It's 2014!

Back in January 2012, when I decided to get serious about losing weight, I took my first series of full-body pictures in a tank top and shorts. I did the same shoot last year to see my progress, and I did it again today. I think I'll make it a yearly tradition, because it shows me how I'm changing more clearly than a reflection in a mirror or a number on a scale.

Sooo, unsurprisingly, it's time for a side-by-side comparisons! You know how I love them.

I'm so excited! The differences are obvious, and that's so motivating. Now I'm ready to work on toning up and getting truly fit. Yes, I still have pounds to lose, but I'm not going to make that my main priority this time. I think shifting my focus will help me to live a healthy, active life.

I have a new list of goals on my 2014 Goals tab at the top of the site. But you know, "a goal without a plan is just a dream." I need to develop some action plans to carry these out.

One thing I'm going to be working on is posting on here more often. This month, I'm planning to do a series on running for true beginners. This former couch potato has learned a lot over the past couple of years, and I want to share those things in case it could be helpful to someone else. So if you've set a goal to start running or to get in shape this year, check back soon!

I don't know what else I might write about (aside from my random updates about the goings-on in my life), but I really want to put more effort into my writing this year. As you know from my shameless bragging, I won NaNoWriMo in November. That experience showed me how much I could get done if I actually just forced myself to sit down and do it.

Another thing I want to address on here is one of my reading goals. Okay, I have to admit it. I am a book hoarder. I'm so very bad about buying books and not reading them. I just collect them. I look at them. Run my fingers across their rough, papery edges. Inhale that delightful book smell. It's gonna be a toughie, but I cannot buy any more books until I finish this unread stack I amassed the latter part of 2013:

I spend a lot of money on books, so hopefully that will help me with some of my finance goals as well.

Like I said, I've gotta get busy making some action plans for my goals.I don't have to go back to work until Monday, so I have a few days to get stuff done. Are any of you working on putting your goals into action yet? I went on a thirty-minute run this morning, so I feel I got off to a good start. If I'm gonna do a 5K in 30 minutes (one of this year's goals), I need to get used to a comfortable thirty-minute run.

Happy 2014! Let's make this an amazing year!


Jessica said...

Happy new year! lol, like I haven't said that to you 45 times already. You have lost so much weight and you look so much smaller! I'm so proud of you.

I have high hopes for this year. :)

Lacey said...

Yeah! I love these goals. I do the same thing with books. I wish I could make that a goal as well, but my reading time is taken up with horrible textbook reading, so there's no way I could force myself to read all of my recreational books, unfortunately. Someday!

And yes, way to go with your weight loss! That is so inspiring. I hope to lose some weight this year as well. However, like you quoted, goals without plans are just dreams. I need to make some plans!

Anna Marie Schaefer said...

Your side photo is INSANE. I can't believe the difference. Overall pretty amazing changes.

I loved Hitchhiker's Guide. I hope you do to!

Gotta go write up my goals now....

Jennifer said...

lol Thanks so much! I'm excited to see what all we can accomplish this year too.

Jennifer said...

Yesss, I know, it is SO hard to read for fun when you're in school! But yes, someday soon you will be free!

Good luck with all of your goals!

Jennifer said...

Thanks! I wasn't even sucking in too much! lol

I'm excited to read it. I may start it next. I'm in Anne of Green Gables right now, so that'll be a complete 180.

Good luck with your goals this year!