There was this time, lets say about 365 days ago, I made a list of five goals I wanted to complete. They were simple and cliche goals that almost everyone makes around January 1st: lose weight, be more active, have better time management, take a cooking class, and pay off my credit cards & stop unnecessary shopping.
I wrote them out with sincere hopes and dreams of completing them but in my heart, I did not actually believe I could do it.
Then a funny thing happened, I began to care about myself. I began to realize that I matter. I began to see that I needed to do these things not because they were New Year’s Resolutions, but because my health (both mental and physical) was at stake and that is not something you mess around with at age twenty-one.
My approach to weight loss has always been simple, eat less and you lose weight. Honest to god, that is the real truth. Its not eating green smoothies, its not taking supplements, its not working out for 6 hours a day, and its certainly not starving yourself either. It is eating less. As simple as this philosophy may seem, it is not always as simple to do in practice.
As I’ve noted before, I’m an emotional eater. I will eat because I feel bad, sad, upset, happy, giddy, etc. Give me a reason to eat and I will do it. Learning to cope with my emotions in different ways has been difficult but I have been doing pretty well for the most part. Yes, there are always still days where I sit and eat chocolate by myself while watching a sappy movie (Pride and Prejudice anyone?), but that is who I am. The difference is that I’m not doing this every day of my life.
This year past year, I completely changed my life.
What did I do this year? I:
- switched into a major that I absolutely loved, despite being “impractical”
- raised my gpa from a 3.02 to a 3.34 in two semesters and summer session
- became active and started walking a lot more
- started taking a hot yoga class every week that I love so much and makes me feel so much better
- lost 37 pounds
- was cleared from having to go on any medication for high cholesterol, high HDL, and other scary healthy problems that were a reality for me in 2010
- realized that my love for cooking and baking far outweighs academics
- discovered amazing friends and people who make me feel better and don’t bring me down
- officially have $0 in debt (thanks mostly due to my parents helping me, love you <3)
Yes, those things I accomplished for the most part fit in with New Year’s Resolutions that I made last January 2011, but the truth is that I did those things because I made a change within myself. I realized that I needed to take control of my life. None of it really came from stupid New Years Resolutions. January is just another month and 2012 is just another year for me to continue to do things that make me happy.
I am not a long-term goal setter in general. I do not do well with things where I cannot see an end in sight and often feel overwhelmed by them. Instead, I have made some general goals for the next few months (I would say into about April or May) that I hope to accomplish.
- Continue with hot yoga. This has been the best thing I have added into my life since October. It is a serious workout and I always feel so good after I do it. I can’t really afford to do it more than once a week, but I have noticed a significant difference in muscle strength and definition since October!
- Add more cardio into my life. I have not been doing enough cardio. I would contribute it as part of the reason my weight loss progress has been stagnant lately. I would like to add in about two to three days of 40 to 50 minutes of cardio each week. I was doing it over the summer and just got lazy as the holidays approached. I’m hoping now that school is done and I have more free time, this will become more of a reality.
- Get my eating habits in check. I’ve had a crazy two months, and my eating habits have gone down the drain. Chocolate is a daily occurrence in excess and my body is definitely feeling it. While I wish I could say I was just eating out of boredom, I contribute it a lot to emotional eating. I stopped tracking the food I was eating around October, and have definitely just been maintaining my weight since then. Its time to get back to tracking to lose the last thirty to forty pounds!
- Stop weighing myself every single day. I think this is a really bad habit I have. On the one hand, it really keeps me in check when I have a bad night of eating. On the other hand, it really messes with my head. I seriously need to get back to weighing myself just once a week.
- Save money. This is pretty self explanatory. Without any debt or school taking up my time, I really need to work a lot and save some money.
Okay, so those are pretty cliche goals, I’m not going to lie. However, I think that these are manageable goals for me.
This past year has made me invigorated about my life. I feel such a sense of meaning, even if I don’t have a plan right now.
And the truth is, you just have to look at these pictures from 2010 and the end of 2011 to see the different woman.
Alright, I’m off for now! Hopefully there will be some delicious recipes coming your way in the future for you to try 🙂 I have a few ideas floating around in my head at the moment.
Have a wonderful Wednesday ❤