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2016 -- Goals Revisited. What Were Results?

Monday, January 02, 2017

My goals for 2016 were a mixed bag of success and failure. Here's my recap.

2016 Goal: Lose at least 10% of my body weight. Lose at least one clothing size (preferably two), and buy ski pants that fit.
RESULT: TOTAL FAILURE on this one. I lost weight for about 4 months; was plateaued for about 4 months; then weight started creeping back up. Eventually my doctor determined my thyroid levels were wrong, and I am now taking the correct dosage of medicine. It takes a while to get the thyroid adjusted, but I am starting to turn the corner into a better direction.

2016 Goal: Increase hiking distance and speed WITHOUT injuring myself (hey, I'm old and arthritic, I have to be careful). By August, my goal is to be able to regularly hike 7-9 miles, and occasionally hike 11+ miles.
* SUCCESS! I did this!

2016 GOAL: I want to increase my average hiking pace, and add elevation gain. By August, I want to hike up Tam McArthur Rim, Black Butte, and to Moraine Lake (1500 - 2000 ft elevation gain). In September, I hope to be able to climb Black Crater, Golden Lake, or Mt Bachelor (2500 - 3000 ft elevation gain).
*PROGRESS! I made it up to Tam McArthur Rim, Black Butte, and Moraine Lake! (I did not make it up the higher elevation peaks. I had health issues in September/October and am grateful that I was able to hike at all)

2016 GOAL: For pace, by next Christmas, I want be able to keep up with my very speedy hiking sister. Hiking season in our mountains usually starts in late March to April - right now is a great time for skis and snow shoes. In April, I will start hiking with friends that hike at a faster pace. I have about 5 hiking friends that are slightly faster than I; and two that are MUCH faster than my current pace. I will also try hiking with a faster hiking club. I'll try at least 2 hikes with them: one more level, and one in the mountains with elevation gain.
*SUCCESS! I am faster, particularly on more or less level trails. I did better at keeping up with my speedy sister this Christmas, even on the hills (but I think she may have slowed her pace for me). I hiked regularly with faster friends last year, and hiked with a faster hiking club. I am not very fast on mountains, but I AM doing better.

2016 GOAL: I will do a minimum of 2 strength sessions per week, and 2 yoga sessions per week. For my purposes, classes and at home exercises both count toward the minimum weekly sessions. I will track these on my calendar.
*IMPROVEMENT. I mostly achieved this goal. I got a huge setback with the massive poison oak outbreak in Sept/Oct and medication issues, and I am having to regain fitness. I can do better in 2017, but I am going to be kind to myself when facing health issues.

2016 GOAL: I will be more diligent in following the NoS diet principles (no sugar; no snacks; no seconds, with weekend/holiday exceptions). I will incorporate some the strategies from In Defense of Food (eat real food, not too much, mostly plants). I will track my progress on this healthy diet goal by using my childhood Sunday school reward: a shiny gold star on my calendar!
*IMPROVEMENT! I stopped using the gold star, but I mostly ate healthier. Did I lose weight? At first yes; but not when my thyroid levels dropped. Do I feel better (more energy, better skin, more stamina)? YES

Odd as it may seem, I am MOST proud that in 2016, I persevered with healthier habits, even when I was not seeing results on the scale.

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    Woo~hoo and woot, woot, WOOT for your accomplishments! Absolutely outstanding! I'm just SO doggone proud of you my dear sparkling sista! Keep at it this year you are doing GREAT! emoticon emoticon
    1386 days ago
    Wow! You are amazing! Good job with all your goals. It's difficult to meet weight loss goals when your thyroid doesn't cooperate. That is part of my problem, too. The other part is that I have a hard time motivating myself to exercise. You are going to be my inspiration! Well done on meeting so many ambitious goals.

    1388 days ago
    Hi Alison...........

    You are probably tired of reading this, but YOU are my HERO!!!!! Your physical activity is unbelievable and I would be so proud to be able to do what you do. You had two major barriers this year that would have knocked the wind out of most people and caused them to give up entirely and YOU DIDN'T!!! You kept on with your hikes and exercise classes and hours of raking and snow shoveling even when you probably didn't feel up to it. YOU DON'T GIVE UP!!!!! Now that your Thyroid medication is better controlled, the Poison Oak is GONE, and things are looking up, I think you are going to blow all of us away. You deserve a very large GOLD STAR hanging on your fireplace. emoticon
    1389 days ago
    with all you had to go thru you did real good Alison
    1389 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your progress. Gives me hope. I think I will always be a slow hiker because I need to look at every little thing I see. It is why I hike, but drives my hiking buddies insane. (hee hee).
    1389 days ago
    Alison, considering the poison oak episode and the thyroid medication issue, I think you deserve a whole sheet of gold stars!

    Congratulations on your determination and perseverance.

    1389 days ago
    Hooray for NoS diet principles and In Defense of Food.
    I hope those continue to stand you in good stead, along with the accurate dosage of thyroid medicine this year.
    1389 days ago
    Awesome and amazing.
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    I give you a million gold stars because you are such an amazing example! I don't just say that you could out hike me to be nice, I MEAN, you can out hike me any day of the week! I don't hardly know even young folk without any illness who could say that they could charge up a hill! You are right that your thyroid can throw you off. My youngest daughter deals with that and it does take months to stabilize. Let us both use 2017 to reach our goals!

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    1389 days ago
    Well done! My thyroid levels are way off too. The doctor assures me that they will eventually even out.
    1389 days ago
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