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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!
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  • SEEBEES3
    Wow! That was an amazing year! Congratulations on ALL your accomplishments. 2010 is going to Rock!
    4125 days ago
  • BSYWOMAN
    WTG Renee. Congrats on the weight loss. I have to second Jan's assignment for you. I'm a firm believer if someone else can do it so can I.

    I'm going to try to keep doing at least 20 minutes of exercise each and every day this year. Maybe that way I will be able to get rid of some of this extra weight. My picture was taken a few years back when I was much thinner. Right now, I hate myself for looking like I do and I will avoid any picture taking if at all possible. And if not then I tend to hide in the back behind a lot of other people. Like that helps, right??

    Keep us on the right way, please. I definitely need it. LOL
    4127 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3016522
    You are on your way! Excellent post.
    4127 days ago
  • NEZAB24
    Great job Renee, and a great idea too! Now.....your next assignment is to keep the rest of the SP teams motivated...LOL..now that will be a true work out for you! emoticon

    Keep up the great work and you will meet or exceed your goals!
    4127 days ago
  • LOREN009
    How motivating! It sounds like you really believe in yourself, so you're well on your way. Good luck with the rest of the year!
    4127 days ago
  • SLIGHTLYBRAINY
    I loved your blog, it is a good idea to see where you will be at the end of your goals. If you can't visualize them, it will make them not seem like it can become your reality :)
    4127 days ago
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