Sunday, December 30, 2012
We are fast approaching the new year which means you know what...New Year's resolutions. Yep, it is that time of year again. Everybody makes those all so popular resolutions to lose weight, to quit smoking, to eat healthier, to give up this or that, to improve this and that..... Oh, me! It makes me dizzy just thinking about it. Good news for me, I have never really been one for resolutions. Oh, yes! I have had to quit smoking at one time or another. I did it many many years ago, but it wasn't because of any new year's resolution. I have had to lose weight many times during my lifetime and will always have this to deal with. Or, at least, deal with keeping it off. I am not and never have been one of those that can eat what they want and never gain an ounce. Nope not me. I'm the type that can think about food and gain a pound. Anybody out there know what I mean? I am in my 6th year of my lifestyle change. I have done great with it and not so great. Lost weight, not all I wanted to lose, but enough that I felt good about myself. No, that's not true...I felt great about myself. Unfortunately, I have found half of what I lost over the past couple of years. I still work out 5 to 6 days per week. I still track my food. I still drink my water. I still eat my fruits and veggies. So, you may be asking how I gained 1/2 of what I lost back. Most mornings I workout as soon as I get up, most evenings I go to the gym. So, what more can I do? I can push myself. I can get tired and sweaty from my workouts. I can put more WORK into it and less OUT. I can be honest with tracking my food. Who does it hurt to not count those little squares of dark chocolate I may have from time to time to time. Who does it hurt to count something as a serving when it was probably more like 2 or more. It hurts me! It's me I'm lying to and cheating. The water thing is no problem for me. I have it down and rarely drink anything other than water. Oh, yes I still get that craving for a diet Dew but usually go weeks without one or something similar. Fruits and veggies, no problem. The problem is they should be my snacks, my treats. But, I don't think of them that way. Nope, that 90 calorie brownie or something similar is a treat. And, I suppose they can be but now all the time, not everyday. So, it is back on the track I started over 6 years ago with this lifestyle change. The total weight I had lost during this time isn't all I wanted/needed to lose. But, I will be happy to get back there again during 2013.
I am a team leader of the Lifestyle Change team and have ideas floating around in my head for challenges for the team again. I had a year long challenge for them in 2012 that had a little participation, but would have like more. Maybe you are a member of that team and will join in this year. I sure hope you do. Perhaps you aren't a member, but would like to be challenged. I would welcome you with open arms. Also, we are about to have an onslaught on new Sparkers that maybe I can get some of them to join the team and be motivated with their new enthusiasm.
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season. Whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other I hope you had a happy one. May 2013 bring you good health, happiness, blessings and joy.