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2012 Review and 2013 Goals

Sunday, January 06, 2013

2012 was a good year for me overall. I saw some fitness firsts: two virtual 5Ks, 1000 monthly fitness minutes, working on that dang plank, trying Zumba, my fitbit and joining the Y. I tried various things with regards to my eating: sweet potatoes, protein powder/smoothies, coconut water, almond milk, lowering carbs/sugars and lots of veggies. I began working with my doctor to get my Vitamin D level to a good place. I lost some weight, probably around 55 pounds. However I also gained some weight. In the end, I lost 31 pounds last year. This brought my BMI from 53.6 to 50.1. Most importantly is the fact that I'm still here. There were ups and downs but I kept going.

Looking at 2013, I see an even better year ahead. I feel like I've found a lot of what works best for me. I've thought a lot about my goals for the year and am working on the following:
* Food tracking. Do it EVERYDAY!!
* Strength Training. 3 times per week.
* That dang plank. I want to do a 3 minute plank.
* Blogging. I learn the most when I blog. Not just by what I worked through by writing the blog but probably more from the comments and support I receive.
* 1000 fitness minutes every month
* At least three actual 5K races. I've completed two virtual races and know I can do it. I need to get myself out there and not be intimidated by my fitness level.
* Lose 75 pounds! If I'm working hard at the above mentioned goals, this will happen.

I turn the big 4-0 this summer and would like to be in the best shape I've been in many years. I want to welcome this milestone birthday with open arms and great health. I want this year to be full of health-related firsts that I can carry with me for the rest of my life.

Thanks for an awesome 2012 Spark Friends! You encourage, support and inspire me. Here's to an amazing 2013 for all of us!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BESSHAILE 1/21/2013 11:40AM

    Hey there friend - 40 is when people begin to obey you just because you said so. Maybe not your kids - but all sorts of other folk. Shocked the heck out of me. LOL.
And CONGRATULATIONS big time on the 31 lbs. that is a lot! emoticon

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ELECTRICITY3699 1/14/2013 1:43PM

    The most important part of 2012 is that you learned not to give up. Great job Steph. Love this blog and it gave me goosebumps!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/8/2013 2:35PM

    You are right... you had a very good 2012 and 2013 will be even better. Your goals are very attainable!

You know that I love your 3 minute plank hold. Planks are awesome! Keep sparking and you will get there!

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ATROTTIER 1/8/2013 2:03PM

    Great blog with great goals!!! Let's do this together!! :)

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ADDISONS-NANA 1/8/2013 1:20PM

    Okay I just need to ask, "what's a plank?"

Congratulations on the awareness you developed in 2012....I feel the same way...although the pounds crept back up I did a lot of learning and feel am well prepared for this year and to lose the weight " again"....I have always found your blogs motivational so please keep them coming! I look forward to sharing with you this year....the big 40 will be wonderful for you....I hit the big 50 a year ago and it was OKAY...Stay motivated and YES TRACKING is vital!!! emoticon

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MPRILL 1/8/2013 9:20AM

    Great accomplishments and great set of goals!

Good luck with the plank - it's tough but you can do it!

Have a great new year!

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SPARKFRAN514 1/7/2013 11:44PM

    Sounds like you good year working on goals and have a plan for 2013 those planks are a pain but seem to be something so many of us Sparkers want to master . your poster are great and will keeps us on the spark trail. we can do this healthy eating thing it just takes time. I know we know this but we are human and want every thing now We Did not get this way over night and it won't come off over night it takes work.
Start by doing whatís necessary then do whatís possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible
St. Francis of Assisi
" With each pound I drop, I move faster toward my goal!
The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph!
Ď"We first make our habits and then our habits make us"
Itís journey, not a one-day hike.

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    Love your progress and your goals. You're way ahead of me on "that dang plank", so I'm envious. Does your Y have TRX? LOVE IT!!! Not sure how I'm going to afford it and tae kwon do, but I'm going to! emoticon

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LITTLEKIM4 1/7/2013 6:56PM

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I love that you took the time to reflect back on 2012 and to set goals for 2013. I know you can do it!

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NDKARIKARI 1/7/2013 5:46PM

    oh my goodness, what a FANTASTIC 2012 you have had, and AWESOME 2013 you will have! I literally got so excited for you reading your blog! Looking forward to reading/seeing you progress this year


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1BELINDA8 1/7/2013 5:22PM

    What a fantastic 2012!
I'm sure 2013 will be even more amazing!

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AMY-MIMI77 1/7/2013 12:11PM

    I have complete Faith in you that you will accomplish your goals
you have done a Bang up job so far and will do whatever you set your mind to do!

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HARLEYGAL55 1/7/2013 9:57AM

    Loved reading your blog! You have done fantastic last year and this new year will be even better! We can make 2013 the best year ever! Thanks for the motivation. You are

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123ELAINE456 1/7/2013 2:18AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Congratulations on All Your Accomplishments and Successes for Year 2012. May the Year 2013 be Your Best Year on Accomplishments, Meeting Goals, and for Great Improvement in Your Overall Health. YOU CAN DO IT!!! YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!! THIS IS THE WAY TO GO!!! SPARK ON!!! God Bless You and the Boys. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2013 8:47PM

    OH my . . . planks . . . they're BUGGERS! (trying to be nice here! LOL!)

Well, here's to a wonderful 2013. YOu did a good job in 2012 so you'll continue doing the work this year.

You know you have a whole lotta support here for sure!


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NEELIXNKES 1/6/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon for all you have accomplished so far! emoticon emoticon May 2013 be a healthy and successful year for you!

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FITFRIT 1/6/2013 8:20PM

    You CAN do this!

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READYBETTY 1/6/2013 6:14PM

    What a great review of 2012! You have a great plan for 2013 and lots to look forward to. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/6/2013 5:27PM

    sounds good to me love.and very doable. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SASSYLJB 1/6/2013 5:27PM

    What a great year you had! What a fantaastic year you have ahead of you!
Each one of your goals is most attainable! I know that you can achieve all of your goals.
You have a great plan of attack!
Loving your qoutes they are very true statements!
You've got this! I am so excited to take this journey with you!

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WORLDSERIES11 1/6/2013 5:00PM

    Congrats on your successes for 2012! Sounds like you have great plans for the new year!
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