2011 Review

I guess it’s due to the closing of the year, but this week’s Friday Five is all about Xmas and New Years. Due to the nature of the questions, I’m going to talk briefly about work. You may notice that it usually isn’t a topic I bring up. Work has, for the most part over the past few years, been something I try to leave at the office.

In 2011, what did you do far too many times?
Fall off my preferred way of eating. You see, I definitely do have a problem with food and disordered eating (no, I’m definitely neither bulimic nor anorexic, but there are other patterns of disordered eating). There’s no need to give me the looks of “Oh my, she gained weight this year – let’s try not to show our surprise (or lack thereof), but how do we tell her she’s gotten a bit out of control?”.  Trust me I’m aware.

In 2011, what did you rediscover?
I can make damn fine chili. I rediscovered that many of my limitations are self-imposed.  I can make chili. I’m currently knitting a sweater. I switched departments at work…those are some pretty big changes, just from stepping outside my usual comfort zone!
I also rediscovered my enjoyment of the graveyard shift. This past month has mainly been training on that shift, and I’ve been enjoying it immensely.  I like quiet 🙂

What 2011 event will you still be paying for in 2012?
See #1 up there, re: The Foodening. We have a plan. It involves eating well and using the local YMCA (granted, we’re still waiting for the Y to open in it’s NE location. But once it does, that will go a long way to keeping us on track).

In what unexpected place did you find a friend in 2011?
I was very happy to find that the right people were in the right place at the right time this year. The right supervisory-sort was the guy doing the hiring for the job I applied for, and when I “passed the audition”, I joined a team of mainly old acquaintances who were more than happy to have me around. Whatever on-the-job grumbling might get done (mostly by others at this point), the atmosphere is a heck of a lot lighter than the place I came from, and I’m very happy to have “found my tribe” so to speak.

As 2011 comes to a close, what in your life is trending upward toward a much better 2012?
A better work environment, a membership to a local gym that should be opening soon, and at least one co-worker who has expressed interest in being a “diet buddy”. This might actually be the year I get it together and actually get some things done.


As always, I’d love to know how you would answer these questions! 🙂