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Auld Lang Syne

Friday, January 09, 2015

Well before the clock strikes midnight, many folks are contemplating their New Year's resolutions. I'm not one to do that particular dance with the devil, however as 2014 came to a close, it became GLARINGLY obvious that I must make some changes and adjust my priorities if I want to lead the kind a life that gives me peace and joy....and doesn't require new pants. (And by new, I mean bigger.)

2014 was the year of the Workoholic. I would say that I worked my butt off, but as suggested by the new pants comment, I still have plenty of backside. More than I started with at the beginning of the year! But from a professional standpoint, I seriously rocked my objectives. I even earned the highest performance rating given by my company.

That's right! But the cost to do that was high. Higher STRESS (aka mini nervous breakdowns), higher weight, bigger clothes, and definitely more unrest in general. Trust me when I say I did my best to maintain healthy habits and didn't throw in the towel. But at the end of the day, work was the priority. Oh also, I'm not perfect. (Dang it!)

As 2015 begins, my focus is basically formed around this thought: If I can get the highest rating at work, the rating that is IMPOSSIBLE to earn, while being average at caring for myself, then there's no reason I can't switch that around. I mean, it's obvious, right?! But I think we are prone to prioritizing something over our own well-being. Work, the kids, the house, these projects or those to-do lists. But the reality is that without a healthy self, the quality of everything else suffers. So does that mean a complete overhaul? Should old acquaintence be forgot? In the case of who I am, no. I'm still me, I still LOVE chocolate, and I still strive to do my best. That's not changing! But it's time to make some adjustments. It's time to stop eating my feelings. It's time to make more healthier decisions during the course of the day. It's time to believe it's because I'M WORTH IT.
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    I'm SO glad you can relate and find some encouragement! That's really fantastic. : ). I'm definitely down to celebrate everyone's successes, but I think it's important that we genuinely acknowledge that this is a tough road. You are not alone in this!!! emoticon
    1493 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your daily life n struggles. I just found your page today and am greatly encouraged. I've been with Sparks for over 5 years, lost 20 & then gained 30 when I went back into the corporate world. Hearing that my journey is similar to someone else's makes me less lonely.
    emoticon so much for your honesty.
    1495 days ago
    Right?! I think maybe we believe in some sort of "autopilot" system when it come to ourselves, lol. Like, well THAT won't get done right unless I do it, so working out today isn't going to happen....but I'll be okay. That is one slippery slope for me.

    Here's to a better year and prioritizing yourself a bit more
    1567 days ago
    For some reason, putting ourselves first is just about one of the hardest things to do. Even when we know that we will likely be better off in every area with some self-maintence and care, it is HARD to do. But I am right there with in seeking to move myself a little higher on the priority scale this year!
    1567 days ago
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