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New Year Reflections

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Good Morning Spark Friends!

My, it's been a busy few days..okay...month! I have not been able to keep up with Spark as much as I'd like, but I think things will be returning to a quieter pace with the new year. I have really enjoyed looking at the blogs and pictures many of you have posted! So nice to see all of your healthy resolutions and achievements!

I have to say, I did NOT stick to my "no goodie plan"!! I have eaten lots of cookies and the dark chocolate "turtles" my Dad gave me for Christmas! My husband has offered to hide the cookies from me, and I'm planning to take him up on the offer! I think I got thrown off because I got word on Tuesday that my Aunt, who has been in a nursing home for 7 1/2 years with severe dementia and other health issues, was declining rapidly...she died Tuesday evening. I think worry for my father, plus all the visitation, funeral etc...contributed to my "reward" eating of goodies. I am grateful that my Aunt was able to die peacefully and without pain. It feels like a blessing to have her finally at peace, we've almost lost her several times over the past few years...It's hard to see my father in pain and grieving the loss of his big sister...plus the strain of him being the point person in all of the arrangements..

There are some great positives I'm taking with me into the new year. I have eaten smaller portions at my meals, even the delicious rib eye steak dinner we made last night! I believe eating rich foods at times can totally fit within my lifestyle, with moderation. I've planned healthy snacks, and eaten them (in addition to the goodies, unfortunately!). Another thing I'm taking as a positive into this new year is that I see how much stronger I am!!! My endurance for Higher Intensity workouts has dramatically improved this past year. I used to just struggle with the modifications, now I can do the advanced options for many of my exercises. I push myself, but not to the point of injury. I love the feeling of pushing through a difficult spot in my workout my telling myself I'm strong, and I'm not a quitter!!!

I am feeling extremely thankful this year. I am thankful for my life, my health, my relationships...and that includes my Spark ones! I'm wishing you all the best you possible in 2012!!! Let's stay on this journey!!! We will do it!

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SUSIEGKORN 1/2/2012 11:57AM

    God bless you and your dad with all that you need as you grieve the loss of your aunt. I'm sure that her having severe dementia also caused stress over the years. May she rest in peace.

I enjoyed reading about your accomplishments over the year and know they will carry into 2012. I feel good to be back on track this morning ~ it's rather uplifting! I'm excited about making my meal and exercise plan for the week, and about using the tracker to help me with eating the right foods. Back to drinking more water, water, water, too!

Thanks for the support you always have to offer! I'm here for you too!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 1/2/2012 5:54AM

    Great blog Sheri, I love your honesty about the goodies. I too have done the same, I find it hard to resist, but as long as those goodies are not the norm, then I don't see the harm in them either.
I am sorry about your loss, but glad the strain is lessened now for you and your family.
Have a healthy and happy 2012 and beyond, and I am thankful for your friendship along the way!
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BLUE42DOWN 1/1/2012 10:05PM

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I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt. Somehow even when we have plenty of time for goodbyes, it is still a painful process of grieving.

Great that you can look on 2011 as the year in which you gained several strengths, not just physical, and look forward to 2012 to continue the journey.

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MAMAWLINDALOU 1/1/2012 6:00PM

    Sheri, I am so sorry for your loss. You motivate me so much! I can't Thank You enough for what you do, through Spark People you are the best!! Hope you have a great year. I will as long as I have you as a spark friend.

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DANA564 1/1/2012 5:14PM

    Sheri, so sorry for the loss of your Aunt. Blessings to you and your family. The holidays were designed to enjoy and fall off the wagon just a tad. I fell off to but did not "fail". We start again and do what works and push ourselves a little harder. Happy New Year to you too.

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CINDYSUNFLOWER 1/1/2012 2:47PM

    Happy New Year, Sheri.....2012 will be our best year ever!! emoticon emoticon

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PATTIE441 1/1/2012 12:20PM

    Oh Sheri, I am very sorry for your loss and for your father. I know the pain he is suffering. You may think you might be ready when a love one passes, but when it happens, it is a total different thing emotionally. All sorts of emotions arise. Will be praying. emoticon
The holidays are a really hard time to lose weight, and there really is a lot of people feeling the same, as well as myself. But this is a new year, and a new beginning. One baby step at a time. You have done magnificent! and you are very inspiring my friend. Way to go in everything you have accomplished and looking at the positive things you have achieved!! We can do this!! Here's to a fresh new year and new us!! Woo Hoo! We CAN do it!!! emoticon emoticon

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PASTORMIKE7 1/1/2012 10:25AM

    Another year for a challenge and another victory waiting in the wings!! We can all do this!! What a blessing of a blog!!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 1/1/2012 10:06AM

    It's hard to stick to a plan over Christmas. I did fine until this past week, now I'm up six pounds. No worries. We'll both get it together after today. Happy New Year.

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