it to be easy, but it's what I am aiming for, and even though I'm sure it will be a lot harder when I go back to work (currently on holidays), I'll give it my best. I'm also trying to get my mum interested in joining me in setting walking challenges and reaching for them, as she is always talking about how she needs to be more active, and more walking is the first step (so to speak) to a more active lifestyle. I have even given her a pedometre, so hopefully she will have no excuse not to do it. It's a bit of a shame we don't live closer as we could walk together if we did.

Something else I'd like to do this year is either join a Japanese class or get a Japanese tutor, as although I can already speak/read/write Japanese, I would like to become fluent somehow. Even if I don't become fluent this year, I'd like to at least work towards becoming fluent.

Well, they are the two main things I'd like to do this year, and I feel they are achieveable. There are lots of other little things I'd like to do, but for now I am just concentrating on the on-going challenges.

What are you aiming for this year??

I'll be back to blogging recipes again shortly, lots of yummies coming up in the near future!

January 3, 2009

And I thought I was observant!

You may or may not have seen this, but I came across it recently, and found it very interesting! Take a look and let me know what you think!