GOALS for 2009

I’m not one for making resolutions.  I’m terrible at being accountable to myself, so if I were to make a resolution it would fly quickly out the window.  I like to think that a “goal” is more attainable than a resolution so that’s the terminology I’m sticking with for the time being.

I have two major goals for 2009.  One of them is to go on another amazing vacation with my husband. If you’re not in the know, we went to Italy this past March…check the archives or the Travel button at the top of this page for the postings (more on that in a coming post).  The other one is the obligatory get healthy/lose weight/be happier.  I lump all of those together because in my mind, they are all linked.  If you actually know me, you’re probably familiar with my 10 year health struggle ending in a dual diagnosis of  Crohn’s Disease and a thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s Disorder, so that’s no surprise . If you’ve been a friend of mine since I was in high school, the weight gain is no surprise either.  It certainly didn’t happen over night and other than blaming bad eating habits and very long in coming diagnoses (over 6 years of doctor bouncing) of several auto-immune diseases, I have no real excuse.

My PLAN (sounds even better than GOAL doesn’t it?) is to use this blog as my accountability tool.  I will post an entry each month updating my overall health status, hopefully including PHOTOS!!  Don’t worry, there will be no pictures of me in biker shorts and tank tops, but I will be as honest as I can handle.

The most recent full picture I can find and yes, a photo with Death should warrant a wake up call 😛

Here’s my motivation…these are some photos from high school and college.  While I’d be thrilled to get back to my high school weight, it’s probably an unrealistic goal. I’m not sure my ancient body is that resilient. I’d be more than happy to get down to my college weight (last photo). For Now. It’s my first BIG milestone, with lots of small ones in between.

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I’ve been using a really good resource for while called SparkPeople.  It’s free and they have great tools to help you track food intake and exercise as well as providing support when needed.  I also joined a group with some ladies at school which will encourage and motivate our healthy living. It should help when we are surrounded by delicious looking treats, plus the weekly weigh-ins don’t hurt! I’m not going to do a lot of posting about my food intake or my exercise log here, since I’m tracking that on my sparkpeople page, but feel free to view that page too.  I’m terrible about writing down what I’m eating, not because I’m in denial, but because it’s time I don’t have.  I can’t promise that I’ll be updating that daily, but I’ll do my best to keep the exercise log updated, especially since I’m using it to track my triathlon training.

Good tasting, satisfying food is a priority for me, after all, I am a foodie, so while I’m not looking to cut out all the bad foods from my life, I’m trying to moderate their fit into my new plan as well as incorporate regular exercise and mental health strategies. I did remove 99% of packaged foods from our diet, meaning that if I make something like macaroni and cheese, I’ll make it completely from scratch.  It’s not hard and it doesn’t take that much longer to do, and it’s so much better for you than envelopes of powdery cheese substitute, or whatever they call it.  Including more fresh vegetables is also crucial.  I’m the salad queen, I love them and can make a lot of different variations and most of the time, I also make my own vinaigrette based salad dressings (the jars are full of so much junk!)

Check in often for my progress and while I don’t need heat from the Food Police, encouragement will be welcome.  If you know of any good tasting, healthy recipes (especially snacks and breakfast…both are huge stumbling blocks for me), please share!

To be continued…

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