A New Year, Now What???

Wow, can you believe it, another new year and I'm a half a century old, OUCH! Often this is a time to reflect, to make plans, a time to evaluate what works and change what doesn’t.  How many of you do this every year and how many of you stick to the “new” plan? Well, I am the first to admit that I struggle with this. As for me my new year’s plan is to get a grip on my eating and exercise.  After all, as my mother in law said “we are not getting any younger or better looking”.  In recent years I have found myself slowly gaining weight.  This is bad for many reasons.  The obvious one is how I look but more seriously I find that back injuries and joint aches and pains are common with age and weight gain.  So with my decision made I thought, how do I do this and stick with it? Personally for me eating is a social affair and I enjoy being around people.  I decided that the best way for me to accomplish this was to figure out a way to make it a team effort so we started a group at work.  I haven’t figured out what to call it but everyone was happy to be a part of it.  We brought in a scale and we elected a “keeper of the weight”. We picked a goal for ourselves and will work to achieve that goal. There is no money involved at this point.  We are simply sticking together for moral support.  I am open to suggestions on how to make this a contest with some incentives.  I am just not creative enough to come up with it by myself. This is February and as I am in charge of the blog I will keep everyone posted.  I will not publish my weight but I will tell you my goals.  As for the diet I am using concepts from both Weight Watchers and South Beach.  I am using the http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ website to keep track of my information and keep me honest with myself. Goals:
  1. To lose 10 pounds by the end of the year
  2. To exercise at least 30 minutes 4 times a week
  3. To eat healthy
I will keep you posted throughout the year on our collective progress.