Dot’s 2021 Healthy Living Goals

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Getting back into shape

My new resistance bands arrived late yesterday. Hello soreness my old friend!

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for resolutions. I’ve come to hate resolutions because I always fail at them. I’d rather set measurable goals so I can actually track my progress. After putting pen to paper, I came up with four measurable goals for a healthier 2021 for myself. Sadly, they are very similar to my goals when I started my little health journey back in 2012.

Over the last 2-½ years I’ve gained about 50 pounds. I lost my focus and fell into a funk. That means I have to drop 100 pounds to get back to my low point. Well … can’t say I don’t love a challenge.

What are my four health goals for 2021?

1. Get Healthy…Again
That doesn’t just mean fat loss. I’m including mental clarity. That means reading more, improving sleep, creating routines, practicing gratefulness, de-stressing, and de-cluttering (mess creates stress!). When I talk about “getting healthy” I mean the full package – mind, body and soul.

2. Build Strength & Stamina
I’m in my 50s. I know the road before me is shorter than the road behind me. I don’t want to spend my golden years in and out of doctor’s offices or hospitals. Building strength and cardio will keep me mobile as well as boosting my overall health and mood. That means a much better quality of life.

I’m still building my routine, but I plan to use a mix of bodyweight and resistance band exercises 2-3 days a week. As for cardio, I’m thinking more tortoise than hare. I’m starting the Mayo Clinic’s 12-week walking routine. I’m easing my hip back into a routine and the last thing I need is an injury.

3. Walk Pain Free
My body has a weight threshold. If I cross it, it lets me know with lower back pain when I walk too much. I need to loose roughly 5% of my body weight – about 15 pounds – for that pain to go away. Fingers crossed that by the end of January, I’ll fall under that threshold.

4. Stay Active
When I started my journey almost 9 years ago, staying active was really difficult for me. I’d left my job. Despite that, I still found myself sitting at a desk working on my computer.  I really needed a mental shift from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one.

That shift came after finding the keto diet and wearing a Fitbit. I went from an average of 2,300 steps in a day to 15,000-20,000 steps. But it wasn’t all power walks, 5k training, and spin classes. Nearly half those steps were from working around the house and running errands. I hated sitting for more than 30 minutes. I was bursting with energy. Sitting down wasn’t going to release that energy.

This last Thanksgiving, I found an old pedometer and gave it a whirl. In December, I averaged 4,000 steps a day. That’s much better than I thought, but it’s still a quarter of what I used to do. Frankly, I know I can do better. By year’s end I want to average 20,000/day.

Those are my four goals. To keep me honest, the plan is for regular postings here on my progress.

And yes, I’m working on new recipes.

What are your goals for a healthier you in 2021?

18 thoughts on “Dot’s 2021 Healthy Living Goals

  1. Deb Parker

    Hello Dot,
    I started keto Dec 2017. Soon after starting, I came across your Youtube videos. You are a really good cook and also a good communicator . Tonight, I started thinking about you and wondering how you were doing so I went to Youtube to see if you were still posting videos. From there, I found your blog. I am so happy to see you hanging in there and still bringing happiness and inspiration to others.
    I look forward to seeing what comes next this year for you and also for myself. (I need to start moving more. I have become much too sedentary this year with the disruption in life from this crazy Covid 2020)
    Have a Happy New Year! You WILL succeed!! 😀👍

    • Dot2Trot

      Deb, thank you and I’m happy you enjoy the videos and now the blog. We’re planning new videos now so hopefully we can start recording soon. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Donna Rainey

    Oh Dot, I have missed you so much. I’m glad you’re back. You have always been such sn inspiration and I look forward to accompanying you on this journey. Let’s go!

  3. Lori

    Thank you for the inspiration. I ordered a set of the resistance bands today! My daughter was totally onboard with this.

  4. Sherrie Nicholson

    Loved your goals, they are similar to mine. I’m a 60 year old stroke survivor who needs to lose about 50 lbs. I love your recipes, thanks so much for posting them! Keep up the great work!

    • Dot2Trot

      Thank you Sherrie and I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipes and you can look forward to new recipes this year. Let’s make 2021 the year we reach our goals!

  5. Leeann

    Echoing most when I say that I am also so glad you are back. I am in my 50s as well, and my health goals are similar to yours. Less weight to lose but not where I want to be, and also not feeling my best. I am keeping a gratitude journal, plan to lose weight (although not number driven- I will weigh once a month to check in but going by clothes/how I feel), writing gratitude letters and putting a focus on movement. I am excited to be on this journey with you and others!

    • Dot2Trot

      OMG I love the idea of a gratitude journal! Well I’m happy you are on this journey too. This is going to be an awesome year!

  6. Laura Wistoft

    I am so glad to see you back. I came upon your youtube channel and binge watched your videos. I too am in my 50’s and you are point on when you said “the road before me is shorter than the road behind me.” I need to up my steps and have 100+ lbs that need to be lost. I can’t wait to see your journey.

    • Dot2Trot

      Laura, thank you and glad you found the videos. We should know in the next few days when we’ll be back to making cooking videos (soon I hope). Hope your holidays were merry and bright!

  7. Michael Carson

    I love my new resistance bands my wife bought me for Christmas and I am enjoying my new workouts with bands and bodyweight exercises. Have the best new year possible! Mike C

    • Dot2Trot

      That is an awesome gift! I’m busy setting up/rearranging the home office/personal gym today. I’m moving lots of furniture around so getting a workout before breaking out the bands! I think this will be the best year for both of us. Cheers Michael!

  8. Arlene

    Behind you all the way! Keep reaching forward and not looking back, you WILL BE successful! You have clouds of loving friends applauding you on!!

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