I am not a fan of celebrating New Year's Eve. In our younger years I dreamed of the perfect New Year's Eve - it would be fun and romantic and just like in the movies. Never happened! And every year I was disappointed and vowed that NEXT YEAR would be better. I finally outgrew that.
Then came the years of making New Year's Resolutions - or more precisely THE New Year's Resolution. For twenty years, no matter what else I hoped to do in the next 365 days, losing weight was at the top of the list. Until about January 15th when I returned to my unhealthy, self-indulgent habits. But NEXT YEAR would be different. And it was - I had MORE weight to lose.
Why am I talking about New Year's Eve when we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet? Because this year IS different. This year I made a commitment - I went "all in" as Dave likes to say - and I'm doing it. On January 19th, 2012, I began Nutrisystem and have, to date, lost 52 pounds. It's been difficult and rewarding and exhilarating and frustrating and painful. And it's not over. There are seven weeks left in 2012 and I have 8 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight. The New Year's Eve of my dreams is in sight and I'm putting this out here for all to see as additional motivation for myself. It would be so easy to say "52 lbs is good enough. I can quit here and be satisfied." And I could. I'm happy with the way I look. I don't have to shop at Plus Size stores any more. I don't cringe when someone pulls out a camera. But I have to finish it. I am determined to end 2012 by saying "This was the year I did it!" Not "the year I did MOST of it".
And, hopefully, I can encourage any of you that set the same goal year after year - not just weight loss, but whatever makes you stop every December 31st and think THIS will be the year, THIS time I'll do it. I would appreciate your prayers for the rest of the year. I need to work hard to ensure I make it and I can't finish this without God's strength. But I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). And on January 1, 2013, I will be looking for the next challenge.