New Year, New Resolutions
So it seems I haven’t blogged much over here in the past year. New Year, new resolutions! I won’t promise to blog every day, but I do hope to update more often than once a year.
Last time I wrote I started PIYO. I think I did one day of it. As I recall I hurt my shoulder getting the DVD out of the box. PIYO was fun, and I will try it again, but without all the animals in the room with me. When I got down on the floor it was an invitation for belly rubs from a certain pit bull.
I did up my steps in 2017. I went from averaging 12-13k each day to 20k or more each day. It’s much easier to hit 20k steps in the summer time. In the winter, when it’s -15 as I write this, it’s not so easy. I’ve been going to the Mall of America each morning to get my first 10k steps. If I can get 10k steps before 9am the rest of the day is easy.
Partly due to increasing my steps, I lost an additional 20 pounds this year, which makes me very happy. My goal this year is to lose another 40pounds and reach my goal weight.
So what are my New Year’s Resolutions?
New Year, New Resolutions
Lose Weight – As mentioned above, to lose an additional 40 pounds. Even with gastric sleeve, losing weight is challenging. Mostly, gastric sleeve makes it challenging to gain the weight back, at this point it isn’t causing weight loss. It’s a tool that makes eating less easier than before, but it’s still work to lose weight. I need to increase my muscle mass to make increase my metabolism.
Get back to the Y – I stopped going to the Y when the weather got warmer last year and didn’t go back. Life got really chaotic last year and fitting in going to the Y – changing clothes, working out, showering, etc.. – was just too much to fit into my extremely busy schedule.
Cook More – I’ll be the first to admit that take-out and drive-thru have been my friends. By the end of the day I’m tired and cooking a healthy meal just seems too overwhelming. My goal is to cook at least three times a week. Cook a real meal. The rest of the week popping something in the microwave, a frozen pizza or ever take-out is ok. Again, this is much easier in the summer when the days are longer.
Take Vitamins – This is another thing I’ve slipped on in the past 6 months or so. In Minnesota it’s difficult to get enough Vitamin D, so it’s crucial to start upping my vitamin intake to fend off depression.
Like Me – My confidence grew by leaps and bounds this year. It may have been losing those 20 pounds or it may just be because I don’t care what other people think anymore. Whatever it is, I like what I see when I look in the mirror. I want to continue liking me.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions and how will you keep them?