Sunday, January 01, 2012
Today I am reflecting on 2011... What went right, what went wrong and what I will do differently in 2012.
I DID NOT meet my weight goal...
But I DID lose 17 lbs... I DID have raving reviews on my progress from my doctor... I DID tone up and gain some muscle definition... And I DID go down two sizes in my clothes.
And (this is my favorite) I DID get told by several people that I looked GREAT at my bosses Christmas party - and by people that didn't know me or even know I had been trying to lose weight. Utter strangers just telling me, and I am quoting one, 'you do look amazing in that dress'. WHAT?!?! ME?!?! Ok, I hope this doesn't make me vain to consider this a highlight, not only in my weight loss journey, but also a highlight of the year, but I totally consider it an Epic Moment!
I DID look better in a bathing suit... Not great mind you, but definitely better. And another highlight of my year was playing tag football on the beach with my son and his friend, IN my bathing suit, and having FUN instead of worrying about how I may have looked. My journey so far has definitely affected my level of self confidence in a major (positive) way. Another Epic Moment!
Going to the gym with my youngest son and including him in my efforts has also been a highlight of the year. Not only has it been a great bonding tool (and believe me, at 14 mom and son binding doesn't come easy!), but I feel good that I'm instilling in him a healthy lifestyle along the way. He still pretty much eats what he likes - he is 14, plays sports and is full of energy so he can get away with it at this point in his life - be he has learned the importance of staying active and making smarter choices at least MOST of the time. I've been open with him about the health issues that I have faced, and I love the fact that he participates in my lifestyle changes. Epic Moment - he now asks me if he can walk to the convenience store any time he is craving something that I no longer stock in the house... Woohoo!
Last but not least... My mom has started her own healthy lifestyle and is doing GREAT! And when we talk about it, she always says that it's because of me and my support and encouragement. It means so much to me to feel I have made a difference in someone else's life, especially when that someone is the most important woman in my life who has done so much for me throughout my life. Epic Moment - Mom saying that she can't remember the last time her weight was this low. Way to go, Mom!
So, what am I going to do different this year to make it even better... More of the same.
It occurred to me that my successes are due to minimal effort. I could exercise more, especially in the cardio department... Instead of 2 or 3 times a week, I want to get to 5 times a week and STOP skipping cardio. I could watch what I eat a little more closely - more vegetables, more water, more fish and chicken, learn to cook more healthy dishes and pack healthy lunches.
I did start a group at work to help in this department - the team has been slow to really use Sparkpeople, but one coworker in particular showed me her lunch that she's been bringing to work, and I know several others have been exercising more. So I feel good that we are at least being more conscious. We plan to do a Heart Walk this year as a team and I hope to get everyone a little more actively involved. It really does help to stay on track if you surround yourself with others that have similar goals.
Lastly, the specifics - I WILL lose at least 20 more pounds. I would love to lose about 30, but 20 will get me in my healthy weight range. I WILL dedicate myself to exercising 5 times a week. I WILL continue to eat healthier meals and will do so more often. I WILL continue to learn about my health and body and to take care of both.
Happy 2012, everyone... I hope everyone reaches their goals, whatever they may be!