Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

We are a just a few hours into the new year now and I am feeling positive about many of the changes that started to take shape in 2009. This new decade brings a continuation of the good habits that I have worked so hard to form and I am feeling confident that I will reach all of my health goals in 2010.

I ended the year starting a new project. I purchased the ever-popular 30 Day Shred a couple of days ago and purposefully decided to try it out prior to the proverbial ball dropping. I wanted to make sure that I did not feel like I was making false promises to myself that solely hinged on being perfect from January 1st onwards. Any changes that I am implementing are important in and of themselves; they don’t need a significant starting date as they are simply a continuation of what I have already begun to build. Hmmm… apparently I am waxing philosophical – I blame the glass of wine I had at midnight. Anyhow, that’s why I started the program today rather than waiting until tomorrow. I’m not sure if I will attempt to do thirty days of the video in a row at this point or not, but I am glad that I have a new tool and something different that will bring variety to my workouts.

I managed to complete twenty-six and a quarter hours of exercise in the month of December. Yes, I fell short of my goal of thirty-five hours, but I am still thrilled that I managed to get in as much as I did considering how hectic this past month has been. Overall, I averaged over fifty minutes of purposeful activity per day. I think that is quite an accomplishment! My main reason for starting the exercise tracker was to keep my focus and to not lose sight of the importance of working out as my schedule became increasingly full. I honestly think that this was achieved, so I am counting this one as a win even though I didn’t actually meet my goal.

I hope that this New Year finds you all safe, joyous, and feeling hopeful about the prospective gifts of the next 365 days. May all of your dreams and wishes for the coming months be fulfilled and may you find the strength, courage, motivation, focus, and desire you need to do your part in making them all come true! Happy New Year!!!

- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 3 cups spinach salad with herb goat cheese, croutons, dried cranberries, orange pepper, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 1 Mandarin orange
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with ham, grated cheese, spinach, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 pear
- 1 glass of white wine
- 6 walnuts

- 25 minute workout video
- 1 hour and 5 minute walk


  1. I just started my blog and my weight loss. I enjoy reading your blog. Could you tell me what you eat for breakfast? When I read your blog, there doesn't seem like any breakfast food is on your list. I don't like breakfast food, so I'm really interested in what you are having, if anything. Thanks.

  2. Wow!! What an amazing year you've had!! 80 pounds gone, healthier and well on your way to being the best you can be. I want to wish you ALL THE BEST that 2010 has to offer!!! We'll definitely be chatting in the NEW YEAR!! All the best - so happy and proud of you! :)

  3. Great post and Happy New Year to you! My friend LOVES the 30-day shred DVD, so I'm sure you'll like it to, or at least find it helpful if you're not always 'enjoying' it. LOL

  4. You have had an amazing year and I KNOW that 2010 is going to be even better. Now get us a progress pic!! :)

  5. Happy New year!!!!!!! You did amazing things in 2009 & I have no doubt that 2010 will be the same for you! Stepping outside our comfort zone is never easy but the rewards & payoffs, WOW! I have to walk out of my comfort zone in real life this year. that is my goal. Fitness stuff is the easy for me... real life, not so much!


  6. I hope you have a sucessful 2010. You're on your way.

  7. "gifts of 365 days" is the best quote ever and has made me tear up (again - bah). Yes, every day is a gift and we should make the most of them.

    An average of 50 mins a day is fan-blinkin-tastic - well done you!

    Good luck for a great 2010 - I know you are going to achieve a lot!

  8. Happy New Year to you, too! I have no doubt you will reach your health goals this year!

  9. You have had an awesome year! Wow! You are doing just an amazing job so far, and I know 2010 will be even better. You have the greatest attitude and have truly served as an inspiration to me as well as many others.
    Keep up the great work for your sake as well as mine:-)
    Happy New Year!!

  10. food and everything looks tasty.
    I get a little superstitious about it all too.
    I probably would have done the tape a day early.
    I started fatmageddon a day early because I couldn't stand to wait anymore.
    I have never been patient.
    Good luck on your new year. I hope it brings all you wish