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Time to assess the holiday "damage" AND one year progress recap(PIXS)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Today is my 21 month weight loss anniversary and as usual I take my monthly measurements and document my weight loss progress. Also because it is December, it's time for a year end recap of all of my progress or lack thereof.

This month is very different from other months as I CHOSE to enjoy the holiday fare and all that it entailed...which basically means I chose to eat Lindt chocolates, my homemade tamales, Walker's shortbread cookies(the big COSTCO tin!!), as well as drink Peppermint mochas from 7-11(at least a few times a week for the last few weeks). Not with reckless abandon but certainly more than I would choose normally if at all. I CHOSE to enjoy these things, knowing my time constraints would not allow me to exercise as I normally would and cold weather would probably curtail my running schedule(which is has). So, knowing all of that would result in a PROBABLE weight gain...I still CHOSE to indulge. All without regret, guilt or any other negative feelings many people would be stressed over. Now why would anybody CHOOSE that you ask?

I am a woman who has approached this whole weight loss journey from a different perspective(as told to me by others). I have not relied on motivation or will power or gimmicks, products, or even other people...nope, it's just been ME and CHOICE. I think many of us forget that we CAN choose, we fall into this victim mindset or an all or nothing mindset. It's as if we ate two pieces of candy and feel like our whole life is blown so we've "fallen off the wagon" and we give up...I continue to read blog after blog of people who say "I'm back", "I'm starting over", "Back in the saddle". All of these things are foreign to me because I now realize that I can't start over because I've never given up in the first place. Yes, there are good days and better days and not so good days but if we remember this is a lifestyle for the long haul there is really no reason to freak out over any of these "potholes" on the road to health.

I think the most important marker for me and anybody else on a weight loss or health journey is and should be progress over as I reflect on my 12/11 to 12/12 progress I can only be happy because it does show I have made progress.

2011 to 2012 PROGRESS TOTALS:

12/28/11 to 12/28/12
Weight 213.6 to 180.8 = 32.8 POUNDS LOST
Inches = 19 INCHES LOST

Arms 13 to 11 = 2 inches lost each
Waist 32 to 30 = 2 inches lost
Hips 49 to 44 = 5 inches lost
Thighs 28.5 to 24.5 = 4 inches lost each

These are my year to year photo results...and I call this progress!! yippee!

And this is the start of my journey 3/28/11 to now 12/28/12...

So now as my "holiday feasting" is coming to an end...I'll choose to continue to do the things that have netted me successful weightloss over the last 21 months. Watching what I eat, how much I eat and choosing to work my butt off exercising. I'm down to the last 20 pounds to loose and I'm giving myself til April 2013 to do it. I'll be going on a trip to Europe to see my son who is stationed in Aviano, Italy and while I am in Europe, I plan on enjoying everything without freaking out over my weight. I plan to see amazing places "on my feet" which means I'll plan to run and exercise but I'll also plan to INDULGE. I've got 1 life and I spent far to long letting my obesity stop me from living, now I realize I can choose to enjoy life but in a healthy, active ways!! My 2 cents for all of us on a journey is to consider a slightly different mindset if you're planning your "resolutions" for don't have to wait until 1/1/13 to make a change, you can CHOOSE to change something in your life right now!! Losing this weight has been tone of BEST decision I have ever made!! HAPPY NEW YEAR SPARKIES!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TYEASLEY 1/1/2013 6:39PM

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JANICEMC 12/30/2012 11:29PM

    Love your blog! Thanks for reminding us it is about choices.

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-PAULA 12/30/2012 4:45PM

    You've had great progress! Congratulations!

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APED7969 12/30/2012 4:12AM

    Love your attitude! I made the same choice on a month long trip to the US. It seemed difficult to explain to some people on here but it works for me. I must say I do struggle a little to go back to making healthy choices after some time off from it! Amazing progress photos and I'm sure you'll get to your goal by April

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ANTHONYSGAL 12/30/2012 2:54AM

    Hey Mama...looking just keep going and going and going!!! , I like you chose to eat this holiday season.. It's all bout moderation...keep doing you girl cuz it's WORKING...LOVE YA GIRL and we will get off these last 20lbs in 2013"The Year of AWESOMENESS" so ready girl...LET'S DO IT!!!

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ANTHONYSGAL 12/30/2012 2:48AM

    Hey Mama...looking just keep going and going and going!!! , I like you chose to eat this holiday season.. It's all bout moderation...keep doing you girl cuz it's WORKING...LOVE YA GIRL and we will get off these last 20lbs in 2013"The Year of AWESOMENESS" so ready girl...LET'S DO IT!!!

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RESTORED_ME 12/30/2012 1:12AM

    Fantastic perspective, team mate!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/29/2012 8:40PM

    I agree...I think as long as you are not doing it everyday you should be fine. I love that you are not lamenting over all you ate but choose to say enough is enough now back to reality.....

God bless & enjoy your New Year!


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DEBBIE_C 12/28/2012 11:18PM

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SHERIO5 12/28/2012 4:28PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy New Year'

I agree with you, you have been successful this year! Next year, goal weight!

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HEART4HOME 12/28/2012 1:23PM

    Great blog!!! Way to go on all of your success thus far and especially on your outlook on this being about lifestyle changes and choice. I love that you were able to enjoy without guilt. I had a moment too where I had pie and did not stress over it. It was one day, one slice and I kept it moving.

Thank you for sharing your journey because you continue to motivate me and remind me that with God all things are possible.

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NIKKICOLE83 12/28/2012 1:14PM

    Love it! We have to stop putting time lines and date stamps on our journey and just live with the intent of making progress towards the goal. Otherwise, you reach maintenance and all hell breaks lose becuase you forgot how to live while chasing a number.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/28/2012 12:59PM

    LOVE YOU and LOVE YOUR BLOG! I completely agree. I'm a moderation girl which means I choose. Even sometimes when my choices are less than mindful, they are still MY CHOICES. And I learn so much from my good and less than good choices. LOL!

Your progress is absouletely and positively wonderful! Congratulations!

And congrats on being in a place where you can chose to indulge!

Happy New Year, my dear-dear SparkTwin!
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