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Two weeks ago we all vowed to make changes. We were going to eat better, move more, write more, do more to be more of the person we wanted to be.

How is that working out for you?

For me, I am happy to report I am keeping up with the added exercise. I am beginning to see my torso shrink bit by bit, which is nice.

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Plus, I decided to try and spend some time in bible study at least 3 times a week but I want to move that daily, eventually. So far so good.

The rough part has been trying to do more freelance writing. It seems like I got hit by a flurry of events that needed my attention. However, I can get back on that bandwagon. Yes, I did not make that goal right away as I had hoped. Why should I let that stop me from working on it now?

I had other goals I really wanted to work on that affect my long range health goals, especially with hereditary Diabetes looming over me like an anvil looms over Wile E. Coyote. I keep thinking if I take care of myself, lose that weight and tone up the body, it will not be so much of an issue.

The weight issue, though, should not preclude the desire to work more. I blew one of my goals for the first two weeks so, by popular belief, that means I blew it for the rest of the year.

Poppycock!

I blew it for the first two weeks but, if I looked right, the calendar has 52 weeks. I still have 50 weeks left to make this goal a reality. So this is my promise to myself, to anyone who is listening.

Every week might see me fail at one or several of my goals that I have set for myself this year but I am not giving up. I forget who said it but everyday is a new chance to do it right.  Everyday is a chance to make the changes you need to make for a better life.

If last week I indulged on too many sweets, this week I am back on the diet bandwagon. If last week I was unable to get my exercise time in, this week I am falling back into the groove. If last week I did not read my meditation study or look for some freelance writing, this week I will.

I will not give up just because I messed up!

picture by Matthew Hull

I had a neighbor who would do this. Start a new diet and then announce how she blew it at the end of the day. She would give up the diet before the week was out. I think many of us do this. We end up feeling like Wile E. Coyote as he shoots to the bottom of the rock cavern with a shadow of doom hanging over him.

I am tired of that feeling. I would rather be the road runner feeling the wind in my hair without a care, knowing success is there in my hands. To confirm all of this my inspirational Dove wrappers said this today: Make a list of your dreams; Follow your instincts; and Take time for yourself today.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to find some writing assignments.

How about you? Are you finding your way to keeping those resolutions you made?

New Year, New You?

I have seen you skulking around, checking out some of my weight-loss and food-issue  posts.

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It is a new year and you want that one secret to losing weight, the one secret to losing that tummy. You want to know it because you want to use it. You might have even sat through at least one of those infomercials on the web hoping to hear it.

 I can share a few things with you about my journey of weight loss.

 I topped the scales at 220 pounds although I lied to myself and said I was 210. The clue should have been my waistline which expanded to 48 inches. My waist was bigger than my boobs. My favorite pieces of clothing were not fitting.

 So I did the hard stuff.

I started changing my diet, making sure I ate at least one piece of fresh fruit daily. I made sure to fit some sort of veggie in as well. About this time I gave up soda except for Pizza Night and replaced it with ice tea. Plus, I started drinking more water. McDonald’s stopped being a regular meal place.

Mad Woman, Picture by Mantasmagorical

But the thing that helped most in the last year was losing my job. The work was great; I enjoyed learning and getting better every month. What I hated was my boss, a scattered brain micro-manager who worked to make everyone’s life miserable. When I hear of her these days, I feel sorry for my old boss. She will always be the evil person she is now and feels she does not need to make any changes.

Leaving that toxic situation allowed me some other changes. Like being able to sleep at night. Newer studies are showing that getting your needed amount of sleep helps your body do the work it needs to do.

 Another big change was being able to relax. While I still worry about doing good work at my current job, it doesn’t wear on me like it did at my last job. Plus, my family reports enjoying being around me once again. I am calmer, happier, not ready to jump at every wrong happening in the house.

 I no longer mentally prepare myself for dealing with a stubborn mule who did not believe in communication and treated any brainstorming meeting with me as wasted time. I mean, who wants to take the time to think of ways to improve your product? (yep, still bitter)

 One of the biggest changes was adding in exercise so I could speed up my metabolism and work off the fatty foods I love eating. A 75-pound black Labrador pulling you along for a walk requires energy to keep up.

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 The other big change is no longer stopping off at McDonald’s every other day for a three pack of chocolate chip cookies and a huge sweet tea. Or stopping off at the gas station for a candy bar or a Little Debbie’s snack and can of Arizona Sweet Tea. I no longer require as much comfort food as I have in the past. 

The short of the long is to really get that weight off, I had to leave a toxic situation. Maybe that is not your situation. But if you actually hope to lose weight, you have to work at it. It requires making lifestyle changes in your diet and exercise routines.

 That is what it took for me to lose nearly 30 pounds. That is what it took for my waist to measure just under 42 inches. No whey powder, no yucky shakes or diet pills. There is no magic formula that will keep it off once you lose it other than that.

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If that is what you are ready to do, jump on my wagon and let’s see how far you can go.

What are you willing to do to finally lose the weight?