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Day 317 - Good Riddance 2020!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

I know we're all thinking it. So I said it. Good riddance 2020! It was a tough year for all of us. And it seemed that everyone had something they dealt with personally on top of all the craziness in the world this year.

Mine personal struggle this year was definitely having my gall bladder removed. Prior to the removal, I was so sick I could hardly eat. Then after it was removed, I still couldn't eat much. I've had to slowly work back up and I'm still not where I was. I've found that only doing calorie restriction actually works against me rather than helping me lose weight. I need to balance my macronutrients, and since fat intake had to drop as low as possible for a long time, I gained more weight this year. Add to that I was super sluggish most of the year, so workouts weren't exactly productive.

So I'm starting 2021 100 pounds heavier than I was when I joined SP. So instead of resolutions, I want to set some goals. This means if I don't meet a goal one day, I can continue to work on it the next day. Then each new day can be a fresh start. And I like fresh starts. So here are my goals.

1. Walk at least a mile every day. (Intentional exercise, not just incidental.)

2. Strength train 3 times a week. I actually have this planned out by week, but it's a little cumbersome to list it here.

3. Stretch every day.

4. Pilates on the days I don't babysit, mostly because it's hard to get that in as well as all the other things.

5. Cut out sweets. This is different than cutting out sugar. There is sugar in almost everything you eat. But sweets have a lot of sugar. I will allow myself a sweet treat for special occasions, such as immediate family birthdays, our anniversary, and major family holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving).

6. Get on a regular sleep wake schedule. This has been a massive battle for me for all of 2020. Since I don't usually have anywhere to be first thing in the morning, it's hard to get up at a decent hour. But then if I sleep too long, I can't sleep that night. However, I just found out the family I babysit for needs me 3-4 times each week for the first six weeks of the year, so that will hopefully help me out, as I start at either 8 or 9 depending on the day.

7. Get done with all the written notes for the dance curriculum I am developing. There are several more parts to what I'm doing with the curriculum, but if the notes are done, that's a massive piece of the puzzle.

8. I'm also hoping to average one book a week for the whole year. We'll see how that goes. I got through 44 books this year. So it is possible that I meet the goal this year.

So that's my list. Most of these are things I've been working on already, so this is not a massive shift. I hope we can all achieve great things in 2021, by taking it one step at a time and remembering to get up when we fall.

As a final note, I'd like to put out a call to make this world a better place by being kind to each other. If each person works to show kindness and compassion to those around us, imagine what a world we could live it. Kindness is contagious, pass it on.
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