Hello everyone. Well here it is, 1 year from when I initially began my journey.... I'm thinking that it's time for the year in review. I haven't met all of my goals but I've met some and have at least made a dent in them all. You all have meant so much to me in this journey, as slow as it has been going for me so I wanted to share my year's progress with you. Ok... here goes....this is where I came from, starting on October 1st last year to now.
#1. Lose Weight
-Well, this is one I've made a dent in. I've lost 32.5 lbs to date. Not the 100 that I was hoping for but it's progress. Recently I've become complacent, I haven't been trying hard, or at all really. I've just been going through the motions. I'm at the weight that I get to every time before I just get complacent and gain it all back. My hope with this reassessment is that I can update my goals and break through this barrier. I'm still impressed.... I've gone so far from a size 22 to a size 16. Big steps.
#2. Get my career on the move
-right on track, officially on the move and in a very good place
#3. Stop drinking
- Well, a year ago I was pretty much on the path of being a career alcoholic. I was drinking every day....by myself, at home, with people, out, in large quantities. Today, though I still go out from time to time and have my not so shining moments, I have gotten myself for the most part in control, I'm not getting wasted at home every night, I don't go out that often. I've abandoned all places that knew me by name.
#4 Quit smoking
- Not there yet. Have made some progress, not smoking a pack+ a day, not even really smoking every day. But not entirely off the sauce. I haven't smoked at all today, and like with everything else I'm just going to try to keep it up.
#5 Get out of debt
- Ya, right. still plugging away. This is going to take a while, probably another 6 months or so.
#6 Move into the city
- this goes with the debt. Looks like it's going to be spring by the time I can afford this, but that is ok.
So. Overall I've made progress and really combing through it and looking at it makes me see again that I can just pick up and keep going. I've updated my ticker...to show that I've gained back 8.5lbs over the past few months. It's not a lot, but it's not in the right direction, and we all know how it goes. 8lbs here, is 30 in no time and I don't want that and if I don't update it then I'm just lying to myself and continuing the complacency.
I've set a new mini-goal for weight loss, I'm aiming for 15lbs by Christmas. This will get me out of my funk, out of my 'bad this is where I give up' weight zone and into ONEderland. I'm also about to commit social suicide again. When I first started the smartest thing that I did was to stop going out, stop hanging out with my bad influence friends, stop going to bars. I just stopped answering my phone for about 6 months so I think I'm going to do that again. I'm going to just not go out...well with some exceptions, I'll go the gym,and my gym buddy can join me if she wants. I've stopped going when she bails on me, and I generally don't work out as hard with her there so I'm just going to get back into the habit of going alone and if she calls me and wants to go fine, but I'm going to stop relying on her. And my healthiest friend in the world just moved back from London which means I officially have a non-lame friend to do healthy things with who will follow through with plans. She can stay.
I'm going to go to the gym a minimum of 4 times a week. I'm going to take advantage of this lovely fall weather and do some sort of outdoors activity every week. I will log all my food, 3 meals 2 snacks a day, lots of water. I will practice yoga and relaxation and not let my job stress me out to the point of throwing it all out the window. I will continue to pay off my debt, try to save, look at moving. I will continue to try to quit smoking and stay on the wagon with the booze.
It may only be October but as far as my time frame works today is a new year, it's the start of year 2. I will continue and I will not give up. Christmas mini-goal here I come!