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2013: More energy, better goals & extra determination!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy New Year! Although the way we write the date changed to 2013, not much else changed for me. Well, the weather did get A LOT colder! My goals are mostly the same though. Well, I am tweaking them slightly for January, but I am still on the same path!

I want to keep saving money, sign up for a few 5K in the spring, and I want to be at 155 lbs by March 1st. However, I feel a little different about my goals. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to browse other pages & blogs lately. Work has been pretty busy. We didn't start working late nights yet, but I know it is coming! I didn't add too many different goals to my 2013 list. I am pretty happy with how long the list has grown over the past year! Instead of adding a ton of new goals, I just want to adjust the list I already have!

****2012 Month vs Pounds Lost****
Aug--- 3

Total Pounds Lost in 2012: 44!!!!!

****Accomplished December Goals****
- Did every weighin & team challenge the best I could!
- Used the measuring tape once
- Tracked my protein & stayed in range most days.
- Did a 5K Jingle Bell run and got 36:04!
- Did not eat any tortilla chips!!
- Tried new recipes
- Lost 3.5 Pounds & reached my goal to be 161 by Jan 1st
- Spent time relaxing every day by myself
- Saved some money
- Stood up for myself & continued to stay positive

****My January Goals****
- Weigh 158 by January 31st
- Restart my 5K training
- Continue using the measuring tape at least twice a month
- Keep not eating tortilla chips
- If I eat french fries, try to only eat them once a week
- Sign up for another 5K
- Use the treadmill more!!
- Try 10 new healthier Recipes
- Figure out how to eat healthy when I start eating lunch AND dinner at work
- Stay committed to the Challenges even during busy season
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for January!
- Continue to do non-workout activities I enjoy even if I go alone(craft & pet fairs)
- Try to stay patient with my parents even when they are on the fritz!
- Don't get discouraged if I don't reach all of my goals!

***Ultimate Goals***
- Be at healthy weight (155) by March 1, 2013!
- Be at 100 pounds lost & weigh 150pounds - no deadline
- Complete any 5K in 30 minutes - no deadline

Something odd happened last night. I showed my Mom all of the projects I have been working on. She liked them, but then she asked me something that shocked me. She asked if I was taking pills or any drugs to give me energy. I asked why.. She said I have had so much energy the past few months, and it seems like I can't sit still. The other day she asked if I was Underweight - I thought she was nuts for thinking that. I am 160.4 and I am 5'6 and a half. Apparently she thinks I look around 145 or less and she wanted to make sure I am not starving myself. I understand she is looking out for me, but I don't think I look 145 or less. I tried explaining many people use a healthy weight range for each height - and for 5'6 the weight range is 127-155. I am not trying to be 127! I just want to keep eating healthy & keep exercising!

I haven't been taking any medication except for stool softeners a few times a week because of the missing gall bladder. I really didn't know what to do after she said that. I tried explaining that I have a lot more energy & ambition since I lost a lot of weight. Its true - I feel so much better now. Instead of just sitting and watching a show on the couch, I will watch a show and also work on a craft project. I just multi-task instead of lounging and only watching tv. This past year I HAVE changed so much - I guess it made her think it isn't natural for me to be this active when I used to barely do anything? I don't know! I am trying not to get discouraged, but at the same time I don't want her telling people she thinks I am on drugs. She is a gossip queen who tells my family & her friends everything sometimes. Hopefully she doesn't keep thinking that because I don't want false rumors travelling around my family!

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Happy January! and best of luck to everyone in 2013! We all can reach our goals if we really push hard! Even if we don't reach our goals, every step is super important! Keep moving forward & don't give up!

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  • LYNSEY723
    You are doing great! Don't let your mom get to you. You told her the truth and now it is out of your hands. Keep up the awesome work!
    1867 days ago
  • BISCO_
    1867 days ago
    You are doing great!!
    1867 days ago
    Kim, I loved your blog and you have really come far. I understand totally what why your Mother asked what she did and it is a good thing. I found as I started doing the things I needed to do to lose weight the spark way, my energy level went way up, my Happy metor also went way up and even challenges I would usually get frustrated at seemed like nothing. I was so happy with myself for the first time, I started having respect for myself for the first time in a long long time. I wanted to do alot more than be a couch potato and I was doing alot more.

    So yes my family too started wondering what the heck was going on with me. Multiple people asked me if I was taking something, which the really knew could not be true because I am as straight laced as they come. But they could not understand how I was so happy all the time and doing so many different things I had either never done or hadn't done in a long time. What I realized was Spark was giving me a podium to talke to the people that were important to me about what I was doing and how that was making me feel inside. When one person in a unit changes it affects all the people in that unit, weither it be family, friends, coworkers. They are faced with a choice at that time either to become more like you or ignor what you are doing, or make some kind of change. I have had many opportunities to open up to family, friends, neighbors, strangers, workout trainers.

