Happy New Year my Sparkfriends!! I wish you all the successes, laughter, joy and precious memories for 2014!
I have not written a blog in more than a year. My last blog in 2012 featured what I considered my fitness bucket list...let's just say that list still remains a bucket list. The truth is that in January 2013, I suffered another back injury...this time, another disc tore in my lower back and after several "second" opinions, surgery was on the table. I will never forget the pain that tore through my lower back to my left ankle. I will never forget the crying in pain every morning when I woke up. I will never forget the fact that I could not control my bladder in the mornings and almost peed on myself. I will never forget the numbness of two toes and the limping. I will never forget the 8 tablets a day that I took that barely gave me relief! Reluctantly, I agreed to surgery for July 5, 2013. I am so happy and grateful for the prayers, concerns and well-wishes from my family, friends and sparkfriends. I am also grateful that I met my new physiotherapist who uses water therapy in her sessions in June 2013. By the time, I went for my surgery consultation, the pain and numbness were gone. My neurosurgeon cancelled the surgery! Glory to God! That is my biggest testimony for 2013!
Fast forward to 2014!
I have gained over 40lbs! No Excuses...But the truth is I did not exercise for more than 6 months. I was on medication. And my diet was not the best! That is the naked truth!
I won't put any fancy goals or new year's resolutions. I just want to lose the 40lbs I gained. How I plan to do that and do it safely with no damage to my back?
1. Eat clean at least 80% of the time! Following the 80/20 rule as written by Chris Freytag! Loved that article. I have attached the link for your reading pleasure.
2. Exercise at least 5 days a week. My workouts will include Chris Freytag's workouts, Les Mills Combat (purchased that today), Taebo and Leslie Sansone walking videos.
3. Listen to my body...more like listen to my back. Don't push it!
Simple goals. For the month of January, I have given up cakes! I love cakes but need some discipline. hopefully, after this month, I will crave cakes less!
My goal is 6lbs for this month! I am declaring that I will play by the rules! I know you will not results without the work and I am ready to put in the work!!
Let's do this!!
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