Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Happy 2013! I've long since come to the conclusion that resolutions are just lofty wishes made after too much champagne. :) So this year I'm setting goals, which gives me something to work toward, not worrying about something I'm going to break.
2012 was an interesting year. All those health issues I was afraid of caught up to me - high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, asthma. I'm glad I finally got the courage to find myself a PCP so I could at least get diagnosed and come up with an action plan. I started out doing so well, and Leslie, my NP, was my biggest cheerleader. She lost 90 lbs herself last year so she knew the road I had ahead of me. Soon though, my euphoria wore off and I stopped wanting to exercise, track my food, etc. It's so obvious too. I'm back to not feeling well, always being tired, not wanting to do anything but go home from work and crash on the couch.
God did not create me to watch life pass me by. He didn't create me to not take care of myself. He created me with a purpose. I may not know exactly what his plans are for me, but I know these modes of self-destruction are not what he had in mind.
So here are my goals for 2013 - some are on-going, some are measurable, some are just things I need to put into writing so I can see them as a reminder:
1. Track my food at least three times a week, building up to everyday by June. Right now I'm not tracking anything, so I think three days is a good start.
2. Get at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. My goal is to alternate strength training and cardio throughout the week and build up the time, but 10 minutes a day, no matter how busy I am, is totally attainable.
3. Have a support system and lean on them! I have great friends on here and I need to turn to them more. I also need to be brave enough to ask my friends who I see in person to help me with this journey. I'm so embarrassed to open up to people because I don't want it to turn into a competition or someone waiting for me to fail (because I already have some of those people in my life).
4. Rely on God, not food, to get me through all the situations in life. Lysa TerKeurst wrote a book and devotional called "Made to Crave" and I've STARTED reading it about five times. This is the year I will read it all the way through!
5. I would like to be under 300 lbs by my birthday, which is May 29. Actually I'd like to be under 275 by then, but if I'm at least under 300, I'll take it.
6. I need to get back into the habit of clean eating. I've gotten back into the processed food habit lately, and it's taking its toll.
7. I need to be happy with imperfection. My life is not automatically going to be wonderful just because I lose weight, but I will have the energy and strength to DO more to change what I want to change.
8. This one isn't weight-related but I really need to either find a new job or learn how to better cope with situations that arise at my current job. It's a big part of my stress eating, when I leave there every day with my blood boiling.
So there's the list! Feel free to check in on me from time to time and see how I'm doing!
Happy New Year everyone!