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The Naked Truth!


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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.
www.mindbodygreen.com/0-
12046/use-the-80-20-rule-t
o-improve-your-life-heres-
how.html


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!!



Disclaimer - All images were taken from google. I do not own any of them
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FIREFLY_MEDIC 6/3/2014 4:59PM

    I hope you reach your goals I know the challenges of back injurys and weight gain that comes with it your an inspiration with your goals and attitude :)

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SOKKERNUT 2/3/2014 2:17PM

    Praise the Lord Len for no surgery!

Good Luck with your goal for January for for the rest of the year. emoticon
Hugs
Maria

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SANDISOCAROLINA 1/28/2014 11:20PM

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DOG_MOM 1/4/2014 8:17PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Glad you're back. And glad you're doing better health wise! Here's to a great 2014.

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DIANER2014 1/2/2014 2:01AM

    Great blog! I am glad that you are better! You have great goals for 2014! I know you will lose the weight you've gained! emoticon emoticon

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TOTALFOCUS 1/1/2014 9:55PM

    Wow! What a testimony!
No worries. Gods got your back! You will lose that 40lbs!


Happy New Year!

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TIFFY0906 1/1/2014 5:41PM

    Hey Girl - Great blog I am so glad you are doing better health wise thank GOD. As far as the 40lbs take it one step and one day at a time and yes listen to your body (back). You have set some realistic and attainable goals so I know you will do great in 2014.

Keep sparking Sparkfriend.
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SCRAPPY_RN 1/1/2014 3:22PM

    Excellent Blog and very realistic goals. I love it. Thank you for sharing the article. I really enjoyed it. I had no idea you had such a rough year. I am glad that it worked out. I will keep you in my prayers for an emoticon 2014!

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