Monday, December 31, 2012
So I'm not much of one for doing New Year's Resolutions. I tend to slide off of them quickly and then there is a sense that I can/ought to wait until January rolls around again to make new changes.
But this was a year that I took my eating and fitnes in hand and did make a lot of changes. They weren't big New Year Changes, but were daily choices to do better.
1. I talked to my medical provider about making changes. This was hard. I didn't expect to get emotional asking for help, but so it was. Something about asking for help made my failings very real. On the other hand, the people I see are both encouraging and not willing to just let me slide. So there is a sense that I'd be letting them down if I don't put in the effort.
2. I'm working out much more. I've gone from 1-2 days a week to 5-7 days a week. This has had the extra benefit of encouraging my kids to stay active. And when I see them getting out there for a run or a long swim, then I feel like I can't shirk either. So it is a wonderful positive spiral.
3. I'm eating more sensibly. There is a lot more to do here. But just increasing my vegetable intake has helped a lot. If there is a salad or a big side of roast vegetables, I'm much less likely to take a second helping of meat or bread.
These are all actions I can take and choices I make. I can't just wake up and decide to weigh 10 pounds less. But I can make the choices that will let my body become stronger and more healthy. And at some point, that will include lower weight, lower body fat and lost inches.
I've lost about 12 pounds since the summer and I can't wait to put in another six months.