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Friday, January 02, 2009

A new year is a good time to look back, and thanks to my profile goals, I even remember what I said I wanted to do a year ago. Goal 1 - read the Bible through. No I didn't make it, not even quite halfway (gasp, and you call yourself a pastor's wife!). But I am very pleased because I got farther than I ever have and I'm on a program where you just keep checking it off and going on, so I don't feel I have to start over. I'm on the 2 1/2 year plan I guess.

Goal 2 - Record food in a diary, I've also had some successes on some days doing this. I haven't given up and I recognize that when I'm recording, I'm losing and when I quit, I don't lose either. So I'm going to keep working on making this a habit.

Goal 3 - Exercise - my downfall, didn't do that much last year. I need to have the same goal and maybe this will be the area where I'll see progress next year.

Goal 4 - Eat sugar-free. This is the surprising one to me. I actually managed to do this for a total of 5 months this year and I am really committed to keeping this up because it makes a huge difference in how I feel as well as keeping one source of tempting foods off the table.

Goal 5 - avoid caffeine. I've made progress here too. I've had many caffeine free days and others when I've had some. The difference now is that I'm not craving it like an addict right now, I think because I've cut it back to just a little or none most days.

Overall, I feel pretty good about the year. I'm 10 pounds lighter than when I started in late December, 2007, and I've definitely developed a more healthy approach to everything except exercise. I'm keeping all my goals exactly the same. I hope that when I look back in January, 2010, I'll be even further down the road toward meeting them consistently.
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