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New Year, New Dress

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hello all!

I know that I'm 14 days too late to say this but...Happy New Year! Better late than never, right?

It's been a while since I've blogged. Last time we were about to head off to Punta Cana for my friend's wedding. It was lovely. The food was terrible - which actually helped me to stay on track calorie-wise. I saved it all for drinks ;) The resort was lovely, my background picture of my page was on the beach at the resort...absolutely gorgeous! There was a shipwreck right there off the beach. I tried to stay active down there so we took long walks, we took the steps for everything, and we went kayaking one day (never again!). The wedding was perfect. Definitely helped me know that I don't want a destination wedding at all. But, it was perfect and gorgeous, and the pictures are absolutely amazing!

I fell off the wagon once we got back. I'd say life got in the way but really I just got in my own way. I had been doing so well before the trip too by going to the gym or walking several times a week. Granted it was definitely winter when we came back...and Thanksgiving was the next it was too cold to go out walking, but the gym is warm inside! No excuse there! I did manage, however, to keep most of what I lost off.

The year ended on a decent note (depending on how you look at it, I guess). I got a call from my dermatologist saying that they got my biopsy results back from my legs and feet (SECOND biopsy on the same thing, first time was pretty hefty surgery on the feet) and they were able to confirm a diagnosis. I have something called granuloma annulare. It's a skin disease, cause unknown, treated with topical steroids because of the amount of spots I have on my lower limbs. But, I was so ecstatic to FINALLY know what was wrong with me, that I didn't even care if they don't know how it got there! Doctor says it will take about 2 years for the lumps and discoloration to fade and go away and it has a high chance of returning, but can be treated again the same way. So, as long as I look out for them, it should be fine. Luckily, the swelling in my ankles has subsided, and no new lumps have formed in several months (:::knocks on wood:::).

Was pleasantly surprised by the scale a few weeks ago when starting the Biggest Loser challenge - down 1.5 pounds. Not quite sure how that happened or where the weight went, but we won't complain. So, I'm taking the new year with new strides and trying to make myself a new plan to stay on track. I'm trying to make attainable and sustainable goals for myself.

Andy and I went ring shopping about 2 weeks ago - so not only do I need to look good in several bridesmaid dresses in the next several months, it'll soon be time to worry about looking good in my own bridal gown!!! Guess it's time to really start hitting it hard and reaching those goals!

My goals are broken down like this:
2. Log in each day, even if by phone - makes me much more accountable
3. Exercise at least 10 minutes a day 6 days per week
4. Strength training workouts at least 2 days per week - usually muscle pump class
5. 30 minute cardio sessions at least 2 times per week.

Five goals sounds like a lot, but I figured they were small and sustainable goals. The first 2 are things that I know I should be doing and can do easily anyway. The 3rd one is something I can do while watching tv in the evening, so if I can't make it to the gym, I can squeeze a few fitness minutes in somewhere!

Here's to a healthy new year for everyone!
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    Great job and congrats on your upcoming wedding. Your new profile picture is beautiful--you are glowing!


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  • MISSY455
    Your goals are very doable and you have an awesome reason to stay on track! Congrats!!!
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    1866 days ago
  • TROOPER1961
    Congrats Lauren on your upcoming wedding!!! What better incentive then the thought of that *beautiful dress*. emoticon emoticon
    1867 days ago
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