happy new year!

happy new year, everyone, and welcome to 2008... it still doesn't seem like a new year to me but then again, it's only be 12 hours and i have the rest of the day to let it sink in... eric and i had a quiet night at home - we watched 'pirates of the caribbean 3' (could that movie be ANY longer?!), had leftover beef stew and homemade bread (thanks to my brother that gave us a bread machine - they rock!), had a few rum & cokes, and then watched dick clark's countdown to the new year... i told him this morning that i felt like a beached whale, god knows how much i've gained this holiday but today is a new day and i'm starting from zero... i already called the gym and since they're not having any classes tonight - i plan on going for a nice, long walk/jog later... the weather is sunny and cold but not THAT cold that i can't enjoy being outside so i'm looking forward to it... :o)

celebrating new years can mean different things, to different people... some view it as a way to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new (whatever that may be) but i would put money on it that most of us say, "this is the year that i'm going to change _____"... maybe it's to lose weight or to quit smoking, maybe it's to find a new job or buy that house that you've been dreaming of, or maybe it's finally taking responsibility for your life and where you're going with it... whatever IT may be, there is really nothing to stop you from getting what you want - except YOU... it's easy to blame someONE or someTHING when things aren't going the way you want them too but is that right? is that fair? not really because you're only hurting yourself in the long-run... taking a chance is the only way you can grow and as the saying goes, "you learn from your mistakes" right?

take this day, january 1, 2008, as a day of reflection - where are YOU in life? are you where you want to be? if not, what are YOU going to do about it? and are you happy? if not, what are YOU going to do about it? you need to take ownership of your life and for once and for all, accept who you are, right here, right now, because it's the only life you have... take advantage of the opportunities around you - maybe you can't see them but they're there, just waiting for you...

so today, maybe you should buy a paper and look at the classifieds, or call a friend and go for a walk, or throw away the holiday food that's been taunting you, or clean out your closet and throw away those THINGS once and for all... what are YOU waiting for? what is stopping you? maybe you need to begin there and see what's holding you back... once those are written down and dealt with, everything else will be a piece of cake... taking the first step is always the hardest but i know you can do it... :o)

if you need/want more inspiration, see what other bloggers have been saying... enjoy! :o)

pasta queen
"I am far from perfect. Sometimes I wish it was all over and done with, but I also know that's a lie. You're never really done. You don't just get thin and stop. You have to keep earning a healthy body every day. Sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down."

"It continues to amaze me what a journey this has been. So much more than seeing the numbers on the scale move downward. I know that there is still a long way to go, with much much more to learn. I hope to do my best to embrace the lessons instead of resisting them."

"I still don't know exactly what my life purpose is but I I found a clue in thinking about what I want my legacy to be when I leave this earth. I want to be known as someone who was loyal, who was real, and who helped others. I want to be known for my creativity, my humor, and my insights. I feel great joy when I have done something that helps someone else have a better day or better life."

"In the past I put too much pressure on myself and I made resolutions that even if I kept I'd hate doing. Now I know better. Now I set goals and do what works for me to reach those goals. Not only what works for me but what is fun and possible for me to do. It may not seem like a big deal but unrealistic resolutions create a sense of failure when you don't know achieve them. However, realistic goals create a sense of confidence when you do."

happy tuesday...

Anonymous –   – (1:52 PM)  

Happy New Year, darling :).

I'm so thankful for the online support and love that we all give each other, especially now that I am faced with battling my own non weight loss actions...once again ;).

Nicole  – (4:28 PM)  

Happy New Year, Jodi!

ThickChick  – (11:20 PM)  

Terrific post Jodi! Cheers to a great '08!

Living to Feel Good  – (3:03 AM)  

Happy New Years! :D
We didn't go out either, and my husband fell asleep by 10. Hahaha.

CaRoLyN  – (8:55 AM)  

Great post! Thank you for all of your inspiration and though provoking posts! I look forward to many more in 2008!

marie  – (9:23 AM)  

Happy New Year!! :)

Kate  – (11:15 AM)  

We will be taking off the "holiday pounds" together, as I gained a few too! But whats the point of flexible eating plan if you can't flex it once in awhile right?

Happy New Year to you!

Candace  – (11:34 AM)  

Happy New Year Jodi.

Sonya  – (1:24 PM)  

Happy New Year! You always make me think about how there's more to life than the scale - a sense of feeling "whole", and my well-being is important too. Thanks for that!:-)

Tom  – (6:55 AM)  

This is my first time on this blog and I really like the content ; ) Have you guys checked out thedailyskinny.com yet? It's mainly for healthy weight loss, but they also get into some great nutrition and exercise advice.

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