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An end and a beginning

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Well, it's mid-afternoon on new year's eve as I write this. I'm going to a ballet later, which is a good choice for someone who's trying not to consume unnecessary calories cos I can't afford the champagne at Covent Garden (12 for a SMALL glass. For 12 I expect to get sozzled and have enough money over for a bag of nuts).

I've just fulfulled an ambition. For the first time ever this afternoon, I did an hour-long workout at the gym. Half an hour on the elliptical, 15 minutes each on the treadmill and the bike.

Yay!

I incurred the displeasure of the gym staff by forgetting they were shutting at two today, but it was only seven minutes past when I left, bits of me still dripping.

And this morning, I gave my SparkPage an overhaul. Three new photos, a more intense shade of the colour that was there before, a summary of what I did in 2012 and what I plan for 2013, and the careful excision of all things feline. Curse the animals, they really think they run the place. They don't. They do NOT.

And it's MY sofa.



To continue: plus a reiteration of my long term goals, natch. And I had a think about what I achieved this year. Losing weight is a long and rocky road full of pitfalls such as bits of marshmallow-covered Rocky Road, to say nothing of Rocky Road icecream. I am tempted to philosophise (I heard that groan at the back somewhere) but I'll try to keep it short.

I cannot begin to think what my life would have been now, without SparkPeople and all the spark people. Perhaps I would have lost weight anyway. Perhaps not. I doubt I would have kept the weight off. I certainly wouldn't be taking the amount of exercise I do. There's nothing like the thrill of the tracker to keep you racking up the minutes on the elliptical.

Since I signed up to SP, every time something has got me down, I've had my weightloss success to hug to myself. It's like a little jewel or valuable painting I get out and look at in private when I want to remember that actually, I've done pretty well the last six months. It's the one thing I'm completely in control of, and I polish the knowledge daily.

I won't say I feel confident about the next year (am always aware of the dangers of hubris), but I am optimistic. I'm looking forward to being thinner, fitter, lighter and healthier.

Number one priority though? Being able to wear snazzier clothes.

I must add that one to my official goals. It's been an unofficial goal forever but I'm almost at the point where I can try it out. I want to be able to walk into any shop on Oxford Street and pick a garment off a rail and know there will be one big enough to fit me.

All that's for next year.

Tonight I'm having roast duck and rosemary roast potatoes and a nice bottle of wine.

And pudding.

Bottoms up!
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CATNCAG 11/26/2013 12:45PM

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WHITEANGEL4 1/7/2013 8:46AM

    Onward to a new positive year as we are all striving for a thinner and healthier life

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    Awesome blog!

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PANDASPLACE 1/3/2013 8:31PM

  Thanks so much for the article. I really liked your idea of listing non weight-related successes for the year. Perhaps that helps one to carry on when the results don't appear as we wish them to.

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EENLIGHTENING 1/3/2013 2:43PM

    Good for you for allowing SP success stories to inspire you. When people feel jealous of others success they are coming from a scarcity mindset that says there isn't enough to go around. Embrace the seeming impossible for yourself and others. emoticon

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MOMMY445 1/3/2013 1:19PM

    such a wonderful blog! have a fabulous day! you can do this!

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CATHY559 1/3/2013 12:10PM

  loved your post - enjoyable read! I particularly liked your comment about being able to walk into any shop and find something that fit. That is the best feeling! As opposed to trying to find anything that fits.

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JERICHO1991 1/3/2013 10:24AM

    Looking forward to seeing snazzier clothes.

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LUMABNER1 1/3/2013 9:49AM

  I thought I was looking at my sofa only with cats. Dogs rule too. Good luck and have a happy new year.

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    Hope you had fun at the ballet! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/3/2013 7:13AM

    I love the way you write... You make me feel like I am there!!!
Happy New Year.

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ADELCASALE 1/3/2013 7:10AM

    Thanks for a fun and inspiring blog

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SFREY217 1/3/2013 7:06AM

    Happy and healthy new year to you !

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KAREN91 1/3/2013 12:54AM

    Great blog! You inspire me! Hope your goals for 2013 all come true! emoticon

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PCASEY7 1/2/2013 11:37PM

    Another great blog! May you fit into the snazziest clothes ever in 2013!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/2/2013 8:58PM

    Good Blog!
May you meet all of your goals in the New Year!

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/2/2013 8:04PM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks!

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TINY67 1/2/2013 6:26PM

    Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and a loss of pounds.

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SENIMMO 1/2/2013 5:58PM

    Wonderful blog, fantastic plan, amazing progress. Here's to all of us doing well in the new year. emoticon

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LISA_FRAME 1/2/2013 5:57PM

  Happy New Year

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BELDONDOG1 1/2/2013 5:10PM

    Hope you had a good dinner and enjoyed yourself!! This year is going to be a good one or at least a better one for all of us. All we have to do is stay focused!
Good Blog!

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NLYR20 1/2/2013 1:49PM

  Hope you had a good One. Wish all your drams come true.

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/2/2013 12:24PM

    Here's to a great new year!

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PENOWOK 1/2/2013 11:45AM

    Thanks for a delightful 2012!! I look for many more fun blogs from you this year!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/2/2013 11:17AM

    Who are you kidding. The cats own the sofa, they let you use it. Happy New Year.

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THOMS1 1/2/2013 10:27AM

    You go girl! Happy New Year! emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/2/2013 10:09AM

    Cats don't rule? You're serious? Do you see the panicked expressions on my three?

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FIRECOM 1/2/2013 9:28AM

    So well written. Plus I think those cats have the right idea. I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to the next.

Have a great year.

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ROSE284 1/2/2013 4:34AM

    I love going to the Royal Opera House! Are you a ballet or an opera fan? I'm more of a ballet girl myself.

Congrats on the hour long workout and here's to a great 2013!

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    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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SADAMS7231 1/1/2013 11:47PM

  Happy New Year! Sounds like you are off to an amazing start!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/1/2013 11:30PM

    You're gonna have a great year! :) The food sounds delicious and the ballet sounds fun - hope you enjoyed it! Happy New Year!

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IRISHGIRL3 1/1/2013 11:09PM

    Here's to a great 2013!

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KAYYAK1 1/1/2013 10:54PM

  Have a fantastic 2013.

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IREN0169 1/1/2013 10:27PM

    Congrats on your workout and your dinner sounds awesome! Happy New Year!

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DANAPRIME 1/1/2013 10:12PM

    You are awesome!!! Thanks!!! Good luck! Happy New Year!!

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FUSCHIA6 1/1/2013 9:51PM

    Best wishes for another successful year. You are an inspiration every day. I was thinking of making a success collage so that I can be reminded of how far I have come.
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    Sounds delicious!! Have a wonderful and Happy New Year.!! emoticon

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