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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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HEARTS116 1/1/2013 9:11PM

    emoticon Happy New Year

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JERICHO1991 1/1/2013 9:03PM

    Great goals. I look forward to reading about your progress.

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INGMARIE 1/1/2013 7:17PM

    Awesome as usual.
Happy New Year to you,lets hope the "bubbly"stuff gets cheaper in 2013.
Good dinner choice, but the sofa is NOT yours.hehe

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IMKFOX 1/1/2013 7:01PM

    Awesome - Happy New Year! Here's to a closet full of beautiful snazzy clothes in 2013!
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NEWTINK 1/1/2013 6:19PM

    You are doing excellent and it has been a pleasure reading all your blogs for me .. Happy New Year and may it be the best on so far for you emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 1/1/2013 5:49PM

    Sounds like a great dinner, enjoy! And take 1 choice at a time and keep looking forward and go ahead and wear snazzier clothes all the time. Don't wait till you're at your perfect size. You'll look and feel better every day.

Have a great 2013 every single day!

Karen

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KERRYG155 1/1/2013 5:26PM

    Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful evening at the ballet. I have only been to kids' ballet recitals LOL and I've never had duck but I do love rosemary potatoes. Great blog you've written here and the felines DO rule the roost! Just ask them. emoticon

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CAMSEDGE 1/1/2013 4:39PM

    Have fun at the ballet...and enjoy the dinner...and forget the cats...they're going to take over no matter what you do...it's their nature..lol.
I love this website in that the person you truly confront is yourself...you record the food and fitness and interpret the results and adjust accordingly....and it comes with a whole bunch of other people working on the same goal...amongst all the variety of factors to deal with along the way...and often times one person's discovery may help you as well.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/1/2013 4:35PM

  First of all.....HAPPY NEW YEAR emoticon !!!!!
Second........You have every right to be proud of your success this year. You have done a fabulous job!!!!! emoticon

You are on the right track and even if you do wobble a little, just remind yourself that this is a LIFEstyle change and LIFE tends to throw us some curves. The big difference now is that you know how to handle them. emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 1/1/2013 4:31PM

    emoticon Happy New Year!

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FRAN0426 1/1/2013 3:45PM

    Yum duck---I love it and don't eat it very often. Continued success on your journey , you have been doing a great job.

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JANETTEB553 1/1/2013 3:21PM

    SP is great as it brings us all together and we get to see we are not alone and not the only ones trapped in the dark... thanks for always being a light... emoticon

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KACEYSW 1/1/2013 2:51PM

    You are an engaging and talented writer. Thanks for your encouragement and posts!.

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KATHIC2 1/1/2013 2:46PM

  WHAT FUN! What great attitude! Love your blogs.

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EFFECT25 1/1/2013 2:42PM

    You just put in writing my thoughts and feelings. Have lost what i had to, feeling great and very fit now. But every day i wake up and go to sleep with a fear of slipping, just as happened many times before. But before what was different was i did not have websites as Sparkpeople, did nottalk about my weight issues, and was unaware that i had eating disorder -binging. Now thati have this awareness, and i am in love with exercise, i feel that this time can be the final one.:) my wishes are with you and everyone likeus. Hope there will be more success storiea in the future for keeping off weight so that we get all motivated and start believing in ourselves.

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FRABBIT 1/1/2013 2:36PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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DIANNEMT 1/1/2013 2:27PM

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EFFECT25 1/1/2013 2:25PM

    You just put in writing my thoughts and feelings. Have lost what i had to, feeling great and very fit now. But every day i wake up and go to sleep with a fear of slipping, just as happened many times before. But before what was different was i did not have websites as Sparkpeople, did nottalk about my weight issues, and was unaware that i had eating disorder -binging. Now thati have this awareness, and i am in love with exercise, i feel that this time can be the final one.:) my wishes are with you and everyone likeus. Hope there will be more success storiea in the future for keeping off weight so that we get all motivated and start believing in ourselves.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/1/2013 2:18PM

    It's amazing to read your blogs everyday, thank you for sharing your journey

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MBLAKELY4 1/1/2013 2:13PM

  You inspire me. I have so few pounds to lose by comparison, and have managed 10 so far, but I look forward to hearing what life is like on your side of the ocean. I used to have two cats, and they do allow you to live in" their house", as long as you feed them on their time schedule!
Keep up the good work-you are looking great!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR HOPE 2013 IS GOOD FOR YOU

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/1/2013 2:03PM

    Good luck in 2013! Cute kitties :)

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BARBARASDIET 1/1/2013 1:55PM

    duck, yum!

