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Shooting For The Moon In 2014...

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Even if I miss, I'll land among the stars. I just love that quote.

I have been in a place in my weight loss journey, where I have just kind of adopted the "I'll get there when I get there motto". I know if I do what I need to do, I will eventually get to my goal weight. I also know that life can be unpredictable and that the scale can be just as fickle! I know that sometimes, you can do everything right and the scale refuses to budge. I know that sometimes life throws you these curve balls and they knock you off your game. But at the same time I think having goals and something to work towards and look forward to is a great thing.

So I'm going to talk about my HUGE goals for 2014. I will have smaller, monthly goals throughout the year, but my hopes, dreams and goals for 2014 are as follows:

emoticon To get to my goal weight of 160 pounds! It is beyond doable to get to my goal weight this year. With the proper dedication and consistency, I can very realistically reach this goal before the end of the year, and shift into maintenance. I would even like to lose an additional 5 pounds before the "holiday madness" starts in 2014, so I have a little bit of a cushion. Which leads me to my next goal...

emoticon To learn from my mistakes. We all make mistakes, that is no secret... but it's what we do after those mistakes that count. I have made mistakes in all areas, not just weight loss. I have learned that some people don't have a place in your life, and as sad and hard as it might be, you have to let them go. I have learned the important people will fight to stay in your life, and won't walk away easily. I have learned that for me, weight loss takes a lot of focus. I have learned that if I take my eye off the prize for even a minute, my old habits creep right back in! I have learned how easily 1 "off day" can turn into 1 month off track, and I am determined to keep bad days to a minimum in 2014. I am also aware that holiday time is a rough time for many, and a very rough time for me specifically. I will have a better plan and stick to it during the holidays in 2014! I won't regain anymore than my "5 pound cushion" for the holidays. This year I gained 10 and I went into it with no planning... I learned the hard way on that one!

emoticon Other things I've learned in 2013 is that I deserve to be happy now, not later. I don't deserve to be happy once I get to my goal weight. I deserve to be happy now. I deserved to be happy 70+ pounds ago but I didn't see that at the time. I thought life would begin once I "finally lost the weight" and that's not true at all. We all deserve to be happy and enjoying life now. I also learned that my self worth and self esteem are in no way linked to my weight... and that is a very powerful feeling. :)

emoticon I have learned the support and people on Spark are priceless and play a huge role in me getting to my goal weight. Even when I finally get to maintenance, I will always want to be on Spark to keep up with tracking my food and my fitness... and for the wonderful people.

I may not have lost the weight I wanted to in 2013, but the things I've learned will stick with me for a lifetime. I am ready to push forward and make my dreams come true in 2014! What have you learned this year and what are your dreams and goals for 2014? emoticon emoticon


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WHYTEBROWN 6/19/2014 6:57AM

    emoticon blog!!

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TERRIJ7 5/15/2014 8:02AM

    great goals--hope you're still doing well.

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LORIVIOLA 4/27/2014 8:01AM

    emoticon for sharing.
this is an emoticon blog.

great goals. and sentiments.

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HEAVYEMOTIONS 3/16/2014 5:27PM

    Great post! It's very in tune with how I feel toward this whole process. After reading what you said and seeing how much weight you've lost with that frame of mind, I'm motivated to push forward now. emoticon

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JEWELS571 1/29/2014 4:32PM

    I have had that quote on my sparkpage for the longest time and I love it too!!

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YAYA179 1/28/2014 10:54PM

    Amazing . Great blog. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 1/22/2014 8:48AM


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/22/2014 8:44AM

    Great post!

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GEORGE815 1/18/2014 12:35PM

    Dare to dream in 2014!

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EBONYSOL 1/10/2014 4:19AM

    Awesome blog, as usual. Thanks!

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JANNYMAC2 1/8/2014 10:53AM

  Wow! Great start for the new year! I wish you success and peace and love. Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart on such a complicated subject. Sincerely, Janet

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MAYBER 1/7/2014 12:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Seems I could have written so of what you have stated
Am reaching for a dream in 2014
One day at a time
Love Prayers Peace

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CTHCTH1 1/6/2014 2:15AM

  Great points and I like the way you write.
What I learned in 2013 is that I don't pay enough attention to my needs, either. I am the caregiver for my two parents (both 90) and when they moved in 4 years ago I found myself gradually discounting my own needs. This past year I decided to put a halt to that and learned that is easier said than done. I also learned that for me, weighing and measuring are really important, as are having goals. I realized that sugar can't exist in my diet if I want to feel good. Lastly, I learned that I am allergic to much of what I was eating, which sapped my energy and damaged my health. Cutting the offending foods out has complicated my life but given me more energy and better sleep. I look forward to what 2014 brings!

