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My 5 year Sparkaversary!

Monday, December 31, 2012

It has been recently pointed out to me that on Jan 2 I will celebrate 5 years with Spark. Where has the time gone? Where was I then and where am I now? I was 302 lbs and am now 297.6 Not much of a change there. I was able to walk 3 or 4 miles nearly every day and climb stairs from my basement apartment with no trouble. Now I work hard to walk for 15 minutes at a time and desperately struggle with stairs. Yes, I have gotten older but that is not the problem. Sitting on my butt has been the problem.

My solution to these issues is to start where I am. DO what I can and then try 1 more lap. Tomorrow I stop smoking. I have been wondering what I will do to get through the first while. A sweet friend told me that whenever she wanted a smoke, while she was quitting, she would go out and do a lap around the yard. Well, I have no yard and it is too snowy and cold for me right now, BUT I live in an apartment building with halls. My plan is to do 2 laps every time I need a smoke. 2 laps is about 5 minutes. I can do 5 minutes. As I do more and more laps, I will get stronger and faster. I think this is a winwin issue.

You might think I am crazy to be so excited about all this but it is like a switch has been flipped inside my head. I can't wait to get going. I've never been so confident and I have so many people here on SPark to thank for that. Learning to overcome procrastination is difficult for me as that is my First name, but with the help of members on my team, I am finding strategies for coping and for getting it going.

I wasn't too well this morning and went back to bed instead of walking but I let myself have 1 more day, especially when I am not feeling well, and wake tomorrow with my new freedom.

Tomorrow I will post my new pictures. The one of me isn't pretty but I need to remember where I used to be as I get smaller and smaller. New pics of the grandsons also from our Christmas holiday with them. Simon is 2 1/2 and baby Paul is 11 months. We will be going to Ottawa to visit at the end of January and will celebrate Paul's 1st birthday while there.

Enjoy tomorrow as we bring in the new year and be careful about too much celebrating. Now is the time to begin consistency and to start new good habits.


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DEBIGENE 1/1/2013 8:43PM

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POSITIVELY_EB 1/1/2013 2:14PM

    Happy Anniversary, Gini! That's emoticon !

HUGS!

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/1/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon emoticon Sticking with it is so important! I love your plan of going for a walk when you want that smoke. Wonder why I don't do the same thing when thoughts of snacking enter my mind? I'd think I could burn a few more calories and get stronger, too! Good luck as we move into 2013! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/1/2013 7:59AM

    Happy New Year!

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ANHELIC 1/1/2013 1:52AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary. You have a plan to succeed in 2013 and your Sparkfriends are all behind you. Keep up the good and as long as you have a plan, you will succeed, just make it one day at a time.
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MSEMBERSTORM 12/31/2012 11:38PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan! You go Gini. Have a great and saf New Year!

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KADYSMOM11 12/31/2012 10:41PM

    What a great idea to quit smoking and walk more! emoticon
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JILL313 12/31/2012 10:12PM

    Congrats Gini for sticking with Spark for 5 years. That shows you're not a quitter but a winner. This is the Year to move forward and feel better and stronger. With your enthusiasm and commitment I know you will make 2013 your Year to shine!!

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LINOVER 12/31/2012 9:49PM

    Congrats on your 5th SparkAnniversary!

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