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Thoughts on a New Year

Monday, December 31, 2012

In roughly 13 hours I will be toasting the New Year with my hubby. While this has not been the hardest year, it has certainly not been the easiest. Those challenges have unfortunately also derailed my weight loss and healthy living efforts. But I'm not here to blame bad circumstances--after all life has good as well as bad times in the same year (sometimes even the same day).

When I think on a New Year ahead and what I want to see or do differently, some simple ideas come to mind:

emoticon Be nicer to myself. I am a bad one for negative self talk and that needs to end once and for all. I am way further ahead than I was 2 or 5 years ago and I need to give myself credit for that.

emoticon Stop waiting for others. I spend a lot of time waiting for other people and using them as an excuse for not going for a run, going to the gym, etc. It is great when I can do things with others, but I need to be more comfortable solo as well.

emoticon More water! As the weather has gotten colder I am drinking less and less water. I need to find ways to get the water in because I can FEEL that need in my whole body.

emoticon Less beer and wine, working toward none in the next few months.

emoticon More fruits and veggies. They become harder to add in the winter months--need to look at seasonal items, frozen and veggie soups to fill the gap until spring.

emoticon A firm workout plan: Strength training 2-3 times a week, cardio 5 times a week (including two days of running), stretching after every workout. Monday will be my rest day. I plan to put these in my schedule later today.

emoticon Challenge myself! Break out of normal routines, and challenge myself to hit new goals. January is a pushup challenge. I also want to speed up my running time and might look at increasing distance.

There are many more goals I have for 2013 including more prayer and reading (and lots more knitting). My biggest goal is to kiss the 200# range goodbye for good.

Hope everyone has a great 2013!

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