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New Year, New Hope

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hi Wonderful Spark Community!

I can't believe another year has flown by. I just reflected on my 2011 goals. So how did I do? Well, some good, some great and some, let's just say need some revision!

I didn't lose anything this year. That was really disappointing. I know part of it is my age, some of it was working through some food allergies, and some it was just plain being human. I didn't do things right all the time. I couldn't possibly!

I make no excuses, but I accept where I am right here, right now. I am choosing to look at all the positive achievements of this past year. What good would it be to look at it any other way?

I did read some of the books on my list. They were very good and very helpful.
I did eat healthy a very good "portion" of the time!
I did a lot to stay mindful of what I ate the majority of the time.
I did stay active most days.
I did get my 10,000 steps a day
I did exercise, maybe not as I intended, but I kept moving!
I did spend some more time on me. That is huge for me!
I did move down into a smaller size, somehow, even though my weight didn't change!
There are plenty more positives, but that is a good start.

I am not content to stay here though!

I am going to continue my progress with simple attainable goals for this year.
I tend to put too high of expectations on myself and then judge me harder than others would on the issue of fitness and eating healthy.

So these are my beginning goals for 2012...they are like water constantly moving and taking shape.
Unless otherwise noted, these things will be done daily to the best of my ability and schedule.
Remember it's all about being real. If I make things too hard, what hope do I have of attaining these goals? I would rather start small.

Weigh and measure everything
Read all food labels
Track all that I eat (use FitBit)
Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes a day to start with
Walking and playing with the dogs daily (this is an easy one!)
Schedule and plan
10,000 steps a day minimum
10 stair climbs a day minimum (this is a FitBit measurement)
Plenty of Water daily
Coffee in morning only
Tea and water the rest of the day
Oh, one more time. I have to get better about this. I want time for me to just be me and enjoy some reflective time.
Lastly, but a high priority...make time for prayer and devotion. I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without God.

I am ready for this! Are you?

Wishing everyone, a very healthy happy New Year!

Hugs to all, Cathy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Hey Cathy!
    Don't know why I didn't see this before, but I love your plan!!!
    3244 days ago
    Wow! I love reading your goals Cathy! Prayer and devotion to God is something I have consciously started thinking about each morning and evening - having faith is wonderful. 10,000 steps is a massive goal. I don't walk very far so maybe I ought to do more of this. I did start Nordic walking on Saturdays though. It's fun walking with two poles and then our instructor gets us to pause for stretches and exercises before we continue again! Thank you for being such a dear friend. Hugs and love xxx
    3381 days ago
    3386 days ago
    I enjoyed reading this blog and I could feel your positive energy. I wish you the very best in reaching all of these goals.

    3387 days ago
    Good for you for how far you have come. Down a size & same weight means you gained muscle & lost fat. So you did lose in the last year & your heart & brain are healthier for the nutrition & exercise. Go Spark Sister!
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    3387 days ago
    Happy New Year, Cathy! Your goals sound great! 2012 will be a wonderful year! Hugs, CJ
    3393 days ago
  • SUZANNE0606
    Yesterday morning, I weighed exactly what I weighed on 1/1/11. Sadly, though, I had lost 8 pounds twice this year. I guess I need to concentrate on keeping it off and staying on track!!

    Ok, Cathy. Time to get serious here!!! You and I can do this!
    3393 days ago
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