Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!    

This past  It was a year filled with incredible happiness and a year filled with absolute and utter sadness.  One extreme to the other, for sure!

I enjoyed a second year with Jason...and that is the happiness, peace and joy.  

The first part of the year we were super active...but then we each changed jobs and our time for active pursuits was seriously diminished.  But we still got out on the weekends.  

We did get bike rides in.....

We got some hiking in.....

We made it to the ocean a few times..

We spent as much time together as humanly possible within the confines of work and life responsibilities.

We are happy and still moving forward in our relationship. (The first change...we are looking for an apartment to share closer to our respective jobs....currently my commute on normal days is 1.5 to 2 hours each way)

The sadness...yes I lost my father. 

And that is where my weight loss/maintenance went to hell in a hand basket. I let my addictions free and started eating like crazy...

For the first part of 2017, I maintained my weight...but from summer to late fall I somehow managed to slowly start losing.  It was a slow slow slide, but the numbers were going down.   Hey, I’ll take it, slow still  wins the race!!!

But then I lost control and within one week gained five pounds!   Right now, I’m hovering at 8-10 pounds higher.  

I’m miserable at my weight.  My body is screaming it’s protest in many ways!  

When I switched jobs my exercise went out window too...4 hours in my car a day did that in!!!  It’s hard to even contemplate going for a run when it’s pitch black outside and you are bone tired!  My 2017 miles in the year 2017....I was totally on track in August when I started my new job...but well, that went to pot!!  

So I guess it comes as no surprise that my New Years Resolutions center around healthy pursuits! And let me backtrack and talk abut resolutions.  There is no rule that says that you have to make a New Years resolution.   There is also no rule that says you have to wait u til New Years to start something like a new lifestyle.  If you have that mentality, then a New Years resolution is a bad thing for you....because you are losing 364 other days of the year for greatness!   For me New Years is just a time where I’m wrapping up a calendar year and facing a new calendar year.  It’s the perfect time to reflect upon where I was...where I am...where I’m going.   The rest of the world calls it New Years guess what?  I’m going to just call my re-evaluation a New Years resolution!!!

So what are they????    

Lose Weight, be Healthy, be happy!!

Nothing with direct numbers ‘I will weigh such and such’ or ‘lost so many pounds’.   Very loose goals and ambitions.  But the healthy and happy should be every day of our life goals!!!  As for lose weight/maintain a healthy weight, honestly, if I’m healthy happy, the weight should correct itself!

Plans to achieve my resolutions:
1. Blog helps me stay tuned in and focused!
2. Weigh daily/at least weekly 
3.  Exercise ....this should get easier after Jason and I move!  However in the meantime I can at least be active...I can walk up and down the steps in my work building...there are 14 floors. (Since I’m a wimp and it’s kinda cold outside and that keeps me from walking on my breaks!!). I have that stair stepper thing at home too.  And I have tons of videos!
4.  Reign in the eating...that might mean tracking my food again.   The freedom from constantly entering my food has been nice...but I think right now I may need it!  (And notice tracking is not a resolution...because I would actually prefer to try to get back to the point where I don’t have to track!)

And the crazy thing???  Im actually excited about the changes I’m making and the end result!!!!


Shelley said...

It's definitely been a challenging year for you, and I sincerely hope 2018 is full of all good things. When will you be moving?

TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

Those are great resolutions. Good luck and Happy New Year!!! :)

jesseybell said...

I hope 2018 brings you the goals you have set out. I hope you can move sooner rather than later to cut down that commute and help you get closer to those goals.

Sarah said...

Happy New Year! Good luck with all your pursuits.

Vickie said...

So sorry for your loss.

Glad you are able to take back a lot of your day/time/life with your move. Sounds very smart. That is a rough commute!

Stairs for exercise - I have heard the suggestion to walk up the stairs and then take the elevator down. Repeat. Etc.

The idea being - Avoids injury. Provides maximium amount of quality exercise. Best use of time. (Could do calf stretches in elevator each trip.)

Lynn said...

I can't even imagine commuting that much! I hope you find something closer. It would be hard to be motivated for anything if you're driving 4 hours a day!

Vicki Maheu said...

So sorry for your loss, I'm sure you'll find a way to lose the weight. I hope that 2018 brings you even more joy than 2017, but without the sadness and loss!

Cathy said...

In 2008 I moved 1.5 to 2 hours away from my job . . . my job only last 6 months after the move. I came home every night mad, just from the commute, but my whole family felt it. I think moving closer to your job is a great plan.

And I'm so, so sorry for your lose. I don't remember if I said anything previously, but my thoughts have been with you.

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