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January 1st - New Year, New Beginnings

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Let's face it --- 2011 royally sucked.....

Don't get me wrong, there were some special moments during the year that did server to put a smile on my face, but as far as personally achievements, they were few and far between, and in many ways, there were more steps backwards than forwards.

My wife and I both graduated in 2011, but have not been able to locate work in our field--or any other field, so we've been doing PC repair and such out of our home. My little girl started middle school (which generated a few more grey hairs), and of course, due to the lack of money from jobs/economy, stress has been wonder I've managed to gain back so much weight.

We had a pleasant New Years Eve, and ended the year with positive energy and fun, which I am hoping is a good sign for the year to come...any time you can start the new year on a positive note has to be good.

So on to 2012.....

I've spent this morning thinking a lot about what happened during the previous year, and what I would like to see happen in 2012, not just here on Sparkpeople, but also in other areas of life. What can I do, what can I change, and what is a reasonable amount of time to make/see the changes?

I want lose 70 lbs during the coming year. I was able to lose that much previously in just 3 months (back in 2010), but as I fell into depression over circumstances, some of that weight slowly crept back in. Why? Late night snacks (regardless of how healthy they were), and not following through on the exercising (at least as much as I could, and far less Cardio that I should have been doing). I want to feel less self-conscious about how I look when I go out to swim during the summer, and to not feel so claustaphobic when working on my networking (wiring closets are not the largest places to work).

If I truly want change in 2012, I need to create the change.

I will visit Sparkpeople everyday to record my progress

I will not snack after 8 pm at night. Drinks are ok, but not snack foods, etc.

I will exercise using a 60-40 approach. 60% Cardio/40% Strength, and will alter the program as needed to enhance weight loss.

I will find a fulfilling job, and succeed in certifying this year (Networking Certifications).

I will stop worrying about those things I can't change and focus on those I can.
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    It's good to see you back. Checking in everyday to Spark, should help. It's the motivation that I need, hope it does the same for you. Best of luck!
    2093 days ago
    You can do it!!!
    2094 days ago
    Concerns like jobs/finances/kids schooling changes are enough set off old coping mechanisms that we have used in the past. I have moments when I feel like an observer asking why am I eating and then I realise that the stressful situation has set the behaviours in motion.
    So glad you are addressing your health and fitness. It's when we do nothing that we won't get results. Be enthusiastic and persist with your fitness activities and healthy eating and you will see the results.
    Best Wishes for a successful year in 2012 for you and your family.
    2094 days ago
    sounds like you have a good plan mapped out. i wish you the best in the coming year.
    2094 days ago
    You have a very positive attitude. I just wish the economy/job market was as positive. Unless you want to relocate, you just need to keep trying. Moving is a pain and very overrated.
    Just do the best you can. If I could wave a magic wand and find you a job, you'd have been
    employed long ago. Keep the faith and keep on SParking. Your efforts will be rewarded in ways you have never dreamed possible. HUGS!
    2094 days ago
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