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Where I Am Headed To In 2013...


Thursday, January 17, 2013

I have been on this journey since May 9th, 2011. I like to call this my "Magical Mystery Tour".

I call it that because I have experienced the magic of losing 70 lbs., feeling great, achieving fitness goals I never dreamed I could do and finding love for myself. But, the mystery part comes in when I fall off track and can't find my "spark" or when I do everything right and still don't lose a pound for several weeks. I lost my way for 9 months and gained back almost 30 lbs.

I wasn't completely lost...I was still exercising some and trying to eat healthy. I just let myself get depressed again and started eating sugar which makes me crave carbs....which makes me crave sugar...which makes me not want to exercise much and sleep during the day...which makes me depressed. You see the cycle.

I still have the foundation of healthy living that I layed when I first joined Spark. I am not starting from scratch. I am jumping back in before I gain everything back.

I am still determined to reach my goals someday. It is harder the second time because everything is not shiny and new. I am not dropping 5 lbs. the first week like I did in the very beginning. But, I still know...deep down in the "positive" side of my brain, that I CAN do this if I follow the steps. It is a simple plan...just not an easy plan. I have to DO THE WORK.

My goals for 2013 are as follows:

Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. (my plan is to drink 2 glasses with each meal and with a snack)

Exercise 6 days per week. (my plan is to go to Zumba class 2 days per week, walk 2 or more miles 2 days per week and do an exercise DVD with weights 1 day per week)

Eat healthy everyday. (my plan is to log my food, keep healthy food choices on hand, resist buying sweets and junk food that will tempt me, not skip any meals. stay in my calorie range and indulge in a treat once in a while so I don't binge)

Get more sleep. (my plan is to be in bed by 11pm so I can be asleep by midnight allowing for 7 hours of sleep per night...this is the hardest thing for me since I am a night owl)

Staying positive. (Keep positive thoughts in my head and encourage myself with motivational visual aides in the house plus, allowing time to be on Sparkpeople.com)

Staying focused. (keeping myself accountable by weighing once per week, keeping active on Sparkpeople and thinking about the wonderful feeling of being lean and healthy when I reach my goal.)

My goal is to lose 65 lbs. this year. I want to weigh 190 lbs. by Dec. 31st, 2013. I know this is possible if I do the work.

I have already lost 2 lbs. Now I just have to repeat that about 31 more times this year.

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MISSB8604 4/17/2013 11:45AM

    Itís so good to see you back on Spark! You were missed!

Please know that youíre not alone in this and that your SparkFriends are here for you. One thing that I have come to realize about this journey is that it is one of the most rewarding and the most challenging things you will ever do in your life. I too, gained back about 15-20lbs and am finding it hard to get back down to my maintenance range of 185-189. Itís beyond frustrating and there was a time when Iíd eat entire bags of chips because I just didnít care anymore. A lightbulb went off in my mind, reminding me that I AM worth it and that I AM victorious. Youíre so right when you say ďDo The WorkĒ because it IS work but boy is this work worth it.
You can do this. WE can do this!


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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 2/10/2013 8:56PM

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BABBINA 2/10/2013 12:04AM

    Love yr blog. This is honest and amazing. With that said, go 'head wit yo bad self, 'cuz emoticon emoticon

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ADDISONS-NANA 1/25/2013 9:53AM

    I loved this blog !!! It motivated me! Thank you Goddess ! Keep enjoying your "magical mystery tour " ....I am on a similar tour and man oh man it has its ups and downs...I too am starting a new...and you are so right...the second, third and fourth time around things seem a wee bit more difficult....but I know I am wiser for I have learned my pitfalls!! Hang in there.... emoticon

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FORBANDE 1/21/2013 7:18PM

    Yep. Great goals and you will accomplish each one. You have a plan, the experience and know you can do this.

Don't be discouraged or upset with yourself over the past. You did amazing! Be so proud and strong that you are jumping back in and finishing what you started.

Keep up the amazing work!

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SPARKLISE 1/19/2013 6:03PM

    emoticon God job for not giving up! emoticon emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 1/18/2013 3:34PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Very reasonable goals! I can't wait to see you meet all of them!
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BUFFYSMOM2 1/18/2013 10:49AM

    I KNOW you can do it! Never give up! emoticon

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BRIGHTPENNY 1/17/2013 10:06PM

    Good luck! you can do this, you have before! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 1/17/2013 1:14PM

    Well thought out! I started in January 2011 - and I have my 2 yr sparkaversary coming up this weekend. I am going to review my time here on Sparks, take inventory, and find something that works for the upcoming year! I'm excited.

Stay Strong!

~Irish

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ME_FIRST 1/17/2013 1:13PM

    Not only great goals, but great plans to achieve them. Planning is the key to success. Fantastic post. emoticon

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SHEILA8383 1/17/2013 11:28AM

    Excellent goals!

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NGCHILD 1/17/2013 8:55AM

    You have a good plan on paper -- you can do it!!

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M0MTH3W1TCH 1/17/2013 8:50AM

  You can do it. Your goals are reasonable. I like the exercise goals - varied and attainable. Keep up the good work and you will succeed. I have faith in you and are here for you all the way!
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/17/2013 6:52AM

    Excellent goals!

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NMSUSTUDENT 1/17/2013 3:36AM

    Quote: "Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."─Dag Hammarskjold

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_BABE_ 1/17/2013 2:32AM

    emoticon I think you have SMART goals and you are going to do it. While its true that the first blush of losing pounds is over you can know that you come back to the task maybe a little wiser. You know what you need to do to keep on track and won't fall into the same trap. I have been where you are..bravo for coming back to it before you gained back the whole 70.

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SNOWJESTER 1/17/2013 1:12AM

    Your plan sounds good! emoticon

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