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Good Riddance, 2009!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

2009 was a bust. Certainly one of the most challenging years I have ever had. It started in January with the tragic & unexpected death of an old friend. As a direct result of that, I returned to the workforce part-time. I enjoy being back at work now, but it's not the way I would have chosen to return. 2009 was my last year on my teaching license, so I also had to take a couple of classes to renew my license. Although I haven't worked (as a teacher) in 8 years, & honestly don't know if I'll ever go back, I wanted to keep that door open, just in case. My husband, who is our family's primary "bread-winner" was laid off from his job of 13 years. That was a tough pill to swallow. Cutbacks all around - including my gym membership. My oldest daughter started kindergarten - which isn't a bad thing, but tugged on my heart strings to see her go. My baby girl (not really a baby - she just turned 4!) started preschool this year as well. Again, a good thing, but still a tear jerker for this ole mama. Then my dad had to have brain surgery, only a year after his heart surgery. Dad has recovered well after both surgeries, but my first real experience with having to face the mortality of either of my parents.

I'm not complaining. I know folks go through much worse. And I'm not making excuses. It is what it is. I have not been watching my nutrition & my exercise habits have been put on back burner. I have muddled through 2009 in somewhat of a survival mode- just getting through. 2010 is a new year, a new start, a new set of priorities.

I love my little part time gig.
My teaching license has been renewed & is good for another 10 years. . . so that door is open, should I choose to use it.
My husband has a good job. Much less stress than his last one. And opportunities look good for him.
I appreciate the convenience having my own elliptical now. No more finding time to drag my kiddos to the gym.
My kids are loving & doing great in their kindergarten & preschool classes. And I'm loving being on the Momma side of the classroom.
My parents are well & live close by.

I am going to put myself- specifically my health, back on my priority list.

I am going to get back to my sticker rewards (so silly, but it works for an ole teacher like me.)
I am going to log into SP once a day & track my nutrition - even on the bad days.
I am going to use my cardio time to listen to something spiritual/devotional to put my day in perspective, both physically & spiritually.
I am going to weigh myself again.

. . . . but not until Monday.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    First of all, I'm so sorry for your rough year!!!! emoticon (Our year kind of sucked too--not as badly as yours, but still...I was not sorry to see 2009 go!)

    Second, WELCOME BACK!!!!!! :) emoticon

    Third, you can do it! :) I'm cheering for you!
    4221 days ago
  • ANNEGIRL1919
    wow. i had no idea all this was going on. i sure hope that this next year goes more smoothly! i'm glad to hear your husband's new job is less stressful!
    4221 days ago
  • KYANN402
    Hey! Good to see you back! 2009 was hard for a lot of folks, including me. 2010 is a new day filled with opportunities and you've grabbed hold of them. Great priorities for making 2010 your year to win!
    4221 days ago
    Good for you! What a great way to start 2010 - looks like you took a bunch of negatives, and turned them into serious postives. Totally awesome.

    Best of luck in '10!
    4222 days ago
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    Love your goals good luck.
    4222 days ago
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