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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.


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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    Keep telling yourself you're in charge, the cats know better. (We have a dog, same thing!)

    Have a very happy new year and may your blessings magnify in the new year!

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    Comment edited on: 12/31/2012 7:56:19 PM
  • LEXIE63
    Here's a toast to you continuing to entertain us with your wit and wisdom in 2013. :-)
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year, Chantal!
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    Happy New Year. emoticon emoticon
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year!!

    Great job on your workout!
    You may THINK its your sofa, but it really isn't. It's a giant cat bed, and they know that. Mine is currently curled up in the middle of my bed, mind you.

    1909 days ago
    I want to have dinner with you! Sounds delicious and a ballet too, what a way to send the year off!

    emoticon on the hour in the gym, fantastic!!!

    I'm wishing you many, many, many blessings coming your way in 2013! emoticon
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  • LOUISE3518
    Chantal.......... nobody reaches me the way you do. Down to earth... and out there, calling life for you the way it is. Oh boy, I'm wishing you a super Ballet.... a wonderful dinner.... and getting your couch back :) :) :) more than before.
    Thank you for inspiring me. I lost 3 lbs..... ME I LOST 3 LBS :) I'm doing the portion size... and moving more. YOU ARE MY ROLE MODEL. YOU ARE REALLY THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS. I CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH.
    HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR..... wishing you everything you need to be your happiest......
    Again, thanks and hugs from my heart to your heart. SUPER YEAR AHEAD.
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    emoticon emoticon I love turtles.............. WHY? The only way they can get ahead is by sticking out
    their necks. AND.................. SLOW AND STEADY... THEY ALWAYS GET THERE. CIAO BELLA MIA
    1909 days ago
    Snazzy clothes off the rack sounds like a great goal to me. Now, here's to you and your lovely roasted duck. I am going to defrost our best steaks in marinade for tonight with asparagus and brown rice. Tomorrow - beans, tortilla chips & chili!

    Thanks for all your inspiration - you give me someone to look towards when I am discouraged. emoticon
    1909 days ago
    Cheers to you! I am so glad you have had success so far. emoticon
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Dinner sounds delicious!

    Happy New Year 2013
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year! Enjoy that ballet!
    1909 days ago
    Yes, your blogs continue to encourage us to be more than trackers and get fitters. You bring in all sorts of interesting tidbits and lots of humor. Thanks you again!! Happy New Year, 2013 emoticon
    1909 days ago
    I really enjoy your blogs. I hope you find time to continue them in 2013.
    1909 days ago
    Thank you for your blogs... Whether it is the commentary and pictures of your treks, or your conversations of other important subjects in your world.... Thank you for sharing with the rest of us mere mortals. We are all striving to identify and reach our goals, too.
    Wishing you a grand New Year's Eve, and
    all the Health and Happiness you can handle in 2013 and beyond.
    1909 days ago
    Thanks for all of your writings. I enjoy them all.

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  • DALID414
    emoticon Cheers!
    1909 days ago
    I like you, and love your writings. Thank you for sharing.

    P. S. Humans are only staff for cats - get with the program! emoticon
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    sounds good to me
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year to you Anne
    Great goals and a great plan!

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    1909 days ago
    Great end of the year blog. Lol, my cats used to do the same thing. They really do think they own the place. I love your positive attitude and I hope you take it with you into the new year. Have a Happy, Safe, and Healthy New Year! emoticon emoticon
    1909 days ago
    A Happy New Year to you!

    Great progress and sensible goals!
    1909 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Love the goals and page changes. You KNOW it is the cat's sofa. As you said, in my house, the dogs are the guardians/security, my hubby and I are the servants and the cat rules. Have a lovely holiday evening and a Happy New Year.
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  • SAMI2012
    Happy New Year! Here's a toast to you and your wonderful wisdom! Thanks for sharing.
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  • LIS193
    Happy New Year and happy new sparkpage :) Cats own people... so they think.
    Way to go on the hour at the gym!
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  • 4KWALK
    Hello Chantel,
    I wish I could put my thoughts into words like you do. If I could I would be able to properly express what an inspiration you have been to me in these past few months. I have laughed at your picture stories, envied your walking trails, and agreed with you about your kitty remarks (with tongue in cheek, of course).

    For so long I have taken my health for granted until March 2012 when I joined Spark People. This site with it's many articles, blogs, videos and teams has shown me the way to go, what to do and how to do it.

    But it was inspiration from fellow sparkers that have motivated me to keep on going.

    You are one great motivator and I had many laughs reading your blogs. but also I caught some of your determination and I too look forward to wearing some new, dare I say it, snazzy clothes.

    Happy New Year to you, Sparker friend.

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    1909 days ago
    Good luck for 2013. You will make your goals, determination is obviously one of your long suits and Sparking has made that suit trumps.
    We'll meet up before too long, if only to comiserate on how shops have changed their sizing yet again and we find ourselves in size 8 (and I don't mean shoes!)
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year!! Sounds like you have great plans for a safe an low calorie celebration. I love the way you talked about you weightloss and how you polish that jewel daily! Such a beautiful description of treasuring it. Here's to a new year and to constantly changing, evolving, and growing physically stronger, and growing stronger inside yourself too!
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year! Wishing you success in all your endeavors, including those snazzy clothes!
    1909 days ago
    I've just begun reading your blog postings and I love the perspective you give. Hope you have a Very Happy New Year and that you are able to achieve the goals you've set.
    1909 days ago
    Have a great New Year's Eve and a truly wonderful New Year with this great start.
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year! Your updated page looks great. Lucy & Ethel have taken a bit of offense at the revisions involving the cats, but they'll get over it. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year, enjoy your evening sounds good to me.

    1909 days ago
    You are my hero! I have loved every blog you have written; your prose and photographs have taken me to wonderful, far away places. But today you got me right where I live! I have been slogging around for a week after Christmas and not Sparking AT ALL. This beautiful post is pushing me out of my doldrums and into another 6 months of wonderful accomplishments and adventures. Thank you or sharing your inspiring thoughts and adventures!
    1909 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Congratulations! You have come a long way, and you are an inspiration, keep up the good work,. Have a great New Year. Can't wait to see the snazzier clothes. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1909 days ago
    Like the wallpaper. Love your blog.
    1909 days ago
    Happy New Year! (Akemashiiteomedetogozaimasu-kotosh
    1909 days ago
    Your dinner menu sounds awesome !! I wish I can join you (^.^)
    Love your kitty. :)

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    1909 days ago
    You've been a great inspiration to me this year. Your weekend walks make me giddy to come to England and see these sights first hand (The closest I get is Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, and it's a great place for long walks. Here, there's too much deep snow and bitter cold.) As for goals, I, too, am looking at the snazzy clothes!
    You help me "Keep moving forward." Many good wishes for 2013.

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  • HOLLYM48
    You are on the right track. I totally agree about the value of spark people! I am sure I could do this without them, but who would want to! Wishes for all the best in the n. New year. We can do this and we will!!
    1909 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    That's one very expensive glass of champagne! Enjoy the ballet.

    Congratulations on your hour at the gym! Good for you. The SparkPage looks great. I liked the pictures of the cats. And by the looks of things, those cats do own you and the sofa!

    Sparking is the best, isn't it? Here's to your new goals!

    Have a wonderful evening (dinner sounds great)! Have a Happy New Year!
    1909 days ago
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