As the year comes to a close and we are about to embark on a new year, we often take time to reflect on the past year. I have only done a little reflecting as there is still time left in the current year–so it seems. I’m sure the new year will be here before I know it.
I know that I am lighter and stronger than I was this time last year. I have not lost as much weight as I would have liked, but I feel that the part-time job that I worked for six months was a major derailment to my weight loss and my health. I am glad to be off that crazy train and back on the road to health and well-being. Getting stronger was not necessarily a goal or something that I intended; it was something that came about with the training that I’ve done. It’s a good thing, so I’ll take it.
I spent January and February at the gym and was able to start running again in March. I ran my first 5K of the year in April and ran a 5K every month except for July this year. I did the Couch to 5K program again this year, but at a much better athletic ability. I was able to continue to run until the last few weeks, so I’m spending more time at the gym now instead of outdoors.
My biggest fault in diet are the social gatherings. I do not have a handle yet on portion control or just saying “no” to those yummy foods that pack on the pounds. I have made some strides simply because I cannot eat as much as I used to. This is something I really want to focus on next year. I would like to go on vacation/holiday without putting on several pounds as well.
This time of year we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His birth, death, and resurrection gives us hope. I have hope of eternal life and one day being the person He intended me to be. Hope of one day being reunited with family and loved ones that are severely missed. Hope of never having to step on a scale again or log every morsel that goes into my mouth. Hope of holding babies that I never had the opportunity to hold. I pray that you too may share in the hope that the Savior brings.