2021 has yet to be written

Friday, January 01, 2021

I looked back at where I was exactly 1 year ago today, my weight and the list of goals I had set for myself.
2021 is starting off in a much worse place than where I was this date last year.
I did not meet a single goal I had set for myself last year, which means my health issues are all that much worse.
I begin the new year with a 33 pound gain from this day last year.

2020 was a year of stress and circumstances no one saw coming: California fires for weeks on end,(literally living under a layer of ash with a go-bag packed in case of need to evacuate) politics and fear my government could not/would not handle all that was going on, rioting in the streets in large cities, Corona virus, being laid off for nearly 5 months, isolation, extreme loneliness, depression, several holidays without my family except over zoom, going back to work and teaching face to face in a pandemic at a private school that does not require children to mask or distance, financial stress, wearing a face mask for hours on end( it kicks up my anxiety when I feel I cannot breath) , adopting a special needs dog, etc....
I dealt with all of this the best I could, but I ate my way through all of it.

And so I start this new year with the same list of goals because....
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    I love the final picture... "I am not done yet" - that's great... I agree, I"m not done yet either. Still navigating family issues while trying to rebuild my health.
    198 days ago
    I'm there with you, 30+ pounds to lose. I have them since 2 years ago though. Not done yet either.
    204 days ago
    Yes 2020 was a stress year but we’ve come out the other side.
    Isn’t it good we can look back and see what we’ve been through and know we coped even if the clothes don’t fit comfortably anymore.
    We can make 2021 the year we reassess our actions in stress situations and try not to revert to food as first choice for comfort
    205 days ago
    I love to see you blogging! 2020 shouldn't count as a year in my book, but it did happen. Time to put it in the past and move forward. Happy New Year, my friend! emoticon
    206 days ago
    Like you, my beginning is far worse than where it was last year. Also, like you I am not done yet. My intent is to set little goals (daily) but not beat myself up if I don't achieve those goals. Self-admonishment only leads to more failure and giving up. I am focused on the little things because the big things are overwhelming.

    My favorite words of advise to my children involves eating an elephant. I tell them they if I say they can eat an elephant, they should believe me. They don't have to eat the whole elephant in one sitting. Eating a piece at a time rather than trying to swallow it whole works wonders. The same applies to weight loss. Making a change a day, week, etc. goes farther toward achieving the weight loss goal than going full blast and getting discouraged!

    We can do it!
    206 days ago
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