All of my friends, and pretty much anyone who knows me, know how much time I have spent battling my weight. Since I was a teenager it has been an issue. I lose weight, stop then gain it back. It is a vicious cycle that everyone who like me is understands. Last year I was doing really well, I had lost 35 pounds and had started going to the gym. I had two visits with a personal trainer and with the exercise program he put me on and the changes I had made with my life, he said “realistically, you could reach your goal in a year”. I was so excited! I need to lose a lot of weight, but my goal at that time was 100 pounds and I had already dropped 35 of that. Then I could not afford the gym membership any longer, I was having money troubles all over the place, I got discouraged, depressed and quit everything. I didn’t dawn on me that the gym was only a part of it and I could still keep going with all my other changes. You see, in my mind, I had failed again. I went back to all of my bad habits, lost all the ground I had gained and just became a big mess all over again.
Then October happened and I realized that October was the year. Had I kept going, I would have reached my goal in October 2014. Without the gym maybe it wouldn’t have been 100 pounds, but I would still have been well on my way. But here it was October and I was not only so far away from that goal, but beyond where I had started. I had gained all of it back plus some extra just for good measure. I began to think about what I had been doing over this year. It seemed to go by so fast. Where was I? I was one year older, I was more overweight, still had money issues because I was too busy eating myself into food comas to do anything about that either. More importantly, I had lost myself.
Since this epiphany, I started thinking “what if I had kept up just one change for an entire year”? Would that have lead to other changes? A year is not that long, really. Twelve months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 525,600 minutes (Rent reference, I couldn’t resist). Could I just do something, on purpose, for one year? I got out of bed every day and went to work for a year, did laundry for a year, cleaned house for a year, so why not? I sat down and made of list of things I could do for one year. Just one year and then, when the year is up, all bets were off. Now, granted, I do realize that some changes will stick but there are some that I am pretty sure won’t but I want to be able to have the strength to have done them for a year.
As I was writing my list, I realized that it didn’t have to be just for weight loss. How many people understand what could happen if they committed for just one year? How many of us wake up one day and wonder where did that time go and if they had it again would do so much more?
I am inviting you all to do this with me. It’s just one year of your life, it’s only a year. Think about what you could you accomplish in a year. Having support from people will make this so much better. It will be challenging, it will be downright hard. But it is only a year. I am going to talk about my successes and my failures, I am going to talk about wanting to quit and about not quitting. I want to hear from you, too. No matter what your year is going to be about, I want to hear from you. Quite frankly, I can use all the support I can get. We can skype, email, send Tumblr messages, whatever.
Here are a few things on my list. Move every day, I don’t care how, just move my ass for 30 minutes; do not add salt to my food; do not drink any soda pop. These three are the hardest ones. The big dogs I need to conquer. The others a little easier, but still something to work hard on like cut portions in half, look for a new job, go to bed at a time that gives me at least 7.5 hours of sleep, turn off the electronics for at least 1/2 hour before going to bed, no fast food, no cake, cookies, candy and wean myself off of artificial sweeteners.
Not all my goals are giving up things. I’ve decided to not look at it as giving things up, but just not doing them for a year. I mean, I know what fast food and soda taste like and they aren’t going to suddenly disappear over the course of a year.
At the the end of this year, my life will have changed and I’ll have, hopefully new friends. If you don’t want to join me, just think about doing it anyway. Think about what you could accomplish in a year if you committed yourself to it.