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2013: A Look Back...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

First off, I am breaking my "Spark punishment" lol! emoticon 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. emoticon

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!



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January:
emoticon Weight: January 3 - 214.8
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1362
emoticon 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.
emoticon Woohoo Moments: Adopted the best walking partner ever, Sparky!

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February:
emoticon Weight: February 13 - 211.4
emoticon Weight lost from previous month: 3.4
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1311
emoticon Struggles: Still struggled with food, even though the exercise was going pretty well.
emoticon Woohoo Moments: Getting a walking routine going with Sparky.

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March:
emoticon Weight: March 6 - 210
emoticon Weight lost from previous month: 1.4 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 914
emoticon Struggles: Still struggling with the scale and staying around the same range. Had some feelings of wanting to give up but kept trying.
emoticon Woohoo Moments: Got the sweetest compliment from a coworker, it truly meant a lot and showed me that I was doing was really working.

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April:
emoticon Weight: April 3 - 212
emoticon Weight gained from previous month: 2 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 556
emoticon 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.

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May:
emoticon Weight: May 8 - 215.4
emoticon Weight gained from previous month: 3.4 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1520
emoticon 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!



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June:
emoticon Weight: June 9 - 207
emoticon Weight lost from previous month: 8.4 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1477
emoticon 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.
emoticon Woohoo Moments: Went on vacation and got lots of compliments from Gammie! Weight finally starting to come down.

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July:
emoticon Weight: July 8 - 204.4
emoticon Weight lost from previous month :2.6
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1866
emoticon Milestones: Hit Onederland on July 23rd! My first time in Onederland in 9 years! Such an amazing and very exciting milestone.


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August:
emoticon Weight: August 7 - 195.2
emoticon Weight lost from previous month: 9.2 pounds.
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1933
emoticon 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.

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September:
emoticon Weight: September 4 -191.8
emoticon Weight loss from previous month: 3.4
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1731
emoticon Milestones: Hit 80 pounds down on September 4. Got into size 16 shorts! Got out of obesity and into the overweight category!
emoticon Struggles: Despite the amazing milestones, I still struggled with the Binge Monster. emoticon
emoticon 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).


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October:
emoticon Weight: October 9 - 189.4
emoticon Weight loss from previous month: 2.4 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1142
emoticon 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.
emoticon Woohoo Moments: Realizing people are no longer snickering at me because of my weight, OR I just have enough confidence not to hear them. ;)

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November:
emoticon Weight: November 6 - 190.8
emoticon Weight gain from last month: 1.4 pounds
emoticon Fitness Minutes: 1315
emoticon Milestones: Celebrating 20 months on this journey without giving up.
emoticon Struggles: The entire month was a giant struggle. Just a super rough month all around unfortunately.

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December: In progress. I will come back and fill this in for my records at the end of the month. :)
emoticon Weight: December 10 - 198.4
emoticon Weight gain from previous month: 7.6
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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. emoticon

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.
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 12/21/2013 9:04PM

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SCRAPBECCA 12/20/2013 1:49PM

    Terrific blog recap of your year! So happy that we are on this journey together. You have motivated me along the way this year when I have been down and for that I offer a heartfelt thanks!

I am going into the new year in much better shape (physically, emotionally and spiritually) than I went into it last year. Thanks for your inspiration! emoticon

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KIM22211 12/19/2013 3:04AM

    looking back is a good thing for getting lined up for a new year! Think I am going to have to do the same!

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BRADMILL2922 12/19/2013 12:10AM

    Overall, what a great year! You have a lot to be proud of and I love how you chronicaled it all! You have gotten things going well and are in line for an even better 2014! Looking forward to an even better 2014 review :)

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EILEEN828 12/18/2013 10:38PM

    Your progress is fabulous. Take time to mentally regroup and revamp your methods. Remember it's the middle of winter and it's pretty normal to slow down now. Maybe some vit D will help, winter is when it's stores get low. Keep going!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/18/2013 6:36PM

    Awesome. I love Sparky! Here's to another sensational year!

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 12/18/2013 6:33PM

    I love this! What a fantastic idea to have something like this you can look back on and see the highlights of the year...and you had many! I know you've been having some struggles, but this is just such a difficult time of year with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, New Year's parties, everyone baking all the time....it goes on and on...but it's almost over. :)

Congratulations on what I'd say was an extremely successful 2013! You're going to rock 2014 too - no question about it!!

