With less than a week to the New Year I think now is a good time to review this past year and start to decide what I want to focus on for next year.
Looking back over the very few blogs I posted this year here is what I discovered.
Jan 30th I was 243 lbs and trying to find a way to deal with Stress. I made stress my focus for the year and yet.... Here it is December 26th I'm 256 lbs and still have not managed to find a way to not let the stress of life get me off track.
In case you didn't do the math that is a 13 lb GAIN over the year! I am ending this year heavier than I started it - Not good. Now on the plus side, Some of the clothes that were too snug at the beginning of the year actually fit better now. Also my Doctor says that while my numbers (cholesterol and Blood Pressure) still need improvement they are better than before, and my blood sugars that were borderline diabetic a couple of years ago are solid in the desired numbers range - Doc was impressed with how well I did with that.
The other thing I noticed in my review was that I was not very active in my groups and hardly tracked food or exercise minutes. I know I chose to cut back on tracking when I started getting too stressed and busy at work, but I thought I'd stay active in the teams and posting on the message boards. Instead I just "vanished" it was like taking a SparkBreak without actually planning to.
Now I am looking at how to plan for the coming year and looking at my past year is making me wonder how to break free and move forward.
Do I try and commit to getting more spark time? Should I focus on tracking or being active on my teams? Will trying to find sparktime add to my stress? Is it even something I can actually commit to - or will it just fall through the cracks like it did this past year?
Should I take an official SparkBreak? Maybe focus on other things this year instead of weight loss (and the stupid scale)? Maybe getting away from the computer more often will give me time for other stress relief things - Like my crafting hobbies or just getting OUT and ABOUT (been a hermit this year! to the point that Doc added checking my vitamin D levels to the blood panel for my next visit).
I have already done something towards planning for next year. I found a great idea on Pinterest ( pinterest.com/pin/195836
) It was to pre-plan a date night for each month. My husband and I haven't had a "date night" in years mostly because we couldn't get past the "What do you want to do?.... I don't know, what do YOU want to do?" circle. So hubby agreed that for our Christmas presents to each other this year was for him to plan 6 and I planned 6. I made sure most of mine are "Active" type of dates. Can't wait for him to open the January Date I planned (they get opened on the first of each month). I am also hoping that having these dates already planned will help with Stress Relief - and give us something to look forward to each month.
I just need to decide how I am going to approach my weight loss goal for the new year. Do I put it on the back burner and focus on other things? Or do I re-commit to it? and if so what do I make a priority - tracking food and exercise or being active on the teams? I know with everything else life is throwing my way that I won't be able to do both.