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.


  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.