My January Goal

Today was a long and productive day, but I’m not feeling well right now. My head has been aching since late this afternoon, and I feel nauseated as well. I did’t eat much for lunch, and i skipped dinner completely because I can’t even think about food without feeling sick.

In spite of how awful I feel right now, I’m happy because I reached my goal of losing ten pounds in January. I even did it with a few days left to spare. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but numbers like that are life changing over the course of a year. I’m trying not to think about it like that though. Instead I’m just focusing on losing another 10 pounds over the next 30 days.

I’ve been losing weight consistently for the last several weeks, and I can honestly say that I forgot how good it feels. I forgot how empowering it feels to drive by Krispy Kreme without feeling tempted to eat a thousand extra calories of crap.

It feels good to remember. I wish I could remember how awesome the rush of endorphins feel after a heart-pumping workout. Exercise used to be a regular thing in my life, but I spent a lot of time not prioritizing it last year. I want 2015 to be different, which means that I have to make choices that aren’t always comfortable if I really want to accomplish that.

I’ve done some key things differently lately:

– I have chosen salads and healthy wraps over burgers and oversized burritos.

– I’ve continued to avoid sugary drinks at Starbucks even though I’m still there almost daily.

– I skipped dessert again today, after indulging in it over the weekend after 21 days of avoiding them completely.

– I’ve continued to say no to doughnuts. I haven’t had one since September, and right now I don’t miss them. It feels great to say no to them.

– I have asked God to give me strength to make healthier choices.

– I’ve taken time to buy fresh produce and prepare it at home along with other healthy foods.

There’s still so much more that I need to do! Exercise needs to become a regular thing again. I’m not sure why I currently dread something that brings me so much satisfaction, but it’s time to change that. It took some time before, and I realize that if I start making it a habit whether I like it or not, I’ll probably love it again soon.

January has been a successful month for my health, and I hope to do better in February.

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    Michelle Hubbert Darazs
    January 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Great Job on reaching your goal for this month! I switch to bring my lunch with me to work and that has helped me. I still hate exercise so I am taking my kids to the river walk at least once a week and we walk there for over an hour. I feel sometime you have to slowly work back into working out.

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    Sara P.
    January 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

    That’s awesome you reached your goal and want to continue being healthier! I feel like that is constantly my goal but there’s nothing wrong with that. I fall off the wagon sometimes but I can always get back on!!

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    jean53at53
    January 27, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Something that has really worked for me is one free day a week. Each week I pick a day (usually Saturday or Sunday but if I have a special event to go to during the week it might be a different day) and I eat and drink anything I want on my free day. I find I can avoid the cookie or Starbuck drink if I know on my free day I can have one if I want. And interestingly enough, when free day rolls around I often find the cookie is no longer of interest. (although I will admit pizza always seems to call my name on my free day!) Please note, it is not a cheat day, it is a free day. You are not cheating, you are simply enjoying a free day.

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    Less of Less
    January 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Woot! Go girl! Cheers to making better choices. 10 lbs in one month is crazy awesome. Keep doing what you’re doing and you can make goal next month too.

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    Heather Forcey
    January 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Way to go! I know the numbers don’t matter, but darn if it doesn’t feel really good to see them go lower! I’m right there with you regarding exercise. It feels so empowering after it is over, but man it is hard to get myself moving.

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    Ann
    January 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Way to go Kenlie! It always makes it easier to keep working at it when you see some progress. I hope you’re able to get yourself back into the exercise habit too 🙂

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