Looking Back at 2013

For a couple of years now, I’ve done a list-style update, but I’m not really feeling that for 2013. But I do like the random statistics I’ve pulled in the past, so I’m repeating that here:

  • Zipcar rentals: 10
  • Foursquare badges unlocked or leveled up: 21
  • Pilates and yoga workouts: 114
  • Jars canned: 74 (that wound up in my pantry, at least. I helped with a lot more.)
  • Miles on the bike: 78.95
  • Steps since getting my fitbit on 6/20: 1,481,512 (660.19 miles)

I set a few goals for myself for 2013. Here’s how I did:

Read 70 books. Not quite – I read 55.

Do more yoga and pilates. I quantified this as 30 classes per quarter (the rationale here was that with work-related travel, setting a monthly goal would, in some months, set me up for failure). I was close in the first quarter, with 27. Second and third quarters of the year, I was a ways off, with 17 classes each quarter. But in the last quarter of the year I ramped it back up and hit 53! Taking an average, I got 28.5 classes per quarter, which is pretty close to my goal. The stellar number from the final quarter is in part due to a three-week stretch when I was in a boot camp and working out 7 times a week. That was particularly great as it got me back into some good habits and routines around working out, and I’ve been pretty good at doing at home workouts occasionally.

Cook from my cookbooks. This I set at two recipes from a cookbook each month. I hit a total of 16 over the course of the year, with 12 of them being cooked in the first four months. What derailed this progress was summer produce season, when I have a lot of veggies coming in from the farmer’s market and my farm share. This means there’s a lot of free-form cooking, and also a lot of searching the internet to see what I can do with a particular veggie. Overall this did get me using my cookbooks more, so that’s good.

I’m thinking of signing up for Eat Your Books, which creates an online index of your cookbooks. For only $25 a year it’s probably worth it for me. I think I might also need to find a new place to save my online recipes, as delicious seems to be buggy and with a smallish active user base (at least for recipes) that makes me wonder how long it can hang on. I know everyone is doing this stuff on Pinterest now but I don’t want the visuals – I just want to be able to scan a list and use some sort of categorization or tagging system. If you have recommendations, let me know.