First off, I am breaking my "Spark punishment" lol!
I will say I do not regret putting the punishment in place, it really helped me to take a step back and support other Spark friends and gave me more time to catch up on friends blogs and I really enjoyed it! I really hoped it would get me on track to have my 5 good days, but unfortunately no such luck. I have had good days but plenty more bad days. Anyone who is a Spark friend of mine knows I've been struggling since Halloween and it is still a struggle. So I thought what MIGHT help me is to take a look back on the year. I don't want to wait until January 1st to try to get a grip on things, because as you've seen, I've been trying for WEEKS and still do not have things under control. I thank everyone for the goodies and support in my time of ridiculous eating LOL.
So I am just going to look back at each month and do a little recap... and try to remember why I'm here and why I really need to get back on track! It also doesn't hurt to add that I started this journey in March 2012 at 262 pounds, eek!
Weight: January 3 - 214.8
Fitness Minutes: 1362
Struggles: Lots of trouble getting things going in the new year. I thought the new year was just going to rejuvenate me and make everything easier but I was wrong. I had a lot of problems with my eating in the month of January.
Woohoo Moments: Adopted the best walking partner ever, Sparky!
Weight: February 13 - 211.4
Weight lost from previous month: 3.4
Fitness Minutes: 1311
Struggles: Still struggled with food, even though the exercise was going pretty well.
Woohoo Moments: Getting a walking routine going with Sparky.
Weight: March 6 - 210
Weight lost from previous month: 1.4 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 914
Struggles: Still struggling with the scale and staying around the same range. Had some feelings of wanting to give up but kept trying.
Woohoo Moments: Got the sweetest compliment from a coworker, it truly meant a lot and showed me that I was doing was really working.
Weight: April 3 - 212
Weight gained from previous month: 2 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 556
Struggles: Still in that same dreaded weight range. Was really starting to feel helpless. Saw the scale start to move up and panicked but didn't get it under control right away.
Weight: May 8 - 215.4
Weight gained from previous month: 3.4 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 1520
Woohoo Moments: Got a hula hoop and starting hula hooping for the first time ever! Simply loved it! I was starting to get in a better place mentally and started focusing more on healthy habits. I also gave my scale a makeover that month!
Weight: June 9 - 207
Weight lost from previous month: 8.4 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 1477
Struggles: Realizing that there are ups and downs to the weight loss journey. Trying to remember that there is good times and bad times and to keep pushing forward.
Woohoo Moments: Went on vacation and got lots of compliments from Gammie! Weight finally starting to come down.
Weight: July 8 - 204.4
Weight lost from previous month :2.6
Fitness Minutes: 1866
Milestones: Hit Onederland on July 23rd! My first time in Onederland in 9 years! Such an amazing and very exciting milestone.
Weight: August 7 - 195.2
Weight lost from previous month: 9.2 pounds.
Fitness Minutes: 1933
Struggles: I struggled with being proud of my Onederland accomplishment but still realizing that I had a long way to go. It was kind of like "I did it, I did it!" But then realized that there was still more to do.
Weight: September 4 -191.8
Weight loss from previous month: 3.4
Fitness Minutes: 1731
Milestones: Hit 80 pounds down on September 4. Got into size 16 shorts! Got out of obesity and into the overweight category!
Struggles: Despite the amazing milestones, I still struggled with the Binge Monster.
Woohoo Moments: Realizing I only have ONE chin! Went to the doctor and my A1C was well within normal range (lowered from the previous year).
Weight: October 9 - 189.4
Weight loss from previous month: 2.4 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 1142
Struggles: My arthritis flared up and really messed up my exercise mojo! Tried the Carb Nite Solution and crashed and burned. Started going crazy with food on Halloween and struggled ever since then.
Woohoo Moments: Realizing people are no longer snickering at me because of my weight, OR I just have enough confidence not to hear them. ;)
Weight: November 6 - 190.8
Weight gain from last month: 1.4 pounds
Fitness Minutes: 1315
Milestones: Celebrating 20 months on this journey without giving up.
Struggles: The entire month was a giant struggle. Just a super rough month all around unfortunately.
December: In progress. I will come back and fill this in for my records at the end of the month. :)
Weight: December 10 - 198.4
Weight gain from previous month: 7.6
Disclaimer: I have a Woohoo Jar and there were probably TONS of Woohoo Moments throughout the year, but getting these stats took a lot more time than I thought... so I had to just go for the bigger highlights.
Doing this was a good eye opener for me, and it showed me that even though I do struggle and am currently struggling, that I very much want to lose the rest of this weight and I need to recommit and focus harder on my weight loss journey.