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January 2014 Results

Saturday, February 01, 2014

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I haven't been blogging often because I'm active with my Beyond the Scale team, the "Pink Pirates." I don't feel I have a lot to say -- I'm just chugging along here in my little corner of the Spark Universe.

I had a pretty good January. It wasn't perfect, but that helps me battle the "perfectionism" tendencies that tend to paralyze me.

In January I lost 8.7 pounds, so ALL of the weight I put on during my three-week vacation to Europe and Massachusetts. In hindsight I WOULD like to learn to do better on vacations -- does it ALWAYS have to be feast or famine in my life? But this one's behind me, no regrets, moving on.

I've been back to the fitness center on a regular basis. Not doing the six classes a week I had hoped for, but a few classes have been "out" because of injury and weather cancellations. In addition to the classes, TC and I are doing a lot of walking in preparation for a half marathon on February 16.

My eating has been on track all month with the exception of 5 days when I was so awful I didn't even track! My goal for February will be to reduce the number of "off" days.

Here's the best news! I got two unsolicited compliments in two different settings about my appearance last week! I'm just all warm and fuzzy about that!

Looking at last year's calendar I see that on February 1, 2013 I weighed 19.8 pounds more than I do today. That makes me very, very happy.

I'm SOOOOO over the idea that if I don't lose 10 pounds a month it's "useless". I CAN lose weight, but it has to be done slowly, in a way that's sustainable for ME. This is MY journey, and my way is not everyone's way. But I feel good and am happy with where I am.

My goals for February are to keep doing the same things I've been doing: track, get 15,000 steps most days, continue fitness classes, and lose a few pounds in the process.

I am in a good place. I have confidence in my abilities. I haven't been this thin or looked this good in 15 or 20 years. I am stronger than I've ever been. I am enjoying many unique opportunities to challenge myself, such as hiking the Inca Trail last September. New goals and challenges await in 2014!

To all my Sparkfriends who are at goal, and have been for years, thank you for your example. Thank you for shining a light on YOUR path that has helped lead the way. Thank you for the message that it IS possible and fun and sustainable and ever so worth it.

To all my Sparkfriends who are still on the journey to their sustainable weight and healthy, strong body, keep persevering! It IS possible and it WILL happen as long as you don't give up.

No matter where we are on the path we've chosen, let's make February a month of which we can be proud!

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LESLIESENIOR 2/4/2014 9:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your reflections. Your articulate and honest appraisal of the journey you are taking is so helpful to us all. I am inspired daily by you and honored to be your Spark friend.

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KRICKET4 2/4/2014 8:14PM

    That's the way to do it!
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HOBBESIS49 2/2/2014 7:38PM

    I know her too!!! She is also the old me.. I like this blog entry..loved to hear how you are feeling stronger.. That's such an empowering feeling. So you did the Inca trail?? That must have been awesome.. I haven't been that adventurous for a very long time.. I'd like to find that place to where I'm feeling physically empowered.
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Jane

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LIVELAUFLUV 2/2/2014 4:50PM

    Great job!!!! Keep up the GREAT work!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/2/2014 11:34AM

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Love this!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/2/2014 8:47AM

    I am with you all the way in getting past the idea that anything less than 10 pounds/month is a waste of time and a failure. Days of such perfectionistic thinking are WAAAAY in our pasts, right?

This is a wonderful, encouraging blog! Thank you for inspiring me with every step, every blog and every Pirate post. I am so very glad to have "met" you here on SP!

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AJDOVER1 2/2/2014 12:04AM

    You are awesome! I can't tell you how you've inspired me. I find encouragement in every blog you write.
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SUGAR0814 2/1/2014 11:19PM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/1/2014 10:16PM

    Cheers to the NEW YOU!

Don

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CINDYSDAY 2/1/2014 9:32PM

    Congrats on all you have done and thanks for the encouragement!


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MARMAERT 2/1/2014 9:20PM

    Good for you Nanette! I think you are doing the best job ever! and your body agrees - it is stronger, leaner, and faster. love the looking back to this time last year - I need to get motivated and will do just that. happy trails! emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 2/1/2014 7:18PM

    Really good results for the first 31 days of 2014!

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KOHINOOR2 2/1/2014 4:09PM

    Congratulations on all your achievements this past year. You are doing a fantastic job. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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MYTHMYTH 2/1/2014 2:31PM

    Congratulations on all that ou have achieved so far. I think it is a great idea to do the monthly review! (My BTS group isn't doing that, but I think that I might - would be more helpful than a daily plan - in terms of altering my course) Thanks!

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JAZZYFROG333 2/1/2014 12:36PM

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You really are an amazing and inspirational woman and I'm thankful that our paths have come together for this challenge.
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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/1/2014 12:15PM

    Awesome!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 2/1/2014 11:44AM

    Congratulations on losing 8.7 pounds in the month of January! "Wow" Sounds like you're doing fantastic! I am so proud of you!
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MESEATURTLE 2/1/2014 11:24AM

    Awesome!!

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FLAGLINDA 2/1/2014 10:41AM

    You are going great!! I look to your fitness minutes to inspire me and make myself go to the gym when I don't want to! Thank you for that!! emoticon emoticon Congrats on your weight loss 8 lbs is fabulous!

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LETHA_ 2/1/2014 10:02AM

    You are doing great.
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NEW_PARADIGM 2/1/2014 9:54AM

    You are finding such a balanced way that is your LIFEstyle! What great accomplishments! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/1/2014 9:38AM

    Congratulations on being nearly 20 pounds down from last year...even with some "off" times, you've overcome. It looks like you've found what works for you. You can tell by the compliments. It's just a matter of time, now, until you reach your goal.

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NANCY- 2/1/2014 9:37AM

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I love that you are being kind to yourself and doing what you need to do for you. Ah, the elusive perfection, does it exist? You are doing awesome, my friend and you are being perfect by assessing your needs and practicing.
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GLMOM2 2/1/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon blog!

I love the "I will beat her" quote!

YOU had an emoticon January and I have no doubts Pirate, you will do the same for February! emoticon

Let's keep working on the perfectionism and pushing ourselves forward!

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KANOE10 2/1/2014 9:11AM

    You have had a very good year. You are 19 pounds less than you were last year! That is wonderful. You have found a way of life that works for you. You are successfully reaching your goals in your own way and in your own time frame.

Hiking that Inca Trail was impressive. I went to Machu Pichu and loved it. I wish I had done some hiking.

I love your poster at the end. It is perfect.

You are doing so well in maintaining your weight loss and in staying on track towards your goals.

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