Here's to 2010! I pray that this year will be filled with peace and joy for us all.
As I look back on 2009, it has been a little rough for many of us, at least financially. Of course, Warren and I had a new grandchild this past year, and we're definitely thankful for our little Kathleen plus all the wonderful times spent with Bobby during 2009. Watching them both grow and develop has been the highlight of our year.
For me, another happy, exciting part of my 2009 experience was losing 45 pounds. For the first time in years, I can ignore all the weight loss ads on television, not wondering about their products and if they would work for me. (I have wanted to share this with you, but it is hard to write about. I don't want to come across as preaching.) I have tried to lose weight and keep it off for several years now, but I believe I finally found the secret — walking! Yes, I did watch what I ate, especially at first, but I found that by walking at least 4 miles a day, I could lose weight and get plenty to eat. I know — you may have exclaimed "4 miles a day!" unless you are a true athlete which I am definitely not. When I first started walking, I hated every step. Even walking a mile was a challenge, but I kept it up, and now I often walk 6 miles a day. Yes, it takes time, but it's time well spent. It's been not only good for my physical health but my emotional health. When I walk out my front door into the fresh air, I feel free and unencumbered. I escape for an hour or two with my music or with audiobooks — books that I would never have found the time to read otherwise. So, if you are making a resolution to lose weight this year, you can do it. Just take that first step and keep on walking.