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The Reckoning

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The new year is finally here! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to rock it.

I spent the last weekend cleaning out the pantry and fridge. All of the candy and junk food is gone. I have fruit and veggies in house. Gym clothes are clean and folded. The MP3 player is charged. It's a new beginning!

And let me tell you, I need myself a new beginning.

I've been open about my weight gain the last year and a half (about 10 pounds), but I hadn't taken time to do measurements. Yesterday I did. Up 15 inches from January 2012 to January 2013.

FIFTEEN! emoticon

I guess that explains why my pants are tight. emoticon

So today we're changing course. Nothing new to do. No miracles or magic weight loss schemes. Believe it or not, when I do what my dietician tells me, I lose weight. When I don't do what she tells me to do, I gain or plateau. So I'm pulling out Gretchen's list and ticking off the boxes:

emoticon At least 7 hours of sleep

emoticon Less than 45 grams of sugar

emoticon 100 oz. of water

emoticon 30 minutes of cardio

emoticon 3x/week strength training

emoticon 25 grams of fiber

emoticon 70 grams of protein

emoticon daily food journal

emoticon weigh frequently

emoticon weekly flexibility work

emoticon 10,000 steps

It kind of seems like a lot, but it's just a matter of making it habit again. I've decided to go cold turkey on the chips and such. It's just easier for me to abstain all-together than try to moderate my intake. I'll be measuring and weighing my food for a while to make sure I have a grip on what a portion size looks like. I'm also looking for a new heart rate monitor, since mine died last summer. Any recommendations?


Weight: 184.4 lbs
Bust: 41.5"
Chest: 31.5"
Waist: 37.5"
High Hip: 47"
Low Hip: 42"
R Thigh: 22.75"

In addition, I'm working on a 2013 "Happiness Project." That's where I'll be posting a lot of my "be kind to myself" resolution stuff. You can read about that on my Project Forty-One blog: fortyoneproject.wordpres

I also have health and weight loss stuff on my tumblr:

New year! New beginning!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAINER_T 1/3/2013 5:42PM

    emoticon Keeping yourself accountable like this will help. I will be doing the same thing too!

Taking pics and measurements, I have 10lb from my mothers death that is just trying to stay on my belly. My workouts have left me completly without any junk in my trunk or ta tas......My issue = sugar.

Lets hit the weights hard and furious emoticon 2013!!!

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MGREER84 1/2/2013 11:42PM

  You can do it. I'm jumping on the bandwagon. :)

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AGENTMNA 1/2/2013 11:20AM

    Awesome blog! I'm right there with you!

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    It does look like a long list, but you have done this before and you know the list- you can do it this time too. I am proud of you for being ready- focusing on happiness (my goal for the year too!) and doing the's a good place to re-begin, isn't it?

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LILY_SPARK 1/1/2013 12:38PM

    You're so wonderful and you can do this in like 2 months. Seriously.

I eat more protein, I eat nothing from anybody's kitchen but mine (not saying it's small amounts or low-whatever but *I* cooked it -- this is a major thing that actually leads to eating less nutritiously as it means I'll grab whatever -- I"m away from the house working or commuting 60+ hours a week, a lot is commuting and I mean DRIVING) and most importantly, I eat no grains.

In addition to being Celiac, I learned through a lot of testing that my body DOES NOT rock hard on any grains. This does NOT mean I'm low carb. I should probably watch those ;p But seriously, I get more fiber than is normally stated as goals like yesterday was 29 and the day before 41 without counting (had to check cos I *do* TRACK).

I think we all have SOMETHING that works for us. You have yours! I have come a long way to finding mine. My 'problem' is over-eating as 'medicating.' I know that's not helpful but I haven't broken that habit yet.

I'll continue to WORK :)

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CHEFSOPHIE 1/1/2013 12:12PM

    Great way to start off the New Year!

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WOUBBIE 1/1/2013 12:08PM

    Go Gretchen! (Good list!)

My only real goals for this year are consistency and making that little bit of effort that you always put off but that really pays off - like making breakfast and lunch at home from good ingredients, instead of relying on expensive cafeteria choices.

Here's to a great 2013!

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/1/2013 11:55AM

    I measure myself all the time and they are still the same as Jan 2012 but my weight is up three pounds so I am pretty much maintaining. Still need to lose ten pounds but I don't really try except to make mostly healthy food choices.

Good luck!

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