Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Year in Review...and looking forward towards 2014

I can't say that everything about this year went my way.  What I can say is that I am learning more and more about my body and how it works.  It was not until earlier this year that I realized that I wasn't in the right mindset when I was losing weight before.  I still was in an all or nothing/diet mentality.  I feel like I have made some progress with changing my mindset.  Although I have been struggling with the same 5 or so pounds for the last several months, I do feel like my mindset is changing.  I am not focusing on what I "can't" have or always forcing myself to eat a salad.  I am trying to make healthier choices and trying to eat more veggies and fruit.  This isn't all or nothing, it's about making changes that last a lifetime.  How can I truly do that if I tell myself that I can't have a specific food?  I am trying to lighten up my recipes so that I am not making the full fat versions of everything.  I am amazed at how this is changing my mindset.  Things are definitely changing in my head.

I looked at my weight tracker and I am currently at 189.  In order to get to my goal weight of 135, I need to lose 54 pounds.  I know this may not be a lot for some, but it can still be overwhelming at times.  So my "mini" goal is to get to 185.  How am I going to do this?  I am setting smaller goals right now.  I am planning my meals, using some portion control and getting, at least, some small workouts.  I have been doing 15 minutes 5 days a week.  However, I'm thinking a challenge for 30 days of a 30 minute walk would definitely kick things into gear for me.  I am currently doing WW because I know that worked for me before.

I am working on getting this 4'10" frame into shape.  I am proud of what I am accomplishing, even if it may not be coming as fast as I'd like.

Other non-weight related goals?  Yes, I have some.  I am still couponing and I am trying to get that to the point that I can do some of the stuff for free like some other couponers that I know.  I want to get my sewing machine set up and start sewing.  My Nanny was a great seamstress and I may not be able to do things quite as well as her because I am less experienced, I am excited about taking on some projects.  

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