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It's 2012-- A New Beginning!!

Monday, January 02, 2012

When I look back at 2011, I see some progress made, and it delights me. I was able to lose 55 pounds and to regain even more of my mobility. I was even able to conquer some of the fear I had when being out alone (I feel less like an "easy target" for anyone wanting to steal my purse, etc.) When one walks at the speed of an ant, they worry the "bad guys" are seeing them as an easy target.

Having a major spine problem and losing my ability to walk was no picnic. Yet, for some reason, eating loads of food, like I was at a picnic, was the norm. Food eased the fear that developed in me and it eased the saddness I felt not being able to do things like others could. Yet, in 2011, with weight loss and exercise I managed to stop feeling soooo frightened and feel like I was gaining back some control.

I used to find walking through Wal-Mart too painful, due to the store's size. And going to the mall? --- no way!!!! I could never walk that far. The handicap plate on my car helps me with the large parking lot, but no way does it help me cover huge in-door distances.

Yet, in late 2011, as my body continued to heal and I continually swam at my local health club, and my weight dropped, I received a tremendous reward!!! I can now walk through the entire Wal-Mart store without my cane, having to lean on my shopping carriage, or without having sooo much fear. It sounds kooks, I know, but walking like normal people do daily (and people do go to Wal-Mart) is a huge goal.

So for 2012, here are my goals:

--put my health first ALWAYS
--put a huge smile on my face and keep a happy attitutude
--continually work at taking off the extra weight I am carrying
--stop binge eating. That is a horrible way to treat my body
--swim at the health club at least 5 times a week
--stop feeling envious that others make walking look easy
--continue physical therapy for leg strengthening, using "dreaded" weights at the health club
--log in to Spark daily: track food & exercise, and encourage other Sparkies
--And lastly, be able to walk the entire mall, like normal people can!!


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  • no profile photo ELIZRN
    Welcome to my Team....I'm super-impressed with YOU!
    3314 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Alexis, you have some great goals for 2012! The water is an amazing healing medium, and a great place for working lumbar stabilization exercises. My mentor in aquatics had the same thing done on her spine, and has developed a series of exercises in the pool to specifically work this area, and to strengthen the surrounding muscles.

    Congratulations on your 55 pound weight loss! That is one HUGE accomplishment!

    Here's to losing your next 10! emoticon Cheers!
    3368 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2012 5:57:42 PM
  • THETURTLEBEAR
    Wonderful accomplishments with more in store for this year!!
    3388 days ago
  • MISSY455
    emoticon results for 2011! A 55 pound loss is amazing, and your hard work is definitely showing! I know you will continue to be successful in 2012 with your emoticon attitude! emoticon
    3390 days ago
  • ERINBEAR1876
    You put a huge grin on my face reading this. I am so happy for you!!! 55 pounds is amazing to have lost, and for it to help with your back is just wonderful. I look forward to what you accomplish for yourself in 2012!!
    3390 days ago
  • HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    2012 is going to be YOUR year! I'm so glad 2011 went so well and you're on your way to happiness!
    3390 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    We sometimes take our mobility for granted! I'm glad that you've gained some of your mobility back and I hope that the new year sees you gaining even more of it! Good luck with your goals!

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    3390 days ago
  • MELIVA
    Congratulations on all of your hard work and its payoffs! Here's to another year of more hard work and some fabulous payoffs!
    PS...you have some awesome goals, too!

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    3390 days ago
  • NWLIFESRC
    Just get out there don't worry how long it take to get around mall. a little at a time if that is all you can do. You will find that daily you will be able to go farther.
    3390 days ago
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