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2012 In Review Making Fresh Starts For 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

With the close of 2012, I looked back to when I started Sparkpeople Dec 27, 2011 with a goal that I thought was prudent but did not meet by my anniversary date. Last year that would have crushed me, brought me down and discouraged me to the point of giving in and giving up. emoticon

I discovered that something inside me changed. I learned that weight is just a number and looking at the scale as the only way to determine my success was not the right fit for me.
I learned that inches lost and feeling better in general as well as in my clothes was a better measure of my success. emoticon

I learned to track my calories and my workouts and that those were the numbers that really count for me. I had always considered that my diet was healthy until I began tracking my calories, learning about portion size and setting fitness goals only to find that things I could never do before were possible, that I could do a pushup, tricep dips and lift heavier than before. emoticon

I Iearned that you are never too old to start over, to learn something new and to really enjoy a workout. So I did not lose 40 pounds, I am not a size 6 and lost my focus after I was unable to run due to physical issues, almost gave up. I discovered running is not the only Cardio and I walked, i tried boxing and kettlebell intervals and fell in love with challenge again. Overall , 2012 was not a bad year because I learned so much. emoticon

Happy New Year, as we enter 2013, I'm back logging workouts and tracking my food. Looking at a fresh start and using all the tools acquired in 2012. No lofty goals, no size 6 mindset just one day at a time, one foot in front of the other and one more challenge to meet. Be safe, be well but most of all be the best you there is. emoticon

  
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LOSGANN-73 1/5/2013 9:45PM

    Happy New Year and welcome back! I am in a similar situation where I am back to SP after a while!

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It's About Time

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Well after tossing my thoughts around inside my head like a mixed salad for the last week, I have come to a few conclusions. as of April 27, I am one month away from the time goal set to lose 41 pounds. I have exercised at times more than I had to, I had several setbacks with my knees and back and had to stop and rest a few days afterward I came back stronger than before. Continued logging my intake every single day since starting and went over calorie limits very few times, so few I can even count them in one hand and have leftover fingers.

I have only lost 7 pounds and what a freaking downer that is. Of course I could take into account all the inches lost, how great and strong I feel, not to mention all the things I can do now that I would struggle with before. I can also take pride in the fact that I have more self control and am more calorie wise, that counting and logging food intake and reading labels are second nature to me now, that I ENJOY and look forward to exercise. and there is nothing wrong and everything right with that.

In conclusion yesterday I was going through my closet trying to choose something to wear and found that I can fit into a smaller size comfortably. I went from a 16 to a 12 wow, who knew? So overall I have made some progress, not the progress I wanted but I will take it and run with it. I will happily continue my plan, my challenge and my fight till 6/27 and see where it got me, so it may not be 41 pounds but I have come to realize that I need to revisit my goals, they may have been a bit lofty and I may not really want to be what the "charts" say I should be, but rather a better me, a happier me and a stronger ME.

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SUNNY572 5/18/2012 12:42PM

    Thanks for your comments they help keep me motivated. I think the strength training is what has helped bridge the gap. I feel strong! emoticon right back at you!

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SABLENESS 5/11/2012 3:21PM

    Sounds like you've done great in spite of the scale. Dropping two sizes is a much better "scale"! emoticon

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SAGEMYST 5/11/2012 12:23PM

    Well said!! Great attitude, also! emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 5/6/2012 8:02PM

    Be satisfied and proud of the distance you have come
With determination you will achieve
One day at a time
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Deception- hidden fats and sodium

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wow I just saw my fat and sodium intake was high for today, I fixed what I thought was a healthy dinner and discovered that it was until I added the feta, well guess who wont be having feta cheese anymore! Other than that I think I did well today, still below the calorie markers and got plenty of exercise in the last 3 days. I can see why I hit a plateau. Sure I was hitting the cardio hard and strength training twice a week but I have been stuck at this same weight (give or take 3 lbs) since August. I have made changes in what I eat, such as more nutritious meals, fruits, veggies and whole grains but I wasn't counting, checking and logging it. Now I see what a big help that is.

Thank you SparkPeople and Happy New Year
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MENNOLY 2/2/2012 9:15PM

    The nutrition and exercise trackers are marvelous. Nothing like clear data to give you a good picture of what is going on emoticon emoticon

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SAGEMYST 1/6/2012 10:06AM

    Congratulations on figuring out what you need to do to get going again on losing the weight and being more healthy.

If you are not already doing so, use the nutrition log to fill out your day's food and drink. You can make adjustments before you eat to get the most bang for the "buck" calories.

Also, the pie chart of daily intake at the bottom of the nutrition log, "See Today's Full Report", is a great tool to make sure the protein, carbs and fat are in the proper proportion. Again, you can make adjustments before you eat.

Soon you will see what works for you.

You can do it, I know you can. Here's looking forward to a great New Year/New Body in 2012! emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/31/2011 8:20AM

    "I can see why I hit a plateau."

That's truly wonderful. Recognizing where we have a problem is the first step to handling it.

"...but I wasn't counting, checking and logging it."

Exactly my point! Congrats for making such a laser-like assessment of the issue that's holding you back.

"Thank you SparkPeople..."

And thank you for providing an example that make be exactly what someone else needs to "spark" his/her own journey.

May you make 2012 a year of joy!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/30/2011 11:09PM

    Happy New Year to you too.

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