New Years Eve, Eve, Eve, Eve, Eve.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
As the new year approaches, like many others, I am contemplating the year that is 2019 and preparing for 2020. I may not know exactly what I want but I do know what I don't want. I don't want a stagnant life. The worst thing in the world for me right now would be to just get up, eat, hang around the house, do a little exercise, eat, watch TV and go to bed only to do the same thing every day again until I die. Retirement has been, and still is, in transition. At first, I didn't want to do anything. I wanted no obligations, no deadlines, no taking care of anyone but myself. After my diabetes diagnosis 4 years ago, I got serious about my health. In four years, I've lost over 60 pounds. I've lost almost 30 pounds this year and I feel fabulous. I've been able to go shopping and buy clothes that make me feel good about how I look. I have more energy. I truly put myself first, for the first time in my life. It has been a singular focus. I am nearing the point where I can transition to maintenance instead of weight loss. It is a little scary since I've lost weight before and then gained it all back and then some. However, I believe I learned what works and what doesn't in that process. I believe I will never allow myself to become obese again. I've spent a lot of time reading others' blogs and reading articles on health and nutrition as well as seeking information and support from others in the SP community. I am so grateful for this site and the people I've met here.
Over this past year, I've fallen into a routine. I get up. I have coffee and catch up on email. I exercise or run errands before lunch. After lunch I spend too much time on the computer and then I do some more exercise. Then I have dinner. Then, I spend time on SP trying to learn more, sharing with others, and then some game playing on Facebook and then off to bed. The next day--I do it all over again. For awhile--this was necessary to establish good habits. Variance from the routine caused me to feel anxious and led to feeling less motivated. But now, I know I can deviate from the routine and still manage my healthy lifestyle. I do have to push myself to seek social outlets. I took a trip with some friends which led me to the conclusion that I need something to look forward to or I will too easily become stagnant.
So, as I look to 2020, I am trying to clarify in my mind what it is I want to accomplish. I am working on goal setting and from there will develop my action plan. I am just in the beginning stages so it is still very general.
1. I want to reach my goal weight after consulting with my doctor to determine what that is and then transition to maintenance
2. I want to make Strength training habitual and effective.
3. I want to cook something new at regular intervals (to be determined). I am not a cook so this is going to be a challenge but I want to have a diet that isn't stagnant.
4. I want to increases my daily active minutes so I am not an "active couch potato".
5. I want to reduce or eliminate the need for blood pressure medication
6. I want to stop needing CPAP
Those are my top priorities. There are other things I would like to do. I would like to become more fluent in another language. I want to travel. I want to find something purposeful to do with my time (although I still don't want anything where I am obligated for a certain amount of time or schedule). I want to do more scrapbooking. I would like to take a photography class. I would like to take up ballet again. I want to live the best life I can for as long as I can.