    So my little advise to you is enjoy the comments your mom made, that just means what you are doing is working, and then bring her in as well as others in on what you are doing for yourself and how it is making you feel, then those questions will evaporate and you will either have even more people cheering you on or they will just brush it off as a fade and wait for you to give it up, which you know you will not do anyway. Mostly I have gotten lots of great comments and more supporters in my corner giving all the more reason to push. Congrats Susan
    1869 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    You are doing brilliantly - 44 lbs is a fantastic loss! Great goals too, sensible and achievable. Keep it up!

    1870 days ago
    Re: your mom's attitude, I like this variation on the Serenity Prayer:

    God grant me the serenity to accept the people I can't change,
    the courage to change the ones I can--
    and the wisdom to know the only one I can change is ME.
    1870 days ago
  • 9CATMAN9
    Kim Congrats!! Your journey is going SO well! Personally I have slowed down in my weight loss but my situation is so much different. You are doing GREAT. Also..your success can be guaged by how many wonderful Sparkfriends you have! We all benefit and really feel motivated by the great job YOU are doing!! So keep up the good work!! Your Sparkfriend, Scott. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1870 days ago
  • 9CATMAN9
    Kim Congrats!! Your journey is going SO well! Personally I have slowed down in my weight loss but my situation is so much different. You are doing GREAT. Also..your success can be guaged by how many wonderful Sparkfriends you have! We all benefit and really feel motivated by the great job YOU are doing!! So keep up the good work!! Your Sparkfriend, Scott. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1870 days ago
    44 pounds, that's awesome!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    I'm so excited for you and your 2013 goals! March isn't as far away as it seems, and I think you can totally reach those goals!!!! That's awesome.

    I actually talked about this food thing in my blog today - what I've been doing to keep myself on track for lunch and dinner is that, while I'm getting ready for work, I'll pop a family-sized frozen dinner in the oven and let it bake. Then all I have to do is split it into manageable portions, put it in tupperware, and I've got pre-done meals for the next few days. Two of those frozen meals with the addition of steamed veggies can feed me with a nice variety for 2-3 days with minimal cooking/cleaning time and satisfies that impulse to grab and go without derailing my diet.

    There are some surprisingly good frozen meals out there too. There are veggie lasagnas and macaroni casserole things that you can add steamed veggies to and really make a good meal out of 350-400 calories. Maybe that's something that will help when you're working late nights?

    My grandmother has been doing the same thing to me about insisting I'm too skinny and starving myself! At the holidays she was practically force feeding me and I was like, woman! I'm two hundred pounds, not one hundred! Besides the maternal instinct to care and nurture, I can only chalk it up to other people can have severely distorted body images of you as you can of yourself, perhaps.

    I hope your year is off to a great start and that you're prepared to meet your goals! Keep up the good work!
    1871 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    Congrats to you on all the progress you have made. How inspiring!! I am with ya on the energy thing. When we treat our bodies and minds better, energy levels do seem to soar, and I am enjoying every minute of it. :)
    1871 days ago
    Congrats for your great achievement for 2012 and you have a great goals. Hopefully your Mother will understand when you starts exercise there will be more energy. Even if she doesn't not to worry to much. I am for sure she will be happy when you are happy.

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    1871 days ago
    Way to go on your goals & your weight loss. That is totally awesome! I find the when I exercise I have more energy but then again I have ADHD. You have done such a fantastic job & you are truly inspiring!
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    1871 days ago
    emoticon Great goals for the next year. I too even find myself doing something while watching tv. My energy has increased overall and I find myself not being able to sit down too long. Wishing you the best of luck and a wonderful new year. Keep up the good work.

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    1871 days ago
    Exercise is a natural energy booster! (I try to explain this to my caffeine addicted hubby all the time!) emoticon on all you have achieved, you are truly inspirational to me!
    1871 days ago
    Look what you do!!!! Keep Sparkin'!!
    1871 days ago
    Great work in 2012, and it looks like you have great goals for 2013 as well! You're doing so great!

    Just roll your eyes at your mom and move on. It can be very hard for people around us to realize that, yes, we are different, and no, it is not a bad thing. People just got used to us being sluggish!
    1871 days ago
    Hmmm , well you are turning into muscle that's why you look thinner. You are amazing !! Good for you accomplishing your goals and being an inspiration to so many people! Save that Money !! Me too ! Doing a free Bon Fire Run this weekend , oh yeah , making those Meg Muffins Today ! Happy Taxes ! :) LiL Racer emoticon
    1871 days ago
    A 44 pound weight loss in a year is AMAZING - you should be so proud of yourself! Additionally, what a great list of other accomplishments. Nice job on establishing your January goals as well as some longer term ones, you're clearly focused and very motivated. Keep up the good work!
    1871 days ago
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