New Year – New Outlook

After a rough year, nothing is better than finishing the year off with friends for life!
After a rough year, nothing is better than finishing the year off with friends for life!

So, 2016 didn’t turn out to be the best year ever for me. Sure, I finally got that beauty tummy tuck, and I will be forever grateful for that but the year came with a lot of ups and downs and pretty much consisted of me being off my routine either due to recovering from surgery or battling injuries. This was the first real test since my lifestyle change and to some degree I past and on some level, I failed but I am ready to say goodbye to the past and focus on today and the future!

My 2017 will be all about getting this injury dealt with and mixing up my training so I have more strength training during my routines so I hopefully can avoid injuries going forward. I think most of my issues stem from alignment which is probably a result of my many years of not being active and packing around so much weight. I have many runs planned and a Tough Mudder in June. I have challenged myself to 3 months of no alcohol to help get my weight back down to where I am happy. The challenge just allows me to avoid those unnecessary calories that I usually don’t mind taking in when I am active but until I can be as active as I used to be I need to avoid this.

Back to the basics! Over the past few months I have become slack with weighing and measuring my foods so I now revisiting all those tricks that really helped me get to my lowest. I am still registered as a Weight Watchers Online member but I am not currently using the tools. I am trying to challenge and prove to myself that I now have all the tools/knowledge to do this on my own. I will see how it goes for a couple months and if I am not getting the results I want then I will go back to tracking but it’s my overall goal to be able to live life without requiring the everyday tracking. I haven’t weighed in since the beginning of the holidays, which at that point things were looking good but I know I had some bad days over the holidays, especially considering I wasn’t able to run them off so I will give myself a couple weeks of clean eating before I do a check in. This is more of a mental thing for me, I know I put on a few pounds over the holiday but I tend to get to wrapped up in a number so to avoid a downhill spiral of emotional beating myself up it’s an onward and upward approach, no looking back and I am going to kill it in 2017!

I think I have learned over the last few years that this battle will never be over. I think we will live in a constant cycle of trying to improve, getting lost, and then trying to improve again. This is life, always changing, always being challenged and we are always finding a way to adapt to what life throws at us.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings us all good health, many miles of running, miles of cycling and muddy obstacles to climb and have fun doing them!

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