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6 months - Checking in with your New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, July 04, 2013

6 months ago it was cold, snow on the ground (here in the North East) Perhaps you went to a big party, watched fireworks. And a great number of us made New Year's Resolutions.

Since starting Spark last year (I've been on for 18 months) I've managed to lose a bunch of weight and keep it off. Its the second part that has been really astonishing to me. After all, I started working again which really cut into my workout time. I've maintained at the 153 mark (with normal weight fluctuations). This is less than when I got married! And I guarantee you I'm in better shape than I was 10 years ago.

I personally didnt make any New Year's resolutions because everything is just going so durned well. My goals were to maintain and keep doing what I'm doing. And I did. So a bit boring, but I really felt that there wasnt much to really work on that I wasnt already doing.

Its 6 months since New Years, so check in with yourself. How are you doing? What are your successes? Massive fails? Needs tweeking to make it successful?

Remember a good goal has an action plan attached to it
Ex. "I will lose weight by starting a C25K plan" "I will drink less soda and substitute water before 5pm" "I will work on my flexibility by signing up for a yoga class"

You dont have to respond if you dont want to (althought I'd love to hear) but its worth your own mental analysis over this long holiday weekend.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MANDIETERRIER1 7/18/2013 6:36PM

    I don't even remember my new years resolutions. Probably had something to do with losing weight. In which case I have not succeeded. I haven't given up either

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XXJDXX 7/10/2013 4:37AM

    Congratulations on your success! Now I have to go take a look at my resolutions. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/9/2013 10:19AM


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MISSG180 7/6/2013 11:57AM

    I'm going to make 3 triathlons, but they will all be sprint. I'm not physically ready for an Olympic length--lungs could do it, skeletal foundation needs more work.

I haven't been working out much this week. Have to pick it up.

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GONNAGETGOAL 7/5/2013 11:55PM

    I did not make any resolutions because I always manage to break them right away. I just try to do the best that I can each day~~some days are better than others! I do have goals and just keep inching my way to them.

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MISSIFISH 7/5/2013 11:31AM

    I didn't make specific New Year's goals, but I've been aiming to actually MAINTAIN for once. That has gone well, and I'm feeling great about my fitness level. I'd say that 6 months in, I'm liking 2013!

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    From my end of year blog:
I swear I will strive to see the me on the inside who is smart, fun and loving. (ACCOMPLISHED)
I am who I chose to be and I will love myself with all my heart. (FINNALLY ACCEPTANCE!)
I will make a greater effort to exercise because it is good for me and will make me stronger. (WORK IN PROGRESS)
I have the ability to make good food choices and will be wiser preparing my meals. (STILL TRYING)
I will proudly celebrate reaching any of my goals.(WITHOUT FOOD!)

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BIGPAWSUP 7/4/2013 5:58PM

    Well, it's been a lot of ups and downs. Generally speaking, I've done ok this year. I'm going to try to kick it in the rear for the second half of the year.

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LESLIELENORE 7/4/2013 1:54PM

    I didn't make any formal Resolutions, but I had a goal of running a 5k, after walking a couple last summer. Almost accomplished that this past Saturday with Doglady13. We did end up taking 3 short walking breaks during the race, but we finished in under 35 minutes so I was happy with that. I am continuing to train so that when the next 5k comes up in August I will (hopefully) be able to run the whole blasted thing. This year I also reached my goal weight. It has been a bit of a struggle to stabilize my weight. I kept losing even after I reached my goal, and now I am about 5 pounds underweight. If I could gain 5 pounds of muscle that would be wonderful. All in all it has been a successful 6 months.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/4/2013 9:19AM

    OMG, there's been a lot packed in to the last six months. Gotta go back and look to see if I *did* set any resolutions... or goals... or whatever...

Digging into past blogs, I found these.

December 30, 2012: "My hope for 2013 is that it be a simple, unexciting year. " (cough-cough!)

January 5, 2013, I came up with a more specific list:
1) Get outside more... at least 10 minutes a day.
2) We already know the athletic goal - complete a full marathon.
3) Keep on tracking and blogging.
4) If "life happens" (which it can to all of us) remember your "line in the sand" and adjust.

For me, yes, LIFE has been happening. Lots of changes. Son came home from overseas and he and his wife made the transition to becoming homeowners. Sis in law succumbed to her ALS and passed. Various folks have had various medical issues. Work has been a pressure-cooker, and is now on mandatory overtime. So item #4 has been the star for the year so far, and I expect it will continue to be.

I have been spotty about the getting outside.
I have adjusted #2 to allow for that marathon to be done in back to back halves (and it even has dates on it... September 7 & 8).
I have been pretty good with the tracking and blogging.

Are we ready for the second half of the year? YEAH, why not? After all... the alternative is NOT an option. LIVE on, SPARK on! WE are worth it! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 7/4/2013 7:00AM

  I am starting over again since July first.

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/4/2013 6:50AM

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MANILUS 7/4/2013 6:40AM

    I don't make New Year's resolution, I live to make every day healthy. I resolve to make the next day better if I have a bad day.

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