How Do I Get A Jump Start On The New Year

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My intention for today’s post was to write about famous women graphic designers, but there Print Magazine for graphic designersjust isn’t enough information on the Internet.

Sad, but true.

I’ll have to search further for more information – maybe at the library or a book store.  Meanwhile, I also want to figure out how to get a jump start on the new year with my goals and resolutions.

What’s the best way to get moving on my resolutions?

Dive in, or move slowly?

It always takes me awhile in January to get inspired.  It’s already the middle of January and I’m just beginning to change some of my  habits.

I usually think about weight and health programs to get going at the beginning of the new year.  I like to look at new ways of eating healthy and incorporating more exercise into my life.

Sometimes I start them, sometimes not.

I’m thinking of trying Jenny Craig this year.

Anyone have any experience with it?

It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which has me busy with my girls, so I will leave you with the following video.  She tells an interesting story of what is working for her with weight loss –

Maybe I need to film myself on video to find my healthy motivation – then place them in my posts?

Maybe not?

I have been working hard on the graphic designer side of my dream this past week, so all is not lost on me and my dreams.  Small steps, but definitely steps in the right direction.  I’ve re-vamped my resume and contacted some wonderful companies looking for full-time help.  Keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, enjoy your holiday –


(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

  • Rachel

    “I have never done well with deprivation diets myself but know a lot of people who have succeeded with Weight Watchers, maybe since there is still flexibility in what you can eat, as long as you watch your “points.””

    Well (not sure how much it’s changed since then), you had some flexibility in how much you ate, too. You got to eat more by choosing low fat, high fiber food. I personally added a couple points onto my daily because it was too low — that’s just something I had to learn for myself — my maintenance calories are higher than average. However, you can’t lose weight without eating less than you burn, so every weight loss plan involves some kind of deprivation. There’s no other way for it to work. (And if you exercise more instead of eating less, on WW you can eat more when you exercise more, and still be completely on the plan.)

    Also, WW has a choice these days (I believe… my info isn’t completely up to date) where you are not restricted in the amount you eat, but only certain kinds of foods are unrestricted — those which people are less likely to overeat.) You are taught to self monitor your portions according to how full you feel, rather than measuring the amounts. You can also add small amounts of whatever food you choose, so that you can work a little of your favorite stuff even if it’s not on the list.

  • Kim, the traveler

    Thanks for all the great advice! Yeah, programs usually suck, so I’m going to do what I did last year, eat right and exercise. What a concept! I think once I start working more I won’t be so bored and won’t think about eating all time.

  • Remy G

    Kim – I think for me its better to have bigger goals in mind and use January to break them down, figure out priorities and then jump in…cause sometimes if I jump in without thinking, I overwhelm myself with all these things to do and to think about…and this term of “slow and steady wins the race” can be applied to goal setting, eating a meal, meditation, driving, and where I remember it initially, 21 hours into labor with my son. I could have punched that Nurse right in the face at the time, but it was helpful advice and something I of course remember 15 years later.
    I’ve done weight watchers and its great. They even have online stuff now. But if you can attend, the meetings are worth it.

    I think its also important to remember to celebrate the little wins, or the things you accomplish, and not look at the remaining list, or things we may slip up on, and worry about…Reinforcing success is much better than reinforcing where you slip up or fall off the wagon. Unless you start to eat whole chocolate cakes in the morning with Lisa, then we may want to talk!
    Good luck! You can do it!! Rem

  • Hi Kim ~

    Proud of you for being in motion on your dream of graphic design – for getting those resumes out there and setting the intention! You go girl! cheering you on!

    I struggled a lot with my weight, body issues and eating disorders in my teens and early 20s – feel really fortunate that I’ve mostly comfortable in my body since then. I have never done well with deprivation diets myself but know a lot of people who have succeeded with Weight Watchers, maybe since there is still flexibility in what you can eat, as long as you watch your “points.”

    The most effective diet for me was one I invented (or at least I think I did! ;) had never heard of it before). It was simply this: I ate healthy and low-fat meals for lunch and dinner – mostly salads and some lean protein. Then, I was allowed to have for breakfast whatever I’d been craving the night before – whether it was a slice of chocolate cake or a piece of lasagna! I always felt satisfied because I never denied my cravings, yet the majority of my diet was very healthy.

    Of course I never ate a whole chocolate cake or anything like that ;) so this would only work for someone who’s comfortable indulging with moderation!

