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There are 39 Days Left In the Year

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yup. 39 days until there is no more 2011.

That's not quite 6 weeks.

There is a lot of potential left in 2011. LOTS. Heaps. Loads.

That's two food snarfing holidays (maybe more, if you have a birthday coming up). For me, that means the green bean casserole will be whispering dirty words in my ear, "jennnnnnnn, we have fried onions.... jennnnnnnnn creamy goodness..." and the mashed potatoes will be whispering things that could rival phone sex, "mmmmmm, ooooooooooooh, aaaaaaaaah, butter, ooooh, aaaaah, heavy cream."

I could demolish some greenie beanies and mashies, and let's not even talk about gravy, because that's when it gets dangerous for anyone between me and the carbs.

I could use that potential to really enjoy some food that is out of this world. I could hint in a manly way (that is a way totally lacking in subtle, for my hubby) that all I want for Christmas is Haribo cherries.

I could use that time to catch up on much needed sleep (instead of doing something stupid like making my butt angry by going spinning at 0545.)

I could write a book. Haven't done that in a while. Eeeek.

I could make a batch of Jenn's famous pine nut cookies, which people have been known to fight over, and eat them all myself while pointing and laughing at my drooling siblings.

So, you can:

a) be like the average American and gain 5 pounds between now and January 1st.
b) become a new habitat for several pounds of mashies, gravy and green bean casserole.
c) do something else.
d) find new and creative ways to add diet horror to holidays, such as deep frying an otherwise lean bird.
e) accomplish something

Anywho, as much as I want to slather fat on my food and eat until it comes out of all of my many bodily orifices, I'm electing C) Do something else and E) accomplish something.

I want to officially lose 50 pounds this year, so I am setting a personal goal to reach 261 pounds by December 31st.

What will you be accomplishing in the next 39 days? What will you do to end 2011 with a bang?
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    I am leaving December 28 for a cruise to Jamaica. I so wanted to be in the 180's by then (189 counts) but I am seeing 195 on the scale (saw 193 once but that was a week ago and it takes a couple of weeks to see a new low consistently). I intend to take every exercise class on the ship - take the stairs everywhere - we are on deck 2 so unless it is to the top floor we are hoofing it and choose the lighter options and not over do the food. I hope to try to log it but that can usually be very hard on a cruise.

    So my goal is to try to be at 189 by December 28 and to maintain during the cruise but still have a fabulous time.

    The last 2 weeks I have not logged my food, nor exercised like I did so it is no wonder I did not see a loss.
    2386 days ago
    I'll take C & E also! I'm thinking that goals for me are...hit 80 lbs down by Christmas...that's 4 lbs from here. And beyond that, if I could hit 160 or 159 by new year's, that would be awesome, too...that would be losing 7 or 8 lbs in December. Do-able...provided I stick with C & E! Keep up the good work! Loved reading this blog! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon
    2397 days ago
    Hi Jen... Love the blog and mashies and phone sex. I TOTALY RELATE. How I gained my last 100 lbs was letting potatoes back into my life. I do much better when they are out of my life.

    My goal in the next 40 days to loose another 15 -18 lbs. :)
    2398 days ago
    Thank you for the inspiring reminder. I would love to hit my goal weight by the end of the year. I was within 5 pounds, then added 2-3 more over Thanksgiving. But if I stay focused and recommit to my goals, I can make it by the end of the year. The way I see it, that will be something to celebrate!
    2398 days ago
    I've been at a plateau for a month - I have lost 25 lbs since the end of August and would love to make it 30 by year's end. Thanks for the pep talk. 6 weeks is a long time to jump start this daggone plateau!
    2398 days ago
    Thanks for such an inspirational blog! I am striving to lose more by the first of the year too.
    2398 days ago
    I would like to be reach the 25lb mark by then. That means I need to lose 12lbs in @ 6 weeks. It can be done, I just have to keep working, oh, and not gorge myself during Christmas and New Year's. Good Luck!!!
    2398 days ago
    Great attitude. I also want to hit the 50 pound mark by the end of the year, so I will choose to do something different and to accomplish something!
    2398 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/29/2011 3:53:39 PM
    I'm with you! Lets end the year with a bang. I pick E!
    2398 days ago
    Thanks, Jennswims, for your thoughts and words of inspiration. I have no doubt you will accomplish your goals. Best!
    2398 days ago
    thanks for the inspiration
    2398 days ago
    I read this blog after you posted and then this morning I stalked you down and see you haven't done another since. Funny because if you do a search of your name and spell it wrong JenSwims, there are three pages that come up and most are of people saying "I read a blog by jenswims and I am so inspired". Anyway, just thought that was something to recognize.
    What I wanted to say was that I started kicking myself into high gear yesterday after taking a several month hiatus and gaining 8lbs. To lose 50lbs this year, I need to be down to 551; very similar to your 261. I started 2011 at 301 and I think you started at 311 if I am not mistaken. Amazing how we coincided.
    I feel fortunate to have you as a Spark Friend. I think I have told you before if we lived closer to each other I would seriously pursue you as a real friend because I like the way you think.
    Just wanted to say thanks for motivating me to start NOW and not wait like most folks for Jan 1. You can reach your goal. If anyone can, you can!

