Happy New Year’s Eve 2017!
Well, 2017 has proven to be an interesting year for me. Mostly because I decided to make my health a more important/relevant part of my daily schedule.
Please note, I am healthy, I didn’t have any major medical issues
… I was just “sick & tired of feeling sick & tired” …
you know what I mean?
For the first half of the year, we (my hubby and I) worked on making healthy food choices (for the most part). We made a meal plan and cut back on eating out so much. We cooked most of our meals at home. We “brown bagged it” (are those even a thing anymore?) for our lunches. We did have a “cheat” day on the weekend, but really tried hard to not go overboard. We both lost some weight, but not a whole lot 🙁
We tried making a concentrated effort on being more active. Exercise has never really been my thing, so I tried spending more time doing activities that I enjoyed, like camping and taking long hikes in the woods of various state parks. I also worked a lot in my yard and garden. We went for bike rides and went bowling. You know what I mean? Activities that had a purpose in additional to exercising my body.
We also joined the local gym to have a place to do a more consistent type workout. Like many, we went 3 times a week religiously for a month or two, then it dwindled to 2 times, then once a week, then very sporadically until we are now at the point in time of saying ”why are we paying for this – we never use it”. By the middle of summer, I was off the healthy wagon more often than I was on it ☹
I ran into a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a very long time. I commented that she looked amazing … she of course thanked me, and responded that that the best part is that she felt great. Healthier than she ever really remembered feeling. Being a good friend, she told me all about the great health and wellness program she was following that was giving her such great results.
I started following the program and I’m feeling great … I’ve lost pounds and inches. I’ve gone down 2 sizes. At my annual physical, my bloodwork came back as being in the normal healthy range, plus I was able to stop taking meds for high blood pressure! It sounds strange, I know, but I feel younger 🙂 I don’t feel as many aches and pains as before. I’m sure my joints appreciate not have so much extra weight to support 🙂
I do have a few health goals for 2018:
- continue losing more weight while giving my body nutrient rich foods (50 more lbs. would put me back to my high school weight)
- get my BMI into the normal range
- continue trying to have a healthy active lifestyle
- use my gym membership to help build lean muscle tone
I also have a few business goals for 2018:
- blog more consistently (sorry for being MIA a lot this past year)
- complete training to get certified in building & maintaining WordPress websites
- revamp my Tracy Helps You website
- be more active in my local Chamber of Commerce and in IVAA
These are goals ~ not resolutions.
For me, the difference is this:
Resolutions seem kind of all or nothing – you achieved them or you didn’t ?
Goals can be broken down into doable steps … they are a work in process ?
What goals will you be working on in 2018 ?