December Goals…

Holy Moly!! It is really hard for me to believe that November is pretty much behind us and tomorrow is the start of December.  It is definitely getting colder in these parts of the country and the days are shorter and shorter.  That being said….I am getting excited to wrap this year up and start fresh in 2017.  2016 has been a really incredible year for me.  Now it’s time to make sure that all my hard work and dedication goes the distance.

I have come up with some goals for the month of December and I am happy to share them with you.  Some of the goals will be familiar – they are working for me and I want to stick with some important things.  I have ventured out and welcomed some new goals that I am looking forward to tackling!!

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First and probably one of the most important to me – right now – is to stay on track for the Holidays.  Guys, I’m not kidding when I say that the holidays scare me a little bit.  In my weekly post that will come out tomorrow, I talk about Thanksgiving and how I handled it.  It went smoothly and I adjusted somethings to make it work for me.  Christmas is a little bit different, I think.  I feel like there are more temptations and opportunities to get derailed.  There are so many parties to attend and gift give aways that focus around food.  So many traditions that surround Christmas are focused around food.  To be successful with this goal – all I really need to focus on is taking care of what is important to me and realizing that it is just one day at a time.  I know I can do it!!

Goals numbers 2, 3, and 4 are the same as my goals in November.  I think that these goals are super important to help me with my maintenance.  It’s so important to stay hydrated after you’ve had the surgery.  I don’t want to end up dehydrated….so water, water, water all the time!  I’ve actually had fun trying to stay moving throughout the day!! I recently got a standup desk installed on my desk and I love it!! I actually find it fairly comfortable to stand and do my work.  It is also easier to work on my steps throughout the day if I’m already up.

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Here I am – pre short hair – at my stand up desk!!  Thanks to my student Sierra for taking this picture.  Also, yes, my desk is often that messy!! YIKES!!

To be totally honest getting the 250 steps between the hours of 9am and 6pm has been a huge challenge.  I haven’t gotten it everyday but I really enjoy trying.  I have been cruising through the 10k steps for 6 days a week and that feels AWESOME!!

Goal # 5- Allow yourself to be human.  I am working on this every single day.  It’s OK to have a bite of something that is off your plan.  It’s OK to NOT workout every single day.  It’s OK to not want to get out of bed in the morning at 4:30am to take your crazy dog for 2.5 mile walk.  I am human and I do not have to be motivated 150% of the time.  I have to realize that I’m going to be in situations that aren’t ideal and I don’t have to run away from them.  I can face them and adapt.  I can stop running and help my leg heal and do something else to stay active and still be on my program.  I CAN, I CAN, I CAN!!

Goal #6 – Practice patience with maintenance.  Maintenance is the hard part….like seriously hard.  I can eat more now…not anywhere near as much as I could before surgery, of course.  But, it’s scary to know that I can fit more bites in here and there.  I have more freedom of choice.  Things still make me sick and there are items that I simply will not go back to.  However, it’s hard to be told to lose weight my whole life and now….I have to stop losing weight.  Typically, by this point I would be tired of denying myself the foods I want to eat and I would tired of working out.  This is not the case – I LOVE THE WAY I FEEL!!  I just have to relax and work on maintaining my weight and happiness.

So, that’s what I’m working on for the month of December.  What are you working on??

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