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At my Heaviest, but Taking Control

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I was sad to see 2012 end for many reasons because it was a very happy year with a lot of positive life milestones for my family...the birth of my son, my 30th birthday, a gradution, an engagement, a 50th birthday, a retirement...a long leave from work to help me re-connect with myself, my older son, my husband and my home...and with more time to run, I lost all the weight from the pregnancy with a few pounds to spare! emoticon

Some negatives were there but they were dealt with in as much grace as possilbe. I started off the year attending the burial of my grandmother, there was a huge health scare for husband's brother, a close family member's long distance move, some problems when I returned to work from leave...but none of these outweighed how I feel about 2012 although to top off my list of problems I gained back 12 pounds this passed fall. TWELVE!

My 2013 did not start well as a result. Over the last several weeks I had been weighing in and trying not to get discouraged about the scale creeping up and up. But when I saw a new pound on New Year's Day, in addition to all of those other pounds...I felt sad. I had accomplished a lot of new goals on Spark this year, made a lot of great choices, and had logged a lot of fitness. I will admit that many days I still struggle with my calorie intake, and there were a lot of factors at play to cause that weight gain...but I was just so frustrated. In fact, getting frustrated seemed to be one of my problems.

Thinking of where I was when I first joined Spark over 5 years ago, my current weight is 10 pounds heavier than where I started. Yet I don't even want to imagine how 10 pounds could have easily been 20 gained in 5 years if it hadn't been for Spark.

Since I have now been through two pregnancies I view what I am working on losing now as a "new" set of 12 pounds...and I can tell it's not going to be easy to lose so I know I need to apply new knowledge to challenge myself more with exercise, and keep DOING WHAT I KNOW HOW TO DO to reduce my calorie intake, don't give in, and start training for the 5K I signed up for this March.

So I decided I will continue with my weekly blogging as I started last April emoticon

Without further ado, this is my plan for the rest of the week. I have a few fitness minutes in already, but need lots more.

20 minutes of walking
... I had to make up some of these minutes the next day, but emoticon
Do two sets of regular Wall Pushups (at least 50 reps per set) RESCHEDULED--SATURDAY
Special Goal: Meet my fruits and veggies! emoticon

30 minutes of walking during lunch break (because the sandwich I pack won't take long to eat). emoticon

Special goal: Work on basement de-clutter and make a plan. This a project that will continue to haunt my blog until it's over! emoticon

30 minutes of walking...make it work! emoticon
Strength Day: Three different exercises with at least 50 reps of each. emoticon
Special goal: More work on basement! emoticon

RUN!!! The weather is supposed to be nice.
emoticon Walked instead since I missed yesterday and didn't find it wise to start right back into running when I haven't done it in awhile.. It was very nice!!!
Make up day: Wednesday Reps emoticon Worked my abs for the first time in over a year!!!

Walk and stretch those tired legs. emoticon thank you to my wonderful son for getting me out there on a whim. We ran a little, I carried him, and I only about about 10 minutes in but they were wonderful.

Workout video in the evening and start working on abs again. It's far past time.
emoticon yesterday on the abs, though the video didn't make it.

Last but not least...

for reading and hope to hear from you about your goals for the year ahead.
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