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!