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New Years Resolutions Goals Dreams and Wishes

It’s just a little after midnight and it’s New Year’s Eve, but it won’t be until this time tomorrow we are all celebrating.


This time last year Dec. 31, 2011 I was baking a Sugar Free Sacre Torte for my Austrian Jewish “Second Father” Tom as he is one of those babies that just had to ruin his Mother’s New Year’s Eve Party by deciding to be born. I was also spending my first Holiday Season without my own Father still present in the world and that was rough.

This time two years ago, Dec 31, 2010 I was celebrating my first “Healthy Christmas” I had just lost my first 100 lb. and I was really excited about all of the first’s i was experiencing. I was also as usual, frustrated and insecure with my weight loss and stressing out as I compared myself to everyone else and went all OCD on my numbers on New Years.

Scale-165bThis year Dec 31, 2012 finds me at 165 lb. ( I am 15 lb. away from my “Goal Weight” ) I am also 4 weeks post op my third set of reconstructive plastic surgeries this year and have a bit of swelling still on board. I now have the addition of Heather in my life. She moved in towards the beginning of the year to be here to help me after my surgeries and is staying of course. This had a lot of big positive life moments for me in it and I will be sure to talk about a lot of them in my A Year in Reflect post next week, but tonight is about where I want to be this time next year and what I am going to do to get there. Tonight is about my New Years Resolutions, Goals, Dreams, and Wishes. You see, I think you have to approach each New Year with realistic resolutions, attainable goals, big dreams and wishes that might come true. You might not meet them all or achieve them all, but each one has a special place in your chosen path and decision-making in the year to come.

I like to do things in 5s so I have 5 spots on each of my list:

First up: Resolutions: Things I plan to change in 2013

  • 1. Wake up each day with a Positive Affirmation.
  • 2. Say “I love you” to someone I love every day.
  • 3. Pay off more bills than I rack up.
  • 4. Spend more time with my chosen Family.
  • 5. Work on my Body Dimorphic Issues

Now my Goals: Things I would really like to achieve in 2013

  • 1. Become a Certified Personal Trainer
  • 2. Open my own business as a Personal Trainer
  • 3. Save $3000 towards a down payment on a house.
  • 4. Work on getting everyone in the household’s Dental Work started.
  • 5. Get a Walk from Obesity happening in Portland/Vancouver area.

My Fitness & Medical Goals for 2013

  • 1. Take my Vitamins on a regular basis.
  • 2. Run a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon
  • 3. Work on improving my foot health and dental health
  • 4. Finish up the final touches of Plastic Surgery ( Things my Insurance wouldn’t cover & Touch Ups )
  • 5. Reach and maintain a Normal BMI weight range ( 112- 150 )

My Dreams for 2013 – They are big you know, like too big to really be attainable without a miracle.

  • 1. Get my own Weight Loss Show on Television.
  • 2. Help Fund someone else’s Bariatric Surgery or Skin Removal Surgery
  • 3. Visit Walk Disney World
  • 4. Work with Chris & Heidi Powell
  • 5. Buy a House

My Wishes for 2013 

  • 1. I wish my friends and family would try to work on being more positive.
  • 2. I wish nobody in my life smoked cigarettes.
  • 3. I wish was happy with a “Healthy Weight” and not chasing an “Ideal Weight”
  • 4. I wish I could get all the Bariatric Surgery Centers in OR to let me work with their patients on Post OP Fitness.
  • 5. I wish I could meet Chris Powell, P!nk, Ellen DeGeneres and NKOTB


We’ll see how many of these things I manage to do in 2013 this time next year. 🙂

Have you made you New Years Lists yet? Tell me what is on your lists, I’d love to hear!

Maybe if we have some of the same ones we can work on them together in some Desperately Seeking Slender Challenges or something 🙂


Starting Each Day With A Positive Affirmation

My friend Michelle Mata, who I met at the OAC’s First Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention, shared a video on Facebook the other day that really inspired what I am about to write. Michelle thank you for being my late night Facebook muse. The video is titled  Jessica’s Daily Affirmation

So imagine this with me for a moment…

I climbed out of bed and as I saw the sun shining through the small slits of my mini blinds I thought to myself, “Oh the sun is out and it must be a beautiful day outside, perfect for a run!.” I rushed around my room gathering the essentials and then rushed into the bathroom to start getting ready. As I stood in front of the mirror and began to get dressed for my run, I was so overwhelmed with inspiration for my day that I broke into theatrical song as I pulled on my running capris and slid that sports bra over my head…


My Face Paint at the OAC Convention in Dallas done at the Walk From Obesity. This was a very happy day for me so I decided it was a good picture to go with this post. 🙂

“I love myself, I love my friends, I love eyes, I love my smile, I lost two hundred and seventy pounds, and I think I am amazing! I’m a survivor and I am strong, and I didn’t let those mean old fudders- beat me! I like, Heather and Tora and I like Joy and Rain and ALL OF my WLS friends … And I love my Daddy even though he’s gone, and I love singing this silly song. I love being this happy! And I like being proud of what I have done! And I like running! and I like exercising! and I like being on Facebook! And I like InstaGrams pictures! And I like Twitter and I like Pinterest and I love that I have a job that I can do from home even if I hate what I am doing! But someday I am going to be a Personal Trainer! And I will help make other people so happy that they too break out in this theatrical song of affirmation each morning as they get ready for their day and it makes them feel as amazing as it makes me feel. Because  can do ANYTHING that I believe I can do and today I will do something that I couldn’t have done before! And I LOVE that I CAN DO THAT!”

Now please tell me my weight loss surgery friends that there is not a part of you smiling right now, thinking “Man I wish I felt that good about my life right now?” or such smiling at the idea of someone you know in this community having a day like that?

It reminds me of those scenes in movies like Ferris Buller’s Day off where he’s jumping on his bed playing his guitar like a rock star. I think there was a scene like that in Home Alone too. Those scenes always made me smile, I always thought, man I wanna feel that good.

I find it very interesting sometimes, that when you really start to break it down, the things I really want the most today are not that different from the things I really wanted when I was teenager…

  • I want a nice home with nice things
  • I want a someone to love me the way they love each other in the movies.
  • I want to experience the kind of romance I read about.
  • I want to get paid to do something I love doing.
  • I want to help people.
  • I want to be important to someone.
  • I want to be spoiled.
  • I want to have good friends,

it’s very interesting to me how sometimes when we break t down, the things we want are so simple.

Now its New Years Eve and it is REALLY time for me to work on my New Years Resolutions and Goals list.

I know that one of my goals is going to be to wake up each morning with a positive affirmation. I doubt I will be able to break out into broadway song as if I were a Glee star, and with the way I sing, my household will likely be grateful. But I can try to wake up each day and take a moment to have a positive thought about myself. Hmm I need to go see if there is an App for this!


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