2010 Year-end Summary
Friday, January 01, 2010
Yes, I did say 2010 year end. This was an exercise on the Just Do It! Spark Team, and I found that thinking about the future as having already happened helped me focus on those things that I really want to accomplish and change in the coming year. And so, without further ado, here's what I accomplished in 2010:
This year I changed careers and began making my living by cooking nutrious, whole, seasonal meals for the elderly. Yes, at times it was tedious, but I learned to moved beyond that by concentrating on the pleasure and sustenance I was bringing to people near the end of their lives. I also applied to, and was accepted into, a culinary nutrition program. Most, if not all, of my tuition will be payed by my employer as part of its employee development programs.
It was far easier for me to spend as much time on my feet as my job required because I also lost 45 lbs -- I'm now under 200 lbs for the first time in about 2 decades. I'm still learning about my new body, but I'm trusting it a lot more than I did in the past. I've also learned to stop making excuses by saying that I physically can't handle something.
The other thing that helped me at my job was getting a pair of custom orthotics that fit shoes I could wear for work. They were pricey, but they were absolutely worth the investment! Speaking of feet and shoes, I also spent a lot more time in heels than I have in years -- wow it's a lot less painful with less weight!
This year I attended yoga classes regularly and also stuck to a yoga practice at home. I also started doing Pilates at least once a week -- wow did that help my form in ballet! I love that I finally found an adult ballet class that didn't conflict with my tap class or my job.
I couldn't have done all of this if I hadn't finally learned how to use my time efficiently. I stopped resisting following a schedule and kept to the tasks I set forth myself. I'm sure that the new coping mechanisms I developed played a large part in this. While I developed them specifically to combat my compulsive eating (which, as my weight loss shows, I've been able to get under control) they've helped me in other parts of my life as well. I'm facing things head-on now, while giving myself enough time (meditating and doing other self-focused tasks) to feel balanced, in my power and capable of handling all that comes before me.
You know what? I had a butt-kicking year!