Eleven years + 2012 plans

Today this blog turns the crusty age of eleven!

Huuuuge thanks to everyone who still reads this thing – from 2001 die-hards to kind strangers to family to friends to random googlers to lovely lurkers to bewildered colleagues… you RAWK!

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I haven't made any 2012 resolutions aside from "wear lipstick more often". I'll be 35 this year – any day now my aging kissers will start disappearing into a thin line of disapproval. Gotta make the most of it while I can! 😉

In terms of health and fitness my project is "keep the mind attached to the body".

The plan of action is the same plan as 2011. It's a good, sensible, enjoyable plan, dagnabbit! I just have to stick to it when stressful stuff happens. As I said in September:

"I need to keep working on why my Mega Stress repsonse still seems to be… Stop Doing The Healthy Things."

In times of Mega Stress, that's when you need the Healthy Things the most. But nooo! I tend to abandon the meal planning, stop checking in with hunger levels/feelings before I eat, get slack with exercise. I don't write in the food diary because I don't want to acknowledge what I'm putting away. The mind and body disconnect. Instead of tuning in to the emotions I seem to go out of my way to tune out.

I'm in a stronger place than I was a year ago – when things get crappy I don't tend to slam my fist on the Self-Destruct button anymore… I just kinda tap on the Denial one. Ha ha. I will make progress this year. I seriously want to. My dodgy knee is not doing well with this extra poundage. I know from the first part of 2011 that I have a plan on which I can lose weight slowly, steadily and sanely.

I think it's just going to take practice. Everything I've read about emotional eating – from people as diverse as Geneen Roth to Jillan Michaels – all say in one way or another that eating mindfully is a habit that you have to keep working on. It takes practice to sit with crappy emotions instead of chomping them into oblivion. So I'm going to keep practicing and keep doing the monthly updates here, and let's see if we can keep the mind from wandering away from the ol' body!

Enough of my ramblings… be sure to come back tomorrow when the 11th Birthday Sell-Out begins! There is so much goodness to be won.

25 thoughts on “Eleven years + 2012 plans

  1. 11 beautiful years Shauna. Thank you so much for sharing, it has made my life richer and the world a slightly better place knowing you´re in it. Mwah!

  2. *mush alert*

    Hey Shauna, was reading this post eating a big fat cream filled muffin! Oh the irony! But I did walk over the Forth bridge and back today so surely that cancels it out…..right?! Although as I ate I was also thinking about how over the past year finding your blog has really helped and inspired me, I now weigh 15 lbs less than this point last year, and you had a fair chunk to do with that. You made me think about how dieting is not about sticking to a specific plan like WW or Slimming World or about being “on or off” anything. It’s a little by little, bit by bit process to change body, mind and soul until the whole kit and caboodle is working in unison. And trust me, that has helped a lot. So thank you Shauna! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. @Svava – The feeling is entirely mutual, you legend you 🙂

    @Suzy – Thank you gazillions, and well bloody done by the way! You’ve also reminded me that I need to do that walk myself. Great day for it today, all that winter sunshine!

  4. Heres to a fabulous 2012 – I get a feeling its going to be a good one. Yeah for getting older too – will be an amazing feeling to finally feel ‘grown up’ (she says at 38!!)

  5. Congratulations and thank you, Shauna! For helping me to see the path to being “mindful” and keep up the good fight. I lost close to 50 pounds last year and still have at least that much to go. It went slow and so far, it has stuck. It is such a comforting feeling to know that others (all around the world) feel and deal in a similar way. I, too, need to work on the “fight or flight” when the stress comes on. I look forward to what 2012 can bring all of us. Never, never, never quit!

  6. Eleven years … that’s amazing, Shauna, simply amazing. You’ve been such an inspiration – the blog, the book, the podcast, have enriched my life and helped me in many situations. And the fact that you occasionally leave a comment for me is so cool! ‘Cause it’s all about me, doncha know! =) Looking forward to more wisdom, experience and motivation. You seem to have found the path that works for you.

  7. Eleven years! I didn’t even know blogging existed that long ago. I started my own blog just over two years ago and had read very few before that. I had no idea what to expect and no inkling that there was such a great community out here, tied to the blog world.


  8. Happy Birthday! I hope you get a celebratory cookie, at least. Wishing you running and jumping and lazing and gardening for the new year, all punctuated with nice cups of tea.

    (P.S. Geneen Roth is pretty amazing too!)

  9. I feel like we’ve been through so much together since the early days of DG! THANK YOU for being such a positive force in the world and sharing so much with all of us. I have been inspired and uplifted, and moved to laughter (and a few tears) on too many occasions to count. Thanks, too, for your support and care through UAR this Fall / Winter. You’re an amazing friend to all of us.

    BIG HUG my friend,

  10. Congrats on continuing your honesty and experience. We can all learn from each other and together we DO get better.

    Heres to the next 11 fabulous years!


  11. Huge congratulations, Shauna! I love your blog. Thank you so much for the inspirational, eloquent and funny writing and for your wonderful sense of humour.

  12. Its a hard road, well down for sticking at it. I’m pretty much living your life in that area too and know how hard it is. Be kind to yourself.

  13. Hey Shauna, well done on the 11 years. I wish I had kept my blog going that long 😉 I agree 100% about the poundage/mind+body connection, still plugging away at mine and find exactly the same thing with Stressful Times.

  14. I’m joyous to have gotten to read your blog, participate in UAR, and get to know you just a wee bit. Your writing, honesty, and journey have been a pleasure to experience and I thank you so much for sharing it all! xoxoxoxo!!!!

  15. Happy Blog Birthday Shawna!!

    I wish you all the best this year, to mindfully eat, and I hope you can help inspire me to do the same!
    On another note, I have to say I always look forward to YOUR BIRTHDAY SELL OUT!!

  16. Eleven years – congratulations! I feel like I know you after having read your book and then following the blog, and I have to say you are just amazing. 🙂 Excited for year 12 of the blog.

  17. Happy 11 years, Shauna!! I’m so proud of you. I’ve been reading your blog for many years now and was just thinking how courageous you are to put it all out there. That’s a lesson for me: where do I want to be in 11 years?? I love where you are on mindful eating and on the pattern of emotional eating and stress eating that you’re working to overcome. I’m right with you, sistuh!! Here’s to making great progress in 2012! Hugs!


  18. Happy blog birthday, a week late! I was moved to comment because of your stress response of “stop doing the healthy things.” I have recently recognized that for myself, I do this in a misguided attempt to nurture myself, like “things are hard, so I’ll go easy on you, self, and not make you do all that stuff.” Argh. Now I’m trying to focus on things I can do when I’m less stressed that will make it easier for that stressed version of myself to stick with healthy habits–like making a big batch of healthy food on the weekend to eat later in the week when I don’t have time.

    I agree on practice, practice, practice. Keep it up!

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