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Goals for 2010

It took me a while to sit down and think of some goals for this year. I think it’s mainly because I’m in a bit of a funk. My eating hasn’t been how I wanted it to be and neither has exercise. This especially bothers me because I gained a few pounds over the holidays and I was hoping to have gotten rid of at least one pound by now. But I haven’t and I know I haven’t been honest with myself about why. I know that I wasn’t giving it my full effort. I was finding excuses to put off exercise until later and then running out of time in the day. I was eating fine all day and then using that as an excuse to eat a lot of sweets in the evening. Anything good I WAS doing was being cancelled out by the bad eating. But I’ve taken the step to admit to myself why the weight wasn’t disappearing. Now hopefully I can actually start making results happen.

I think I’m also in a funk because I’m finished school. Okay, I realize that makes me sound like a huge nerd, but I’ll admit it: I like school. I may not like all the stress or particular assignments/tests but overall, I enjoy it. And this is the first time in a long time that I haven’t been in school while most of my friends are. It’s such a weird feeling to have an entire weekend ahead of myself to do what I want without having to schedule it around homework. It’s even stranger to think that I won’t be going back to school until September 2011 (assuming I get accepted to whatever grad program I’m going for). Overall, it’s just such a strange adjustment, being out of school and knowing I’m not going back in a couple weeks or four months from now.

Anyway, now that I’ve got that off my chest, here are my general goals for the year:

1. Stay active.

My exercise routine suffered after I got sick and then busy with school and work. I want to start the year off well with exercise and establish a good routine of 30-45 minutes of activity 4-6 days per week. I did this for months before and I enjoyed it.

2. Eat more fruits and veggies.

I want to start incorporating a small serving of fruit or veggies with lunches, such as some carrot sticks or a small apple. I’m aiming for at least 5 servings a day, but preferably more. I think adding the extra serving at lunch and focusing on fruits and veggies as snacks will help me.

3. Drink more water.

I want to get back into my routine of having a large glass of water with each meal, plus a smaller glass with my 1-2 snacks per day. I don’t think I drank enough water over the holidays since I noticed I was a lot thirstier sometimes.

4. Focus more on fitness and health rather than numbers on the scale.

Last year, I let the scale dictate my feelings way too much and I became so dependent on it. My relationship with it was unhealthy and I had to stop weighing myself for a while to deal with it. I managed to get to a point where daily weighing was fine, but I want to focus on things differently this year. Instead of weighing so often, I want to trust myself more. If I’m eating healthy and staying active I should be able to trust that my body is maintaining. I want to get to the point where I hop on the scale occasionally just to check in, rather than feeling as though I have to monitor myself daily to make sure nothing changes. I also need to get more comfortable in a weight range, rather than wanting to see the exact same number each time and worrying if it’s up one day.

This one is currently hard for me as I’m trying to lose a couple pounds I know I gained. I’m trying not to focus on specific numbers in terms of losing them (although I am using the scale as a rough benchmark), but rather I’m trying to eat healthy and exercise and I know that should make a difference overall to my body. I think these couples of pounds are especially bothering me because I know I’ve lost some of my fitness as well. So hopefully regular exercise will get me a little more toned and make me feel better overall, even if the scale tells me the weight is still there. It might take a while, but I want to get away from the attachment to a particular number.

Well, I’m off to work for the day!



My year in review

This year, I:

  • reached my weight loss goal and felt great


  • started running
  • ran a 5K in 29 minutes, 11 seconds and raised $300 for breast cancer


  • found a job related to my schooling
  • had my first Oktoberfest experience


  • saw the Olympic Torch for Vancouver 2010


  • became more self confident and assertive
  • graduated university


  • found out the hard way what it feels like to be broke
  • but still managed to keep my head above water creatively
  • overcame by fear of heights through treetop trekking


  • went to my first concert (Keane)

  • started expanding my culinary skills and my diet with new foods


  • started eating primarily vegetarian
  • saw an Operation Beautiful style note and felt cheered up by it


Overall, it’s been a good year, and I’m looking forward to what 2010 is going to bring!


Who Am I?

I'm Valerie, a university student trying to strike a balance between school, my social life and a healthy lifestyle. Over the past year, I've made a lot of positive changes to my life that resulted in losing over 40 pounds! I'm now trying to lead a fully balanced lifestyle and maintain my weight.
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