Here's to a new year!

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I’m not going to sit here and go into great detail about how much my life changed this past year. I think you pretty much all know the logistics.

A recap in a nutshell…I quit drinking, I started running again and I’m down 70 lbs.

2014 has been an amazing year for my personally. Lately I've been refelcting a bit on these past 10 months and I am just taken back. I really can't believe how much I have changed, and I don't just mean my physical appearance, but just overall in these past 10 months. I can't credit it all to my sobriety or my weight loss, but just an overall growth as an individual. If you had asked me this time last year if I thought I would be where I am today I would've said not a chance...but here I am!
But this year has also come with its fair share of struggles. How I’ve managed to stay sober through some of them still astounds me, but it’s all made me that much stronger. I’m thankful every day for the gifts of health & happiness that I have given myself (jesus, this sounds like a Hallmark card), a loving husband & stepson, beautiful fur-babies and an amazing support system not only with people I see in person on a regular basis, but also here online…YOU!
I’m thankful for all the messages, emails, and comments that I receive (& I am the absolute WORST on responding…I really need to work on that). I am thankful that many of you are willing to take this ride with me AGAIN. I am thankful that you read my angry, depressed, (most likely I was almost drunk) blog posts and that you now read my sober, maybe a bit less funny (but I think I’m hilarious sober so…) but definitely not as depressing ones. J

I’ve been quiet this month because I’ve had a case of writer’s block.  But I just wanted to end the year here by saying “Thank you!”  And by offering a bit of advice…

2015…the beginning of a new year. A new start. A new chance. A rebirth if you will. All around us there are reminders that this is the time to START FRESH! START NEW! Clean slate! People make their resolution lists…everyone wants pretty much the same thing…to be healthier, to be richer, to be kinder, more organized, more conscious, more green, more loving.

Personally I am not a resolutions kind of gal. Sure, I like to have some goals to work on. But some of the goals we set for ourselves are so broad that we are almost just setting ourselves up for defeat.

You want to be healthier? OK…how? You can’t just say “well I’m going to lose weight!”…HOW are you going to lose weight? Join a program…cut out junk foods…adding 3 servings of vegetables a day in…what is your plan?

You want to save $$ & become wealthier? OK…how? Do you have a set dollar amount that you are going to put away each week? Do you have a good place to store such funds? Do you actually HAVE the funds to do this? Where can you cut and where can you take? Is the money you are making now doable?

It’s so easy to say “It’s January 1st! It’s a fresh start!”…it’s the follow through that sometimes isn’t so easy. Especially when there is so much pressure around us to feel like we *have* to start new on January 1st.

I didn’t quit drinking until February 16th. I knew around the holiday season that I had to stop drinking…but I didn’t. The New Year came and I thought that it would be a great time to quit drinking and get back on plan…but I didn’t. I tried the getting back on plan part. I went back to a local Weight Watchers meeting but was not comfortable there, so again I stopped going.

It wasn’t January 1st… it was February 16th that I got my shit together.
So I guess the point that I am trying to make is that I hope you don’t feel pressured to make any huge life changes just because it’s a new year. You can change your life and the choices that you make in it any damn day of the week. It can be today, tomorrow, or two months from now. Though sooner is always better than later of course, but don’t beat yourself up if your “new fresh start” doesn’t happen or quickly dissolves…it happens.

Keep your goals attainable…like you want to run a 5K by April, lose 10 by March, send 1 snail mail/email to a friend per week, put $3 a week away…pin-point, checkable goals.  

And maybe 2015 is just a continuation of awesomeness that you hope to carry on from 2014. That’s kind of where I am at. I hope to continue my sobriety daily, continue to track my food and watch what I eat so I can get back to my goal weight, and I have signed up for Marathon #2 in October. I’d also like to finally be able to do a pushup. I’ve been doing planks almost daily for about a month now so we will see. This pushup thing has been on my list for a while but I never seem to do it. Maybe I’ll work on that this year.

I am wishing all of you a very happy New Year!! I am so excited to see what 2015 will bring for not only myself but for all of you as well. I feel so blessed to have so many of you by my side. If you go out on New Year’s Eve please be safe!! 
Here is to a happy & healthy 2015!! 

7 comments:

  1. Love this post -- you are so right when it comes to making goals and achieving them. You have been so awesome this year, it's been inspiring to watch you overcome so many obstacles because you put your mind to it!

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  2. Happy New Year Suzi!! May it be the best!!

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  3. Happy New Year! You are an amazing person! Thank you! You are the reason I started this! My health and my family are my Why. But you my online friend are the reason I started! Seeing what you did this year made my goal feel attainable! Thank you!

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  4. Happy New Year!!!! Kudos to your awesome year! May 2015 be even better!!!

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  5. You have had an amazing year Suzi! Thanks for allowing us to share in your success via your blog.

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  6. Happy New Year to you and your family Suzi!

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