2018 Goals

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

One thing that I have learned on this journey is there is no down time. You have to keep going on your healthy path as your new learned lifestyle change. I have learned this the hard way.....

2015 I got down to the smallest I have been in a very long time. I weighed in at 175 and was looking trim and fit. I ran my first full marathon that year so I was training all year long.

2016 I decided to give myself a break from running races and just workout for fun. I stopped doing my really long runs to give my body that break. I slowly started to see the scale creep back up as I was also letting some bad snacking habits creep back into my diet.

2017 was probably my worst year for my healthy lifestyle. I was still working out but my eating went down the tube. I would eat ok some days and then binge other days. I would justify my eating by working out hard but they don't cancel things out. I slowly started to see that scale creep up even more. More than I would like and at a spot I swore I would never be at again. From 2015 to now I have gained 32 pounds.

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That is a hard pill to swallow.

What happened? I let go of myself. I let go of taking care of me and making sure I am getting nourished healthy. I added back in the junk that I worked so hard to pull out of my diet. I let go of me.... I let stress weigh me down.... I let go of everything I worked so hard to gain.

2018.... I am getting ME back! I am going to find that strength I had to lose so much weight in 2015 and get back down to that weight again. (And even more!) And I am going to do that with some goals for the year!

2018 GOALS

Goal #1 - Get back to tracking every bite I put into my mouth. This is one thing that got me losing weight in the past is tracking EVERYTHING! Even down to a tablespoon of ketchup... if I ate it, I tracked it. Along with tracking, I will also start measuring everything again to ensure I am tracking the correct amounts.

Goal #2 - Sign up for some races. I haven't raced since 2015 (with the exception of completing the MS Tram in 2017) Racing gives me something to look forward to. It also gives me reason to train hard. I have noticed that I still train, but maybe not as hard as I would if I had a race. Time to start looking for my first race to participate in! (I will probably stick to late spring, summer, and fall races due to our weather here in Minnesota.)

Goal #3 - Make more time for me! I always worry about others. I have been dealing with a lot with caring for my sick husband and taking care of my three kids that sometimes I put my needs on the back burner. I need to make sure I am staying healthy in order to care for all four of them. So making time for me is a must! So I shouldn't feel bad about getting in a workout on the weekend or going for a nice long hike. I need that time so I am going to make sure I am making myself a priority in 2018.

No time to dwell in the past... now it is time to look towards the future! And I see a fit and trim girl staring back at me!
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  • GLMOM2
    Oh my word ... You & I are in the same place! I could've written this blog! LOL

    I also gained back all that I had worked so hard to loose and then some. I weighed in this morning the HIGHEST non-pregnancy weight, well even being pregnant don't think I weighed this! WTH happened to me? emoticon

    Just like you stated & I stated in my blog too - no time to look back nothing I can do about it now. It's over and in the past time to look ahead and that's what I WILL do and you too! emoticon And WE WILL! emoticon

    Sorry to hear your hubby has been ill. Praying for a healthier year for all of us! emoticon

    Keep in touch - I just joined the 30-day small changes challenge here on SP and tracking once again in MFP. I have got to something here!
    1105 days ago
    Good luck on your goals! Happy New Year!
    1109 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2018 1:30:30 AM
    Great self reflection and I like how you are not going to dwell on the negative things in your past and are focusing on the goals you have set for yourself. You can do this. I can't wait to read about all the great races you sign up for this year. Have fun!
    1109 days ago
    You go got this.
    1110 days ago
    You go Girl! There have been times when the thought of having to track something made me not eat it! You can do this.
    1110 days ago
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