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HLOCHRIDGE 1/1/2013 1:51PM

    Happy New Year to you!!!!

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ROCKYCPA 1/1/2013 1:47PM

    Happy New Year to you and may your journey be smooth and full of all the things you want to accomplish!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/1/2013 1:35PM

  We've watched you accomplish alot more than some... and you spur us onward.

Sounds like a lovely meal.

I'll have to check out your new face lift this year.!

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GINA180847 1/1/2013 1:19PM

    What a lovely heartfelt posting on your blog! I enjoyed reading it.

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MISSLISA1973 1/1/2013 1:13PM

    Congratulations on reaching your ambition! emoticon

(And, yes, the critters run the joint. Just admit it. emoticon )

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ALIHIKES 1/1/2013 12:58PM

    Great blog! Love the revised Spark Page, loved reading your goals. I think your idea of going to the ballet on New Year's is GREAT! I spent my New Year driving back from California over very icy roads -- also a good tactic for avoiding empty calories because I certainly can't grip both the steering wheel AND a champagne flute! Have a great next year! Your blogs are an absolute highlight of Spark People!

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EABL81 1/1/2013 12:55PM

    Congratulations on a very successful year! Not only did you make a tremendous start on reaching your own goals, but through your blogs you've helped a lot of others along the way, and given us all some great laughs, as well.
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GIRLINMOTION 1/1/2013 12:52PM

    Cheers! Here's to you walking down Oxford Street and finding those snazzier clothes in your new size!

HUGS

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 1/1/2013 12:44PM

    Well, sounds like you found the right road for you! Good going!
One of our sparks ladies says wear the nice things now! Don't wait for 10 lbs from now.
I thought that was good advice but since I never dress up I don't take the advice but Indiegirl has been one of my heroines on here!
My idea of dressing up are Kohl's jeans & a top with no coffee stains! ha ha
Well, keep on your path & Happy New Year! All the best.
R
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MARITIMER3 1/1/2013 12:40PM

    Conratulations on your success in 2012 and bst wishes for 2013.

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JUNEAU2010 1/1/2013 12:34PM

    Philosophise away, please! I love your blogs and I love sharing this journey with you!

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CHERYLSBUTT 1/1/2013 12:11PM

    Happy New Year
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BANDMOM2012 1/1/2013 11:51AM

    I love my cat! Love seeing the pics and being included in your plans. Happy New Year :)

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Happy New Year!

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SHIRLEY721 1/1/2013 11:27AM

    A great start! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 1/1/2013 11:03AM

    good for you! You and all of us are in this together! emoticon

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WILDFLOWER521 1/1/2013 10:57AM

    emoticon emoticon on the workout! And no your cats don't run the place, they just assist in the management of it emoticon

Happy New Year. Hope the Ballet was everything you imagined it would be.
Cheers!

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TURNINGTABLES21 1/1/2013 10:56AM

  I love your blogs and always enjoy reading them.

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KHALIA2 1/1/2013 10:48AM

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BESCATS 1/1/2013 10:43AM

    A great blog for me to start the New Year !!
You are right about SP. I am encouraged just be reading the successes of other people. Some of them are just so amazing, it makes me wonder what I have to complain about.
By the way, our animals really DO run our lives, even if we don't want to admit it. I have 2 dogs & 2 cats.
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ILOVEROSES 1/1/2013 10:40AM

    Well done on your 1 hr workout! Another great blog, as usual!
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OFGREENGABLES 1/1/2013 10:39AM

    happy new year!

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NEWMOM20121 1/1/2013 10:39AM

    Great blog

Looking forward to many more in the new year.

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DEBBYNATION 1/1/2013 10:37AM

    Yours is the first blog I read this new year & I throughly enjoy your blogs! (I took off December as I was working crazy retail hours.) happy new year! :)

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KRISUA 1/1/2013 10:33AM

    Happy new year!

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