In recent years, I do not do New Year's resolutions. I set goals. I set attainable steps to goals. And I do them. I may need to re-evaluate once in awhile. I may need to make intermittent steps to the steps to my goals. And I may need to reward myself for those mini-steps to reach the steps to my goals. I have been on this healthy-living journey long enough to recognize that sometimes I fall, sometimes I forget, and sometimes I need encouragement from others so I keep going in the right direction. But, as I have said many times in the past, I will not give up my dreams of living and being healthy. I will continue to surprise myself (and others) with what I can do and I will keep my dreams alive.
We've been traveling for most of the 2nd half of 2012 and, although it has been a lot of fun, I am ready to settle back down in our home in Brazil. So much has happened during these months. Although, for the most part, I have been able to stick with the vegetarian eating, too many times I have given myself permission to eat things that I shouldn't. That is one BIG thing I have already begun to change. It is a HUGE challenge going from there to here and back again. Too many times, I have chosen to eat unhealthy foods because I refused to eat meat and that was the option. Too many times, I reacted (instead of prepared and acted) and chose to ingest more than I should have. Now, I am more overweight than before and have my number one goal for the New Year set in place - get back to eating right and within calorie limits.
My 2012 motto was: "Exercise is Non-Negotiable".
My 2013 motto is: "To get something I've never had, I have to do something I've never done - Go Beyond My Limits". I will clarify that by saying that the full definition of how far that means is between me and my Maker (God), not defined by another human being. I am responsible for my life, no one else is and I refuse to give anyone else power to define who I am. I realize that I will be working on this for the rest of my life and that it is far too easy for me to fall into old patterns.
Here are a few of the things I have planned for 2013:
~Using my new FitBit, gift from hubby. Fitbit.com and SparkPeople have linked so that when I sync my fitbit on SP, my steps, mileage, exercise minutes, and calorie burn are automatically recorded on the SP Fitness Tracker! It also records my steps and sleep on my Other Goals Tracker. I can earn badges on fitbit.com - so easy and I am working to improve every day.
~I can hardly wait to start using my new SP's 28 Day BootCamp with Coach Nicole DVD (on sale on target.com for $8.27), the bar method accelerated workout, no bar needed DVD (barmethod.com), Zumba fitness core for Wii with Fitness Belt (Black Friday bargain), and Nutrilite's 4321 Body Training DVD with Logo Stability Ball and Logo Resistance Bands (search on Amway.com; let me know if you want more info).
~I started back to school and have finished my first class towards my Masters Degree in counseling!!! It will be intensive work for a few years. I love, love, love to study and do research and the first course, allbeit a lot of work, was interesting, fun, and satisfying for me. This area is using my strengths as recommended by a couple of books I read in recent years: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham & Clifton, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Rath, and Wellbeing: the Five Essential Elements by Rath & Harter. I am most grateful that my husband is supporting me in this.
~I am changing my old patterns, esp. getting up extra early to exercise, for the first few months of 2013 to see if it helps with scheds. If it works well, I will stick with it. I need to make sure I give myself enough sleep time, although I have already experienced one of my classes so know I will probably hafto do a few all nighters once inawhile to keep up. Thus, I am going to try getting up at sunrise (more-or-less 6 a.m.), stop at 4ish for exercise (at least 3x/week), then have a peaceful evening (which several times a week includes church services). Then I want to spend some extra time on Saturdays for long-distance walking. I do not plan to do any more marathons, at least not this year, but have not ruled out half-marathons or shorter walks and hikes.
~Out of necessity (my SparkFriends have probably noticed!), I have cut way back on SparkTime. I do love SP and plan to stay connected indefinitely. SparkPeople.com has been a lifebuoy in many ways for me. Perhaps in another blog I will count the ways! In the meantime...
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