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Confessions of 2011 and my 5 goals for 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

In 2010 when I joined SP, I was training for my first half marathon. In the process, my BMI went from obese to overweight (yeah!) and despite having caught a cold at my college reunion, I finished the event and earned my bling.
As is common with the stress of achieving a long sought after goal, I was then sick for two weeks and my exercise routine had to be put on hold.

In 2011 I did not have an event I was training for. I DID do a second half marathon, and a few other running events, including some training with the Galloway Group in Raleigh, NC. In the past few months, I have developed plantar fasciitis and had recurrences of chronic back pain that have further sidelined my activity.

The bad news - since I was not training, my exercise was inconsistent. My weight ballooned upward. Looking back over the FACTS, I gained nearly 25 pounds with even more of an increase in my body fat percentage. I wish I didn't have to admit that.
On the plus side, I AM down 7 pounds from my maximum weight.
In order to reach my personal goal weight and percent body fat, I will need to lose about 65 pounds of fat. I am going to do my best to do this. If not in twelve months, then "ultimately." It's a lifestyle, so I won't quit.

There are some more important factors in my life that give me great hope.
First, I rarely buy candy any more.
Second, I don't have sodas in my house any more. Not even the diet ones.
Third, I have started back weight training.
Fourth, I take advantage of support groups and educational offerings in the area. I participated in the Getting on Track Program through the Duke Center for Living, and will be in the Changing from Within group for January and February. The latter emphasizes mindful eating techniques.
Fifth, I am cooking more of my own meals, and not eating fast food as often. I have a garden in addition to going to the Farmer's Market and look forward to eating more natural foods and fewer processed foods from now on. I have access to cooking classes that give me new ideas and teach me techniques for preparing interesting foods.
Sixth, I am happier. This means there will be less emotional eating.

All of these changes are major lifestyle improvements that I can continue.
Just as I learned to drink skim milk instead of whole milk, I won't go back to my old habits.
These, I can maintain.

So I plan to reach my 2012 weight loss goals by the following actions:
-earn the 1000 fitness minutes trophy each month in 2012
-make the majority of my own meals at home and eat mindfully
-stay positive and express gratitude
-continue learning and using SP resources, and stay active in the SP community

My goals for 2012:
-Reach and maintain "Onederland" FOREVER.
-Achieve and maintain a BMI under 30 (no longer obese)
-Reduce my waist line to under 35 inches (as recommended for women)
-Strengthen my core so that I have less chronic back pain
-Total over 1000 miles in 2012 (walking, running, elliptical, biking, etc.)

Thanks for reading and commenting, and best wishes on your goals for this wonderful year, so full of potential!



Going for the goal!

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KKINNEA 1/12/2012 5:48PM

    Wonderful, doable goals! I'll be rooting you on along the way!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/12/2012 4:56PM

    I know you can and will achieve your goals this year; even though last year maybe wasn't all you wanted it to be, you did make positive changes that set the stage well for making progress the right direction. Great goals, and great action steps already in place to reach them!

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IAMDESSIE 1/4/2012 11:59PM


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SEAJESS 1/3/2012 8:48PM

    Wow, this is really inspiring! I love that you calmly and rationally look at your past, learn, come up with a plan and go for it. Love that scientific, kind perspective.

I have no doubts that emoticon

and that it will be emoticon to watch you bloom in 2012 and even to share the journey with you emoticon.

Thanks for being a emoticon SparkFriend and motivator. When it comes to those things, your emoticon will only go up!

emoticon for an amazing year.

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AGRLNKY 1/3/2012 7:18PM

    Awesome Goals! Have a happy and healthy 2012!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/3/2012 6:42PM

    We all have and are going to have setbacks. that
seems to be part of life, but it's great that you
realize what and where you went astray.

Now, don't look back, just DO IT!

Here for you in 2012!

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/2/2012 3:40PM

    Looks like you will be practicing RBG (Reaching Bigger Goals) this year! I know and you know that you can do this! GO GET IT!

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ME_HERE_NOW 1/1/2012 1:25PM

    here is to reaching all your goals, regardless of weight you are already a marathon superstar!!! keep up the great work my friend & happy new year!!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/1/2012 11:20AM

    You are one smart woman! You have everything you need to be a great success! emoticon

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    I really like the things that give you hope! I don't have any kind of sodas in my house any more, either, and even my kids can't believe it! I'm glad you're all set for the new year!

