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2015 and I am hitting the ground.....strolling

Saturday, January 03, 2015

I have certainly NOT been eating right the last month or so. I have kept my exercise up with walking at least 10,000 steps a day. I have not missed a day in months, although one day it looks like I did, but my Fitbit was broken that day....Do those steps still count? lol.
I am climbing back on the food tracking train this week! And I am saying good-bye to rice and pasta for awhile, not that I have had a lot but I have had some.
I have lived through some sad and difficult holiday seasons, where family members were sick, or recently died, and once in college a boy I was seeing broke up with me on Christmas! This was a lovely Holiday Season for me; nothing great or grand, but my immediate family was home, and both of my kids are well and happy this year. Every year will not give me this, but 2014 was by and large a good year. My husband and I went for some wonderful trips, and some great walks, and sat on our couch and watched some great tv, too! :)
I have some goals for this year, keep the exercise up, get my weight down, eat healthy. I plan on a room by room de-clutter effort; I am not much of a pack rat, and we are pretty neat overall, but our old house has limited storage and I want to open every drawer and closet and culminate in the spring with a dumpster to finally purge the garage and basement. I feel like doing this over the next few months will help me stave off the winter blues that I am prone to. My husband and I also have some very aggressive retirement planning goals...some debts left from the kids schooling that we want to double up on and some additional retirement savings goals. But my main goal this year is to continue to be conscious of how lucky I am.
As I guess I have made clear, I am not a religious person, although I respect others' faiths immensely. I do try to be a conscious person....conscious of myself as an actor in this world, conscious that I can help or I can hurt, conscious that the years go too fast. I woke up this morning in a house with heat and running water, with food in the fridge, with a man who loves me even though he actually knows me (!) and has always treated me with respect, with 2 children in the world who are kind and productive and healthy and happy. We are blessed with fine and funny friends and family, and my sweet dog and psycho cat, who keeps us rodent free! We are certainly not wealthy by USA standards, but we are by the world's standards. We have leisure time and some coin to spend on travel and pleasure. I have a job I like (mostly), and make a fair week's pay for a fair week's work, doing something that I find meaningful. How dare I not be happy?
Happy New Year!
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  • STILLMENEWBODY
    I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends Lisa. As you said, you have spent more than one holiday with death and sadness. I am glad you aren't beating yourself up and I am glad you have such an appreciation for all the good in your life. We all have so much to be grateful for. I don't know why weight is such a KEY focus for so many of us. Why we allow it to blur out what the rest of our life is all about. I hope as time goes on our MINDS become better balanced on the things it focuses on. I know that sounds strange but....we talk about a balance in our workplace, our lives, what about emotional and mental balance. Don't we have to train our minds to focus on the big picture opposed to just our weight? K....so I think I am talking gibberish now, I best move on. Thanks for sharing today Lisa and thanks for all the support you give others! hugs...Nora
    1966 days ago
  • TIKITAMI

    Love this blog, what a positive attitude!

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    1967 days ago
  • HOLIERTHANTHOU
    Imperfect eating over the holidays is no big deal. I did stay on track over xmas, but that was mostly to distract myself from the fact that I was stuck here. I am going home for Easter break. My sister will be visiting as well and she is a truly genius cook, particularly when it comes to fancy desserts (I did not inherit this cooking gene). I definitely plan to experience SP armageddon while I'm there.

    Actually, it sounds to me like you have a pretty perfect life and definitely a lot to be thankful for and about. OVerall I would call you a very lucky woman!

    :)

    1968 days ago
  • A_RARE_BEAN
    Love a good stroll emoticon You sound like you had a great peaceful christmas, that's wonderful!

    I hope 2015 is good to you and I just love your positive attitude and the levels of gratitude you have for your life. A great inspiration.
    1968 days ago
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  • TWESTEN1
    Ah, so true. It's so nice to see people who focus on the positive! It's easy to focus on what we don't have... but it's so much nicer to focus on what we do. My favorite line to my kids since they were toddlers... "Are we rich? Yep... rich in love". Money is nice, but love is 100 times better :)

    Sounds like 2014 was a good year for you & hopefully 2015 will be even better. So proud of you getting those 10k steps a day - that Is awesome!!!
    1970 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Wonderful blog my dear! There is an article here on Spark that I am using called declutter your home in 30 days - here is the link though it says 31 days! I thought you might find it helpful! I am not great about doing one thing a day but I am getting there!

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    1970 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Lisa, I love this post! It is always heartwarming to read about gratitude. I'm glad you had a good year in 2014, that your kids are happy and productive, and that you were able to enjoy some quality time with your husband. And I love the mundane things just as you seem to--watching TV, having a stocked refrigerator, going to a job that's enjoyable most of the time, taking care of a house and a lovable pet, etc. I do wish everyone in the world could have the peace and comfort we take for granted in developed countries, but it's gratifying to think that the general situation in the world seems to be improving in that regard.

    I share your goals: to exercise, get my weight down, and eat healthy. Let's do this together! Onward into the best 2015 ever!
    1971 days ago
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