*This picture was taken on a hike in Hawaii. I NEVER do hikes when they involve ropes. But this time I pushed myself to do it and I did. This was where I had to stop because it got too scary for me to continue, but I did do many sets of ropes before we got to this point.*
2010 has been a great year. I feel like I am in the best shape of my life, I am healthier than I have ever been and my self esteem and confidence is so much better. I went on many trips to see friends, family or just for the sake of traveling and seeing new places and I also turned 30! I challenged myself to try new things, to work harder than what I thought I could and just to genuinely care about myself and my health. Looking back at my resolutions/goals for 2010, I feel very optimistic about what I am capable of in 2011. Looking back, these are the resolutions I made for myself for 2010:
Resolutions for 2010
- Floss every day
- Workout 5-6 days a week for at least 30 minutes
- Continue to make integrated health a priority (healthy food choices, exercise, sleep, leisure)
- Continue sewing
- Make at least 1 new recipe a week
*This picture was taken back in September on my birthday weekend. Bicycling was one type of exercise that I incorporated into my life over the course of the past year. It was a lot of fun riding bikes on the weekends when the weather was nice.*
Looking back at this, I feel like I had a very successful year. The only goal that I can’t really say that I completed was scrapbooking. I will try again this year but I am not going to make this one of my goals/resolutions. I feel very proud that I have continued to make health a priority. Even when life gets stressful, healthy living has become such a habit, that falling back on bad habits has not been an issue. The only time I have fallen off the wagon is with travel. It has been very difficult to travel and maintain the Weight Watchers program. But instead of stressing too much about it, I just pick myself up and start right back with it the next day. I also give myself a few days before I weigh myself because there’s no sense in getting discouraged by what I see on the scale. However, if I give myself a week and there’s still a gain, I know I am doing something about it and I know the weight will come off so I can start losing again.
*Jogging has been another exercise that I have started in 2010. I swore it off after the half marathon in 2006, but after I started losing weight, I got curious about it again. I felt like it might be easier and more enjoyable with less weight to carry around. I wouldn't say that that jogging is my favorite form of exercise but I really do enjoy it now and I love that it's such a good calorie burner.*
Goals/Resolutions for 2011
- Run a 5k race for an animal organization (Humane Society, SPCA, etc.)
- Blog at least once a week (I find it motivates and encourages me when I put my thoughts in writing and really think about my weight loss journey.)
- Learn to use my NEW camera! (I just purchased a Canon Digital Rebel and I should be shipped to me very soon!)
- Incorporate more upper body workouts (It was a rude awakening in Hawaii when I was trying to do easy kayaking but it was very tiring for me.)
*This picture was taken at the trailhead of the 13 mile hike that we did for my 30th birthday. That was such a great feeling completing that hike and knowing that it was something that I wouldn't have been able to do when I turned 20. Knowing that I am in better shape than I have ever been is such a great feeling!
What are your resolutions and goals for 2011? What do you want to accomplish this year? Happy New Year to you!