Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcoming 2011!

It's New Year's Eve! Where did 2010 go? It's been a tough year financially, but personally, I had some high points. I celebrated my 2 year anniversary of goal weight maintenance. I was published in a health/fitness magazine. My best friend and WGT (world's greatest trainer) Tab joined me on the website. Toward the end of the year, I had some challenges. My knee being first and foremost. In September I began battle earnestly, struggling to maintain my active lifestyle, and failing. It soon became clear that surgery was my only recourse. I ended this year with many weeks of limited physical activity, a deep frustration fraught with fear for my future fitness. But along with that low, came the high of coming through surgery with flying colors. I'm healing and mobile way ahead of schedule. My clean eating lifestyle has saved me from weight gain during this time, and when I get my doctor's approval, I am ready to hit the gym again.

Instead of ending the year with a big question mark looming over my fitness goals, I am back up and looking forward to progress and potential. Additionally, my family is whole and healthy and keeps me on my toes. My life is full, challenges and joys. I am ever expanding my interests and education. I am happy, I am healthy. I have a blog that has introduced me to wonderful people like you, who further add to my life. I end this year feeling very blessed. And very thankful.

My goals for 2011 are in line with what I've done in 2010.

  • Continued clean eating - excellent nutrition for myself and my family
  • Continued fitness - living an active lifestyle
  • Continued education - completing educational pursuits and continuing education in the field of nutrition
  • Continued publication - build my by-lines and writing resume within the genre of health & fitness
  • Continued blog/website growth - I want to continue to grow the site, moving it to its new URL ( and offer more cohesive resources and new services to help people reach and maintain their weight/fitness goals, including incorporating video. All the info on this site will be just the same on the new URL, free, as always, with the addition of new resources and services. [Current website is]

Toward these goals, there are many milestones to reach. Rehabbing my knee is top of the list. Each goal has mini-goals. For example, once rehabbed, I have goals to take an aerial fitness class, do indoor rock-climbing, complete a zumba class without injuring myself or anyone else. Another goal is to run again. I guess that one is more of a wish, than a goal, but I'm going after it as if there is no question I can achieve it. Should it become a choice between the health and longevity of my knees and reaching that "wish", I will bow to health, but until that is a reality, I will pursue my desire to run, even if it's just on the treadmill.

A further personal fitness goal is to reduce my body fat. I am at a very healthy weight. I am well nourished. But my body fat continues to plague me. I am fully aware that the loose skin I have will have to be surgically removed, and when money allows, I will do so. However, I think there might be more I can do to reduce the body fat. Thankfully, I have the WGT to keep an eye on me and keep me thinking straight while I pursue that goal. Body dysmorphia is very real, and very insidious. I don't want to be caught in its trap.

Professionally, I am passionate about nutrition and fitness, helping others reach their goals. I was incredibly blessed to have Tab in my journey. She was my coach, my mentor, teacher, cheerleader, accountability, and my ass-kicker. When I had no support, she was there. My professional goal is to pass that on. What she taught me, the encouragement she gave me, those are jewels of indescribable value. My tools for doing so, are this blog, the forums I belong to, my writing, and my daily living.

I do live what I write, and that's important to me. My credibility I value. I'm not a fitness model. I'm not paid to blog, or exercise, or anything else. My daily job (full time) is as an administrative assistant and webmaster for a real estate company. I have a family, and a life. I plan, shop for, and cook my own food. I do my own workouts.  I struggle, I triumph, I fail. I'm real. I'm sure you've heard it before, but truly, if I can do it (lose the weight, get fit, reach goals and maintain them), so can you. I'd like to show you how. That's what this blog and website are really all about.

My journey to lose weight, to free the person inside me, was long and tortuous, with many highs and lows along the way. Every low was worth the accompanying high. I hope that here, you find even just one piece of information that will help you in your journey.

I wish you great success in 2011, and I hope you'll allow me to share the journey with you.
Best Wishes!!

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