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2012 Review

Saturday, December 29, 2012

First let me say I know it's been awhile since I wrote a blog. I really enjoy reading other people's blog but I dread writing one of my own. Everyone elses seems to be witty, funny and entertaining, while mine are just boring. But if you'll indulge me just for a minute I will try not to bore you to tears. emoticon

2012 has been a wonderful year for me. I lost a total of 30+ pounds. emoticon My goal was 50. Okay so it didn't happen but as I always say shoot for the moon and hopefully you'll land among the stars. Well I think I'm somewhere around the Milky Way.

I've met really good friends like Ronda, Vicky, Jess, Sabrina and Susan, and got reacquainted with some of the old ones like Betty, Jena and Karen. Just this week I met 3 new people that I think will be friends as well Steph-Knee, Imsoozeeq and Imgettinthin. Of course I love all of my Pink Vikings.

I decided that this blog was going to consist of things that were Helpful to me.
So here is my Helpful List in no particular order.

1. Log onto SparkPeople daily (I spin the wheel emoticon and I try to get no less 25-50 points daily)
2. Read emoticon other people's blogs and Spark articles (I learn a ton of stuff from others just by reading)
3. Chat emoticon daily with friends (this reminds you you're not alone)

4. Log my food daily (keeps you accountable)
5. Drink 8 glasses of water emoticon daily (this is my cross to bear, I struggle with this)
6. Get 500 weekly fitness emoticon minutes (keeps that metabolism up)
7. Do strength emoticon training no less than twice a week (helps to build muscles that burns fat)
8. Eat a minimum of 5 Freggies emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a day (healthy eating)
9. Stop beating emoticon myself up about slip-ups
10. Stop relying on the scale emoticon to be the only measure of weight loss
11. Recognizing and celebrating emoticon emoticon my NSVs
12. Let some of your exercises emoticon emoticon be fun stuff (like bowling, Wii, Xbox)
13. Setting many MINI goals emoticon emoticon (so I won't feel overwhelmed)

One of the most important and helpful things I leaned in 2012 was to use a blank calendar and to give myself stars depending on how well I did that day. If it was a great day I would give myself a Green star, If it was a so-so day I would give myself a Yellow star for Caution and if it was a disastrous day I would give myself a Red star for STOP. This helped to create a visual for me to see how I was doing during the course of a week and how I needed to improve. You can do this for either your eating or your fitness. I did mine to track my fitness.

Now some of the above are also some of the goals that I'm going to continue to work on for 2013, but I do have a few more I want to add,

1. Be a better Christian, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, friend (just be better person all around)
2. Blog at least once a week (sorry, hope I'm not too boring)
3. Sign-up for at least 4 - emoticon Races for 2013
4. Lose no less than 1 pound per week (more is always welcomed)
5. Lastly, not to get hung up on a number on the scale. But be satisfied with how I look and feel. The number isn't important and is actually insignificant. I just want to be a HOT Senior Citizen that dresses age appropriate but still looks good. emoticon

For everyone that reads this blog and comments I will send you a box of tissue as I know it was boring.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    This blog was definitely not boring. I really love the calendar idea. I will use that and a few other items on your helpful list. Great job on your accomplishments!!

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    1894 days ago
    ... not boring at all, great blog! Good luck in reaching your goals.

    You will "reign supreme" in 2013! (... i know corny, but it rhymed! emoticon )

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    ~ Dee emoticon
    1902 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss thus far! emoticon

    Your goals for 2013 are definitely achievable. emoticon

    I'm going to copy a few of your goals. emoticon

    Much success to you in this upcoming new year! emoticon
    1903 days ago
    Okay... you can knock it off with the "boring". emoticon There is nothing boring about what you wrote. As a matter of fact, it is inspiring just to know that someone out there can identify with what "we" go through. We are not alone! emoticon I celebrate the end 2012 and the beginning of 2013 with you! emoticon It wasn't promised... and it is a blessing. Stay in the race my friend emoticon . I for one can use the support! emoticon

    Peace & Blessings,
    1903 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    Not boring at all...if you want boring, read mine...LOL...congratulations on all your success thus far...I know you will do great in 2013 and I love the blank calendar idea....
    1903 days ago
    First, congrats on your 30 pound weightloss! emoticon Secondly, I love your plan and I really really love your calendar idea! Working out is not my problem, eating the right food is my achilles heel, so I think I will use the sticker system to track my eating habits. Thanks for the idea! This was not boring at all, as a matter of fact, I'm gonna friend you so I can come back to read more! emoticon
    1903 days ago
    why tissue if boring, it wasn´t boring but aren´t tissue for if something is sad and makes you want to cry lol.nothing sad about your blog at all my love in fact there is alot in there to celerbrate. emoticon 30lbs lost(you beat me there by the way i only lost 27.5) emoticon you made new friends as well as reaquanted with old emoticon you not only took the time to think and plan for next year your goals but you took the time to write it down here.i think that is great mary love and i am very proud of can still give me a goodie if you like but a smile.take care and keep smiling and remeber to train dirty ,eat clean and row hard emoticon
    1903 days ago
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