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2020 Results, 2021 Goals

Monday, January 04, 2021

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). emoticon

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).
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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!
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Hugs and best wishes to all of you for 2021! I appreciate your support and encouragement.



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  • CTUPTON
    What a great start to 2021! You kept to your guns during 2020! Good for you! You inspire me! I am jealous of your beautiful area! Buffalo has scenic places near the Great Lakes. Nice parks, too. Not much in the way of high places! The area was a lakebed long, long ago! Some big hills south of us. Some of my family lives there. Not a long drive actually. "The Boston Hills." Boston, NY that is. chris
    44 days ago
  • GOULDSGRANITE
    emoticon on you success in 2020. These are great results in our challenging year. In addition, you have kept my spirits lifted (Stay home, Stay healthy) and given all of us some great views and adventures with your hiking blogs. emoticon
    emoticon hoping so much for 2021 emoticon emoticon emoticon
    47 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    Do you take Glucosamine supplements? I was told 11 years ago, u was a good candidate for knee replacements. I put it off. My knees have been helped by the Glucosamine over the years. Back then I could barely walk, I had a bad reaction to steroids at the 2nd one. So I really think glucosamine has helped me (Msm, Chondroitin are good too). My knees aren't very good either, but I would rather not get replacements. My chiropractor has helped by manipulation of my knee too. Bone can be regenerated over time, per Dr. Joel Wallach, with certain vitamins and msm, glucosamine and gelatin. Laser therapy has helped me too.
    Hoping for a better 2021 for all of us! Stay strong with your goals! emoticon
    51 days ago
  • TCANNO
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    56 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
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    stay safe hun, have a great week emoticon
    56 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Alison...........you have done a wonderful job of losing and maintaining the weight. Especially in a very stressful year............
    Your goals should provide continued success. When you do get your knee surgery done, don't let anyone talk you into doing both knees at once. My cousin did this and it was just too much. I had my right knee replaced in 2008 and it was very successful.
    I am proud of you Alison................ emoticon
    56 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    You've had some great success in a very challenging year.

    I hope the vaccine brings some level of normalcy to our lives.
    56 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Yet, even with knee issues, you are constantly hiking. Amazing!
    56 days ago
  • TRAILBLAZER6
    👍 Great plan!
    56 days ago
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