Sunday, December 30, 2012
2013: The Year of Optimism...so says the spine of the January 2013 Reader's Digest. I sure hope so!
I realized just how bad 2012 was for me [perhaps how bad I allowed it to be] about an hour ago, when I found the 2012 Southern Living Christmas edition, still in its cardboard package. I evidently paid the bill, but never took it out of its package, which also tells you something about my housekeeping skills. The invoice says May 2012, so it had been sitting there since May, and tomorrow is the last day of 2012. I won't go into specifics about why the year has been so bad...nothing in and of itself was as bad as it COULD have been, and there are some family dynamics that I have had to come to terms with, and I have had to take a very hard look at myself as well.
I reached goal weight in 2012, but laxness on my part has caused me to gain 20-25 pounds, most of it in the past two or three months. First, it was generalizing on my nutrition tracker, then it was not watching that I got enough fruits/veggies, then it was cutting down on walking...and so it went. My favorite jeans/shirts are getting tighter.
So, in the spirit of Reader's Digest's proclaimed Year of Optimism, I am making small changes that will enable me to lose those 20-25 pounds.
**I am eating a fruit with breakfast or midmorning. That orange I had a bit ago will count as two servings already. The apple I will have this evening will help with evening snacking and will also be something I can do to help with cholesterol levels, and will be two servings as well. I am also tracking those fruits/veggies. It's easy enough to do, even from my sparkphone.
**I am drinking more white tea. It helps with fluids, and is loaded with good stuff. I need to be not such a Diet Coke junkie, for many reasons. It also helps me think of sparkfriends on my 50+ Females team, who are such encouragers to me.
**I am making time for my sewing/crocheting/knitting. This is almost therapy for me, and since I spent some time in counseling this year, I do know what I am talking about.
**I am using up/repurposing things in my house. I need to "pare down" considerably and this will help me do that. This also will help me to do needed projects around our house. I spent an hour each of the past two days finishing up a project that I began a year ago. There are lots more things like that around.
Thank you, my sparkfriends, who have seen me on this journey. I am cautiously optimistic about 2013.