2015 in Review: Not Good Enough!

Last New Year’s Eve, I opened a fortune cookie and it read, “It could be better, but it’s good enough.” I still have it on my refrigerator because I found it so amusing. But I will admit, as I reflect upon the past year, that fortune pretty much hit the mark.

I started this blog a year ago with the goal of losing 40 pounds in 40 weeks. After the 40 weeks was up in October, I had lost 24 pounds. I wasn’t happy; I know I could have worked harder to achieve better results, but I figured it was good enough. I know I could have been working out harder, been more mindful of my calorie intake, and in general adopt a more active lifestyle. But no, I settled for doing the basics to lose a respectful amount of weight, and as a result, here I am today.

I became complacent and lazy. I can’t pinpoint yet why I just decided to stop altogether after the 40 weeks, but it happened. The holidays hit and I was enjoying my laziness and the scale was only creeping up, it wasn’t out of control. A pound or 2 didn’t seem that bad, but then it got worse in December. Since late October, I have gained back 11 pounds. On the bright side, I’m still 13 pounds lighter than I was this time last year, but something needs to change. I need to be better.

I take ownership of my laziness and weight gain, and I can’t go back in time to change it. All I can do is move forward and work hard. I need to become more invested in myself and my success. I’m going all-in for 2016.

For starters, I received Jillian Michael’s BodyShred for a Christmas gift. It’s an 8 week program, 6 days a week, and today I’m on day 4. I’m pretty sore after my exercise hiatus. I could barely walk up the stairs in my house the last 2 days, but feeling better today and nothing is going to derail me from completing this program. After this, I am going back to  my personal version of a white whale, Insanity. I only made it through a month last year, and I will start and finish it this time if it kills me.

I was going to start off with an easier workout program to work my way up into BodyShred, but I’m trying to really push myself this year to work out harder. Everything I do this year is going to be kicked up a few notches.

I’m also going to be changing my eating habits.  Instead of my usual bowl of corn flakes in the morning, I’m making breakfast smoothies with fresh ingredients in hopes of boosting my energy levels and lowering my reliance on processed foods. Instead of my Boca chicken patty sandwich for lunch, I’m going to be making healthy protein-packed salads.

Along with changing up my food habits, I am seriously working on my time management. It’s a big issue for me, and  lot of my problems with working out or making “real food” meals has stemmed from lack of time. I have the time, I just don’t manage it very well.

I think the big success of 2015 was a realization of where my problem areas reside in my life. I have a much better understanding of my weaknesses now and I can create a plan to take them on for 2016.

So, to sum up, that 2015 fortune cookie can bite me! It can be better, and it will be better. I’m not settling for good enough!