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Thursday, December 31, 2015

For years SP has been a home-away-from-home. A support system just waiting for me when I'm ready. Looking back at my last blog post is a bit depressing... Here it is almost a year later and I'm basically in the same place I was then.

Truthfully, 2015 was a good year. In the Spring I decided that the pressure I was putting on myself to lose weight was unhealthy, hence my step away from SP. I have perfectionist tendencies and was a bit worries that my vigor for losing those last few pounds could cross the line of healthy behaviors. Still, I managed to run my 4th Half Marathon in good time, graduated from my MSW program, and moved to Washington DC for a new job.

I've returned to SP with less of an emphasis on getting to my "goal weight" and more focus on mindful eating and consistent exercise. I know I feel better when I do those things, but with the all of the changes of this year and the stress of my new job, I haven't prioritized them as much as I should.

Finally my husband has decided that these things are important to him too. He's 6'4" with the metabolism of a teenage boy, so he doesn't usually have to give much thought to what he eats. He has struggled to build muscle, though, and has determined that it would be good for him to hit the gym and fuel his body with better foods. We joined the local gym (1 block away! how's that for no excuses?!) last night and I'm really happy about it. The food will be a struggle, since I need to restrict my calories and he needs to eat more and more, but hopefully it will at least mean less junk food makes its way into my kitchen.

One big challenge I foresee is the reality of my job that requires international travel for weeks at a time. I enjoy that part of my work, but it makes it difficult to stick to a routine. I'm not traveling to nice hotels in European cities or anything like that... rather I'm in rural African towns and villages, so my options are limited.

I think this will be a great year to become a healthier family, regardless of what the scale shows. Looking forward to see what 2016 has to offer!
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