Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 In Review

I started this blog exactly a year ago today. At the start of this year I made a list of goals for myself, some I have achieved, some I haven't...

Health & Fitness goals for 2007...

Maintain 2006 weight loss
This was my most important goal and I am pleased to say that I was able to maintain my loss from 2006.
Be under 100 kilo's by 1st June
Nope, didn't do it.
Be under 90 kilo's by 31st December
Definitely didn't do this one.
Do yoga classes at work
I started, but hated it and stopped. It wasn't for me, but I did try.
Start swimming
I did start swimming and it was one of the most fun things I have done in years!
Walk to and from work every day
I did this until I started my new job in December because my new work is too far away to walk, but I would say I achieved this goal.
Exercise for 20 minutes every morning before work
I did this sporadically, but I can't say that I achieved this one.

Other Goals for 2007...

Learn to drive
I did not achieve this, didn't even try.
Get passport
Yes I did this, I wish all of my goals were this easy.
Go on an overseas holiday
Yes, the most fun I have ever had!
Save money
No, life got in the way of this goal. I am very proud to say that I will be finishing this year debt free after paying off my credit card last week and that is good enough for me.
Complete Masters degree
Yes I finished this in June after about 8 years of non stop studying.
Learn to speak Japanese
Funnily enough I ended up going to Japan, I did try and learn the basics, but I didn't get any further than that.
Do volunteer work
I didn't do this, I haven't been able to find the time to commit to this, so instead I donate money.
Continue to be fulfilled and challenged at work
I was very unchallenged for a while there, so I got a new job that most definitely challenges me!

Overall I am pretty happy with what I have achieved this year. My biggest achievement is maintaining my 2006 loss of 14.5 kilos and on top of that losing another 10 kilos. For the past 20 years that I have been dieting I have aways been able to lose weight if I put my mind to it, it is just maintaining that I have had a problem with. I don't think I have maintained any loss longer then 3 months, so this is a huge achievement for me. It may seem like 2 years is a long time to lose 25 kilos (55 pounds), but I know that I have made life long changes that will give me a longer, healthier and happier life and that is what is important.

23rd December 2006

23rd December 2007

These two photos were taken exactly a year apart and I am supposedly about 10 kilos lighter in the bottom one, but I can't see the difference. I think the next 10 kilos are when I will see a much bigger difference, so bring it on in 2008!



  1. Congratulations on maintaining your 2006 loss, that's a fantastic achievment in itself. I'm sorry you hated yoga, I love everything like that, but I can see why some people wouldn't like it :)

    It's funny, I was looking at your NZ photos, even though I've seen them before, and getting jealous- even though I've only just been myself! Maybe it's more nostalgic than jealous.

    I think 2 years to lose 25kg is fine- because you've kept it off. It's all well and good to lose it quickly, but if you don't learn anything, and don't keep it off, then there's no point.

    Happy New Year Tully!

  2. What a year hey!!!
    I think the most important thing to remember is that life is fun and you don't need to be a magic weight to enjoy it! Great that you set some goals, we always need to be working towards something! You are fitting and healthier then you where this time last year - you have achieved that! Well done!

  3. Happy New Year Tully, all the best mate.

  4. Happy New Year, girlie! :-D You have achieved so much, you have no idea how proud of you I am. And honestly, I see quite a big difference in your arms between those two photos :-D

    We are going to kick ass in 2008, rawr!

  5. Happy New Year!

    You have acheived alot this past year even if it wasn't everything you wanted. Having those goals must have pushed you further along.

    Happy Blog Anniversary. :)

  6. I'm really glad that you have achieved or attempted so many of your 2007 goals. It does wonders for our sense of efficacy when we can look back and see so many achievements.

    Best Wishes with your new goals for 2008!!!

  7. I too want to save money and learn Japanese this year, though granted, the latter is a little more urgent in my case! Wohoo on paying off your credit card! I have another 4 payments before mine is gone and I'm looking forward to the day I can tell you!

  8. Happy New Year!

    You've done really great this year! And it's so great that you have kept the blog up for a full year... that is so awesome!

  9. Does anyone recommend a good body fat scale that is accurate? I saw a post on that was comparing body fat scales to calipers and it said they weren't as accurate… is that true?


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