Friday, December 31, 2010
Greetings, SP! I just joined a few days ago and already I feel very much at home.
I had been very successful at losing weight over the last few years and suffered a major setback in 2009. While I am not in fighting form yet, I did make some progress this year. I thought that I would spend the last day of 2010 not milling over what I didn't accomplish, but rather what I did:
1) Took off 25 pounds since Thanksgiving 2009. (There were a lot of weight-related low points in 2009 and this was the second lowest.)
2) Became a certified primary aerobic instructor. I am still working on becoming certified with another organization, but getting that certificate in the mail was quite a kick!
3) I moved -- before work, after work, on the weekend, when I wanted to, when I didn't want to, in sun, in rain, in snow, in bitter cold. Even though the numbers aren't I think they would have been, my clothes fit well, my skin is clear, my hair is growing and my BP is down (most of the time!)
I'm not a big fan of resolutions since they're so results-oriented, but I do have a list of things that I am committed to doing in 2011:
1) Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. When I was losing before, this wasn't an issue, but now it's a challenge.
2) Move six days a week -- whether it's walking, Curves, strength training, Zumba (more on that later), or another activity. I am stressing the six days because right now I work out practically every day. I really need to convince myself that my body needs a recovery day.
3) Track food, water and activity every day. I am still getting used to the SP tracker, but I track on pen and paper every day, usually a day in advance when I can.
4) Prepare for my second certification through regular study. This means purchasing the text, study guide, etc., and making time to study for written and practical once a week or so.
5) Take a Zumba class at least twice a month. I am a licensed instructor who is too bashful to teach -- that has to change in 2011!
6) Get out more -- some of you who have been at the weight loss thing for a while know that sometimes the whole gig gets isolating.
7) Read my piece. (Back story: in 2009 a national women's magazine published a story about my weight loss. With everything going on in my life then, I have gone to great lengths to avoid reading it and minimize it whenever anyone talks about it.)
Anyone notice a pattern here? Most of my goals are all about regular efforts (mostly daily), not getting results. I encourage everyone to work on their goals on a daily basis -- we may not always be able to control the results, but miraculous things will still take place!
I will eventually update my stats and post my photo/link so you all can see what I wrote when I was in a better place. Until then, I hope to see everyone meet their 2011 goals!