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FLMOMX2 12/18/2013 5:59PM

    Wow---you had an awesome year. You went from 215 down to 198. I think that this is great. You are under 200 and the is emoticon emoticon emoticon . I'm so happy for you. emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 12/17/2013 7:36PM

    Congratulations for a very successful year. Challenges will always be part of our lives. The way we choose to deal with them is very important: if we see them as opportunities
we gain wisdom (positive); if we see them as obstacles they will impede appropriate action (negative) emoticon emoticon emoticon . Thank you for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2013 5:46PM

    U R emoticon ! Look @ all you've accomplished. emoticon

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ADARKARA 12/17/2013 3:42PM

    I agree with everyone in that you had a successful year overall! It's the downward trend that counts, not the plateaus and pitfalls. emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 12/17/2013 3:05PM

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I loved the way you reflected back over this past year and then categorized each month in review. You have really came a long ways...80 lbs lost emoticon If you have any doubts about how far you have came, just look at your before and after pictures. Your smile alone could light up ANY room.

You have been such an inspiration to me as well as others. We have all struggled on our journey to lose weight and get healthy. No matter how many times we fall down, as long as we get back up and keep trying, that's really all that matters. No one is perfect and we shouldn't expect ourselves to be.

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STITCHLADY55 12/17/2013 2:52PM

  Wow ;It looks like you have had a great year. Sometimes we just need to look at the big picture. You are doing great

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ANNABELLISABEL 12/17/2013 2:48PM

    The good with the bad, I love this overview!

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JAYDEE1211 12/17/2013 2:17PM

    Well done! I just love the honesty and personal growth. Best wishes.

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MRSP90X 12/17/2013 1:56PM

    emoticon Whatever goals you set yourself, you WILL accomplish it!! You have done a great job. Who cares how long it takes, just keep on keeping on!!

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SIMONEKP 12/17/2013 1:52PM

    Great blog Steph, time to get back in the game for reals

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/17/2013 1:27PM

    I love the year in review! I want to borrow your idea of using the emoticons for each month. Creative.

As for your thoughts, you are right--you are moving forward. Sure, we all have our times when we don't feel as successful as we would like. The important thing is that you are NOT giving up and you are moving FORWARD.

I used to get so upset with myself when I fell. I kept coming back. I kept getting up and kept moving forward. Fall down 7 times, get up 8. That expression always made me feel like I could still be successful even when I felt like I was failing. Bad decisions or lack of motivation are temporary. You keep going and you don't give up and you will succeed, just as you have been this past year. You have met several goals and made progress. We don't have to be perfect (That's another thought that always helped me). It's progress, not perfection.

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NIKKICOLE83 12/17/2013 1:24PM

    You are emoticon and one of the biggest WHOO HOOS I noticed is that you discovered your smile. It was so good to see you peel back the layers of self-doubt and discover an inner peace and confidence. I am so glad you did this because you have accomplished more than that 10 pounds can ever take from you.

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 12/17/2013 1:14PM

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Hello Beautiful Ms. Stephanie!!!

I loved your blog. What a great idea!!! It may have taken quite some time but I'm sure it provided the insight you were looking for.

You have done a tremendous job and I hope you are so proud of yourself. I think the struggle makes the prize that much better because we can appreciate just what we've endured to get there.

Keep going and you'll get there. We're doing it with you ;-)

Hugs!!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/17/2013 1:09PM

    This process can be frustrating at times, and at those times you need to look back at your overall progress which is fantastic! It would be the rare person who has a steady, easy weight loss. The thing here is that you continue to work towards your goals and you are taking an honest look at yourself.

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CHUBRUB3 12/17/2013 11:56AM

    Are awesome Stephanie great job!
We should celebrate the moments & the accomplishments you've achieved, instead of waiting for the end-of-the-year we should do it monthly.
Great job proud of you and you are an inspiration & motivation to us.
Hugs,
Angela


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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/17/2013 11:55AM

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CHRISGORGME 12/17/2013 11:49AM

    This year made you wiser! Your struggles are your victories! Never give up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITFRIT 12/17/2013 11:10AM

    oh honey, you have come SO far, you backpedaled a TEENY TINY bit, but you are more than that number on the scale...you are an amazing woman who inspires others daily to work harder, to try, to SWEAT... you have inspired me with your journey, I hope you continue to inspire you.

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ELSAT137 12/17/2013 10:42AM

    What a great way to look at your progress, Steph! And you have made progress even if it doesn't feel like it right now. Start those baby steps again. I have started to focus on getting tons of fruits and veggies in and not worrying about the scale. We can do this!!

