Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?"

John Lennon - So This is Christmas from HarvestLights on Vimeo.

I have decided to shoot just for maintaining for the rest of this year, and to get more serious about weight loss once the new year starts. I will have a few weeks before school starts to work on getting into a healthy routine. But this is the time for taking stock and setting new goals.

I didn't lose a lot of weight. But thanks to swimming and my kick-ass Pilates Circuit class, I did increase my strength and muscle tone, to the point that I am not hesitant to go sleeveless anymore.

For the new year, I am going to focus more on food quality while continuing to count calories. I am going to print the Weight Watchers Power Foods list and use it as a shopping list (subbing in low fat dairy for the fat-free). I am going to stick with calorie counting but try to use more Power Foods. I was tempted for about 10 minutes to try Weight Watchers again after listening to Margo's review of the SimpleStart program, but realistically, I haven't done well with Weight Watchers (except the first time, when I lost 20 pounds in 16 weeks). Calorie counting and incorporating more good food seems smarter.

I wasn't able to do an Olympic-distance triathlon. My knee problems interfered with that goal, and   I did very few races this year, and none of them with time goals. But I was able to go swim with Team Toledo all season, and after the first few times, got over my self-consciousness about being in a bathing suit around a bunch of sleek endurance athletes.  And after changing my primary goal from racing to staying injury-free, I am going to continue to focus on the long-term.

For the new year, I am going to keep the focus on avoiding injury and getting stronger. I will try to do some racing, but my knee is still the boss.

I didn't get down to some magical size, but I do feel a lot better in clothes and more confident in general. I recently listened to The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life
by GMA correspondent Tory Johnson, and even after she went from a size 16 to a size 6, she still didn't seem to like her body.  I had the same experience the last time I was at my goal. I think the confidence has to come first. I have been amazed at the difference that having well-fitting, fashionable, and fun clothes has made for me. Thanks, Gwynnie Bee! (affiliate link) Also, I have been watching "What Not to Wear" and incorporating The Rules into the clothes I buy for myself, and taking the time to do my makeup most days, which was something I used to think I was "too busy" to do.

Though I still have weight loss goals, this newfound feeling of being comfortable in my skin most of the time is something that is even more important. I still have bad days, of course, but often they're more about my general mood than about my body. This year, I want to put the focus on taking good care of myself, even when I'm busy with classes and work. I want to move forward from a stable center, and not whip myself into shape from a place of desperation to change.

So, no huge ambitious goals or resolutions. There's no reason to think that 2014 is a magical year when everything that used to be difficult suddenly becomes easy.  I'm grateful for what I already have and confident that I can continue to take small, positive steps.

What are your accomplishments for 2013 and your goals for 2014?


  1. For as long as I have been "at this" I don't think I have ever been as comfortable in my skin as I am right now (and have been over the past six or so months)...even though I haven't been exercising (other than taking walks, because that's the only thing that doesn't bother my shoulder) and even though I've gained some weight. The peace I feel inside is amazing and I feel much more empowered to take good care of myself. I'm having surgery on my shoulder on 1/6 and so one of my goals for 2014 is to rehab my shoulder and regain mobility, strength, and flexibility...and I'd like to release 20-ish pounds.

    1. Good luck with the shoulder -- I know how hard it can be to work around those injuries. Great to hear you are feeling happy and centered. Happy new year to you!

    2. Same to you!! :-) I meant to say that in my reply.

  2. I think you are smart to forget about racing/competing and focus on regular workouts that keep you injury free. You are NOW one of the smartest people I know about this because you are SWIMMING regularly. And you are swimming in a way that probably fills competitive hole for you. AND you are swimming in a way that makes the most of your time, you are really working out when you swim. I think that is very smart.

    I agree about clothes having a lot to do with it. You all got me started on that path long ago talking about earrings, clothes, WNTW, etc. it was mostly news to me, even though in college I was very put together. I LOST that totally at some point in fat years. My closet has a lot to do with it. I think your clothes service is especially helpful because you will not have a closet full of larger sizes. It will fill that new clothes need, allow you to continue to figure out what works on your body, and allow you to go down in sizes regularly.

    "There's no reason to think that 2014 is a magical year when everything that used to be difficult suddenly becomes easy."

    My opinion is that it DOES become easier when it is the go to, normal, routine. We do what ever is familiar, we are creatures of routine. If we don't have to think, if we have the pieces readily available that we need, we can make what used to be hard, our regular course.

    Each time you put the right things in your cart, eat from home, drink a ton of water, you are establishing a link between your inside thoughts and your outside actions. It is that copacetic feeling that builds a platform/foundation. There doesn't have to be a start date. It is daily life.

    1. Agreed, making better habits is a process.

      I do want to eventually get back to racing, I am just not going to push through pain to do it.

      It's hard to imagine you ever wearing those horrible jumpers -- you are so fashionable now.

  3. Just sent you an email with skirts I need from Penney's if you are near one and have time to look. Do not make a special trip, but thought I would mention it incase you are out shopping.

  4. Thanks so much for the shoutout-you are looking awesome! LOVING the fashion pics and the Gwynnie Bee things. Funny, I also had the same impression of "The Shift"...the point is to be healthy and happy for a long, long time-not to be a particular size or body type. You are doing so well and can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you! XO


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07