Let’s take a look back at the “things I want to do list” that I shared at the beginning of 2022. I am more about intentions than about resolutions.
✔ Stay Healthy.
I am calling this a win, even though I did finally catch Covid last fall (and then gave it to Jon on his birthday!) despite all my ongoing precautions and 2.5+ years of dodging it. BUT, I got through it pretty much unscathed and I didn’t have any other health issues or injuries last year.
In early 2022, I had an upper endoscopy for my random digestive issues (you might recall). The results were non-significant and my symptoms have become less frequent since the summer, which I attribute to a long overdue family vacation and some tweaks in my diet. At this point, I am tempted to think these GI symptoms are purely stress-related, but I still keep a symptoms journal.
I also had an annual check-up including a full blood work panel in the fall and that came back “reassuringly normal”, as my new PCP called it. I am very thankful for that and I also stayed otherwise injury-free.
✔ See my family.
I did see my family. Quite a bit even. Yay! In the spring, I decided to take a quick trip home (after 2.5 years) because our summer plans were still up in the air, but then my family also came to visit in the summer for 3.5 glorious weeks. This was truly the highlight of the year. I am so, so happy this was possible in 2022.
✔ Complete (another) 365 Peloton Streak.
Yup, my second 365 year complete. You can expect this to show up on my list of things I want to do in 2023, although it feels like this is something that has just become natural habit at this point. It’s just still nice to put it on the list.
✔ Complete the virtual Pacific Crest Trail Challenge.
Well, a quick search confirmed that I apparently never mentioned it here on the blog, but I pledged to run, walk, or bike 2485.5 miles/4000 km along the (virtual) Pacific Crest Trail in 2022, and I finished on August, 21. I got a nice finisher certificate and a shiny medal.
✔ Be more creative.
I am not 100% satisfied with the execution of this but I was definitely more creative in 2022 than the previous year, so I call this semi-accomplished. I picked up my knitting again more often and also kept up with my planner (does that count as creative?).
✔ Optimize my diet.
I’ve mentioned above that I was dealing with some on-and-off digestive issues in the last couple of years. I had finally got a referral to a gastroenterologist (after much self-advocating) and had an upper endoscopy last spring. The results were mostly normal (mild gastritis) and still didn’t really explain any of my symptoms (mainly chest and stomach pressure). The gastroenterologist also suggested taking a round of PPIs during flare-ups, but I still don’t believe that my symptoms are caused by too much stomach acid (rather the opposite, which could have been caused by a previous H. Pylori infection, but no western medicine doctor wants to hear anything about this, even though the information is all over the internet). So, what was I to do? I kept making some subtle tweaks and changes to my diet, which was mostly cutting back on meat, salty snacks, and adding even more variety of veggies into our diet.
I also took HCL (hydrochloric acid) supplements on occasion (and I am convinced they helped) and I’ve been mostly symptom-free since last summer. I have my one-year follow-up appointment with the gastroenterologist in a few weeks and he’ll do another upper endoscopy and also a screening colonoscopy, while he’s at it. Fun! (NOT.)
Reorganize my blogging categories.
Haha, no. I cannot say that I haven’t thought about consolidating my category list, but I have not taken any actual steps to do so. Womp, womp.
Read 30 books.
This goal was seriously dumb. What was I thinking? I started the Outlander Series in late 2021 and knew that it would take me a while to get through eight (!) of these weighty tomes. I am currently almost through book 5, and while I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to, I did make some serious progress, but I won’t set any more reading goals until I am done with the series.
I am pretty happy with how things went in 2022. There will always be things that won’t get done, amirite? But I want to – again – embrace what Elisabeth refers to as her “ta-da list”, a list of things that weren’t put on the official list but were accomplished nonetheless.
So, here’s my 2022 TA-DA LIST:
- I went on a horseback ride with my niece at Bryce Canyon, UT. What a fantastic experience. (I can’t link to it because I still haven’t gotten around to blog about it – but I will. I promise.)
- I celebrated my 10-year anniversary of becoming a US citizen.
- I successfully completed another year of NaBloPoMo with a bunch of lovely (new-to-me) people.
- I found Italian plums and made my German Plum Streusel Cake again.
- I participated in three PeloFondo weekends and completed four Power Zone Pack Challenges.
- I continue to bake my own sourdough bread almost every weekend and it’s been one of my favorite weekly rituals (not to mention, a delicious one). I started this at the beginning of the pandemic three years ago and have not stopped.
- I enjoyed many walks to the park with Jon.
- I kept up monthly Skype-calls with a dear 91-year old family friend. The conversations were delightful and enriching.
Did you set goals for 2022? Or, what made your ta-da list?