It’s here, a new year. I have been looking at my fresh new 2014 calendar hanging on my refrigerator with the wide eyed wonder of a child. As I stand in the kitchen gazing at the new year, lyrics from Jennifer Hudson’s song Feeling Good are running through my brain. “It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life for me.” That is how I feel today with a ton of resolutions running through my brain. I think my focus word for this year is BETTER. That word was a significant part of my New Year’s Toast, “Welcome 2014, to better loving, better living, and better days.” Don’t get me wrong 2013 was a pretty great year for me; getting my blog up and going, landing the vlog gig with Cheer Channel, watching my son graduate from HS and enter the college world, and watching my girls successfully transition back into public school. However, with all the new ventures in my life I seemed to put taking care of myself and my health on the back burner. Unfortunately, my body is showing the signs; extra weight, fatigue, and achy joints. Now it is time for this Cheer Mom to make her New Year’s Resolution.
My weight has always been a problem. I have struggled ever since I was a graduated from high school. The transition to a stressful college schedule and less physical activity meant disaster for my weight. In HS I was very active and never had to worry about what I ate. You see I was born with this awful disease, I love food. The only way to keep the pounds off for me is exercise, and with my busy schedule these days it is seems almost impossible to keep up a regular routine. So I guess you have guessed my biggest BETTER is my weight… well my health in general. That is my first BETTER on my list. Take better care of myself. I have already started taking a long hard look at how I eat. Early in December I decided to cut out the sugar and flour in my diet. I am happy to say it has paid off, down 8 pounds. That is great considering I usually put on 5 or 10 pounds during the Christmas holiday. Now comes the hard part, sticking to a fitness plan. When I work out I do enjoy it, but I seem to find a hundred things to do instead of being active. This morning I did get up and go for a brisk walk. That is my better, it was better than laying in bed stressing over the million things I need to do for my blog and my family.
My first BETTER this year will definitely be better health and fitness habits. I need to be a better healthier me in order to complete my millions of other BETTERS I have on my list. So, I am giving you, my readers, a very important job. You will be my accountability partners. The first of each month I will be posting a pic and informing everyone about how I am progressing. Along the way there will also be fitness tips and healthy eating recipes. Let’s make this fun. If your better is a healthier you send me your tips and progress photos on my Facebook page. We don’t have to be in this alone. Come on Cheer Moms, no ALL moms, and let’s support each other to be the BEST moms we can be in 2014.
Here is my January 1st 2014 photos. It was taken on Christmas Eve. My weight that day was 275 pounds. I am shooting for at least 15 pounds by February 1st. Wish me luck. Good luck to everyone who is trying to improve themselves in 2014.