Happy New Year, my friend!
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-PAULA 1/1/2012 10:30AM

    Great goals! You can achieve them!

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TRUE-NESS 1/1/2012 10:12AM

    As we look back and reflect, we all have -could've-should've-would've moments. But the moments have passed and the important thing is that we keep moving FORWARD. Like you said, it's a lifestyle, so we just must continue making BETTER steps in the right direction and celebrating each accomplishment along the way. You will reach those goals in 2012! I believe in you! emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 1/1/2012 10:05AM

    What an interesting and inspiring post! Here's to a healthy year and nailing all of those great goals!

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STRINGI719 1/1/2012 9:24AM

    Wonderful way to look back and evaluate. You have made some AWESOME lifestyle changes already, and you will continue to do so! You are adding years of quality living onto your life!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2012 7:11AM

    emoticon As a fellow on the journey to health who has in the past had "years like that", I know that a return to health and fitness levels is possible. Don't expect too much of yourself... slow and steady, like a good turtle!

You have great plans and goals... and the attitude we all need: This is a lifestyle. No giving up or quitting in YOUR heart!

Have a great 2012. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/1/2012 4:46AM

    New year means a clean slate and a fresh start, hon - you CAN do this! And for what it's worth, I know just what you mean about plantar fasciitis. What a pain in the... foot, lol!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/1/2012 4:26AM

    You CAN DO IT!!!

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ASHARON 1/1/2012 1:32AM

    You can do it!

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PATTIE441 1/1/2012 1:29AM

    Those are amazing goals my friend!!! You can do it! I am so proud of you! You are doing fantastic to me! Very proud of you and blessed to call you friend!!! Way to go!!! Here's to a wonderful, goal producing 2012!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUPERMOUSE35 1/1/2012 1:27AM

    Best of luck meeting your goals! You can do it!

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My vision collage

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I started with a picture of a scale that says "I am not a number, I am a beautiful human being..." and featured the cover model in the latest issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers.
This one hangs on the bathroom mirror and as my new screensaver on the laptop.

Then I did a second one for the refrigerator.

The quote I love here is "I am strong and know no limits"..."Take a walk" emoticon
2012 is going to be the year I reach my goal weight!

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QUERIDAANA 1/9/2012 8:42PM

    They are beautiful. Very motivating!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/9/2012 7:40PM

    I love them!

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PATTIE441 12/28/2011 6:56PM

    That is awesome! You go girl!! Woo Hoo!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou rock! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/27/2011 5:26PM

    Great Job!

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IAMDESSIE 12/27/2011 2:02AM

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COMPUCATHY 12/26/2011 6:23PM

    Sweet! You and me, sis! 2012 will be the year! Woo hoo! Love the collages! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/25/2011 11:35AM

    It's GREAT! emoticon

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    Love your collage. Thank you for sharing.

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IAMDESSIE 12/25/2011 12:48AM

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KKINNEA 12/24/2011 7:51PM


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KARENA228 12/24/2011 3:27PM

    Very nice, maybe I'll do mine before the year is out. I have 2 planned. One for weight loss and one for my life...

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JOANOFSPARK 12/24/2011 3:10PM

    Love both your vision boards....they are fantastic!! I need to do a new one for 2012....since the last one I did was to motivate me for my vacation to the SW....and it did.:) but now I need a new one.*grin*

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STRINGI719 12/24/2011 2:06PM

    Awesome job! I never did mine, either. emoticon

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YELLOWDAHLIA 12/24/2011 1:25PM

    Great job!!

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/24/2011 12:17PM

    Your vision boards are wonderful and inspiring! You've encouraged me to be creative and get mine done...thank you so much!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/24/2011 11:46AM

    this is wonderful, you really spent your time well

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 12/24/2011 11:35AM

Thanks for sharing. I have procrastinated on doing this!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/24/2011 11:20AM

    Love them both! Yes, 2012 is going to be the year we both reach our goal weights. WOO HOO!

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-PAULA 12/24/2011 11:19AM

    Very nice visuals to help you reach your goals!

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Christmas Time is Here...take a listen

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Enjoy with something warm to drink and may you enjoy the love of family and friends this weekend!

