There will be and has been a lot of “year in review” and “2017” posts this week out on the world wide web. I am just now starting my own at 9:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. (and didn’t post until January 3rd!)
Looking back at my blog posts I see I wrote about dancing in the kitchen and then there was the one about my 2017 Word. They inspire me to reflect on where I am today compared to last year at this same time.
I’m happy to share that in 2017 I did make changes in my life. I took baby steps, which is not my normal route when doing things. At times I fell off the right path, into the one of least resistance (remember I love brownies) and then got back on track to finish what I came into 2017 vowing I would do!
So many different emotions were involved in 2017! Times of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, successes, and failures, they were all part of the year I chose to FOCUS on me! There were distractions, brownies eaten, half plates of veggies, and two bite only sweets. Let us not forget the low blood sugar episodes that come with the sweats and being delirious momentarily. How about the high blood sugar with whopping headaches and blurry vision!
Then the times of balance. Those were like I was walking on a cloud!
The poking of my fingers, the magic numbers, and the money spent on supplies. All part of my life now. The family that endured me trying to find a balance those first three months and surviving my hangry moments. (My angry ones too!)
My year in review isn’t all about my move to get healthier but it is a daily thing for me. It’s part of who I am, who I have to be. I spent some time posting daily on my personal social media, honestly it helped me. I felt like I was being held accountable even if no one commented or clicked like. I had to post, it was motivation to #keepmovin. Then I stopped, mostly in fear of becoming annoying.
One thing I have found that I’m proud of myself for is my dedication to getting healthier. Although there were people who clicked like or commented once awhile, ultimately I have learned that it’s really up to me. I have to be the one to push myself and stay focused.
In the world today ( me included) we tend to lose interest pretty quickly, especially if it isn’t about ourselves. So why would anyone be interested in how far I walked today or the photo of myself or the road ahead while I walked? Don’t get me wrong, thank you to those that have supported me and given me high-fives. It has helped, but I learned in 2017 that I can do something on my own. It may not be easy but I can and did primarily.
I come to this conclusion mostly because….
- No one is going to hold my hand and poke it to draw blood four to six times a day.
- No one is going to look at me and say “Julie, stop don’t eat that second helping of pasta.” (NOT EVEN MY FAMILY)
- No one is going to ask me “did you keep moving today?”
- No one is going to make me go to my annual checkup.
No one….. but ME.
It’s on me. Just like it was on me when I gained weight.
My 2018 goals will be shared later in January. I am already working on them but plan to make a post after visiting my doctor and seeing my six month lab results. To be honest the past month and half has been a struggle for me. There have been stresses that play a big factor and the holiday food mixed with colder temperatures play a part. But I am not going to dwell on the past weeks. The past 12 months have been better than the prior 48! I am going to look forward and keep moving to a better me.
So I’d like to end my 2017 year in review with this.
It was a year of successes and challenges that is ending with a healthier individual writing this blog. One that still has miles to go but is ready to take 2018 on!
It’s just that simple.
Happy New Year!