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Fired up for 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

emoticon emoticonHAPPY NEW YEAR emoticon emoticon

There was a lot of last minute craziness, but in the end I arrived in time to celebrate Christmas with hubby and son. A bit of a scare on the airplane. 35 minutes into our flight, the pilot turned us around because there were indicator lights flashing. We were transferred onto another plane & ended up coming in 3 hours late at 2:30 am Christmas morning.

Something else memorable from the plane ride - the seatbelt. Before, I would try to save myself the humiliation of asking for a seatbelt extender by lifting my belly to put the belt underneath. Not comfortable & likely not safe. Not always possible either. This time, I was surprised to see at least 12 inches of strap left over! Did a little happy dance inside.

A few days of unpacking, a 2 hour trip back into Calgary to pick up son's long-distance girlfriend from the airport and then back to more unpacking, and all that time I made simply horrible food choices:
emoticona litre of icecream, emoticonsuper-sugary cinnamon buns, more emoticon burgers and emoticonfries than I can count. At least I fit a dozen emoticon mandarin oranges in there to round things out.

And in the midst of all that overeating of total crap, I was looking at photos I haven't seen in almost 3 years. The ones on paper (pre-digital) that have been in storage. The ones that show me at my heaviest of 280 lbs. I can barely recognize myself in them. Seems like I always tried to hide behind some unsuspecting child. Who was I kidding? I am huge next to everyone else but I don't remember ever being conscious of it. I knew I was heavy... but I guess I refused to really accept my true size.

So yep, a week of eating crap... but yep, I'm back on track now. 2011 was good to me in many ways and I'm entering 2012 feeling


I started 2012 as I intend to continue... with healthy food choices and 60 minutes of moderate to intense activity. The Crustless Spinach Feta Quiche I had for lunch was delicious!

My 2nd sparkversary is March 11th and my goal is to have a healthy BMI on that day. I have 20ish lbs to lose and 10 weeks to lose it. Since I tend to lose 3-4lbs a month, I'm really going to have to pick up the pace to make that goal. I need to face some facts:
emoticon Tracking works. Accuracy matters.
emoticon I have a really hard time sticking to my limit when I bake.
emoticon I tend to track 1 tbsp of evaporated milk in my coffee... but it's probably closer to 2 tbsps and most days I don't stop at 1 coffee like I planned. emoticon As my coffee consumption increased, my water decreased.
emoticon I don't walk as fast as I think I do and emoticon I can't run as far as I could last summer.

If I'm going to meet my goal, I'm going to have to:
Track food, water and fitness.
Bake only once per week.
Stick to 1 coffee per day... or black.
Drink more water.
Push myself harder with my workouts.

All of these things are doable. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a great one!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    OK, so I've read your later blog first, and then this one! I can't resist! I have to tell you that I LOVE the surprise you got with the seat belt! That had to be an incredible experience, especially since you'd had awkward moments with it before! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

By the way, thanks for being such an encouraging and supportive spark friend! That means so much to me! emoticon

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HOLDINGMYOWN 1/3/2012 9:59PM

    Oh How we love to tell ourselves that we can estimate those calories without measuring eh?~~~LOL
Happy New Beginnings for 2012 Deanna! emoticon

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    emoticon Great plan!! Why don't you post one of those photo's near the sticky buns?

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    WooHoo on the seat belt fitting!!!
I'm glad you are getting settled and it sounds like you have a great plan for the year.

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MARCH_ 1/2/2012 6:40PM

    "Accuracy counts." Hahaha ha, laughing. you nailed it again!

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PCOH051610 1/2/2012 4:21PM

    I love your honesty! We are all here to cheer you on and will continue to do so wherever you end up living!

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AMBERZADE 1/2/2012 1:26PM

    emoticon GREAT PLAN emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 1/2/2012 11:23AM

    Glad you're settled and ready to tackle 2012! Let's make it a great year. I'm with you on the baking thing...need to set some boundaries there!

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JLITT62 1/2/2012 6:45AM

    Great job on getting out there & running even tho it was hard! It will get easier.

Now a little tough love: because you're so much smaller now, it's not terribly reasonable to expect a 2 lb loss every week. Remember, healthy for life, not for the moment!

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SHEILA1505 1/2/2012 4:14AM

    Happy New Year - enjoy your new life :)

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TODAYIAM 1/2/2012 12:19AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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NEVERMIND2010 1/1/2012 11:12PM

    You can do this!

Happy new year!

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AMBER281 1/1/2012 10:56PM

    You can do it!!
You not only set your goals but you have a plan of attack!!

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FIERCEONE4PEACE 1/1/2012 10:54PM

    You are amazing! Glad you are getting settled!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/1/2012 9:42PM

    Soooo god to see you back! emoticon

Well done on the plane seat belt! emoticon emoticon

I wish you well on your goals and your strategies to achieve them are spot on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 1/1/2012 9:24PM

    You're not going to "have" to, YOU WILL! Cheering for you to reach your goal!


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TAZIAH 1/1/2012 8:25PM

    Awesomely attainable goals! I know you've got this! emoticon

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FRECKS96 1/1/2012 8:18PM

    Glad you had a nice holiday. Let's make 2012 work for us!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/1/2012 8:10PM

    I'm so glad you made it to your hubby and son in time and safe! It's shocking to see those pics of our old selves isn't it? I also, didn't know how big I was until I looked at my old photos. But we'll never look that way again! Here's to 2012!

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MICHSTATE 1/1/2012 8:06PM

    WooHoo!!! What a awesome plan!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/1/2012 7:36PM

    Happy New Year to you! So glad you made it there safely in spite of the scare. So glad you got to be there for Christmas since that had been up in the air at one point. Good to hear from you! You have great goals and I know you will accomplish them!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/1/2012 7:30PM

    OMG you are back!!!!! I misssed you so much and thought of you often. So glad you got there safe and sound and at least still able to celebrate Christmas.
I hope you can find time to read my last few blogs as have news about land, and my aspirations but not the room or time to write it all here.

HUGS HUGS and so happy you are with hubby and had a good time. I know that you will be back to good choices quickly.


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