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Reflections on 2013

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I started 2013 at a weight I wasn't happy with: 151.6 :( I went back to my old program and then discovered The Plan! By the end of March I was down 17 pounds and felt great. I managed to maintain well into the summer and even got down below 134 but by the end of July it started to creep up a little and then our DD came to stay with us till late November and my weight stabilized around the 140 mark. I ended the year at 141.6 - exactly 10 pounds below where I started but up from the summer. Time to get back with the program!

The first half of the year I stuck with yoga at least 5 times a week but once we traveled to Colorado and our DD came to stay with us it went by the wayside... I have taken up walking again and will get back with yoga - I feel so much better for it. The weather has turned colder, even here in sunny Mexico and my joints aren't happy, they need the yoga :)

I discovered the Plan and with it several new recipes. One of my favorite new foods is kale, which is not available in Mexico but I really made the most of it when we were in the US.
Lentils are another food I have used more this year. What I have learned this last year is that wheat is not my friend and by eliminating it for the most it has made it possible to lose weight and keep it under control. DD's stay threw a spanner in the woodwork but I'm back with the program!

In April we spent a couple of days in Alamos (Sonora, MX)
May and June were good for a few trips to Arizona: Tucson, Phoenix and McNeal where we stayed with friends.
July through September we were in Colorado at our summer place
Late September we went south, back home to San Carlos (Sonora MX)
In October we took DD to visit Alamos for a few days
November netted a quick trip to Tucson to take DD to the airport and to get some shopping done.
December - we drove down the Baja the eastern route and spent a few weeks in La Paz before driving back up the Baja the western route.

This year I got rid of quite a bit of clutter. I had to buy some new clothes after losing the weight and most of my old stuff has been donated - 4 bags full and there is more that can go as I missed a whole tote with fall and winter clothes. I got a new set of pans and the old ones are out of here! Shoes... well that is a hard one, I love my shoes :) We have given up our satellite tv and now only watch a few shows we like via the internet. It cut down on our tv watching by hours a day and I don't miss it at all.

It is good to reflect on the past year and see what worked, what we have accomplished and what wasn't so great - we learn from it and then move on. My goals for the coming year are to eat according to The Plan, get back to my "fighting weight" and get in a bit more exercise.

Happy New Year everyone!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAUREENIE1 1/20/2014 12:45PM

    Hi Lis, I enjoyed your blog. It is nice to reflect back over the year to see what worked and what didn't work.

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RENATA144 1/14/2014 2:56PM

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KANOE10 1/14/2014 7:22AM

    That was a successful year. I wish you well in 2014. Many people seem to find The Plan effective.

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EILEEN828 1/4/2014 6:22PM

    I think you're ready for action! Glad the Plan is giving you an advantage. Keep it up! emoticon

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GAYEMC 1/3/2014 9:26PM

    I like your recap of the year. Makes me realize I really need to look back before I can move forward.

To me, it sounds like you've had a good year. I hope 2014 will bring wonderful things to your life!

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NAN111 1/3/2014 8:52PM

    Great recap! Hope 2014 is even better!

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KATRINAKAT23 1/2/2014 11:14PM

  It sounds like you had a successful year. All the best in 2014. emoticon

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SKATER787 1/2/2014 10:52PM

    Excellent. Good job on the de-cluttering. I plan to do some organizing this year as well. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/2/2014 4:45PM

    Thanks for sharing your your your with us Lisa! 2014 is going to be an awesome year!
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MELTEAGUE 1/2/2014 4:20PM

    What a great review! All the best for 2014!

I decided rather than making resolutions I am going to make small changes and stick to them, kind of like bite size bits of change rather than a radical change that is hard to maintain!

I am just grateful that I did not continue on the path of gaining and have stabilized. It may take more time to lose, but in the meantime I am just trying to make sure I sleep well which is the first step, and minimize stress.

Let us make 2014 a great one! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/2/2014 3:36PM

    Good for you to get it all out there and review. Funny thing, I was just talking to my neighbor and dear friend about how so many people here on sparks like The Plan. I gave her the web site but she lives here in Ajijic so I am not sure how she will actually get a copy of the book or the program. But she was very interested. She and her husband both really need to get their acts together for heath reasons.
but good for you
Here's to success and health for 2014.

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WALLAHALLA 1/2/2014 2:32PM

    Kudos to you for a successful year!

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