Thursday, December 27, 2012

Starting Over

The new year is about to dawn.  It is the time for new beginnings.  I am looking forward to the beginning of 2013.  As with other years, it will bring some happiness and some sadness but the beauty of a new year is the hope.  While it cannot be a clean slate entirely, it can be a chance to change our outlook.  We can decide to look at the same issues with a uplifted view.  

So rather than making resolutions, let's try hope.  It sounds more positive than making resolutions, doesn't it?  I am thinking of hope in a more concrete way than just "I hope this happens and I don't have to put any work into it..."  In looking in the dictionary, we see that the definition of hope is as follows:

Definition of HOPE

intransitive verb
: to cherish a desire with anticipation <hopes for a promotion>
archaic : trust
transitive verb
: to desire with expectation of obtainment
: to expect with confidence : trust

I like that - to expect with confidence.  That is what I need to put into my life.  I hope to correct my bad eating habits in the new year.  I therefore expect with confidence that I can and will correct my bad eating habits in the new year.  Of course I will have to have a plan to implement my hope but I do like the positive way of looking at the changes. 

What are your hopes for the new year?  If you take some time to think about your hopes for 2013, make sure that you include that you hope to have fun or that you hope to be happy.  After all, you don't want to weigh yourself down with changes that are not fun or things that will not make you happy.  I think that a 2:1 ratio would be good.  Two fun hopes for every hope to change your actions.  

1.  See some friends that I have not seen for awhile (fun)
2.  Write more (what I like to do)
3.  Eat in a more healthy way (a change I want to make)

See, by putting in two things that sound like fun or will make me happy, I can look at the third change in a better light.  

What do you think?  Would it help you to think of "hoping for change" rather than "resolving to change"?  Let me know either in the comment section below or on facebook (The 9 Inch Plate) or twitter (@9inchplate). 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Have Missed You So...

Happy to be with you!

I am so happy to be writing here again.  I am sorry that I have not written in such a long time.  I will try to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Besides writing to you, I have a job.  I am in property management.  For the past 20 years, I have managed a medical building.  Yesterday, the building was sold.  The work it took to put that sale together was amazing.  Don't get me started on lawyers....  I had some really terrific people working with me but it was a lot of work.

Today for the first time in over 20 years, I don't have to worry about the upcoming snow.  It is now someone else's problem.  It is bittersweet.  While I am glad that I won't have to worry about things, I will miss the amazing people that I have met and worked with over that time.  It has been a really great experience.

But the main question is how are we doing in the world of diabetes and our health.

We are a mess.  We have broken most of our rules and have done some backsliding.  I was tired.  I was stressed.  I was working 14 hour days and had no inclination to make dinner.  I could have cared less about what we were having.  Throw in the rest of life where things can go wrong occasionally and it is the recipe here for backsliding to our old ways.

I am an emotional eater.

So, the clouds are beginning to clear and I can see that in a day or so, I will be able to pull it together again.

They make movies about starting over, right?

Silent Sam, while better on some fronts than I was, is right there with me.  Exhaustion and stress just blew us out of the water.  His numbers, while not bad, have not been as good.

So back we go.  Discouraged about our mistakes but we know that we can do better.  Time to get back up.  I don't think we will wait until the new year starts.  I think that we will try and start again this weekend.

Slow and steady wins, right.  Slow really means moves slowly and sometimes backward but then goes forward again.

So, if you have had fits and starts, you are not alone.  If you do more than fits and starts, you are not alone.  We can do this journey together.

After all, we have so much to catch up on. I have missed you.

Thanks for reading.