Thursday, December 31, 2009

Resurrection Coming

Ohhhh I am so excited I can hardly stand it! You can almost *feel* the energy in the air from everyone around you gearing up for a new life, a second chance, resolutions and promises! It doesn't even matter if most of the energy will dissipate within a couple of weeks... it is *there*, it is real, almost palpable. All the hope and excitement and determination is so invigorating! It's nice to feed off everyone else's energy for awhile, and it will be fun to have lots of company in the health and fitness battle, at least for awhile.

Tomorrow, the Internet will abound with people searching for things like "lose weight fast," "cookie diet," "how to drop 20 pounds in 20 days," "cabbage soup diet," and "magic weight loss pill." I know, because I used to be one of those people. I was desperate, longing to change what seemed impossible. How on earth can anyone lose 100+ pounds?? It sounds insurmountable. It will take forever. One pound at a time. And I wanted to gone NOW. FAST. IMMEDIATELY. Ah well, we can dream... but the reality is, we just have to work for it, moment by moment.

Tomorrow will be like a Second Coming of sorts, with weight loss blogs all over the 'net resurrecting from weeks or months of silence. "I am ready now," they'll say. "This time, I am going to do it!" It will be so nice to see old friends and new bloggers join the ranks, energized and focused on losing weight and getting healthy. It'll be great to see our ranks swell with people full of hope, wanting to change their lives for good.

Will you be one who is still here next December? And by "still here," I mean still working the healthy lifestyle. Will you stick with it through the easy times and tough times, through stalls and plateaus as your body changes? Will you keep working or blogging or exercising or doing whatever comprises your current, exciting plan? Or when the momentum fades will you return to your Comfortable State, munching chips on the couch while watching the Biggest Loser and wishing that was you? It's in your power to change, you know. It might take more time than you like, but it's doable. You just have to keep going even when the honeymoon phase is over.

So hop on, ride the wave through January, and when things calm down and half the world has forgotten their resolutions and gone back to the Way Things Are, you and I can keep on working towards the Way Things CAN Be. And next December you will be so glad you hung in there. I promise!

27 comments:

Steelers6 said...

I'll be here. I'm in it for the long haul, as my almost 2 years under my [shrinking] belt already shows. I often wish I could FF (fast fwd) to Dec 2010 and see how much I have lost by then. Even if it isn't a huge amount, I know I will be marching forward and downward (scale), keepin' on...and that is what counts with me. Eating right, exercising, and persisting. And it IS coming off. It's a lifestyle now, I'm stickin with it. If I get discouraged or get to comparing my WL numbers with others, I remind myself that the length of time I have stayed on this track is a measure of success as well. I am succeeding in part bc I am not making myself crazy with depriving myself of everything, which may make for slower progress. That is what works for me though, and 2 years staying on track is nothing to sneeze at.

Moving downward in clothing sizes is also a fun & rewarding visible result. Thought to ponder--what clothing in my wardrobe will still work by this time next year? That has been quite a change for me in the past 2 years of my journey. ChrissyS

beerab said...

This is the first year I AM thinner than last year! And this year's resolution is to NOT have to say "I want to lose weight" for next years resolution. I still have over 70 lbs to go- but I can do it :) No matter what I refuse to give up.

Thrice Blessed said...

While I wish everyone the best and would like to see them all stick to it. I also look forward to February and March, when all kinds of like-new exercise equipment hits craigs list because people realized that they aren't going to use it after all. I would love to have an elliptical trainer, I used to have one, and unlike most exercise equipment I did use it, but the tension cable broke and I couldn't find anyone to work on it, so eventually I threw it out. Really would like to get a new one.

Anonymous said...

I love your positive spin on the New Year! So many people like to be smug and dismissive about New Years resolutions and the busier gyms and the fresh determination and hope of all the dieters.

Dieting is hard, losing weight is hard, sticking with it is hard. I celebrate everyone who has the guts and hope to try fresh this year. I'll be rooting for them.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Lyn!


PaulaMP

Steve said...

I am getting more and more excited for the New Year with each passing moment, I've come along way from where I was in October, but I have a lllloooonnnngggg way to go.

I'll be excited to see some of the blogs I read come back to life (after falling to the wayside during the holiday) and it will be nice to see new faces as well.

I'm NOT excited about all the new gymbunnies hogging the equipment I like to use, but cest la vie.

Hope you have a Happy New Year.

