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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.
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    emoticon goals & priorities!

    You've inspired me to hook up with a health coach with the next quarter of wellness steps at work!

    39 days ago
    Suseee, your goals sound awesome! What language do you want to study? Also, that's a great idea to talk to your doc about a good goal weight - I think I'll do that, too!
    50 days ago
    I retired when I was 66 now I am 69 and no two days are alike I make a plan to stay busy and do things I enjoy.
    I do lots of landscaping and gardening in the summer months during the winter I go shopping and do lots of cleaning at home and hobbies like sewing and cross stitch. I am never bored.

    Find somethings you enjoy and try to vary from day to day.
    51 days ago
    51 days ago
    Congrats and hope you have a blessed new year👌👍🤗
    51 days ago
    Congratulations on your successful journey. When I retired, I too, enjoyed the solitude. However, after a while I discovered there wasn’t a whole lot enjoyable on TV during the day and one can only spend so much time at the mall or library without it becoming less fun. So I decided to go back to work part time. It was a great decision, for me. Now I interact with my co-workers and the customers and there is more enjoyment in my “alone” time.

    The way to make it work is to find something you enjoy and do that.

    Wishing you a fabulous 2020.
    51 days ago
  • ZOLA237
    And well done on the weight loss, that is fantastic
    51 days ago
  • ZOLA237
    I like that you have goals. I am thinking about your retirement in transition and how you want to stay active. Now that you have time on your hands, you can do active activities with other retirees like playing bowls, tennis, doing a pilates class.
    51 days ago
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