    Now I think if I have any “secrets” they would be working out often (weight-training and cardio 2 to 3x per week) and dancing when I can! That, and I eat when hungry and stop when full, generally avoid fried foods, desserts (Except dark chocolate! and other things occasionally), carbs (do eat bread but multi-grain, healthy wheat pitas, etc.). I do eat pasta – mostly eat veggies, legumes, soups, eggs, etc- veggies and non-meat proteins. Also fish!

    I just *feel* so much better when I eat healthy so I do it for that reason… Also I swear that my meditation practice helps me be more mindful about everything, including eating.

    Good luck and let me know how it goes! Believe in yourself and hold a vision of your body as you wish it to be while also remembering to love yourself completely NOW – because you’re gorgeous and wonderful as you are! And remember to reward yourself for all the good choices you DO make (vs. beating yourself up for any times where you “slip up” as wel ALL do… You’re only human and every additional good choices gradually adds up to better and better health for you!).

  • Rachel

    Oh, though of some more to say about Jenny Craig. The “counseling” you supposedly get is worthless. A good Weight Watcher meeting, or even a good weight loss message board is far more valuable. The people who work for Jenny Craig are really sales people, not counselors. Their weight loss advice comes from templats (similar to what telephone sales people use), and they make their living from commissions off the foods you order.)

    I do know someone who lost about 50 pounds doing Jenny Craig. It was not something he could stick with, though, because the portions were so small. In the 3 years after he quit using it, he gained back about 30 pounds. That’s typical I guess with restricted calorie diets, though.

  • Rachel

    I have tried Jenny Craig. The food was okay, and certainly low calorie. It was a little high in sodium for me, but compared to frozen dinners you get in the grocery store, not too bad.

    It was not as easy as I’d hoped it would be. You have to add fruit, vegetables, and milk or yogurt to the stuff they provide. So you still have to pick those things up at the grocery store and prepare them. Also, I didn’t think their meals were filling enough. Part of it is that I’m not a small person, and I’m fairly active, so I really can’t manage on less than 1800 calories/day. If you can deal with a 1200 calorie diet, and either deal with small volumes of food, or are willing to take the time & trouble to make a lot of big salads & stuff with the “free foods”, then you have a lot better chance of making it work. I also got pretty tired of eating their meals after a while.

    Weight Watcher’s worked much better for me. I also liked the tools available on SparkPeople.

    Out of the plans that provide food for you…
    The best quality food was Seattle Sutton. It was also the only one that was really low enough in sodium. The problem is, you don’t get any choice at all about the menu. You buy it by the week, and you get the 21 meals that are on their menu that week. However, if you can manage on 1200 calories, you don’t have to add anything but milk, and their meals are more satisfying than Jenny Craig’s. If it weren’t so pricey, I’d probably do it about 2 weeks out of three, because I really did think it made healthy eating easier. (I ordered the 1200 calorie meal & supplemented with some a piece of fruit, a little oatmeal or hard boiled egg in the morning, and a little dessert in the afternoon to get it to 1800.)

    My husband tried nutrisystem for a while, and pretty much everything they sent him was unappealing. And you had to add even more stuff, it seemed to me, than with Jenny Craig. I don’t know if the food was filling, because I couldn’t bring myself to try any of it.

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    I’ve always been a slow eater. Drives the rest of my family crazy!! Word is that I take after my late grandmother in that respect.

    Sounds like we’d all like to foster healthier habits in ourselves – better eating, more exercise. I’ve never tried Jenny Craig or anything else like that. But, for awhile, I was checking in at – its a social network site aimed at losing weight, healthy eating, exercise, etc. I found it to be a really active, supportive community with tons of good tips and tools.

  • Catherine

    I think you have accomplished quite a bit for having that nasty cold right out the gate of the new year. The cough is STILL slowly fading away for me.

    I like her video. This isn’t the first time that I have heard that eating slowly and mindfully makes you lose weight. Paul McKenna from the UK has helped millions of people from all over the world to lose weight with his system that re-patterns thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs about food and he teaches you to eat very slowly.

    In the best-selling book, French Women Don’t Get Fat Mireille Guiliano lectures to eat slowly, with all your senses, and make every dining experience pleasurable so you will be satisfied with smaller portions of delicious food. No food is off limits, only large portions. No counting calories, no skipping meals — just control what you eat and you will lose weight naturally.

    Both authors are also big advocates of walking and we do have the Bay To Breakers to train for . . .