Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year: A Not so New Me

Happy New Year, my blogging friends! Thanks to all who have been stopping by to check in on me. Let me explain my title. I guess I am a new me from who I was last year. What I mean to say in my title is that I like who I am now and don't feel I have to become some new me this year. Isn't that great!? I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday season. I enjoyed mine for the most part. Here's a rundown on what has happened in my life over the last 2 weeks:

-My hubby and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. (Hooray for us!)
-On the same day, my Granny Auntie passed away. :(
-We celebrated my husband's birthday
-We enjoyed a quiet Christmas at home with our little family and the grandparents stopped by
-I spoke at my Granny's funeral :(
-I was rear ended on the way to an eye appt. An inconvenience, but no injury or major damage.
-We rang in the New Year at home, with a family game night.
-We have been dealing with sick kids.

So you can see, that the holidays were a mixed bag for me. The death of my Granny Auntie was unexpected and sad, but we'll get through it. I know she is happy to be reunited with her husbands that had passed on before her.

The last time I checked in, I had actually lost weight...IN DECEMBER. I wish I could say that held true for the whole month. It did not. I will officially weigh-in tomorrow. I had hoped to stay in the 160's, but that hasn't happened. Having said that, I don't think my monthly gain will be too bad. I'll just have to accept it for what it is and move on. Because today is a new day and a new year!

Tomorrow will mark the year anniversary of my blog! Wow! I am grateful to have made it this far, even though my blogging has been sporadic over the last couple of months. I think now is a good time to reflect on my 2010 goals and look to the future. Here were the goals I outlined in this post a year ago:

Long-term goals:

Lose 50 lbs in 2010-This did not happen. :( Yet, I'm still happy with my loss of about 35 lbs.
Run a 10k in 2011- Stay tuned.......
Develop a life-long pattern of regular exercise and healthy eating-I am definitely on track with this one. I am so pleased with the changes in life-style I have made over the past year. I've improved the most in the exercise dept.

Shorter-term goals:
Lose 25 lbs by summer-Accomplished this one!
Run (the whole thing) a 5k in 2010-I have yet to run a whole 5K, but have participated in a few organized 5K's and continue to do them on my own almost daily. I am pleased that my run/walk approach puts me at about 35:00 minutes. I will look to improve on this in 2011.
Work up to running 2 miles on treadmill this winter-Not sure I accomplished this last winter. In fact, it is hard for me to run 2 miles on a treadmill this winter! However, outside I could run 2 miles fairly regularly.

Again, I did not meet all my goals. Should I feel disappointed? I am somewhat disappointed not to have reached my weight and running goals, yet at the same time I am proud of what I have accomplished.

Now for the 2011 goals:

  • Lose 15 lbs. by my birthday (August 16th)- This will put me to about my 50 lb. goal and means I will have to lose 2-2.5 pounds a month. That seems totally doable to me.
  • Improve my 5K time to 32 minutes- I am beginning to doubt I will ever be able to run a WHOLE race, but know I can run a little bit more and improve my time.
  • Participate in a 10K race-This may be my limit, but I am excited to do it!
  • Lose 20 pounds by this day next year

Here's my exercise/eating schedule for now (it needs to be changed up every so often):

  • Spend 50 minutes (usually 3.25+miles) on the treadmill 3x's a week.
  • Spend 60 minutes (4+miles) on the treadmill one time a week.
  • Spend 45 minutes on the stationary bike 4 times a week.
  • Attend my strength training classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Track my calories and consume about 1600 a day.
  • One day a week of bonus exercise as often as I can.
  • Rest on Sundays

So there you have it. I know my exercise schedule is only set for 4 days a week. But it just seems that is what is most realistic for my life right now and I do not want to get discouraged because I am not meeting my goals. That is why I added the bonus day at the end.

I do hope to move to 4 miles on the treadmill on 2 days a week in February and then bump it up to 5 miles in March. Even writing this I have a smile on my face. This time last year, 2.5 miles on the treadmill was a great accomplishment and most days I did 2 miles!

I hope all of you feel good about the progress you made in 2010 and are looking forward to what you can accomplish in 2011, I know I am! Have a good day and stay tuned for my first weigh-in of 2011 tomorrow.


  1. I think you did very well in 2010 and your goals look great for 2011. We have very similar goals and I look forward to following your progress! We can do this together!

  2. here is to 2011!!!! We can do it!

  3. You did AWESOME in 2010...here is to you and 2011 goals!!! We will do this!

  4. You accomplished a LOT in 2010! Be proud!

  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love your explanation for the title. Being happy with yourself is an amazing thing, mama! I think you met the most important goal: making a habit of eating right and exercising. Your goals for 2011 sound great!

    You've had a busy two weeks. I'm sorry to hear about your granny-auntie.

  6. Your goals look awesome!!! :) Happy anniversary!

  7. I'm excited for you! Those sound great. I think those are going to be amazing.

  8. Love reading your goals and seeing you reflect back on last years. I was really happy when I found my way back to this journey that you were still around - I always appreciate your encouragement!