Monday, January 5, 2015
January 5 is always a day of reflection for me. And, a day of pride. On January 5, 2004, I took my OFFICIAL “before” picture – or “good-bye” picture, as I like to call it. It wasn’t the first time I’d done it. I’d done it at least the five years before that – if not more. However, this is the year that it stuck. It’s the year I really changed.
I eventually reached my weight goal in June 2006. I know that 2.5 years sounds like a long time to get to my goal. But, looking back now, I realized that’s the way it was supposed to be. In the years prior, I was in such a rush that I created an all-or-nothing mentality. I wanted to lose weight quickly and just be DONE!
But, now I know that I’m never going to be done. I took incredibly small baby steps to get to my weight goal. I slipped up. I gained weight. I lost it again. And, I still do that. I always have a short list of big goals I want to accomplish. But, my to-do list is full of ever-changing baby steps to get me there.
My “big” goals for 2014 were to complete my Wellness Coaching Certification at the Mayo Clinic (check!) and to get acclimated with my new environment since I’d just moved (check!). I also wanted to continue working on my hobbies of weight lifting, piano playing and writing (check, check, check!).
This year, my goals are to move forward with creating a fabulous Wellness Coaching practice of my own. I’d also like to get into a little better shape by improving what I eat, increasing my water intake and getting more sleep. (Part of acclimating to my new environment involved many tasty neighborhood restaurants available within walking distance!) I’m going to keep focusing on my hobbies and do some road races. I’d also like to do a bit of traveling and travel planning for the future. Let the baby steps begin!
Happy New Year!