Happy New Year!

I had a wonderful 2013.  Ten, twenty, thirty years from now, I will remember 2013 as the year I became engaged to a wonderful man one wintry day and married him on a beautiful, fall day in Florida.  I might remember that it was the first year of a new job that I might still consider a good career move.  I may not remember it for what is bringing me down today.  On the last day of 2013, I saw the largest number on a scale I have ever seen when weighing myself.

Yes, I am not feeling very healthy or writerly on the first day of 2014.  I’m feeling pretty fat.  A negative voice wants to take over my head, and the fat feeling could take over everything if I let it.  That’s pretty stupid.  See the first three sentences of paragraph one.

But, I do need to find some motivation or energy to try once again to get healthy and fit.  Getting into the healthy weight zone seems impossible right now, but I know I feel better (and look better) when I am overweight as opposed to obese.  My fabulous husband and I look forward to a long, happy life together. and getting healthy and fit will make that likelier.

The DH (dear husband) is filled with a lot more determination, optimism and hope about starting a good Weight Watchers run than I am right now.  I don’t want to bring him down, and I do see the need to change some ways.  The new(ish) job referred to in paragraph one is still pretty stressful at times, and I need to do better stress management in 2014 than 2013.  I’m contemplating trying to workout some mornings during the work week.  This means getting up earlier, and that is not appealing.  That said, my preference for going to fun gym classes after work did not work for me last year.  I have to find a way to make sure I work out more.

The summer heat of 2013 stopped my typical walks during my lunch hour, and I need to do that more often.  The DH gave me a fitbit, to replace the one I lost when I was wedding dress shopping, for Christmas, and I need to set that up.  Having the fitbit show that I was pretty close to 10,000 steps for the day could inspire me to walk around at night until I made that goal.

The DH and I do eat out way too much.  In addition to the added expense, I know it greatly increases our calorie intake for the day.  We must be better about that this year.  I’m halfway through deciding what dishes to make in my next cooking marathon.  I’m going to have to come up with a Kessler rule about eating out for the next few months at least.  Perhaps I should limit myself to eating out only once or twice a week.

The DH and I have agreed that we must make getting back on a health and fitness kick our priority in January.  This even included the both of us making doctor’s appointments.  I shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t seen a doctor in at least 10 years, and that was in a walk-in clinic.  I think my last physical was in 2000.  I know I’m not the only one who can say something like that, but yes, I’m due.  I know that my biggest health issue is my weight, and I just kept saying I’d go to a doctor when I conquered that.  Even at my lowest less than two years ago, I kept putting it off for a skinnier day.  Madness.

If anyone still comes to this blog, they might notice I haven’t posted since Labor Day.  I do think this blog has helped me a lot in the past, and I want to see if it can do that again.

Here’s to a healthier 2014!  2013 was a tremendously happy year, and that is even more important than healthy.  But, it is time to prioritize getting healthy again.  Happy New Year!


2 responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I think making 2014 a healthier year is a great idea. That is my plan too and the stressful job always impacts. 2014 for me is about trying to find that balance. Good Luck and Happy New Year!

  2. Michelle Butler says:

    Thanks, Tiffany! Any tips on finding that balance? I’ve done fairly well with my eating choices so far this year and need to up the exercise soon – for stress relief if nothing else.

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