OT: New Year's Resolutions

We are at that time of the year where we need to start thinking about things we want to change, add, remove from our lives with the new year.

Here’s my list:

[ul]* Take care of my health (post-partum diabetes has had me licked)

  • Loose at least 40 lbs
  • Spend more time visiting museums with my rascal
  • This is not so much a resolution, but something I still need to get over…I turned 40 yesterday, why was I derpessed?!n I need to get over it!
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Ok…what’s on your list?

I don’t have any non knitting resolutions…but if I had to choose a goal to achieve this year it would be finish fixing up the house. I’d also like to keep up with my cleaning and purging clutter. Been doing a great job and can’t quit now.

  1. Loose enough weight that all my pants and skirts fit properly again.
  2. Find a new job.
  3. Move out.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Go visit friends and family in California.

Mm. That’s it for now.

  1. Start exercising. I need to become more active. Physically I look healthy, but I have no stamina or energy.

  2. Clean out the computer/junk room. It’s a war zone!

  3. Take a class or two at the local community college.

Hmm, that’s all I can really come up with right now.

It’s kind of sad that we all need to take care of our health in some way or another. Why do we leave that alone and not take care of ourselves?

My Goals:

Lose 80 lbs by Labor Day to go to Vegas
Work on eating a much healthier way
Exercise every day
Drink more water
Work on controlling my OCD tendencies
Extend myself knitting wise and try something challenging
Learn to let things go that I can’t control

Hijacking my own thread LOL.

If anyone would like a weight loss buddy, please keep me in mind. I am going to put myself on front street, by posting pics on my website. I think this will keep me on the straight-and-narrow.

Me too! There have been times in my life when I’ve been good about it, but this is not one of them. I so prefer knitting, or coming here to talk about knitting. But that’s like, exercise for our fingers, right? :teehee:

My knitting resolution is to knit more for ME since I got so burned out making gifts this Christmas!

Really, though, here are my resolutions:

– Lose 10 pounds by increasing exercise and staying away from fast food
– Start seriously thinking about starting a family
– Knit those fabulous Fiber Trends clogs for me and DH
– Stay in touch better with old friends
– Take one purely frivolous vacation with DH

I’ll join you as a weight loss buddy. I get the final diagnosis in January after a battery of testing results come in, but I’m pretty sure I’m pre-diabetic. I don’t think it’s going to be a matter of if might try a diet, but I will HAVE to. In our initial consultation, the NP suggested The South Beach Diet, and I think I’ll probably try to follow that one after the first of the year, even before I get the results on the 16th.

I’m traveling for the holidays and although I’m trying to avoid refined flour and sugars, it’s REALLY hard traveling and with all of the goodies around! So I’m officially starting the strictest phase of the diet on the 2nd. You’re supposed to lose 8-14 pounds in the first 2 weeks, and then 1-2 pounds a week after that.

I also need to get back in the habit of walking at least a mile before I get the kids ready for school.

Also
-learn to knit socks
-finish one more grad course to renew my teacher certification
-read a book a month (for me!)
-volunteer only for projects I REALLY want to do, not those I feel guilted into
-one morning a month is ALL mine–no laundry, no errands, no kids. Just me.
-One date night a month with hubby
-Get the house into resell shape. Whether or not we decide to list this year, there’s still work and decluttering and touch up paint to be done!

I am really sad! I have belonged to a huge weight loss website for several years, just 3 years ago I lost 100 lbs and have gained most of it back, my husband had heart bypass surgery, I am obese and even all that didn’t spur me on. I promised my dh that the minute Christmas day is over we are on the treadmill, on to eating healthy and getting back to normal! It is funny, the easiest thing for me to do is exercise. Maybe because I am so obsessive that I do it religiously and why I have fallen off that wagon I don’t know. Maybe I was feeling sorry for myself when my husband had to have his surgery, who knows?

So with all that being said, I am in with any of you gals who wants to start living right and getting healthy for 2007! You can’t eat and knit at the same time!!!