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JIBBIE49 1/5/2014 6:16PM

    Week of 01/02/2014 - Featured Blog Post

Shooting for the Moon in 2014

Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration you are to so many.

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    I enjoyed your blog so much! Your blog entry helped me understand how important it is to make reasonable resolutions and truly follow through.

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BSARRIAGA 1/5/2014 8:36AM

    Wow! You're so young to have such wisdom--very smart young lady--it's taken me almost 65 years to learn what you've learned this year. emoticon I've learned that we will put our time and money into the things that are important to us so your comment about staying focused on weight loss is right. I've always put others first and often there was no time for me. But now that the kids are grown and out of the nest, focusing on their lives, my husband and I are doing the same for ourselves. Eating healthy and exercising has become our priority. I'd like to encourage you and affirm that you do indeed deserve to be happy now. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

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TEACHMOM11 1/4/2014 9:02PM

    After losing 132 lbs.. I hit a hard patch in my life with mysterious illness that kept me down for 4 months and a work related injury that kept me down for 6 weeks. gained 14 lbs back over the course of my various recouperating times. I am still having bouts with the illness I had this summer but have learned to be patient. I did not gain all my weight over night so I have learned to be patient with myself. I know that as I feel better, I will get back to it and I will get the weight off. For now, I just stay conscious of what I put in my body until i can get and stay on track. emoticon

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MEEMAH2013 1/4/2014 7:56PM

    You gave me a lot to think about. The main thing is to be happy now. I have to learn this. Thanks for sharing and giving me healthy food for thought!

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ANGELN325 1/4/2014 8:36AM

    I loved this blog. I had learned some time ago that I deserved to be happy, right now, but what I learned this year is that breaks can go on to months so when I misstep I need to get back on track as soon as possible. With derailing as bad as I did this year, I needed to go back to basics. I'm not focusing on an amount of weight loss. My focus this year is taking small steps that will get my blood sugar under control and the belief that everything else will fall into place. I have found that weight loss goals derail me because when I try my hardest and the scale is fickle, I'm demotivated so I'm just going to work on my health and getting my blood sugar under control. I would love to hear how you plan on dealing with holidays because I know that's where I really need to get a game plan. I like the moderation idea that I read recently where instead of eating less that week, I eat slightly a little indulgence, but I continue to exercise so that I don't do too much damage. That seems like something I could stick to. Here's to a great 2014 for both of us!

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GOAL_IS_170 1/4/2014 7:53AM

    It's so hard for me to realize I do deserve to be happy in the HERE AND NOW

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NDKARIKARI 1/4/2014 1:15AM

    fantastic blog. this is the blog I've been meaning to write, except stated much better than I could. We deserve to be happy now, but we also need to create plans and FOLLOW them.

I'm feeling so inspired by you! Working on my goals for 2014 now, keeping your blog in mind

Have a great day!

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NASFKAB 1/4/2014 12:53AM

  great bloog & to be the spark motivator awesome

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FELICIAS47 1/4/2014 12:34AM

  What a wonderfully positive post. I too overindulged during the holidays...but no worries, you will get to your goal! You DO deserve to be happy regardless of your weight or looks- probably the best part of your post, for me. Thanks :)

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BLUETIFFANYS 1/3/2014 8:20PM

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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LADYSHERRY 1/3/2014 5:16PM

    great blog. I have lost the same 20 lbs over and over the past few years. What I've learned is my attitude has alot to do with me achieving a goal. I joined the Novemburn 10 minute a day fitness challenge and to this date I have exercised 64 days in a row. I am so proud of this it keeps me looking forward to maintaining my streak. I am up to 20 minutes a day on my recumbent bike. I have not lost any weight yet. I did a little too much holiday eating. I enjoyed myself and do not feel defeated overindulging. The holidays are over and now I'm looking forward to healthy eating and keeping the streak going. Thanks again

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READYRITA16 1/3/2014 12:07PM

    First - Congratulations on Featured Blog Post of the Week emoticon

Second - What a wonderful blog....
I love your opening, that quote!
And your second to last paragraph!

The whole blog was so great, I can relate to and agree with the whole Blog!!!

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SPARKBJOK 1/3/2014 11:21AM

    Well said!

