Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolutions Do Work Sometimes or...A New Me

 I resolve, I decide, I commit
 When the old year is over, that's it.
 Everything will be new
 I'll be changed through and through
 If I only can live what I've writ!

I took a peek at last years resolutions, just to see if I had managed to follow through. Surprisingly enough, I did better than I expected. Alright, I did set them really low, but it worked.

I wanted to lose ten pounds. I lost forty.
No, it wasn't easy. It was difficult to write down every calorie and avoid sugar, but I had also talked Turtle into doing this diet thing together, and the incentive of having to be accountable to each other helped both of us. On days I felt like giving up, he didn't, and vice versa. I also prayed a lot. You could say I was determined, but needed help.

The good thing is, I feel better! I look better! I don't have to take my high blood pressure medicine anymore. The bad thing is the knowledge that I will have to eat this way for the rest of my life to keep the weight down...or start running marathons. Hmmm. If I only had younger knees...Nah. No marathons for me. I'll just keep dieting, thank you much. At least I no longer crave as much food.
I had to come to this realization: If you weigh 120 pounds, you only have to eat enough to support that weight--roughly 1200 calories a day. If you eat enough to support a 150-pounder, 1500 calories a day, you will soon weigh that much. Alas. The flip side is this: Eat enough for the weight you want to be and you will reach that weight. It might take a year but it is worth it.

Ok. Enough bragging about successes. Now it's confession time. My other resolution was to organize my house--every drawer, every closet, every cranny and nook. I tried. I did organize most of the drawers and closets, but the nooks and crannies were my nemesis.

This year. This year, I'll tackle them all: the attic, the cellar, and the (shudder) cabinet full of old photos, cassette tapes,  and floppy discs. Yikes. Do you think I'm overreaching?


Carina said...

The kids look like they have doubts.

Lilibeth said...

They have no idea. Weight isn't much of a problem at their age, and as for clutter...well Mama takes care of that...or maybe Daddy.

Templeton's fury said...

i like how you included both the good and the bad! ;) good luck

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Forty pounds is no small feat! I've taken off 10 since August, just through an end to the stress eating.

Instead of running, why not try a bicycle? I love to bike; it's much easier on the knees (and my bad hip) and you cover more ground in the same amount of time. I've seen amazing things from my bike. Just wish I could ride it to run small errands... THEN I'd be set!

jaerose said...

What a great post to start the year..lovely pic..happy new year..Jae

oldegg said...

Those nooks and crannies are the real test aren't they? They frighten me into lassitude. What a beautiful post to start the year.

Catherine Denton said...

I love hearing that you achieved your goal! It's encouraging. :)

Nita Jo said...

Loved the poem! And congratulations on the weight loss! That's one of my big goals this year. The nooks and crannies had me laughing... another goal of mine... every year... get organized. Maybe I'll make it this year!

aftergrace said...

You look amazing! Good for you and Turtle too! I know it's hard to give up all the goodies, I love sweets, and that's been the toughy for me. give Turtle a high five for me, you both deserve kudos!

Andy said...

Hello. Happy New Year!
Congratulations on your weight loss! Losing weight is not easy...I know. It takes courage & determination & you've proved you have that. It's not about dieting (I hate that word), I always say, it's about a lifestyle change. As a result of your success, you now have the tools & knowledge to know what works for you.

As for the other stuff, I stopped making resolutions eons ago. I found putting all that pressure on myself to achieve the unrealistic goals I set was making me miserable. Instead, I am grateful & thankful for having had another year of life, good health & most importantly love. Anything else I receive on top of that is an added bonus.

Wishing you all the best for this coming year!
Thanks for sharing.

A Poet's Immortal Thoughts

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

I enjoyed your limerick!

Dawn said...

You did it, girl!!
I didn't do too bad either. Only problem is that I have found that by the end of the year it was time to revisit some of those closets and drawers that I cleaned out at the beginning of last year. This may have to be a yearly resolution. :-(
The weight issue is a bit of a struggle but this year I've decided that it has to be a daily resolution...not a yearly one ..cause it would be real easy to loose it all and gain it all back in the same year! lol!
Loved your little poem too! :-)