Long time, no blog! I know, I know… but I have good reasons! XD Let’s just say that my professional writing career has made significant strides in the last month. Plus I learned to knit. XD More on the proffi writing very soon, but for now, I thought I’d kick off the New Year — which looks like it will be epic! — with a review of 2011.
My main takeaway from 2011? I took up fitness and exercise and I STUCK TO IT ALL YEAR. This is, by far, one of the greatest accomplishment I’ve had in a single year in… forever? It’s huge, y’all. From January to May, it was running consistently, and since May, it’s been Slimmons three times a week. Vacations and life bumps like getting sick have taken me away from Slimmons for small periods of time, but I always went back (do you know how hard it is to drag yourself back to 45 minutes of high-impact cardio after a ten day vacay?). I am super proud of myself!
I also gained a LOT of body confidence in 2011, in large part due to exercise, but also because of this blog. I don’t know why or how, but I’ve… deprogrammed myself from a lifetime of fat shame, body hate and food guilt. I mean, not *completely*, but I simply have no patience for it anymore. Yeah, it means I don’t monitor my eating as closely as before (ie: I don’t “diet” b/c I’m not trying to “lose weight”), as fitness, health and NOT dieting has become my focus, but my newfound sanity about my body has made my eating a lot better. I don’t HAVE to dive into a box of cookies because they’re not forbidden… and I can have one or two and walk away. It’s lovely.
And friends! I’ve made so many friends! Honestly, part of the reason I’ve been terrible about blogging is that I get Heidi, Patty, Alyssa and Laura all to myself in real life, and talk about bloggy topics ad naseum in person and then forget to blog them. Whoops!
So what’s ahead in 2012? My primary goal has nothing to do with health/fitness or my weight, and is already underway — career success in 2012! But relative to The Curvy Nerd? I’d like to continue my fitness routine, and then step it up. My body is now used to Richard three times a week, and I think I need to add a day (I love some of the other classes at Slimmons but the sked is the thing!), or another activity (maybe running again), in order to challenge my body more. I’ve seen a lot of positive physical changes in my arms, legs and torso… but my hips and stomach are persistently the same. Sigh.
I’m not setting a weight specific goal right *now* but that doesn’t mean I won’t later in the year. I know that sounds odd, or like a cheat. But every single year I’ve set a goal tied to a number, wouldn’t achieve it and would be so bummed out, that it wouldn’t matter if I did accomplish other things (like fitness). This year I’d rather not do that.
Well, I don’t want to set a WEIGHT number goal. I do have a clothing size number goal in mind: I’d like to kiss size 16 ANYTHING goodbye (I’m a 14/16) and make serious headway to getting into a size 12. This translates to losing at least 6 inches in my hips (since I’m a 16 down below exclusively!), so my “stepping up my fitness goal” becomes key. Obviously some weight loss will come with that. But I’m not going to say “I will lose 30 pounds!” and then beat myself up/have other people judge if I don’t get there. The thing about clothing size goals, is you can lose 10 lbs but exercise like a mofo and lose far more inches than your weight loss may reflect. Or, you can lose 30 lbs but not do ANY toning and achieve the same thing. I’d rather focus on fitness and toning to achieve body goals in 2012.
ALSO: I need to blog more. Seriously.
Enough about me! What are YOUR goals for 2012? Are they weight based? Fitness? Career? Something else?