I started this last year but never made it through January. It certainly sounds like I am one of those notorious 'resolution drop-outs.' I really don't believe in 'New Year's Resolutions'. I also don't believe in Valentine's Day or Sweetest Day - when did THAT one start ANYway? I feel this way about all three things for the same reason: why wait for a specific day to do what you want to do? I certainly don't wait for Valentine's Day to get my special person something they would like. I like spontaneity.
Back on target, I think I may have figured out a reason why I always quit these health kicks that I start. Last year, I cut out soda, candy, anything that I knew was bad for me. I made this big plan and even broke my goals down into smaller ones that I could reach easier. I started a blog (which I have deleted because of the frame of mind they put me in now) to help keep track of everything. They were really good ideas, some of which I got from Spark, and all of which were designed to help me meet my goals. Unfortunately, I put way too much on my plate and I couldn't finish. I got frustrated and gave up as soon as I hit a stressful point in my life.
I will admit that I am letting the hype of the new year and new goals (blah blah blah) get me excited about starting again. It definitely doesn't help that I (still) work for a nutritional company and we are pushing that as well. Not that we have to - people would be asking for stuff for that reason either way. Now, I really feel the NEED to change my lifestyle. I want to FEEL healthier. I want to be in better shape. I don't just want to lose weight. I want to be tone and energetic. I'm getting older and I am feeling it. So I have started again.
A friend of mind posted a great blog that really helped inspire me to tackle my goals. Here is the link to her blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I hope that works. And I hope that if anybody stumbles across my blog, that you read it, too.
So far, I don't have a strict plan to reach my goal weight, but I have an idea. I am tracking my food everyday. As much of a pain in the ass it can be, I really find it helpful. I am able to clearly see when I am not getting enough fiber, or over doing it with the sodium. Obviously, calories are a big deal. I'm catching those, too. In the last three days, I have seen the number of calories I eat decrease. When I'm trying to figure out what to eat, I remember what I have been short or over on and try to correct it. This has kept me from eating all the candy in the box at my store and kept me away from numerous sodas every day (although I will not block it entirely).
I exercise almost every night with the two 8lb dumbbells I bought. I am making an appointment at a local gym to discuss membership there. I plan on using the gym for cardio machines and for a pool (eventually). I need to do more exercising with my legs, but I have developed arthritis in my knees so it can be difficult. I can't do regular crunches, either, so I do them in a different way so as not to hurt my back.
I think I am off to a decent start. I have a lot to do still, but I am not rushing for fear of rolling into the ditch at the next corner...
Good luck to everyone!