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Monday, December 31, 2012

What are my goals for 2013?

I like this question better: What am I doing that works, and what changes can I make to improve my health?

I am a big believer in working all the time on my goals, and not using a specific date as a marker for beginning or ending. There have been so many times in the past that I make a New Year's resolution with high hopes for change only to disappoint myself.

So--what is working well right now?

I completed a difficult 10-day challenge in December!!
I am well enough to run again, did 5K in 44 minutes yesterday.
I have equipment to do ST and yoga or yoga/pilates in my home.
I have a work schedule that gives me mornings to work out.
I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables and smaller amounts of carbs, fat, & protein
I am taking my vitamins regularly.
I am drinking lots of water.
I am drinking mostly soy or almond milk instead of cow milk.
I cook many vegan dishes.
I avoid processed food and cook from scratch.

With all that, I am maintaining a 70 pound weight loss over the last 3 1/2 years. My health is good, I am strong, and my mental outlook is better.

What do I need to change to improve my health?

Need to explore and implement ways to reduce my emotional eating.--This was something I focused on during the first half of last year. I spent money and time on programs, listened to a bunch of pod casts, did EFT, stopped tracking my food. I can't see that any of those choices made any difference in the long run. So I am still looking for tools to work for me in this area.

Regular cardio and ST--I had to leave my gym for financial reasons and now make myself totally responsible for working out at home. I will make a written schedule and stick to it. I will register and run 5K and 10K races this year.

Blogging/Journaling--I have avoided making a commitment to blog here on SP. I tell myself it is too hard, I don't have time, and so on. And yet, there are Spark friends that I look up to that journal every day as a way to keep their focus on what they want, what is really important.
I see the benefits I get just from reading their blogs, and I know I am avoiding something that is crucial to my progress. I will commit to blogging two days every week.
I'm not ready to make a daily commitment, but I will promise to blog twice/week.

I think that is enough to focus on right now.
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    Looks like you had a great year and are doing things right! Hope the New Year brings you even more sucess!!

    1967 days ago
    Good for you!! You sound like you are ready to continue this successful journey! Maintaining a 70 lbs weight loss over 3 1/2 years is commitment! How emoticon ! You should be very proud of yourself!

    Keep working on the emotional eating. I think many of us have dealt with that one. You are a strong person and emoticon

    Remember that you are only improving on what is beautiful already! emoticon
    1968 days ago
    Good goals!! I hope 2013 is amazing for you!
    1968 days ago
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