Just for giggles, I found my list of New Year's Resolutions from 2002-2005. How little progress I've made on one hand, and how much I've made on the other!
For 2002, my goal was to:
* lose 40 pounds (from a starting point of 182.5)
* exercise 3x/week
* establish a daily practice (spirituality), including trying to follow the 8-fold path each day
* establish a food plan
* reduce stress at work
* clean/straighten the house
* learn how to say "no"
* finish 2 quilts.
The over the next few years, these same things reappeared and other things were added such as decreasing caffeine, getting enough sleep, establishing a budget, pay off a visa and two I thought were interesting--get better control of emotional triggers and increase objectivity. Yeah, right.
So, since 2002, I gained 30 pounds, lost 40, finished one quilt and started 3 others (oops). That visa? Well, paid off, maxed out, paid off.....currently paid off.
Not on the list, but major events just the same, since 2002 I was set free from a marriage that was extremely toxic; graduated from nursing school; got out of another unhealthy relationship before I did something stupid like get married; quit drinking; moved across country; was able to provide support to my parents when my sister was in the ICU for a month thanks to an aneurysm, when my dad had combination pneumonia/heart attack, and mom had her mini-stroke; bought a house; .... I'm sure there were some more little stressors in there somewhere.
So, even with the passing of a decade, most of the goals are still applicable. Am I going to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result? Nope. I've got Spark!
I've got a reasonable weight goal set and the right tools in place to reach that goal--portion control, using the food tracker, adding more veggies and water, cutting out sodas, and increasing my activity level. Now that my motivation has returned, I'm finally getting back on track.
I printed out a training plan for a half-marathon. I may not be able to be ready in time for the one in March, but it'll get me moving. There's a couple 5K's around, I can explore for a 10K, and there's a local 13.1 in October.
I'm still struggling with the food plan, but one thing I've done is done more batch cooking and have frozen single portions for when I don't have time to cook or need something to take for lunch. I'm working on my garden, will be expanding it this year, and it'll be interesting to see how the fruit trees do.
For the daily practice, I'm trying to incorporate that into a daily morning and evening routine so it'll be more habit-forming. I'm pulling from resources I have and what I've noticed on both work days and days off to come up with something reasonable. It's also going to involve some straightening on a regular basis, cos these three cats of mine can get cat hair and litter all over the place!
One thing different this year that I haven't done before will be a reward system...with treats that don't involve food. Still working on this one in terms of specifics.
The other reason why I think I'll succeed this year as opposed to the preceding years, is I've got the best, most awesome support network a gal could ever want!!!!!