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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Going from December 31st, 2009 to January 1st, 2010 isn't any different in most senses than going from any other Thursday to any other Friday. Sure, you stay up to watch the ball drop and have a sip of champagne; you make some promises to yourself about the year to come; but when the stars fade and the sun comes 'round again, life is pretty much the same as it was yesterday. Still, something seems to be fresh about taking that old calendar off the wall and putting up a new, clean one. Some folks like to say they're starting "a new chapter" on that day, maybe even a whole new book. Others say they're "turning the page." Me, not so much. I think it's more like a new paragraph. Still the same story arc, still moving with the same impetus - but taking a breath, looking around to see how things are going, and then moving forward again.

Here's how things have looked for me over the last 12 months:
* Having lost over 60 pounds (with the help of Sparkpeople and my dear Sparkfriends), I basically maintained that last year. I lost about 10 more in the spring, took a "break" from mid-June to mid-September and gained 15 or so, then lost few pounds from September to December to end up roughly where I was at this time last year. I don't feel at all defeated here, especially since the scale been moving the right direction since September (if slowly) and I even maintained through the month of December.
* I ran my second-ever 5K in April and then (after slacking off during the long hot summer) trained for and ran my first 4-mile race in early December.
* Since this spring, I've written the bulk of my dissertation. In the next 6-7 weeks I need to finish the introduction, write a conclusion, and do some major edits on one chapter ... but the hardest part is done.

2010 will be a challenging year, but I think it will also be a rewarding one. I'm not making resolutions for the new year, per se, but I do want to affirm my ongoing goals and the progress I expect to make on them this year:
* I will finish a full draft of my dissertation in February, defend in March, and graduate with my Ph.D. in May.
* I will find a job I love that furthers my career and life goals.
* I will run my first 10K in March.
* I will develop a regular strength training regimen.
* I will weigh less than 200 pounds by year's end.

I'm looking forward to this year and to making the promises it holds become realities for me. With the support of family and friends, I believe all of these things and much more are already on their way!
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    I haven't made any resolutions either. I have decided that:
    1) I will not gain anymore weight.
    2) I will walk two times a week
    3) I will stay with Spark because, believe it or not, my depression is practically gone.
    It is so nice to be able to go to a place and realize that I am not the only one who feels or thinks like this.
    Thanks for being my friend.
    3896 days ago
    Great blog!
    3899 days ago
    Sounds Great!! Keep me posted on the 10K, maybe I'll join you since we are so close! emoticon
    3910 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Will be anxious to read as you check off each goal you achieve! emoticon
    3913 days ago
  • NANCYCA555
    What a nicely written blog. With your positive attitude, you will surely make great headway on all of your goals.
    3914 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing a GREAT job. Keep on keeping on!
    3915 days ago
    Wonderful blog! I can tell you have lots of practice writing :)

    Those are great goals. I don't like making 'resolutions' either, but I love making goals. You and I have been on a very similar track with our weight loss, too. Hopefully, the 3 of us running together will help push all of us in the right direction!

    Hope you are recovered from your cold!
    3915 days ago
    How far you've come, Marsha. I remember when we both started here in the fall of 2007. If you compare your goals today with the person you were then, you will see a huge difference. I wish you the best of year's and success in your goals. Sharon
    3915 days ago
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