1. Rejoin Weight Watcher's online and embrace the new Points Plus program
After much thought (little enthusiasm) and consideration, I'm going to jump back on the "WW" bandwagon! I've searched through blogs looking for folks that are on the new program and have seen nothing less than great remarks. The old points system worked for me but I began to hit a wall with my weight loss. My food consumption wasn't coming close to the amount of activity I was putting in each week. Eat more to LOSE...I love that concept!
With the new Points Plus program, there is an obvious allowance for a higher calorie consumption. The catch is you are allowed to eat more "healthy" options for a lesser points value than "unhealthy" options with the same caloric value. I can live with that! Although I don't plan to drop much smaller than I am right now, I'm giving the new program a three month trial. If I like it, I'll incorporate the core values into my daily life. If I don't like it...uuummm well...I'll just keep using my workouts to burn!
2. Make my relocation to Houston as smooth as possible
I am aware of the fact that some of this will play out by chance. I am also aware that I've got to put forth a ton of effort to make things happen. I am starting from scratch. I need a job, place, new car...I'm praying that God will align these things for me along with my effort to obtain them.
This is a move I've wanted to make for a very long time. Unfortunately fear kept me paralyzed and unable to act upon my dream. Now that I've got this "go get em" attitude, I'm not letting my fears of the unknown keep me from making my dream a reality.
3. Become a runner
Miesha a runner?? Seriously??? I'm making it a point to take up running! This is another thing on my list of "things to do before I die." Let me be very clear when I say I've liked running, even since childhood. I've never considered myself the running type.
Now that my entire outlook on my life has changed over the last year, I'm going to give it a try! I might fall in love with it (like I did Spinning) or I might hate it..nevertheless I'm going to try! Wish me luck, I'm going to need it!
4. Reach my goal weight range
My ideal weight has changed again! I came super close to hitting 167 this year...I got to 169.4. This is nothing to frown about, I'm happy with my progress. No excuses from me I've been hovering around 173 for the last couple weeks. Extra snacking and skipping workouts is the main culprit. Moving out of my place has my life in total chaos! My Virgo tendencies are clashing with this. My life thrives on structure & balance.
My new ideal weight range is 155-160. I'm not listening to anyone else's opinion about where I should be, I know where I want to be and that's all that matters!
5. Creating art
My weight loss efforts have effectively allowed me to disregard one of my greatest passions. I just didn't have the energy and focus needed to create. I vow to change that in 2011! First project will be a baby gift for my cousin Brandy. She asked me to make something for her soon to arrive baby girl Chloe. Brandy knows me well and she knew to ask me early before I could rattle off any reasons not to!
I am into mixed media art and I'd like to start designing art deco handbags. I've got a sketch book waiting to be filled with all of the ideas floating around in my head! I've got to make this happen!
6. Improve my blogging skills
I have much respect for those folks that have the time to dedicate attention and thought to all of their blogs. I'm working myself up to that point...smdh! I'm finding myself spending more time reading and writing blogs than I spend on Facebook! Say it ain't so!! Blogging has become part of my therapy. I'm grateful to all of you that are interested in what I have to say.
I believe I mentioned in a recent post that my blog will become more than just my weight loss journey. I've already started that process but plan to expand even more in the upcoming year.
7. Take more pictures
I absolutely cannot justify purchasing a digital SLR camera until I start using the two camera's I already own. My point & shoot camera goes everywhere with me and has a damn near empty media card...this is a problem! I also have a mid-level camera with all the bells and whistles that I rarely take out of the house, this is a problem as well! I go on vacation and neglect to take pictures...FAIL!
I bought my girls digital camera's for Christmas this year and they won't put them down! I've got to follow their lead!
8. Obtain my personal training and nutrition certifications respectively
This is something that quite possibly could run into 2012 but I will be getting the ball rolling in 2011. I've got a lot to learn. I know what works for me but helping others succeed needs refinement. I'd like to be able to call myself a healthy lifestyle "expert" soon in place of
"enthusiast." I've received some great advice from others about becoming certified so I'm armed with knowledge.
I plan to make friends with the gym and start asking questions of trainers. Oh yeah and in my
9. Enjoying my time with my loved ones
Now more than ever with my impending move soon, I recognize the importance of my relationships with my loved ones. My girls will remain the center of my world and with God's help I will continue to have the ability to care and provide for them in the way that I do.
There is no doubt that I am blessed to have the people that I do in my life. I am loved! Not only am I loved by others, I am in love with myself. Because of this I am able to return love now without regrets and hesitation. I owe a lot of this to my honey. Everyday I am thankful for him.
10. Reconnect with my spiritual path
I've never been one for sitting in church each Sunday. I know myself well enough to know that my life is missing a specific guidance though. I had already decided that once I get to Houston I will be finding a church home. Not only do I need this guidance, my girls need it as well. I can only give them so much as a foundation. My life has been craving this for sometime so I will no longer ignore that voice.
Whew!!! This has to be the longest post I've ever written! I wanted to make sure I put careful thought into each goal/plan. We speak things into existence. Happy New Year!
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