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Let’s start this off with a little bit about me.  You might be wondering about the “Title”.  I am the type of person who, when playing a video game, will spend hours coming up with a name that reflects everything that I want to build the character around.  For my dervish character I spent time researching female gypsy names, we figured that a dervish culture would be most like a gypsy culture.  Once I settled on a first name I liked, I tried to incorporate aspects that the game applied to the dervish in the second name.  My character is thus named Everilda Zephyr.  Everilda, though technically Old English was listed on a website as a “gypsy” name, means “Boar Battle” and Zephyr is the Greek god of the West Wind.  This combination pleased me, as she is a front line soldier and dervish have elemental powers within the game.

This type of behavior, while prized in certain settings, is not conducive to regular blogging.  So, the title of the first blog post will have the name of “Title”.  Now that this little character quirk is out of the way, let me tell you my plans for the blog.

For 2012, I set no resolution.  This is not uncommon, as I have never had a resolution, but I wanted to do something a little different.  I, like many people, wish to better myself.  A vague resolution is not the way for me to do it, I would soon forget about it and live my life as per usual.  A friend of mine has regaled me a few times with her “Monthly Challenges”.  Given her interests, they are usually food related and she tells me her adventures in sticking with the challenges to complete them.  This idea tucked into my brain and was filed away for later pondering.  As 2012 approached, I pulled the idea from the cobwebs and decided that I would have a different challenge for each month of the year.  Some challenges would be easier than other, but all would give me a mini-project for each month.  To provide direction for each monthly goal, I have broken each week into a specific task to be completed to further the overall goal.  In addition to each monthly goal, I have an overall year challenge.  Here is the schedule:

Yearly Goal: Run a 5K or cycle in a race every month!

You may have noticed that the title of the blog is “AllTheExercises”.  I want to be healthy.  To achieve this desire, I have started exercising regularly.  This is in addition to altering my diet, but that is not the focus of this yearly goal.  I have said for years that I want to be able to run a 10K.  There have been many excuses I have had over the years, but no more.  Last year, I bought a road bike and have been riding, though not as frequently as I would like.  So once a month, I may set aside a bit of the monthly goal to attend a race.

January: Clean/Organize House

February: Blog

March: Festivals

April: Exercise

May: No Sugar

June: Reading

July: No Processed Food

August: Office Dress

September: Chainmail

October: Photography

November: Ethnic Dinners

December: Sewing

Yeah, a lot of them have to do with cooking/eating.  Part of that is because I know that I can get stuck in a rut of making the same food over and over.  Then I get tired of it and eat food that isn’t good for me.  This cycle doesn’t do me any favors, so I am trying to broaden my culinary horizons to keep me eating healthy food this whole year.  As you may have noticed, January has passed.  Let’s see how I did…


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