Thanksgiving Renewal - In search of my Happy Place
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving. This is a low key holiday for our family.
My brother cooks (Chef style - he's a very good cook and we always world class fare and it's never turkey!!)
I take reasonable portions and just enjoy hanging out with family.
In fact, this day for me marks a time on the calendar for a clean slate. Much bigger for me than any new year's resolution.
Many years ago I joined WW (my very first time to intentionally lose weight) and I had a wonderful thanksgiving feast staying in points with lots of healthy selections. Every year since I rekindle my focus and desire to make it through the holidays and go into the new year on the right foot. The last couple holiday seasons I haven't had this focus (mostly due to stress from varying sources) and it showed in how I took on the new year AND that would be why I weight almost as much now as I did that year I joined WW.
On that first journey into weight loss I lost over 20 # that year and got to my happy place. So this year will be no different. I plan to get back to my happy place. I've been there a couple times since and will do it again. I have Sparkpeople in my tool bag as well as a new gym at work and I'm going to try Noom for the added incentive (financial encouragement anyway - I've done Diet Bet in the past and it worked as well). And I did a Black Friday deal on Spotebi, too. I love their concept - just need to actually DO the workouts! lol
So on this day, Thanksgiving 2019 I commit to myself and my loved ones to take better care of my health!
My goal is simple: get to my happy place.
I don't have a set number as part of my happy place. It's not a concrete number or weight that motivates me. Many factors play into this happy place but I tell myself 160 then see how I look and feel. 150 perhaps would be my next goal weight if I'm not in my happy place yet. But building strength as well as weight loss and eating healthy helps me achieve the results I want from the weight loss and gets me to that happy place and is reflected more in how my clothes fit; in how I look; in how I feel (mentally as well as visually and physically). Also, another part of my happy place is mobility. I'm thinking "how are my knees? Can I do xyz today?". Long story maybe for another day but can I go the distance in comfort; on vacation and hikes and riding bikes. Playing tennis. Just a simple workout at the gym. A day in the yard gardening. I'm an active person and I want to continue that. Those are more of my happy places. Being at a healthier weight will be a big part in all of that.
So my time to reflect and renew my focus on my happy place begins now, at Thanksgiving. A time to be thankful for what we have. (and I have a lot. support, family, friends, tools, knowledge.) But also to be thankful for the ability to still get there. It's not too late. I am thankful I am still in control of my future health and I will make the most of what I have to get there.
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and much success on your journey as well. Thank you for letting me reflect and renew.