Challenge Recap and Looking Ahead

My 6 in 6 challenge is over. Total weight loss after 5 weeks: 6.4 lbs. (Honestly, I didn’t get a chance to weight myself after the final week because my scale is at work, and I have several vacay days off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I met my goal! ) At the end of a challenge there all always mixed emotions. On one side, I’m thrilled that I did what I set out to do. On the other hand, my brain is still in challenge mode and wants to know what’s next. That will have to take a little thought.

I hope you were able to gain some encouragement and motivation from my journey and hope that maybe you joined in as well. Maybe this will inspire you to start your own challenge (maybe with the help of a dietitian?)…? You may be thinking that you have more than 6 pounds to lose. The task seems daunting. But challenges like my 6 in 6, or a 30 day, or 60 day, can help break that weight loss into smaller chunks that are more reasonable to think about and easier to achieve.

Hopefully, this will be good motivator for you to pick your own challenge and start in the New Year. I’m excited for what 2013 will bring and the many changes that we go through as people as each day passes. I need to do some thinking about New Year’s resolutions andย  reflections on 2012. I plan to do that in the next few days and share my goals with you for the start of the New Year.

I hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright ๐Ÿ™‚

Candied pecans!

Homemade candied pecans!

Me and the hubs ready for Doles family Christmas

Me and the hubs ready for Doles family Christmas

Homemade caramel corn

Homemade caramel corn

Sadie in dog toy bliss

Sadie in dog toy bliss

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Ringing in the New Year… What 2012 Has to Offer

2012… Another holiday season has come and gone… and another year is beginning. Raise your hand if you make New Year’s resolutions? Raise your hand if you’ve ever kept them?

I may be one of the few that makes resolutions that I can actually keep. What’s my secret? (*whisper*) Make it SMART.

NOT a good way to write a resolution

S =specific

M= measurable

A= attainable

R= realistic

T= timely

The abstract resolutions just don’t work. They don’t mean anything when you can’t measure their success or don’t have a definite plan to carry them out. “Lose weight,” “be kinder,” “be more patient,” “exercise more,” “eat healthier,” etc. sound nice, but traditionally fall to the wayside.

Let me be your resolution guide. 2012 WILL BE the year you make great goals AND achieve them!

Let’s practice. If your goal is to lose weight, here are some better ways to word your resolution: “I resolve to meet with a dietitian in the 1st two weeks of January to make a plan,” or “I resolve to eat at least 3 servings of vegetables every day,” or “I resolve to exercise at least 3 days per week which will include 30 minutes of walking and 10 minutes of weight training.”

Get the idea?? Pinpoint your plan to achieve your goals IN your resolution. Oh, and write it down. When something is on paper or in your calendar you are more likely to follow through.

My plan? Last year I did 1 marathon, 1 mini triathlon, 1 biathlon, 2 half marathons, a 5-miler and a handful of 5ks.

I’m beating it this year! In 2012 I will run 2 marathons, 4 half marathons, and do 3 triathlons (plus any other fun runs of my choosing). My plan is set. The dates are in the calendar, and the training schedules are already in my planner. (And since it’s officially out there for the world to see… I WILL do it)

*****It’s YOUR turn. What are your resolutions? What would you like to accomplish in 2012? The year is yours. You CAN do anything! Who/what do you need to make it possible? Find out and make it happen. Make a plan.

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