I was just looking back in my files to remind myself of which blogs I've written this month so I could submit my invoice. After only finding one from mid-December, I realized that this month flew by and was so incredibly busy that I failed to write any more than that. As a "New Years Resolution Blogger"(my official title at Health Central), I am more than a little embarrassed, especially considering that the New Year is right around the corner. Christmas came and went with a flash. Between trying to buy gifts, getting ready for and working the market's open house, traveling to North Carolina, and all the other ins and outs of the holidays, the time just disappeared with a quickness I can barely comprehend. Here I sit on the eve of New Years Eve, just shaking my head at how fast the time went. So fast in fact, that I didn't even realize I had neglected my writing duties. Nonetheless, I am grateful this year is coming to an end and that I have a chance to start fresh in 2012. This year has been one of the hardest of my entire life, so I'm ok with it leaving faster than I expected. It does make me a little sad though, because it means that none of my goals have been met and don't have any more time to change that. Super big *sigh*.
I always want to be honest when it comes to writing this blog, and that means not always being positive or happy. I'm pretty disappointed in myself for not getting closer to my weight loss goal (and in fact gaining pounds instead), and for being so wishy-washy when it comes to the other things I promised myself. Stress is still a huge factor and I have not found a consistent way to relieve it. I'm not any better at keeping to a budget. I'm sleeping even less than I was last year. And my eating habits are somewhere in the middle of so-so and decidedly despicable. And maybe you noticed...I'm still being really hard on myself for the most part. But even despite the fact that my glass seems gloomily half-empty, I still want to be optimistic about the year to come. So I decided to turn to the ever-steadfast wisdom of friends on dear old Facebook for inspiration. I asked them in a recent wall post to tell me what their health and fitness goals are for 2012. Here are a few of the responses:
- "Run a half-marathon and eat more organic"
- "Eating [a raw diet] for at least a month, and getting my knee back to 100%"
- "Eating more organic, exercise daily- i need to tone after [my new baby] miss maura did some major damage to my tummy and thighs lol"
- "Complete a 50 mile kayak trip in one day"
- "It has been my passion to want to participate in a marathon whether it be the MCM, or the Walk for Breast Cancer"
- "Get in shape and get more flexible"
Seems that many of these answers have a common theme; eating healthier and getting more exercise. Hmm...imagine that. What's really interesting to me is the lack of the obvious statement, which would be the desire to lose weight. Not one person mentioned that. I'm thinking I should possibly take a hint from this. More than actually losing weight, my loved ones want to just be healthy. And really that's what it's all about. But since I'm being totally honest tonight, I can't pretend that losing weight isn't still a huge thing for me. So I'm not going to say that it's not one of my resolutions, but I will add that yes, I do want to be healthier in 2012. And of course if losing the pounds is an end result of me getting my stuff together, I will be writing a much different type of blog this time next year.
Cheers to all of you! Here's to a happy, healthy New Year. May you all reach your goals, or at least get a little better at working on them...one day at a time.
Published On: January 03, 2012