It is January 1st, that time when many of us set goals, make resolutions and try to overcome our personal demons with promises to ourselves. Some people don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions and I get that. I think any time of year is a good time to make changes. The trick is believing you can really make them.
That’s why I like New Year’s. Many of my friends and family are in the same boat as me. We are all trying to change something in our lives that needs tweaking. The resolutions run the gamut from losing weight to getting their finances in order. I have MANY of the same goals as my friends. I want get my financial life straightened out, become more organized, and be a nicer, more caring person and I want to lose weight.
So here I sit and this beautiful, sunny New Year’s day, wondering how to renew my resolutions and actually make serious progress this year. I started my weight loss blogging journey about 2 years ago and as I stepped off the scale today, I faced the fact that not only did I not make progress in 2011, I gained back much of what I lost in 2010.
Oh sure, I had a rough year, like 2/3 of Middle America and I tend to use food as a comfort tool but seriously? Gained all but 6 lbs of it back? So not only am I wondering how to be successful this year, I am wondering how I can ask anyone to take the journey with me as I am certainly no inspiration to anyone. Someone said to me they liked reading about my “honest evaluation of the challenges.” I found that little nugget of encouragement inspiring. It was followed by others who are also supportive friends. Several felt that others are in the same boat and would like to know it’s never too late to try again.
So after two years of virtually no progress, I am starting again. I weighed in 261.7 and at 5’ 6”, which means I have roughly 110 lbs to lose to be at a comfortable and healthy weight for me. At 50 years old, the time to make changes is here and I realize I don’t have many more years before the abuse I have heaped upon my body will start to show in ways both harmful and that make it even more difficult to shed the pounds.
I am a fan of low carb living and that is where I will start. I’ve already eaten both breakfast and lunch and my total net carbs are at 5.5 today. I will post my weight and my measurements frequently, in hopes that it will help keep me accountable to myself and to all of you.
I wish you a Happy New Year and great success with your goals, no matter what are.