    2398 days ago
    I like what you said, I'm just learning how to do the sparks program any advice?
    2398 days ago
    32 days for me now...lose 5 lbs :)
    2398 days ago
    By tracking meals and adding more exercise, I'm sure I can delete 10 lbs from my current weight. It IS possible; it'll be work and a lot of crunching of time, but it will be worth it! Thanks for the push as well as the inspiration!!!
    2399 days ago
    i know what you mean. i dont want all of this good work of mine to go to waste in the holiday season, but i don't want to feel like i deprived myself. so, i've decided that it is ok to eat thing in moderation, but not to go crazy. also, before this year is over, i want to lose another pounds....minimum
    2399 days ago
    Wow what an awesome post!! Since I am joining in a little late there are 33 days left to the year and thanksgiving is over. You are so right the choice is mine what am i going to do with it? How am I finishing the year? Strong that's how. Focused and on track. My plan is to drop 10 more pounds n see the 150s for the start of 2012. Thanks again this was a grwat post!
    2399 days ago
    Choices! That's what got us into this mess and that is what is getting us OUT too. Love the blog, sending you thin thoughts emoticon
    2399 days ago
  • MAGIE40
    39 days still time to loss few pounds, exercise, eat sensible and most important journal. emoticon
    2399 days ago
  • BALL12
    Something about this last minute push to make the most of 2011 has struck a cord with me. I suppose I often feel guilty about time I have wasted.
    Thanks for giving me that 'push',

    2399 days ago
    Good post!
    2399 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
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    2399 days ago
    5 more pounds!
    2399 days ago
  • JULIA1154
    Yikes! Only 39 more days of the year (less now....)?

    I'm still trying to change my body composition for the better, trying to build muscle mass. That's my big challenge for the remainder of the year.

    The rest of my challenges are household/personal and work-related. Those are even tougher than building muscle :)
    2399 days ago
    Great post! Thanks for making me think! 39 days...that is a little over 5 2 pounds a week I could be under 220 by then!!!! Whoohoo!!!! That would be one hellofa Xmas present for myself!!!!
    2399 days ago
    Time for me to set some goals. Thanks for the motivation.
    2399 days ago
    Im gonna try to keep on track and continue loosing even if its 1 pound a week at a time :P
    2399 days ago
    I loved the thought. The years not over yet!
    2400 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/28/2011 12:41:31 AM
    good blog emoticon
    2400 days ago
    Thank you for posting this! I needed a kick in the butt and the countdown definitely gave me one!
    2400 days ago
    Great Blog, and yes I agree, you need to find something else to occupy your time so you're not thinking about those nasty fats emoticon

    I am hoping to lose at least 15 lbs by Christmas, want to say more but I think that's a good reasonable goal.

    Good Luck!
    2400 days ago
    I'm going to be in the 180's and into a size 14 by Christmas!

    Here's to both of us hitting our 39 day and our 2012 goals!!
    2400 days ago
    Nice blog!! emoticon
    2400 days ago
  • FITBY503
    Great blog. Good reminder not to put off health until tomorrow, after holidays etc because there will always be something. Very funny about deep frying turkey. It reminds me of cheese fries and onion blossoms!
    2400 days ago
    Thank you, motovating entry. emoticon
    2400 days ago
    Thank You for Shining a LIGHT on the TRUTH!
    There is TIME to DO THE RIGHT THING(S)!!!!!
    I'm going to GET SERIOUS about FOOD and what I've been ingesting!
    Until Jan. 1....I WILL:
    Eat in My Calorie Range
    Exercise in some way EVERYDAY!
    Practice BALANCE in My Life with Work & Home

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    2400 days ago
    2400 days ago
    I'm just gonna continue eating and exercising like a sane person and see how it goes!
    2401 days ago
    Awesome post and so positive, Thank you!!
    2401 days ago
    Great post!!
    2401 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me my "I'll do it tomorrow" is actually today-36 more times. Thanks for your humor. emoticon
    2401 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/26/2011 7:47:06 PM
    Last year my goal was to be below 200 lbs. by my 60th birthday on Jan. 1, 2011. I made it in November 2010! Then I got to 139 lbs. on Oct. 30, but haven't seen the 130's since. And after Thanksgiving, I am creeping ever closer back up to the 150's! "YIKES! Time to call a halt to that. In the next 36 days, I'm hoping to accomplish something too, and that is to get back down, closer to that 139 I saw briefly last month!
    2401 days ago
    Great blog! I'm going to try new activites to focus on that make the season fun like ice skating
    2401 days ago
    I have a birthday in December and I do get anxious about all the festivities including the end of year work dos that are coming up. So this is the most timely blog. I am going to ratchet my exercise up another notch by the year's end so that in 2012 I will be totally fired up.
    2401 days ago
  • JEWELS2829
    This post is awesome! I have read some of your other blogs. You have a great way to word things and I really can relate to you! I can't believe we only have 39 more days this year crazy! My goal is to make healtier ways to make the faves btw I love the green bean casserole myself. I am going to come up with ways to keep me going. I would love to just lose weight instead of gain weight. I am going to keep going! You are very motivating. I am so happy I read your blog!! I hope you have a great resk of your wknd and wk to come!!!
    2401 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    Excellent post!
    For me, I'm going to start doing the "30 Day Shred" DVD I got at least 3 times a week through the remainder of this year. I did it last night for the first time, and thought I would die.
    I didn't.
    Last night I was convinced I'd be so sore today that I'd be unable to move.
    I'm not.
    2401 days ago
  • DDEAN79
    My goal is to keep drinking my water, exercise for at least 150 minutes a week and no second helpings of ANYTHING!
    2401 days ago
    Thanks for the timely reminder about using the last weeks of the year well.

    2402 days ago
    I'm hoping to lose 2-3 pounds before the end of the year. My weight is going off slowly so I'm being realistic.

    Good luck on your goals. You're always so fun to read.

    2402 days ago
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