Happy New Year to all- I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with family, fun, and delicious feasts. Tim and I made a decision this year to spend the holidays at our home this year so we could sit back and relax in front of a toasty fire without any stress of traveling on any time tables. It was just what we needed after all of the craziness that we endured in 2011.
I decided to decorate the house after Thanksgiving with holiday decorations that have been stashed away in red and green totes for years in the attic. For the last several years, I would decorate the house with a wreath and a few decorations and not go all out because we never spent enough time at home to enjoy them so I never added the decorating stress to all the other hustle and bustle going on. This was a great opportunity to clean out all of ornaments and knick knacks that were cheap, broken and did not agree with my taste in holiday decor anymore. After all was said and done, I purged a total of 4-5 totes worth of decorations. All evidence of this past holiday season has been packed up again neatly and stored away next Christmas season.
If decorating the halls wasn’t enough to get me in the spirit, I made many batches of Christmas cookies. I’m not sure if it was the new Kitchenaid mixer or just boredom of being home kicking in, but I made lots and lots of cookies. You can see for yourself below…
Sugar cookies, peanut butter blossom cookies, iced pumpkin cookies, and many more sugary treats were made and eaten. In fact, Tim told me that I nailed Nana’s anise cookie recipe on my first attempt. If you remember from this post, I told you that these cookies included lard as one of the ingredients. I don’t know if it is the anise flavoring or the fat from the abdomen of a pig that makes these cookies so good – but I have eaten way more than my share of these decadent cookies this year. There is also a nice stash of leftover cookies in the freezer to nibble on when the craving gets the best of me. The craving seems to be everyday right now; but, I need to start to back off or I will start to see the fat developing on my abdomen.
Coming back to reality by sobering up from the holiday hangover of sugar and food, I decided it was time to proclaim a New Years resolution or fitness goal to begin on January 1, 2012. I establish personal, professional, and athletic goals throughout the year for myself so I will share the fitness goal I made for myself over the last couple of months. I had to think long and hard before I made the commitment.
I don’t know if it was my recent obsession to listening to Pink Floyd on my daily runs or Lululemon’s launch of the new pig pink color or all the pig fat I ate in the form of cookies that solidified my decision to run another 26.2 miles but it’s now official… The marathon training began on 12/31/2011 for the 2012 Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon….There will much more to come on that in the next few days so stay tuned. So there you have it, if all goes as planned and I keep this body injury free, I am making another attempt to qualify and run the Boston Marathon again. Wish me luck!