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Hour 115: New Years motivation

Friday, January 03, 2014

This year I am starting out at 168# by the doctors scale (164.6 by the home scale and 171.4 by the work scale). In 2012 I lost 5# and maintained that weight throughout the year within five pounds...making my total weight loss to date 23# down.

Will post more in a bit...

oops, thanks FritFit, I forgot to finish my post, lol.

In 2012 I spent most of the year beating myself up for not having enough motivation and passion to reach my goal weight or even to lose any more than five pounds. After losing close to 35 pounds in 2011 and then gaining back 17 of it before the end of the year, I had entered 2012 determined to make it my year for weight loss. That quickly fizzled.

So, in 2014, WHILE I WOULD LOVE to reach all my goals/dreams for this year: home ownership, losing at least 35 pounds (to be 133#), starting to volunteer at an animal shelter and doing some nursing voluteer work, running a 5k without walk breaks (also would be first 5k ever!), staying on target with my budget, getting TSH levels back in normal person range with medications, remembering to take my Vitamin D and multivitamins, discover a passion/calling for teaching, writing at least 50k words this year, beta-reading a writer friend's rough draft finally, listening to all the Jillian Michaels podcasts, and researching/applying for Master's degree programs, I CAN'T ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS. I can't even read all this without getting anxious and overwhelmed.

MY PLAN for 2014, is quite simply to not set goals that are unrealistic. This means figuring out how to break the big goals above into smaller pieces (bite-size?) that I can accomplish in a month's time. Then for each month to try to get three to five bites taken care of. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY not to beat myself up over what I either decide not to accomplish or cannot accomplish. ANY PROGRESS TOWARD THESE GOALS IS SUCCESS. Its movement in the right direction that I am looking for and consistency.

Come January 8, I'll be done with my crazy busy overtime work schedule and will take more time to focus on me, family, friends, my surroundings, and goals. (I am very thankful that y'all can't see my room or laundry hamper. It has been sadly neglected). It'll be nice to get back to normal work hours. :)

In any case, I'll post my goals here for January probably after the 8th when take the time to think about this more. For now, I'm happily proud of the fact that I've had enough motivation to take an hour long walk everyday in January despite the 20 to 40F temperatures and some right knee pain while walking a few miles on concrete. It let's me know that I may change slowly, but positive changes are occurring in me. XD
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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/4/2014 3:50AM

    Consider taking your list of things you'd like to accomplish and putting them in order of priority. What is the most important goals that should be accomplished sooner rather than later? Which goals are easier to reach (fewer steps/less time)? Working on the easier goals can help give you a sense of accomplishment and push you forward. Knowing which goals are most important helps you focus your energy. Some of your goals can only be worked on at certain times: most 5ks are in the spring/summer/fall, you can't start master's degree classes mid-semester, etc, so figure out what you must do before you can get into the real work towards these goals then schedule when you'll begin the next step forward.

If you can break your goals into steps then choose a few steps to concentrate on each month, it's not so overwhelming. Plan twice as much time as you think you need. If you get sidetracked, you have more time available. If you finish something early, you can get a head start on something else. If you can combine steps, even better. For instance, while you're training for a 5k you can be listening to the podcasts. Can you try your hand at teaching WHILE volunteering - as in you volunteer to help train others about something you already know?

Also, if you have a smart phone or tablet, there are apps that remind you when to take your medication (for you, your vitamins and thyroid meds). Though many phones and email programs also have a reminders or calendar program that you can set up alerts to remind you what meds to take when. Find an app or program that works for you and there's one goal accomplished pretty easily.

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FITFRIT 1/3/2014 6:26PM

    maintaining is a huge aspect of this journey, congrats!

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