Thursday, January 01, 2009
I'm not one that is inclined to set New Year's resolutions. With my personality type I find them too confining and that they tend to set me up for failure. I long ago realized that my resolutions tend to be too unrealistic. I think that I put too much pressure on myself to be successful and just end up setting myself up for failure. I finally came up with one I could keep. For several years now my resolution has been, "No more New Year's resolutions!"
Seriously, I don't set New Year resolutions anymore, but throughout the year I do try to renew my commitment to learn and grow so I can fulfill my potential and become the person God created me to be. That is my overarching goal and during the year it manifests itself in different ways. For example, maybe something reminds me that I need to continually be gracious and show compassion to those around me. Or, I have trouble putting on my favorite pair of jeans and I am reminded that I am not at my best if I am not eating healthy and exercising. Perhaps, a friend mentions something that prods me to dig deeper into a particular subject and learn all that I can about the topic. It could be a bill from the electric company that reminds me to be a responsible citizen and conserve energy or renew my efforts to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle....etc...
So what does this all mean in terms of my efforts to lose weight? It means that I just continue to take one day at a time. I've lost about 60 pounds so far--and I need to celebrate that accomplishment. I have about 125 pounds to go--and I can't allow myself to be overwhelmed by that number. If I think of how far I still have to go I might get overwhelmed--I have to focus on short-term goals, like the next five pounds. That is manageable. I cab do that!
So for this new day, new month, new year--welcome 2009, I'll face you on one day at a time.