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IAMDESSIE 12/30/2011 11:46PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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try the Daily Challenge at Chopra.com

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I was doing some guided meditations with Davidji at Chopra.com (The Chopra Center website)


when I discovered their Daily Challenge.
I signed up. Similarly to SparkPeople, you can earn stamps and reach levels by participation and taking action steps.

If anyone is already doing this or interested in signing up, I would love to add you to my list of friends on that site. Send me a SparkMail so we can link up.

One aspect that I like and hope to improve is the WELL-BEING SCORE. It covers
-life evaluation
-emotional health
-physical health
-work environment
-healthy behaviors
-basic access (like if you have a doctor, dentist, insurance, food, and shelter)

I am on Level 1 - Planting.

The challenge for Dec. 21 is to encourage a woman to get a health check up.
So I am reminding all my female friends to see their personal physician annually,
to have regular mammograms as indicated,
and to do your breast self-exam to detect any changes or lumps.
Early detection may save your life.
If there are any other preventive tests that you are due to have, please put them on your calendar.
I know I need to schedule a colonoscopy.

Wishing you ALL good physical and mental health and the achievement of your goals in 2012.
Baby steps...
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ME_HERE_NOW 12/23/2011 4:50AM

    cool, i am going to check this out, i need all the help i can get! :)

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IAMDESSIE 12/22/2011 11:04PM

    Thanks for the reminder. This is a great ideal. I usually havd my annual check up abounr my birthday, so it is easy to remember.

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SUNSET09 12/22/2011 12:30PM

  This is great and thanx for sharing! Always room for improvement and you can never get enough knowledge! emoticon emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/22/2011 8:06AM

    emoticon This is my first day of 12 off. I am determined to do my YOGA every morning for 30 minutes, drink 32 oz. of water & do 30 more minutes of kettlebell workout each of those days. Best of success on your new challange! emoticon

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take a cooking class

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

it's been a while since I've blogged (you all know you earn blog points by entering a journal entry in your planner, right?).
At Duke Integrative Medicine we have a wonderful executive chef, Cate Smith. She teaches cooking classes at least twice a month. This month we covered pie crusts on day, and Thai cooking (by request of a member) on another week. Next month she plans to "surprise" us with the 5 healthiest and tastiest foods. I hope this includes spinach.
Thai food is really spicy, lots of chilis, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice and so forth. What I DO like about spicy food is that it helps me slow down when I eat. This is vital for mindful eating, allowing time for the body to register its fullness, and keep variety in the diet so it doesn't get boring. I have several Thai recipes, but all in all I expect I will continue to prefer going to one of our good local restaurants rather than making it myself. I do want to make more Chinese and stir fry foods at home.
Another resource here is A Southern Season store. Excellent cooking classes are also offered, with published chefs from around the country.
If you don't have classes near you, join a friend or family member in the preparation of a meal. Learn their favorite dish and keep traditions alive. Share and swap recipes. Find out what it takes to have a functioning kitchen.

So why take a cooking class?
You'd be surprised how much you can learn!
The names and flavors of foods you have not been exposed to in the past.
(I used to have to tell the grocery cashier the names of most of the vegetables I bought because we don't teach these things in elementary school!)
Proper use of knives and other kitchen tools.
Non-salt spices. 'Nuf said...
Reminder of how QUICKLY an entire meal can be prepared - less time than it takes to drive to fast food, order, and drive home! And much healthier for you!
Recipes and fresh ingredients.
A chance to sample things.
So many more reasons... so if you get the opportunity, take a class. Then put the new SparkPeople Cookbook to good use!!!

Bon appetit!

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/21/2011 11:26PM

    i am getting recipes from a spark friend to try in the new year, definitely looking fwd to shaking up my eats. glad that your class is going so well!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/21/2011 11:06AM

    I agree with you! There is a channel on our t.v., an "off channel", called CREATE! Both my husband and I watch it rather than the junk on the regular network channels, and we have learned a LOT! emoticon

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STRINGI719 12/21/2011 8:47AM

    You are so right about telling the cashiers what certain produce items are. I did my juice fast a couple of weeks ago, and I was buying all kinds of different greens & unusual fruits & veggies to make juices out of. Totally had my cashier stumped!!!

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