I realized yesterday that I am tippy-toeing into my fourth year of this lifestyle thingie! I’m beginning to think this just might work!
In May 2007, my toes were barely in the water. I found a post from May 13th of that year on my old blog. It was my first time to post my goals online. Here’s what I pledged:
Exercise: Walk a minimum of 30 minutes per day, every day, with 3 days of 1 hour walking; also 3 yoga sessions
Diet: 5 fruits and vegetables a day, every day
Organization: Straighten out home office and master bedroom, top to bottom.
Fun and relaxation: Zoo trip!
Note the solitary focus on fruits and veggies in my dietary goal. At that point in time, I wasn’t thinking so much about whole grains only and lean meats only–that sort of thing. All I was trying to do was make sure I added the fruits and veggies. My theory at the time was that I would get some needed nutrients and at least eat less of the bad stuff. I knew more changes were coming, but I wanted to build this habit first.
Three years later, I’m struck by the similarity in those goals and my weekly goals today. The exercises have changed, I’m still getting my fruits and veggies in every day (averaging 7-9 servings), and my office and master bedroom need some attention…again. Oh, and I’m planning a zoo trip this week!
A lot of change happened in that year. I’d started this blog and, oh yeah, I’d lost 85 pounds! Needless to say, I had no idea I’d be that far along the path. My goal, loosely stated, had been to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday, which was still 4 months away. I had adopted my whole grains and lean meats habits and started letting go of more processed foods.
My biggest worry in May 2008 was the upcoming family reunion. I was looking forward to everyone seeing my changes, but I was also dreading the food challenges. The year before, when I was just starting out, I had actually eaten before the reunion and skipped the buffet entirely. I avoided the calories, but I also hurt some of the older family members’ feelings. They’d put a lot of work into their offerings, which were their way of sharing love. In my zeal to get started, I’d stepped on their gifts. Lesson learned. In 2009, I ate moderately of most dishes and then went for one awesome long walk that afternoon.
In 2009, I was six months at goal and feeling like celebrating:
|From Blogger Pictures|
First time EVER on a jet ski, and it was awesome! I wish I could have made a return trip this year, but it wasn’t in the cards. Or the budget.
That brings us to 2010, and I’m feeling pretty good. Okay, damned good. I’m meeting my goals consistently (in a wonderfully imperfect way), and I’m having fun along the way. That was my intention back in 2007, and it’s all I really ask of myself now. Some may argue that I achieved my goals by setting the bar too low. I can only say that, for me, I had to (have to) set the bar so that I can at least get a leg over the danged thing.
Here’s a not-so-great photo taken of me recently, at former trainer Rachel’s bridal shower:
Not the most flattering photo, but at least I’m smiling. And why wouldn’t I be? I’d just had a cupcake! (And for the record, that’s not my beer. I had to skip the alcoholic beverages in order to have the cupcake.)
I have no idea where the next year will take me, but I’m all buckled in and ready for the ride. And I’m more than ready for the family reunion next month. There are rumors of caramel cake! <s>And broccoli casserole.</s>
Keeping in mind that any steps on the healthy path are progress, how has your life changed over the past year? What have you let go of and what are you keeping?
Here’s wishing us all a year full of changes…and continuity in the good stuff!