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TATUM615 1/3/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is an AMAZING attitude and very inspiring! You will get there just stick to your goals and keep your positive attitude! emoticon

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FELICIA1963 1/3/2014 9:49AM

  How cool - thank you SO much for sharing with us!!

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PORTIAWILLIS 1/3/2014 9:40AM

    great words to live by. Keep up the good work

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JANEMARIE77 1/3/2014 9:15AM

    go girl go Ive learned that you can never give up

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JUNETTA2002 1/3/2014 9:06AM


Just one step at a time and we will plod on

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KIMALEE54 1/3/2014 8:53AM

    Oh my. Your blog literally gave me chills as it resonated with my own understandings of my own life. Very well said Steph-Knee. Articulate and nicely written.

Thank you so much for writing and sharing your goals.


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LIZAPO 1/3/2014 8:06AM

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JACKIE15108 1/3/2014 6:14AM

    great inspiring have a lot of good points to follow.....for you and for me!

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LYNMEINDERS 1/3/2014 5:29AM

    Totally brilliant goals.....
A lot of what you wrote is my journey as well...taking my eyes off the goal for 1 day and refocusing a month later....
2014...the year to achieve what we know we can both do....

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PANIK257 1/3/2014 3:02AM

    Great goals and lessons. Thank you.

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    In my career I have learned the extreme importance that having a goal makes in attaining what you wish. I've also seen where having a long term goal and no intermediate goals can turn your goal back into a dream.

To me, losing 39 pounds over the course of a year with my diagnosed metabolism issues would sound un-doable to me. At 205 and just over the line to obese, my long term goal is to get down to 175 pounds. It's a SMART goal in that it is Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. So my goal is nearly as difficult as yours. To get to my goal by the end of the year, I only have to loose 0.58 of a pound per week (#2.32 for those months with four weeks and #2.9 for those months with five weeks. My goal for January 31st is to lose 2.55 pounds (actually it's #2.5479427 and yes, I am a type A person and some say with an anal retentive complex on the side.

I've subscribed to your blog and am going to use you to help me enter my competitive zone to accomplish my goal. I'll keep you appraised of my progress and I hope you will keep me appraised of yours. Your effort is going to help spur mine.

I wish you every happiness possible and I hope it arrives sooner then you think. You do deserve that now, but you have to work towards it every day, as I'm sure you will.

A Popeye,
AKA Pops

I plan on using that as a measure, but not a goal. As a daily measure I will have to lose 0.08 of a pound a day, which is a negative calorie flow of 288 calories.

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JAKESBIGSIS 1/3/2014 12:38AM

    AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing this! =)

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DAKOTASMAMI 1/3/2014 12:13AM

  I have been very lax about losing weight...I'm 100 lbs. overweight and I just haven't tried to lose weight...well, I've TRIED, for a minute or two....I get discouraged easily. My step-son got engaged in 2013 and a 2015 wedding was I had time to start my weight loss journey...because he's in the Navy and will be moving to another base, the wedding has been upped to June 2014!!!!! NOW, I KNOW I can't lose 100 lbs. in 6 months...but even 50 would be great...just how to start and stick with it!! Any suggestions???? Oh and by the way, because of different reasons, exercising must be very low impact as I have a (still) fractured left knee and all sorts of foot pain problems.

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NEWAT56 1/2/2014 11:17PM

    Such a powerful post and it spoke to me! Thanks for all your insight and for sharing.

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JAMER123 1/2/2014 11:14PM

    Very inspiring and a great blog!! So glad you shared with us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LSIG14 1/2/2014 11:06PM

    Yep! Accept the fact that perfection doesn't happen but we sure can strive to reach as close as we can and not beat ourselves up when we don't reach Nirvana! I've still got a long way to go but I know that giving up is not the answer but perseverence and acceptance will get me where I'm going!

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WHITEANGEL4 1/2/2014 10:45PM

    A really great blog. It says to me the things I needed to hear

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KHANSON753 1/2/2014 10:18PM

  Love your attitude! I,too, learned alot about myself during 2013. Although I only lost 24 lbs over the last year, I'm carrying a lot less weight & developed better eating habits. 2014 will be a game changer for both of us! Thank you for your inspiration!

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KHANSON753 1/2/2014 10:16PM

  Love your attitude! I,too, learned alot about myself during 2013. Although I only lost 24 lbs over the last year, I'm carrying a lot less weight & developed better eating habits. 2014 will be a game changer for both of us! Thank you for your inspiration!

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