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The year past and the year ahead

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 was quite eventful, and also followed along the same path I've been.

I maintained my weight within a 5 pound range, for the most part. My weight goal is 135 and I've pretty much kept it around that. At the moment I'm a bit higher than I want, but I can (and will) get back to where I like to be.

I've kept my workouts consistently. I did have a few months in the summer where I was unable to do my CrossFit workouts due to travel and then a sciatica issue that had me going to physical therapy. That was hard, but I'm back at it now, and feeling better than ever.

I've been meditating daily for 550 days. I use the headspace app, and it tracks the days for me, and I'm continuously amazed that I've been able to keep this up for this long. And even though I may still have some days where anxiety and depression raise into my consciousness, they are fewer and farther between, and subside more quickly. I think the meditation (and frequent yoga) has made the difference.

I still try to eat healthfully, I make my lunches to bring to work, I get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. I drink mostly water along with a daily cup of coffee, and herbal tea. I've cut back on the amount of wine I drink. As I'm getting older I really notice the effect of alcohol more, so it's not as enticing to drink too much.

I feel good about the habits I've developed over the years, and hope to continue to do this in the year ahead. Of course, you manage what you measure, so I will continue to use SparkPeople as a way to track and measure my new goals.

For 2018 I'd like to focus on 2 things: mind and body.

In looking at my 2017 summary, I see that I do have good mind/body habits, so my goal for 2018 is to keep working on ways to improve in those areas. I think if I pick one focus each month for each area, I should be able to progress over the course of the year.

And I'd like to stay flexible, if something isn't working, I'll tweak it, change it, massage it, until it works. If I need to repeat a goal the next month, I'll do it. The idea is progress, not perfection.

I'm going to consider this today, and post my January mind and body goals tomorrow.

Have a very Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • DEB9021
    Congrats on the meditation streak. That is impressive! I have been focusing more on mindfulness and meditation. But I find it hard to set a regular time for it. It is freeing to separate events from feelings about them. So much storm is in our minds.
    659 days ago
    Your 550 days of meditation streak is impressive! emoticon

    Congratulations on your accomplishments. emoticon

    Wishing you a happy and healthy new year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    659 days ago
    Happy New Year, Kay. Congratulations on all your hard work, consistency, and healthful habits! You inspire me!
    660 days ago
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