Friday, December 11, 2009


Something I am particularly proud of is that it hasn’t even occurred to me to pack it in until the New Year. I have read a couple of blogs lately that warn against becoming complacent over the coming weeks and of mistakenly resolving oneself to just get back on the health bandwagon come January first. I am so pleased to realize that these posts don’t really apply to me.

What I mean is that they are relevant in the sense that I get something out of reading them, but the concerns that underlie their writing do not affect me. I am not, nor will I become over the next twenty-one days, one of the people who packs it in and decides to recommit come 2010.

No! I am dedicated now! I am already four months into my ‘new year’ and I refuse to let neither the call of holiday treats, nor the temptation to let busyness dictate my workout schedule, deter me from continuing to see the progress which I have earned thus far!

There is no way I am going to give in or take a break just because it is December. I wouldn’t choose to be a kind person only eleven months out of twelve. When I have a child, I won’t decide to give up being a mother for a little less than a tenth of the year. There is no way I would ever opt to honour my wedding vows for only 330 days or so of the 365. So why would I ever even consider dropping my commitment to my health for a few weeks?

My resolution comes from within, not from the promise of a new calendar.

- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 Mandarin orange
- 1 small bite of a homemade cheese crisp
- 1 light peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat bread
- 1/4 banana
- 1 glass of a strawberry breakfast replacement drink
- 2 shortcake biscuits
- 1 glass of peach juice
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with roast chicken, grated cheese, lettuce, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 pear

- 1 hour and 20 minutes of walking completed in 2 outings (15 minutes long and 1 hour and 5 minutes long)


  1. I totally agree with ya...I don't understand that way of thinking either!

  2. I love how you compared it to marriage. Great insight.


    Yes I am SHOUTING



  4. Interesting analogies to marriage and motherhood. Something to ponder...thanks.

  5. Look... the funnest two weeks of the year are here. Blow off all this tough dieting nonsense and have a little fun. Eat Chex party mix til you puke. Drink eggnog until you can no longer stomach the sight of it. Have some holiday fun!!!!!

    *Please be advised the Jack Sh*t is celebrating Opposite Day today. The viewpoints expressed in this comment do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the comment writer. For more information, please go to Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit at

  6. Hi there just thought I would send you my latest blog post. Once again thanks so much for the giveaway inspiration. Look forward to seeing you succeed in the new year. Just promise to wait for me at the finish line.

  7. "My resolution comes from within, not from the promise of a new calendar."

    That is fantastic. This is a wonderful post in time for the holidays.

    PS: I love your pics down the right hand side of the page that cronicle your weight loss. You're looking great, keep it up!

  8. Oh yes! It's not really a lifestyle change if you change your whole outlook and choices every December. I agree 100%

  9. I may be struggling right now a little bit, but I'm not giving up, either! Why cause yourself to have a big setback? Generally the only day I intentionally "take off" of counting as much is Christmas Day (although I counted it last year anyway, even though I went over my calorie limit).

  10. I'm still feeling pretty pumped today from this epiphany!

    Jack, I was looking forward to what you had to say with your opposite attitude today and you certainly didn't disapoint. Mmmm... Chex party mix... drooooolll...

    Joanne, I'm heading over to check it out now and I will most definitely see you at the finish line! :)

  11. I LOVED THIS POST AND I SO LOVED THIS: My resolution comes from within, not from the promise of a new calendar.

    Tomorrow is now.. you go girl!!!!!

  12. I'm with you on this - I don't do resolutions.... this is for life for me....