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Let's take a look at the past year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary. What a year it has been for me. When I stumbled on this website, I was disgusted that I had let myself get 40 pounds overweight and have no will power to do anything about it. I was dedicated for 2 days and worked out until I had to crawl up and down stairs. Then I would do nothing for a week. Then, you guessed it, I would torture myself again to the point of pain..... ahh the cycle. And food? I would eat no carbs and rebound with weight gain. I would eat no fat and rebound ....eat no sugar and rebound....now it sounds like basketball and that is what my stomach was looking like too!
With Sparkpeople, i rediscovered how much I liked to exercise the right way. I rediscovered my passion for yoga and combined that with a reasonable elliptical and weight workout. Sometimes I am a bit sore but not to the point of agony! I love looking forward to exercise and thinking of it as "my" time. I have developed a pretty consistent workout routine through the year.
With the food part, I did not do as well. I lost 20 pounds at one point and then did the worst thing I could do. I had not developed enough of a habit to abandon the food tracker, but I did just that. And once I wasn't logging the food, I also lost portion control logic! I found myself cutting out breakfast again because I was too busy to eat! I stopped planning ahead so I had no food to take with me to work. I gained back 10 pounds. But, by looking back I can see where my mistakes were. Next year I will log my food daily and be mindful of proper portions. I will make the commitment to plan ahead and NEVER skip breakfast. I will continue to incorporate vegetables and fruits into my daily intake.
So, did I fail? Hmmm Isn't it interesting we look at things as pass or fail. Maybe that could be another thing to work on next year....not grading myself! I have to think of it as a life long journey to becoming the best me possible and taking care of the only body I will ever have. I want to remain active and healthy for as long as possible. I want to be an example for others. I want to respect the temple God gave me and look at this journey as a thank you to Him.
Speaking of thankful, I am so thankful for finding this wonderful site. It has educated me and encouraged me to push myself and set goals. I met wonderful people that encourage and support me along the way. I am looking forward to setting new goals for next year! I am looking forward to discovering more about life! Namaste my dear Sparklers. emoticon
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BILL60 12/12/2011 9:03AM

    Well said. Hope next year brings you closer to your goals.

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KASEYCOFF 12/12/2011 3:01AM

    I think that's what it's all about, kiddo - we take two steps forward (lose weight, work out, start to get healthier)... then lose momentum, have a stall, hit an obstacle (stop exercising, get sloppy about portion control)... gain some of the weight back or realize our health just isn't improving, and get back in there and work at it again.

You're entirely right: it's about planning ahead, about seeing mistakes and not failures, about realizing it's lifelong and not some kind of 'temporary' change.

I'm with you on the goals. I love New Year's, maybe even more than Christmas, lol...
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