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Looking back on 2011, but only for a minute, & the Year of Me

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So, it is New Years Eve 2011.
Have I accomplished any of my goals?
Not really, though I don't think I went backwards any and I did work on them. All in all, it wasn't what I had hoped for, but then again, we tend to get out of things, what we put into them, right?

I have lost a few pounds (exact number is probably 3#, but I won't weigh until Monday, so that is yet to be determined). Not the 20-30 pounds I had hoped for, buy hey, I did not gain, so that is worth something.
I have made some strides on reconnecting with my DH of over 35 years, and this is huge for me. We now say "love you" when we have finished a phone conversation and, even though it sometimes seems forced and awkward, I believe it is like smiling. If you smile, even when your heart isn't in it, eventually you actually start to feel happy. We have also taken up the "sport" (not sure it really qualifies) of 4 wheeling together. We have not shared a hobby in our entire 35 years of marriage, so this also qualifies as huge.

Now, onward to 2012...
I have decided this is the Year of Me.
This is the year that I will lose weight, become active, and figure out what in the world I am going to do with my hair!
Sounds selfish, I know, but I have lost myself. I have lost (& cannot even remember) the hope & dreams I had as a young woman. It is time I re-discovered them, or, create new ones.
I need to be someone. I need to stand for something & strive towards something. Life has to be more than going to work everyday & doing mountains of laundry. No more just "existing". No more being wishy-washy!

I will continue to make my DH & my marriage priority.
I will work on de-cluttering my house & create a "home", instead.
I will cook more & carry-out less.
I will move my fat butt everyday.
I will lose weight - 1st weight loss goal is now 175 pounds.
I will be flexible on all of these goals, but will not give up an ANY of them.

Welcome 2012 - the Year of Me!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I think you have made some amazing strides this year. Reconnecting with your hubby is fantastic. I already think you are someone special. You just need to see yourself as others see you.

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    I wonder what active activity DH would be interested in developing an interest in? Or practicing?

Great blog, I'm voting for it.

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KARENA-G 1/2/2012 11:29AM

    Thanks for writing this. I can related to not sharing hobbies with DH. The only thing we share is watching Nascar which is on a break until February!


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MEDDYPEDDY 1/2/2012 3:36AM

    Loved your blog - I share the experience of not being too impressed by my accomplishments for the past year (hope I understood you right there) but reading your blog transmits a lot of positive attitude so I think you are doing really great. Yay for the year of Me! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/1/2012 7:22PM

    Amanda mentioned your blog to me -- I'm so glad that I popped over to read it! Your words are so honest and really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you the best in reaching your 2012 goals! Congrats on not gaining any weight, last year!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/31/2011 9:41PM

    I like your attitude! Thanks for helping me get some perspective on last year and concentrating on the year ahead. Best of luck to you!

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BLESSEDBEING 12/31/2011 8:36PM

    emoticon dear emoticon for this eloquent call. Mary called to chat and rave about your blog and make sure I had read it. I'm glad she did! emoticon
I, too, like your goals and comments about them, and the fact that you acknowledge where you did improve and didn't regress. What I loved most was this paragraph:
"I need to be someone. I need to stand for something & strive towards something. Life has to be more than going to work everyday & doing mountains of laundry. No more just "existing". No more being wishy-washy!"
I love your fire and determination not to settle. Surviving is not enough; you are ready to thrive! And I am confident that you shall.
emoticon Love, and emoticon wishes for the year of you!
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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GREENMAMA 12/31/2011 2:56PM

    I really loved your last line, "I will be flexible on all of these goals, but I won't give up on ANY of them." That sums up how I feel about mine, too!


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ROSALIEESTHER 12/31/2011 2:31PM

    So glad to read this very moving blog. Thank you. And Happy New Year!!!! emoticon

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JINLYNN 12/31/2011 1:35PM

    Wonderful, inspiring blog. Your honesty and positive attitude are very uplifting. As this old year ends and a new one begins your blog is a great reminder to focus on the pluses of the last year and to look forward in hope to the promises of the new one. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and goals and best wishes as you walk confidently towards them in 2012!

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WATREKKIE 12/31/2011 12:42PM

    Janice, thanks *SO* much for writing this today!!!!!!

I put on my weekend to-do list "plan for 2012" but I didn't have a real idea what that meant. emoticon Now I do!!! emoticon I'm going to do what you did - acknowledge 2011 plus's (including my weight loss of almost 15 #s! emoticon ) and consider what I want to work on in 2012, whether it's with this attitude emoticon or this one emoticon (workin' hard!) or this one emoticon

You have truly inspired me!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OOLALA53 12/31/2011 11:15AM

    Congratulations on not gaining this year. That has actually become a feat in the U.S. (and some other places.) I also applaud your new habits in your marriage. It takes guts to shift what has become our status quo. emoticon

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