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Slenderella's Year in Review

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Clean SWEEP Review

Sleep: (B-) I reduced my goal from 8 hours per night to 7 and I'm meeting it more and more often. Intend to continue to improve in 2012.

Water: (A) I consistently drink enough liquids and almost always drink enough water. Plan to keep it up in 2012.

Exercise: (A+) 2011 was the year I amazed myself with running. I had never run; even avoided it as a kid. After decades of being a couch potato, I spent several years walking and doing Walk Away the Pounds. When I came to SP I started adding a little strength training and then joined a gym. I saw increasing muscle definition for the first time in my life. I started running in Jan 2011 and ran my first 5K in March in 31:19, earning a third place in my age group. I ran five more 5Ks in 2011. I broke 30 minutes during the Mayfaire 5K (again earned 3rd in AG) which is the hilliest race around here and it was hot in May 2011. On Sept 3rd it was still warm, but I recorded a personal best of 28:28, again earning a 3rd place medal. I've had to run between illnesses and injuries, and I am proud of my determination and resilience.

In 2012 I plan to run or run-walk-run a 10K and hope to accomplish a half marathon. I also hope to take at least a second off that 5K PR. Will consider a personal trainer or certified running coach.

Eating: (B) The good - I've eaten lots and lots of healthy foods. I don't think there was even one day I didn't get 5 servings of fruits and veggies and I probably averaged 12 servings a day. I've consistently gotten enough protein, fiber, and calcium. Far more than half my grains are whole grains. I eat a wide variety of foods. I've maintained an 80+ pound weight loss. I plan to continue the good part of my eating pattern in 2012!

The not so good - I still struggle with occasional overeating bordering on binge eating. It makes my weight fluctuate more than I believe is good for me. I tend to overeat carbs and undereat healthy fats. I would like my indulgences to be with family and for special occasions, not when I am alone late at night. I plan to lose 2 more pounds in 2012 and then concentrate on eating consistency.

Persistence (A) - I have not once this year said to myself, what I used to say over and over and over, which was "forget it, I just can't do it, I give up." Never giving up again!!
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    You go!! Noticed your 5K numbers were looking pretting good on the score board. Great job!! Have a great Sunday. V Peace : )
    2527 days ago
    What a frank look at your accomishments! Best to you in 2012!
    2841 days ago
    What a great blog: and what a great great year you've had!

    Thanks so much for your encouragement on my own "review" blog!!

    I think our 2012 goals are doable. And that we will achieve them!

    You deserve to be very proud indeed of your determination and resilience.

    And -- I must say that 2011 has been one of the most stressful and difficult years ever, in many areas of my life. But I have not given in to stress eating. With your help and direction to the Judith S. Beck techniques, I truly have "learned to think like a thin person". So: I'm proud of my own determination and resilience too.
    2849 days ago
    It looks to have been a great year! You are an inspiration - consistent effort wins over perfecionm any day! emoticon
    2850 days ago
    Marsha, I'd give you an overall grade of A! You've done a great job, even with injuries!
    2850 days ago
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  • TMW54812
    Go to the head of the class! You are well on your way to a doctorate in fit and healthy living.
    2850 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Well done Marsha!! Like the others have said, motivating and supporting others on Sparkpeople in a big way should be added to your list of accomplishments. But the biggest thing is to keep maintaining in spite of adversity -having a long lasting sickness, back pain, and having full time childcare again. You got through all that and still kept the weight loss off -that is huge! You are proving there is nothing you can't do when you set your mind to it!
    Here is to a banner, healthy, happy and fit year for you!
    Go, Marsha, GO!
    2850 days ago
    + Inspiration & role model; not to mention Super Grandma! You've had a great year! Looks like 2012 is bound to be even better!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    2850 days ago

    Marsha, good score card!!! I especially like and can identify with your final comments about not giving up anymore. I have found that myself and feel so sure that I will never be fat again.
    Happy New Year.
    2850 days ago
  • PHD140
    WOW!!! Go you! I hope to be writing a very similar blog post very soon!
    2850 days ago
    Something is missing from your list . . . the dozens of SparkPeople you encouraged and uplifted and consoled and befriended and motivated this year! You pour yourself into others here in a remarkable way. The difference you have made in so many lives and hearts should top your 2011 review! A big hug and a giant thank-you!
    2850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2011 12:02:01 PM
    I agree especially with the "indulgences with family/friends rather than alone by myself"! I still struggle with that now & then, too. You are an amazing woman and such an encouragement! God bless you through the New Year with strength, wholeness, and joy in all you do!
    2850 days ago
    What a wonderful inspiration to read your blog. You are keeping an 80 pound loss, have added fruits and vegetables to your life, are now an you have conquered overeating and feel in control. I know you will do well in 2012. You are on your way!
    2850 days ago
    May I add another category - motivation? A+ for sure!
    2850 days ago
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