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2012-The first year I kept my New Year's resolution!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I have always been someone who loves planning and making lists, so every New Years I've made a list of resolutions a mile long. I have never ever succeeded at any of these resolutions until last year. As with most people, losing weight was always at the top of my list. I cannot tell you how good it feels to have finally accomplished a goal I set for myself. I am the queen of broken promises (to myself).

In June, something finally snapped. I was making yet another vain attempt at losing weight and sabotaging myself by binge-ing on pasta and ice cream day after day. I had cravings so bad that I could hardly function from the anxiety. I remember literally breaking down into tears, so angry that I had allowed myself to get this heavy. That was my breaking point. Nothing poignant, no health scare or embarrassing moment, just the realization that I was better than this. I had to hold myself accountable and come to grips with the fact that I had to take control and work harder if I wanted the dream of being healthy to become a reality. There is no magic pill, no magic surgery, no matter how you go about it you have to work hard and learn to delay gratification.

I am still struggling, especially over the Christmas holiday. I've not gained any weight, but I am plagued with the cravings I worked so hard to rid myself of. I see now how easy it is to become complacent and gain the weight back. The more I lose, the harder I have to work, and I know that I am worth the effort. I always hated the saying "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", but I can tell you that nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. It's about way more than looking good. I had so many problems with anxiety and sometimes depression and I always blamed the weight on the way I felt. It was the other way around- I was depressed and anxious because I was overweight.

If anyone reading this is just beginning their journey, I will make you a promise that I know I can keep. I promise that you are worth the effort, and I promise that you will feel so much better 6 months or a year from now if you commit to losing the weight! Make 2013 the year you kept your resolution:)
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RODRIGUEZ41508 3/9/2013 2:23PM

    I LOVE your blog because it really speaks to my heart specially what you wrote at the last paragraph. Yes !, I want 2013 to be my Success year and just like you .... finally accomplish a goal that I set for myself. Yes, I want to be Healthy and Fit. I really don't care for the skinny part. I'd rather keep my curves and be Healthy, Fit and Toned....that's what I'm aiming for :)
Thank you for this inspiring and motivational blog.
YOU ROCK !!!!!!! and a
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TO YOU FOR YOUR SUCCESS OF ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOAL ....
HELL YEAH !!!! Be sooo
PROUD OF YOURSELF GIRL.
To see your pic's and read your blog truly inspires and motivates me to emoticon Forward in my weight-loss journey .... so Thank You ;)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/6/2013 7:11PM

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NEWTINK 1/3/2013 8:52AM

    Congratulations on making 2012 your year and i hope you have great success in 2013. I am so proud of you and for you emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 1/3/2013 8:39AM

    I am just SO PROUD of you!!!! 2012 was a great year for you! And I know the holidays were hard, but the fact that you didn't gain is ASTOUNDING! I usually always gain at least 10-15 lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas!
You continue to be my hero, Krista! The realization that you are worthy of a healthy life is extraordinary! You are so worth it!!
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CSJ522 1/2/2013 5:33PM

    This made me cry - in a good way! I could not have said it better myself. Thank you and keep up the great work.

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JITTERBUGJOY 1/2/2013 5:14PM

    What you went through sounds very much like where I am right now. Thanks for sharing this. It is inspiring to think that I can get there too!

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/2/2013 4:57PM

    Thanks for sharing this story. Mine has so many parallels to yours - binge-eating to cope with depression and anxiety. I re-committed myself to healthy living on January 1 & plan to avoid all those self-medicating substances (coffee, chocolate, cheese, etc). Congratulations on your progress - it is very inspiring!

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