As we often do this time of year, I have spent some time reflecting on last year in order to look ahead for 2018. Last year, I created a list of things to work on, and went at it. I made it a point to look at my list each month to see how I was doing. I thought I was doing pretty well until the last quarter of the year.
When I cross off the things I was able to accomplish, one thing stands out: I have the exercise part down. When I look deeper, there’s one more thing that comes to the surface: I can maintain my weight. I ended this year at about the same weight as last year. I spent this past year losing the same 10 pounds over and over.
So, what am I aggravated the most about? Not getting to my goal weight. What am I going to do about it? I’m going to concentrate on getting my food under control. This year’s overall theme is “freedom.”
I actually started working on this the middle of last year. I spent the summer going through closets and drawers getting rid of things. It has been so freeing to get rid of things. I still have a room that has been used as a family room, office, and school room that needs a deep cleaning and decluttering. I started using paper plates when we have people over for dinner, and I put everything I can in the dishwasher so I’m not spending time washing dishes by hand.
I’m not going to try to read everything nutrition and exercise and put myself in information overload. Instead, I’m working on unsubscribing from groups and emails that I’m really not that interested in. I’ll still run and exercise, but that is not going to be my main focus.
I know you’re thinking that I have to have a plan. Yes, I do. I know the focus this time of year is exercise, exercise, exercise. But mine is not. I’ve found a journal that focuses on food and faith (instead of food and exercise) that I should receive in the next day or two. My plan is to implement that using a sensible food plan. I’ve been doing Bright Line Eating this week and that has gone well. Jason Vale also has a Super Blend Me! program that I am looking into. Both of these plans are simple and freeing.
So, this year I don’t have a long list of things I want to accomplish. Instead, it’s going to be the year of not doing and getting rid of. It’s going to be the year of freedom and freeing myself up.
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36