Happy New Year
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Happy New Year! I’m hoping that this will be a good year for me. This is the year that I turn 45 years old, which, I guess, is middle age and then some. Oh well, 45 is just another number. Today I am considering my goals for the year. I think that I would like to lose at least 6-7 pounds a month. I know that I could do it if I actually make the effort and don’t give up. I need to remember that I am not going on another diet. I am looking at ways that I can actually live with for the rest of my life. From the articles and blogs that I have read by and about people who have lost weight and kept it off, the key seems to be to get addicted to exercise. That is going to be my main goal this year. I want to get moving! I know that I sleep better and I feel better when I exercise. I have lower stress and better moods. If all that is true, then why don’t I do it more often? In my secret dreams (never to be revealed to the light of day), I think that I might actually like to work up to running some day. Is it possible? Maybe. First things first: get moving on a regular basis. Therefore, my goal is to exercise at least three hours a week. I can break that up in several different ways, but I want to get moving. Hopefully that won’t mean a three hour walk on Sunday afternoon to get it in because I sat on my tushie all week long.
The major obstacle for this goal will be finding the time during the week. Some school days really take it out of me, and I don’t feel like doing much when I get home. I already get up at 5:30 to get ready for work, and I really don’t see myself getting up earlier to exercise in the morning. I need to look at how I spend my time and set some priorities. I know that spending some time with my husband is a priority to me. Work is a priority, and sometimes that includes grading papers or taking pictures at events. But exercise has to be a priority too. I know that television is not a priority for me. There are only a couple of shows that I watch, and I can always DVR them and watch them when it is convenient. That can free up some time in the evenings if I can make myself get up off the couch. I can still walk with my friend after school, on the days that we can both make it. Maybe on the days she is not available, I should just force myself to get on the treadmill or out around the block as soon as I come home instead of getting on the computer or getting otherwise occupied. I need to look into finding some other kinds of exercise as well, so I don’t get too bored with walking. I don’t have room for another piece of equipment, but maybe I could find a video that I like. Maybe once a week I can go to the gym on base and hit the elliptical machine. I’ll have to consider the possibilities. In the meantime, just putting on my shoes and walking around the block will at least get me moving.