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VICKYMARIEC 12/17/2013 8:54AM

    Great job girl! I love how you listed your accomplishments. Keep it up...glad youre back...i've missed your blogs!

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PIGGYWAY 12/17/2013 8:42AM

  GOOD FOR YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

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JADED_CHICK19 12/17/2013 8:39AM

    Great idea! This is a great way to look back over your accomplishments and also to see where you could try and improve in 2014. Overall I think you had an amazing year! Onderland is a huge accomplishment you should be proud of. Great job and best of luck going into 2014 :)

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LADYOLIVER 12/17/2013 8:29AM

    Great review of your journey. In a whole you have done great. emoticon emoticon

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FEMISLIM 12/17/2013 8:10AM

    Great!!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/17/2013 7:54AM

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RUNNING-TURTLE 12/17/2013 7:52AM

    Overall you definitely did great. You've made a lot of progress. Great way to recap the year.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 12/17/2013 7:28AM

    What an awesome perspective..... You have lost more weight than gained during the year AND you have formed some better habits I bet. If you are anything like me you may struggle with a bit of SAD ( that seasonal bit of depression I get when the season changes in the winter ) When I have that going on it is much harder to control the binge monster.

I hope this helped you. You CAN do this!!!

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BEANIES_MOM 12/17/2013 7:28AM

    You have made such amazing progress this year. I wish we both weren't struggling right now, but I do have faith that we can turn this around. I had a decent day yesterday... not perfect, but decent and I hope to build onto that today. YOU can and will reach your goals! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2013 7:14AM

    DONE GIRLS ROCK.

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THINFITFEMINIST 12/17/2013 7:04AM

    Good blog to read and I'm sure very good for you to do.

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AMARILYNH 12/17/2013 6:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon No one ever said it would be easy, did they Chica? But lets look at the bright side - you are still in Onederland and you HAVEN'T given up!! I know how hard this time of the year is but I also know how strong YOU are!! You are strong enough to DO this - you've already proven that.
emoticon Now its time to JUST DO IT! Time to kick bad habits to the curb and go back to doing the things that got you to Onederland in the first place. All is NOT lost - you still look amazing. Who knows, taking a break may have been a good thing in the long run because now you are rested up for the fight! And it IS a fight - I wish it wasn't but it is.
emoticon So JUST FOR TODAY lets keep the food healthy ok? I got off my plan over the weekend too - did better yesterday but not good enough. Today - clean eating for me!!
emoticon Just remember all your supporters out here in SparkLand are rooting for you. Your honesty through this whole battle has won you LOTS of loyal friends! When you step on that scale at GOAL WEIGHT we will all be celebrating right there with you!! Hugs!!
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MOTHEPRO 12/17/2013 6:22AM

    emoticon Excellent! Taking a step back and looking at the big picture really helped me put things in perspective last month. I hope it has the same effect on you!

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ADF1981 12/17/2013 6:09AM

    Great year in review post! You've still had a good year and still have a chance to lose a few more pounds before the end of the year. One of my struggles is that I try to rationalize why I should eat something that is not in my calorie range. I've done really well at staying on track, but it definitely does not come naturally yet and I still have to think about food choices when there are other things available that are not on my plan. Hang in there and keep going! This time of year definitely presents its challenges with food, but you can do it. Love that you haven't given up on December and don't want to wait until January to turn it around!

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CAT125 12/17/2013 6:05AM

    I totally understand. I packed 25 pounds on in the last month! I thought I could enjoy my "old " ways for a while and then get right back on track. Thing is....the "old" way is comforting and easier and I'm now I'm struggling to get back to the "new" way.

We will get there! emoticon

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MALAMI518 12/17/2013 5:59AM

    Great recap of your year! Sometimes the struggles overshadow the successes, so it's important to shift your focus to those successes and the ways that you can continue to reach your goals. This blog really highlights your progress! Remember all those emoticon moments when you are starting to feel defeated.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/17/2013 5:43AM

    You've had a real successful year. I wish I had the same.

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MARYBETH4884 12/17/2013 5:20AM

    Overall you have had a successful year! You have lost weight!!, You have found new forms of exercise!! Yes, the binge monster has attacked on occasion, but you have made progress and you have your emoticon s to prove it!! Have a great rest of of the month, December is only half over, go into January with energy and enthusiasm!! emoticon

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