New Year, New Goals - Take 2January 04, 2012
Happy New Year! Yes, yes, I know its already 4 days in... I'm a little
slow preoccupied these days yet, but I really, really wanted to get back here and set up my goals for 2012. I am determined to make this the year that I reclaim myself.
You'll remember (or not if you are new... by the way, welcome) that last year I set out some specific goals, and then pregnancy happened, and that pregnancy turned into a sweet pumpkin named Lily, who just happened to be missing an "X" chromosome, and who threw us all for a loop. So.. my year did not turn out at all like I imagined, and my goals pretty much went to the wayside.
Enter 2012. The year that I am determined to reclaim the skinny me and my sanity.
Goal #1: Reclaim the skinny Sarah. Fit back into my pants.
So... its the typical New Year's resolution if you want to call it that. The difference is for me this is a goal not a resolution. In 9 months I gained 45ish pounds. I had a 5 pound baby, and I lost 2 pounds. HA! Not kidding. When I weighed in back at Weight watchers 2 weeks ago, I was up 43 pounds from my goal weight. I have since lost around 3 pounds. I am wearing 14s and 16s, when last year at this time I was a svelte 8. I hate not fitting into my pants. They were cute pants, they were nice pants. I liked them. So, 2012 is my year to fit back into my pants again.
It took me 9 months to gain 40+ pounds and I am just fine with it taking 9 months to a year to lose them. I know what is realistic for me. I'm not a loser of 2 pounds + a week. My average weight loss the first time down was 1 pound a week. At my last weigh in I was around 215. My goal weight is 175. I'd like to be down to 199.9 by my birthday in March. It's March 22. I have around 11 weeks. I'd like to be down the other 25 pounds by the end of this year.
Realistic goals! I can do this. I will make this happen. I know exactly what to do. I'm a pro at this weight loss stuff. I lost 115 pounds before, 40 should be a.piece.of.cake! But I'm still scared. Scared to fail, scared to be fat.
On the way to reclaiming my skinny self, and my old pants, I'd like to restart a "formal" exercise program this year. I'm not sure what this means right now. I haven't run since sometime late last February. My first step is to figure out what form of exercise and where to exercise will work best for me in this season - tired mother with small infant and preschool son- of my life. I've considered rejoining Curves as I know it works and its a 30 minute commitment. I want to run, and I may start up the "run a 5k program" I did before, in the spring once it is lighter later in the evenings.
Goal #2: Reclaim my sanity
This one is just slighter harder to put out here, as it involves my mental health, and sometimes I think that is a side of myself I'd rather just hide away. But I feel it needs to be said. Last year sucked. It drained the life out of me with my traumatic pregnancy... not to mention the hormones. I have some lingering issues. Sometimes I feel sad... really really sad, and I'm not always 100% sure why. But even a bigger concern is my anxiety levels recently are sky high. I worry about stuff... and not just little things, but big things... like my kids dying, car accidents, bad things happening to my family. It is freaky. I'm nearly positive it is a result of the stress of my pregnancy that has done this to me, but I don't want to live in this stupid constant fear, anger, and sadness.
I think the food I put in my mouth and finding exercise to do will play a huge role in helping me in this area, as I'm a big believer that physical health and mental health are closely tied together, but I am not going to be ashamed to reach out for help to a therapist/counselor this year to process the events of 2011.
And so... I will reclaim my sanity, and at the end of 2012, I will be a skinny, sane girl in cute pants! Shoot for the stars, right?
2012 is going to be better. I am ready and willing to work on my body, mind, and soul, and discover new lessons along the way. Welcome 2012... I like you better already.