Happy new year! I know, I’m a day late — I was busy spending a fantastic cell-phone- and computer-free New Year’s weekend in Chicago with Mr. B. I have no words to really describe how absolutely fantastic it was — and no pictures because Mr. B has them all on his camera (with a promise to upload them by March).
The new year is a time when a lot of people make resolutions and set goals. I don’t do resolutions, but I’m with ya on the goal front. Typically around this time of year I receive a number of emails and questions regarding weight loss. They range from “how did you do it” to “where should I start” and “how do you deal with the psychological part of weight loss” to “what about loose skin.”
Instead of tackling these questions again, I thought I’d direct you to some of my most-read blog posts — and some of the ones I’m most proud of.
Kimi Joy’s Recommended Reading — from the Archives
- Things New Runners Should Know
- Just the Tips, Ma’am
- It’s Not All About Skinny
- July 26, 2009: A Breaking Point
- ABCs of Getting Healthy
- My Trainer is a Tool
- 10 Things I Wish I’d Known
- Loving the Loose Skin I’m In
- Time to Call in a Professional
- A Letter to that Girl
My advice? Believe that you are worth this — you deserve to be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself possible. And do not let anyone tell you any differently. Have faith in yourself and your efforts, knowing that dedication will get you where you want to go — but make sure you have realistic goals. Slow and steady is much better for your body — and your psyche. Put all you have into this and you will be able to achieve this goal. And last, but most certainly not least: Do this for you and you alone. Losing weight for your husband, girlfriend, sister, father, lover, cousin, boss — or whomever — will not be enough to make the complete change of lifestyle that is necessary. This journey should be about getting healthy and fit so you can live your best life possible. Do it for you and you alone. Because, like I said, you deserve it. You are so very worth it.
If you still have questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org — I’m here to help in any way I can. And, best of luck to you as you work to achieve your goals.