I have never made a new years resolution, never. I don't see the point. However, this year things were different. I realized that my life was not going the way I wanted it. I also realized that it was up to me to change things. I sat down and wrote up a list of things I wanted to change for the new year. They may have been very lofty ideas, but something in side me let me know that they could be achieved, with some will power.
The most significant change was in my eating and exercise habits. I have managed to let myself go, as they say. For the past year a half I was motivated to be healthy and exercise for the wedding. I did and was pretty happy with how things turned out. I never had any aspirations to completely change the way I looked and knew it wasn't really possible, or so I thought. I have always told myself there is no way I can be the weight that all the charts say I should be, my body just can't do that. And maybe I have just convinced myself of that. I did lose weight and looked good for the wedding, but I could have looked better. After the wedding things went down hill. I remember eating so much food the weeks following the wedding and drinking a bottle of wine each night. I stopped going to the gym too. But I was happy. I was happy to have all the stress of the wedding over and I was happy to stop worrying about how I would look in the dress. Well, now 5 months later and 20lbs heavier I am disgusted with myself. It is going to take me so much work to "undo" these silly habits.
I have to say that I wouldn't have been motivated to change my ways if it wasn't for my lovely "Knot" friends. Via a wedding message board I have become good friends with a great group of girls. We all got married this past year, so we have a lot of things in common. While talk has drifted away from wedding planning, we all in a similar place in lives and have a lot to talk about, they all have a lot of great advice and recommendations. When the new year hit a lot of our posts were about health, diet and exercise. They have motivated me to start this new journey in my life to be healthier. For some reason I feel for the first time accountable. We report weekly on our progress and how we are feeling. I don't know if I could have started this change with out them.
Another motivation has been some recent blogs I have stumbled across. For the past few months I have followed Good Things Catered and A Year of Crockpotting.They have great recipes and the food looks so good. Unfortunately, they aren't always the healthiest of choices. Then I got introduced to Kate Eats Real Food and Oh She Glows. These girls have great advice, recipes and motivation for turning your life around by eating healthy and exercising. It is not about dieting, instead about a lifestyle change. I love reading what they have to say and seeing the posts of their food! I love the blog world and what it has provided me with. I am excited about what else this is for me to find out there.
PS…I have even got Stan doing this with me….so wish us luck in being healthier and happy people in 2009!