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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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SHOAPIE 1/1/2013 10:24AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/1/2013 10:22AM

    Happy New Year! And here's to snazzier clothes!

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JANEMARIE77 1/1/2013 10:20AM

    Happy New Year and woo hoo to cute cloths

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MARTAY123 1/1/2013 10:05AM

  Happy New Year! Thank you for your great blogs. i always look forward to reading them.

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FROMNDTOGA 1/1/2013 9:51AM

    Congratulations on your success so far. Please keep blogging - it's one of the most fun parts of reading all the 'stuff' that is sent our way in Spark People.
Happy New Year.
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DJSHIP46 1/1/2013 9:50AM

    Happy New Year!!!

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JANETRIS 1/1/2013 9:47AM

    Happy New Year...and keep blogging away! emoticon

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CICELY360 1/1/2013 9:46AM

  Good blog

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KKKAREN 1/1/2013 9:45AM

    Wishing you success on your goals and a Happy New Year!

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CELESTE_B 1/1/2013 9:29AM

    Here's to Optimism emoticon

I couldn't have said it any better myself!

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THEIS58 1/1/2013 9:29AM

    Great thoughts for the new year!

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LENIASTY 1/1/2013 9:24AM

    I hope 2013 is your best year yet - Happy New Year!



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JITTERBUGJOY 1/1/2013 9:17AM

    Wishing you (and your cats emoticon )a fantastic year!
Happy New Year!

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FARIS71 1/1/2013 9:14AM

    Happy new year! Great refreshing for a new start.

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JMC155 1/1/2013 9:11AM

    emoticon Happy New Year

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MIMIDOT 1/1/2013 9:02AM

    You've done great in 2012. Keep up the good work. You can do it! I want to thank you for all the wonderful trips around England you took me on in 2012. I'm looking to more in 2013. Hope you have a healthy and happy New Year. Spark on!

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KNYAGENYA 1/1/2013 9:01AM

    Happy New Year!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/1/2013 8:59AM

    Have a great New Year

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CAM2438 1/1/2013 8:58AM

    You will do great! Happy New Year! emoticon

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JANET552 1/1/2013 8:44AM

    Wishing you much success in 2013! emoticon

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SJKENT1 1/1/2013 8:42AM

    Oh the ballet sounds wonderful! Happy New Year!

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TEACHING1ST 1/1/2013 8:31AM

    Best of everything in 2013. Thanks for all the lovely walks and explorations of 2012, Chantal. I'll look forward to hearing more from you!

Mary

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CFMOSS 1/1/2013 8:12AM

    Here's to healthy journeying in 2013. (wow - how'd that happen 2013?)

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NILLAPEPSI 1/1/2013 8:06AM

    emoticon on that 1 hour workout!! emoticon

Happy New Year, my friend!! emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 1/1/2013 8:06AM

    you can do it..there is no doubt .

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BECKYSFRIEND 1/1/2013 7:58AM

    Good luck on your diet journey in 2013-Happy New Year

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LEANJEAN6 1/1/2013 7:48AM

    I wish you success this year! You CAN do this!-Lynda emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 1/1/2013 7:45AM

  Happy New Year and continued success on your weight loss journey!

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BECKYANNE1 1/1/2013 7:38AM

    Have a wonderful New Year!

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TDEMAIO2 1/1/2013 6:19AM

    Happy New Year : ) YOU will DO anything you put your mind to :D You have been such an inspiration to so many of us :D emoticon emoticon

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LRSILVER 1/1/2013 6:17AM

    You are doing great.

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SANDYCRANE 1/1/2013 6:09AM

    It is nice to reflect back on 2012 and to know that we have been improving our health successfully. Now in 2013 we can just continue on with the journey. Good luck to you and to Sparking.

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GBSLIM 1/1/2013 6:06AM

    Happy 2013 and continued success to you.

Loved the paragraph about polishing the knowledge daily. Thought they were wise words to live by so I've copied them to my page so as to have a reminder.
Please let me know if you have objections and I will do some excision of my own :)

Hope your New Years celebration was a pleasant one.



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CRAZY_KAT_1984 1/1/2013 4:06AM

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I like that part about weight-loss being the one thing you can control. emoticon
Good job at the gym! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon
Is that a Russian Blue in the foreground? I'm caring for one for my friend right now & thought I recognized the color. Just keep telling yourself they don't run the place... emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 1/1/2013 4:02AM

  You are doing emoticon Happy New Year!

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LAURIETAIT 1/1/2013 3:55AM

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Here's to reaching our goals in 2013.

I think having an enormous Spark following with an insatiable appetite for your blogs was a huge contributor to your 2012 success.

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I promise to be just as demanding in 2013. emoticon

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DUTCH1811 1/1/2013 3:26AM

    You have been doing an Amazing job. Keep up the good work.
A very Happy Healthy New Year to you my friend.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2013 1:24AM

    You're doing great! Happy new year!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2013 1:24AM

    You're doing great! Happy new year!

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MARYJEANSL 1/1/2013 12:43AM

  Congratulations on your fulfilled ambition, and all best wishes for 2013! Happy New Year!

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YOU are so INSPIRING !

Am looking forward to reading
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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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GOANNA2 12/31/2012 9:33PM

    Your dinner sounds great. Have a great time at the ballet.
You are an inspiration. emoticon Her's wishing
you a great New Year and you will reach your goals.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/31/2012 8:30PM

    Well-done! I remember that heady feeling when I cracked the 30 minute barrier on the elliptical!
Covent Garden? I was led in full acrophobic terror from the top of the house and had to give away my tickets. I am such a stalls person with such a nose-bleed income!

Have a great 2013!

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DOVESEYES 12/31/2012 8:21PM

    Philosophise away I'd even read that :)

Cats do allow us to inhabit their space, but they grow on you. I think it's because they lower themselves to let us pat and cuddle them even though they are the reigning monarchs of all they survey.

Hey can I copy and paste your plan?

Love the blog especially the bit about the wine at the ballet. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/31/2012 8:06PM

    Thanks Chicchantal you really are an inspiration to me and I'm sure to all who read about you. emoticon

Your Blogs are the best emoticon

So my emoticon Have a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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JUDYAMK 12/31/2012 8:05PM

    Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!!! I have never had rosemary potaotes, I must make them. We had chicken tonight I make the cutlets with Japaneses bread crumbs called Panko, we also had shrimp, french fries made with pure olive oil gives them a not so greasy taste, a salad, & baked beans. I only had a very small portion & felt good about that. My mom & brother are visiting so that is nice. Take care
Judy

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