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2012...I'm Not Sorry to See You Go


Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013: The Year of Optimism...so says the spine of the January 2013 Reader's Digest. I sure hope so!


I realized just how bad 2012 was for me [perhaps how bad I allowed it to be] about an hour ago, when I found the 2012 Southern Living Christmas edition, still in its cardboard package. I evidently paid the bill, but never took it out of its package, which also tells you something about my housekeeping skills. The invoice says May 2012, so it had been sitting there since May, and tomorrow is the last day of 2012. I won't go into specifics about why the year has been so bad...nothing in and of itself was as bad as it COULD have been, and there are some family dynamics that I have had to come to terms with, and I have had to take a very hard look at myself as well.


I reached goal weight in 2012, but laxness on my part has caused me to gain 20-25 pounds, most of it in the past two or three months. First, it was generalizing on my nutrition tracker, then it was not watching that I got enough fruits/veggies, then it was cutting down on walking...and so it went. My favorite jeans/shirts are getting tighter.


So, in the spirit of Reader's Digest's proclaimed Year of Optimism, I am making small changes that will enable me to lose those 20-25 pounds.

**I am eating a fruit with breakfast or midmorning. That orange I had a bit ago will count as two servings already. The apple I will have this evening will help with evening snacking and will also be something I can do to help with cholesterol levels, and will be two servings as well. I am also tracking those fruits/veggies. It's easy enough to do, even from my sparkphone.

**I am drinking more white tea. It helps with fluids, and is loaded with good stuff. I need to be not such a Diet Coke junkie, for many reasons. It also helps me think of sparkfriends on my 50+ Females team, who are such encouragers to me.

**I am making time for my sewing/crocheting/knitting. This is almost therapy for me, and since I spent some time in counseling this year, I do know what I am talking about.

**I am using up/repurposing things in my house. I need to "pare down" considerably and this will help me do that. This also will help me to do needed projects around our house. I spent an hour each of the past two days finishing up a project that I began a year ago. There are lots more things like that around.

Thank you, my sparkfriends, who have seen me on this journey. I am cautiously optimistic about 2013.
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ROSEWCI 1/1/2013 6:00AM

    I think we all are reflecting back on 2012 & realizing that we need to "step up" our game in 2013! I'm in too Tammy! We CAN do it!!!

Happy NEW Year!!! 2013 is gonna be OUR year!!! emoticon

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TUFFYBIRD 12/31/2012 12:17PM

    It's good to hear you sounding so positive and optimistic. Here's to a happy, healthy 2013 emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 12/30/2012 10:04PM

    I'm not sorry to see 2012 go either. The weather was very dry and hot. I didn't lose any weight in 2012, although I'm at goal, I wanted to lose a few more pounds. I'm going to get back on track and start 2013 off on a good note. emoticon Happy New Year and best wishes to you. emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/30/2012 9:05PM

    The new beginning and you will have 12 new beginnings in this year.

Never give up, HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAINTBERNARD6 12/30/2012 6:07PM

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PJSTIME 12/30/2012 2:17PM

    I'm not sorry to see 2012 end either. I have gained in the last 2-3 months also. (Our year sounds a lot the same) but I have never reached my goal. So let us have a much better year in 2013 and reach our goals.

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SADAPARIBHUTA 12/30/2012 11:40AM

    This title expresses exactly how I feel, too. 2012 was not the best year ever for me, but I intend to use it as a springboard to a better year.
Your small changes sound sensible and sustainable, and they all have a lovely positive tone--wishing you a successful and peaceful 2013.
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MEADSBAY 12/30/2012 11:37AM

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Happy New Year!
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