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Fired up for 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

emoticon emoticonHAPPY NEW YEAR emoticon emoticon

There was a lot of last minute craziness, but in the end I arrived in time to celebrate Christmas with hubby and son. A bit of a scare on the airplane. 35 minutes into our flight, the pilot turned us around because there were indicator lights flashing. We were transferred onto another plane & ended up coming in 3 hours late at 2:30 am Christmas morning.

Something else memorable from the plane ride - the seatbelt. Before, I would try to save myself the humiliation of asking for a seatbelt extender by lifting my belly to put the belt underneath. Not comfortable & likely not safe. Not always possible either. This time, I was surprised to see at least 12 inches of strap left over! Did a little happy dance inside.

A few days of unpacking, a 2 hour trip back into Calgary to pick up son's long-distance girlfriend from the airport and then back to more unpacking, and all that time I made simply horrible food choices:
emoticona litre of icecream, emoticonsuper-sugary cinnamon buns, more emoticon burgers and emoticonfries than I can count. At least I fit a dozen emoticon mandarin oranges in there to round things out.

And in the midst of all that overeating of total crap, I was looking at photos I haven't seen in almost 3 years. The ones on paper (pre-digital) that have been in storage. The ones that show me at my heaviest of 280 lbs. I can barely recognize myself in them. Seems like I always tried to hide behind some unsuspecting child. Who was I kidding? I am huge next to everyone else but I don't remember ever being conscious of it. I knew I was heavy... but I guess I refused to really accept my true size.

So yep, a week of eating crap... but yep, I'm back on track now. 2011 was good to me in many ways and I'm entering 2012 feeling


I started 2012 as I intend to continue... with healthy food choices and 60 minutes of moderate to intense activity. The Crustless Spinach Feta Quiche I had for lunch was delicious!

My 2nd sparkversary is March 11th and my goal is to have a healthy BMI on that day. I have 20ish lbs to lose and 10 weeks to lose it. Since I tend to lose 3-4lbs a month, I'm really going to have to pick up the pace to make that goal. I need to face some facts:
emoticon Tracking works. Accuracy matters.
emoticon I have a really hard time sticking to my limit when I bake.
emoticon I tend to track 1 tbsp of evaporated milk in my coffee... but it's probably closer to 2 tbsps and most days I don't stop at 1 coffee like I planned. emoticon As my coffee consumption increased, my water decreased.
emoticon I don't walk as fast as I think I do and emoticon I can't run as far as I could last summer.

If I'm going to meet my goal, I'm going to have to:
Track food, water and fitness.
Bake only once per week.
Stick to 1 coffee per day... or black.
Drink more water.
Push myself harder with my workouts.

All of these things are doable. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a great one!

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