Olivia said...

I really want to still be posting next year...I'm going to take some pictures tomorrow, and 1/1/2011 I'll be posting a 1 year before and after picture.

Let's do it people :)

Tammy said...

I'm not going anywhere, that's for sure...too much work to be done, and this is for LIFE! :) Glad I've got such great company along the road.

Feed Me I'm Cranky said...

I also love the energy of the new year! You're right though -- for many the new year brings wishes for "quick fixes," but there are no lasting, quick-fixes. If we use the energy of the new year to propel us that's wonderful, but we'll have to be responsible for lighting our own inner fires to last us the rest of the year! Wishing you the best in 2010!

Taryl said...

It's been over a year of this lifestyle for me already, I see no reason to back out now :)

Casandra said...

No dreams of quick fixes here, but I am new to the weight loss blogs. I hope that I find lots of new friends to encourage me along the way. Thanks for putting it "all out there." for the world to read.

moonduster said...

I'll definitely be here! 10 pounds until my goal weight!!!!!!!

We nly had 6 people at our Slimming World meeting last Monday. We'll probably have 50 there on this Monday.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Brown Recluse said...

You can count me in! 2010: The Victory Year.

Julie Lost and Found said...

I will be here for sure! I'm not in this as a New Year's thing. I'm it is as a new life thing. :) Looking forward to getting to know people in 2010!

401sue said...

Count me in!

Joania said...

You know one of the reasons I started my journey on December 10th 2008 was to avoid starting on Jan1 - the Big RESOLUTION!!! A little more than a year later, here I am in this wonderful, incredible place that took me 365 days to get here!!! I am so happy and so much healthier for having STUCK with it!!! Definitely happy I HUNG IN THERE!! I will see you December 31 2010 as well:)

Wishing you ALL THE BEST IN 2010 and always!

Anonymous said...

Well, I am starting my weight loss journey tomorrow morning. You are an insperation. I will continue to read your blog to help me stick with it. I have over 70Lbs to lose and have tried many different things. NOw that I am done having my kids, I have no more excuses. Thanks for the help. congratulations on all your hard work.
Tracey

Tony the Pink Panda said...

I've been here for a year and a half and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon :).

spunkysuzi said...

I may at times be on a roller coaster up in weight and down, but i never get off! I will still be here December 2010 :)

Weary Traveler said...

After working my butt off (literally) and blowing past my "dream weight" by losing 40 pounds since September 2008 - I am definitely not going "back there". This is my life now - although you'd never believe it if I told you what I've eaten today! Holidays are always special "cheat days" for me, but you know what? All I really wanted today was veggies. So tomorrow, my brussels sprouts will still be in my fridge waiting for me and all will be right in my world.

Lyn, thank you for sticking with this. You are truly inspiring and I wish you every success and happiness this year. Please know that you are also a role model for those of us who have already reached our goal weights and are now hanging on for dear life!

Miz said...

GREAT POST as it is so so so true.
and, I have to add, how much do I adore you use the word palpable in your post.

Mainly I came by to wish you a great happy healthy 2010 and thank you for your gift of friendship.

Here's to us seeing each other in person before NEXT new years!

Carla

clickmom said...

I'm committed. I'll be here, and still reading you too! But, I have to admit, I am ready to kick some --- right now. I am telling myself it's going to be a strong start to this New Year! Okay, that said, the rest of the family is still fast asleep and it's off tot he gym for me (and the masses that won't be there in March when I can have the place back to myself)!

K said...

I am new to the whole blogging about my weight loss thing..and I definitely plan on being around next year. I look forward to the support and motivation that it will give me! 2010 is gonna rock!

justjuliebean said...

I woke up early (big nap yesterday) and have the tv on, and every other commercial is for some stupid waste of time waste loss thing. Either diet food, pills, exercise contraptions. It's mind-blowing. I'm glad everyone is gung-ho about their New Year's resolutions, but it's going to be very crowded at the gym for a few weeks. Speaking of which, I better go eat my breakfast so I can get some kickboxing in. Keep up the good work and attitude!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, looking for strength in 2010.

Jane said...

I'll be here, but there'll be a lot less of me!

Kathy said...

I like this post! So full of hope and confidence. I am starting and I'm finally going to make it. I enjoy your blog very much.You have been through the highs and lows and You keep going! You inspire me.Best wishes for a happy and healty 2010.

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