Faye

My bil is doing the South beach diet, and he has done great, guessing I would say he lost 100 lbs in about a year. And he isn’t starving and the food always looks great.
On the other hand my sil had gastric bypass, and she looks horrible, she can only eat 2 ozs of food at anytime, and anything like a sauce upsets her stomach, she has lost 145lbs in 10 months , which is great for her joints and body, but she looks like shes going to faint all the time. She used to be high energy, socialable, outgoing and alot of fun to be around. Now when we get together as a family she looks pale, gaunt and always grabs the nearest chair and sits and moans about everything.
Iam thinking about trying the south beach diet this year, with my personality I need things written in black and white and I can follow them, just don’t leave me to my own judgement as it goes out the window as soon as I see hershey…lol…
Sorry about the long winded, if any one wants to join me in Jan on the southbeach diet, just hollar, I can set up a blog on here for everyone to chat and share ideas.

I’ll join you on the South Beach diet. I have the book and cookbook already. I’ve lost up to 70 pounds on low carb type diets before, but gained it all back. I know that means I’ll have a harder time losing it this time, but it really worked for me. Plus, I really think avoiding sugar and white flour etc are healthy.

Just an FYI. I did medifast this year. It is not for the faint of heart, with only 800 calories a day. But for me it is what I wanted because it is FAST FAST FAST. I lost 45 pounds in six months and I have kept it off for about another 5 months.

Going back on soon to lose the last 20 lbs!

My mom and I did the south beach. Her doc ordered it for her too. I joined so she would have company. First 2 weeks…not so great, but my gosh I lost 12 pounds! Mom didn’t lose a lot the first two weeks which was odd. But she started losing the 3rd and 4th weeks…she lost so much she was s size smaller than me… :!!!:

I need to drop about 20 lbs and no not to look stick thin either. I just want to by able to wear nice clothes without feeling self concious. Overall I just need to focus more on me than on making everyone else around me happy. Sounds like a self centered New Year’s resolution but it needs to be done or I’m going to snap.

That is an easy one. Next year you will be 41, so you are younger than next year. That’s something to be happy with :wink:

I have the south beach book also and was part of a thread of south beachers on my weight loss website when my dh has his surgery and I just couldn’t keep at it, concentrate on everything and take care of him too. I am with all who want to South Beach starting in January. Oh and you don’t really have to start South Beach with the killer two weeks. He does that to get rid of toxins, sugars and such. If you look at a lot of diets, they do that, Dr Phil, Richard Simmons, even WW has a quick start program.

On the other hand my sil had gastric bypass, and she looks horrible, she can only eat 2 ozs of food at anytime, and anything like a sauce upsets her stomach, she has lost 145lbs in 10 months , which is great for her joints and body, but she looks like shes going to faint all the time. She used to be high energy, socialable, outgoing and alot of fun to be around. Now when we get together as a family she looks pale, gaunt and always grabs the nearest chair and sits and moans about everything.

My sister’s sil had gastric bypass and ended up back in the hospital. She couldn’t keep food down, had a punctured instestine and some other stuff. She was probably near or over 300 lbs and probably weighs 125 now and looks ghastly. She is a stick, is pasty looking, cannot eat more than a couple bites and she did this 3 years ago! It doesn’t always turn out badly, but it IS a drastic measure for people to take. My insurance will only cover the more radical bypass not the lap band, which they say is still too experimental. I am over 300 lbs and it would be the only thing I would ever consider and I would truly have to be dying and know that I would die and soon to have it done. I did this to myself, no one else did (well, my big babies didn’t help, but still) and I want to fix this myself through exercise and good eating habits. So, I am with you gals!!!

I’m so glad to find diet buddies to keep me on track!

I’ll be away from the computer for a while. We’re spending Christmas with my parents and their computer is archaic. (Nonny, we’re driving through Memphis on our way, so I’ll wave as we go through!)

I’m starting South Beach on January 2 if anyone wants to join me. We can commiserate together. I’ve heard the first few days are tough, but I could use a jump start!

Happy Holidays!

I think January 2 is a good day to start. January 1 is my 60th birthday, so I’ll use that as further incentive. I don’t know why 60 seems so much older than 59, but it does. Woe is me!! LOL Still 100 % better than the alternative, right?

And, to paraphrase, just think, in five years 60 will seem younger! :wink:

(DH is 63 - 60 seems young to 44-year-old me!)

I’ve given up on making New Year’s resolutions - I always break them, so it feels like setting myself up to fail. Instead I try to make changes gradually, as I can… :shrug: