Well I for one am very grateful that 2020 is over. A very acrimonious and divisive election; and a pandemic that created massive upheaval in the economy and social interactions. I am grateful that the vaccine will be available, and I am praying for peace and normality, and more unity working toward a common goal (good healthcare? better economy? rebuild infrastructure?
I reviewed my 2020 progress and made my 2021 goals.
I did not lose a huge amount of additional weight in 2020 but I count it as a victory to have maintained a major weight loss. (I lost an additional 3 pounds in 2020, for a total weight loss of over 48 pounds).
I achieved better cholesterol numbers and much better blood sugar levels. I wear normal size clothes instead of plus sizes.
I stayed on the WW program throughout 2020, and tracked my food and exercise consistently. I stayed within my WW points and met my exercise goals. For exercise, I mixed up hiking, strength training, and yoga. I bought home equipment (weights, exercise bike, and exercise bands) when the gyms closed due to the pandemic. I stayed with WW even though the pandemic led to the closure of our local branch (I moved online).
WW added a sleep tracking feature a few months ago. That made me realize how much lack of sleep led me to food cravings. I made an appointment for a sleep study to see if I need a CPAP; I see the doctor on Friday. (I don't think I would have gone ahead if I had to go into the clinic to sleep; apparently now you can track your sleep at home)
I had planned to get knee replacement surgery last June, but COVID changed my plans. Surgeries were canceled for over 6 months of the year at our local hospitals (they are still canceled), and I would not want to go in during the pandemic anyway (plus it would be difficult for my sisters to travel to stay with me during the recovery). I had to give up cross country skiing because of my knee instability, I miss skiing a lot. (Some people have asked me why I need surgery when I can still hike. I have very limited mobility for bending my knees, and both knees are unstable wobbling side to side in the joint. I have grinding due to bone-on-bone in the joint. I get steroid injections, but they are not as effective as they used to be).
My goals for 2021 are:
1. Stay healthy. Follow pandemic restrictions. Get the vaccine when I can.
2. Continue with WW. Lose at least 20 pounds in 2021.
3. Exercise regularly with a mix of cardio, strength, and flexibility. (Minimum 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes daily)
4. Value and spend precious time with friends and family. I don't think any of realized how important this is, until COVID limited our ability to get together!
Hugs and best wishes to all of you for 2021! I appreciate your support and encouragement.