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2011 in Review...

Monday, January 02, 2012

So as I enter 2012 I am taking some time to look back on 2011. It turned out to be one of the best years of my life. I did thing in the past year that I didn't even know I was capable of.. It was a long eventful year I guess I will start this wrap up with an update of the mini-goals I set for myself in November through the end of the year.

Get out of the 290's... emoticon
Get to 90 pounds total lost.... emoticon
Walk 8 miles.... emoticon
Get to 285 by Thanksgiving... emoticon
Walk 9 miles... emoticon
Get to 282(60 pounds lost on spark)... emoticon
Get to 280..... emoticon
Get to 278 (100 pounds lost) by NYE... emoticon
Do 1500 pushups by 11/30 (raised the bar).. emoticon
Do 1500 squats by 11/30(Thanks Shinju)... emoticon
Hit 10,00 fitness Minutes by the end of the year... emoticon
walk 10 miles...
walk 11 miles.....
Walk 62 miles the month of December... emoticon

I didn't hit two of my goals which were to walk 10 or 11 mile in one session.. While I am disappointed I didn't hit those I am very proud that I was able to accomplish every other goal I set for myself. I look at not reaching every goal not as a failure but as a motivator for next time.. I think being able to accomplish all those thing in 61 days is pretty dang good and I am very proud of it emoticon

So below is a look at where I was at this time last year and where I am today..

Weight 1/2/2011 - Not exactly sure but by March 9th I was 355 pounds
Now I am 277 pounds --- Loss of 78 pounds
Pants size Jan 2011 - 52
Now - 40 loss of 6 sizes and 12 inches
Shirt size Jan 2011 - 4XL
Now - Depending on brand XXL to XL
Time to do a mile 1/11 - My first mile I walked took almost 21 minutes
Now - I have done a mile in 13:03

Walked a total of 168.71 miles outside

While I am very proud of what I have accomplished as far as number and pounds lost etc.. What excites me the most and is the most important to me is the fact that I am HAPPY. I am so happy and grateful for where I am in my life. I am so looking forward to enjoying a life like I haven't in a long time. The thing is losing the weight and the inches isn't what has made me happy. My sole resolution last year was to be happy... and let that happiness on the inside reflect on the outside. That is what has powered my transformation. Getting my physical, mental and spiritual beings in synch. I will tell you nothing feels better than that.

Here are some other personal accomplishments I had last year. I was able to visit 7 countries last year. Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela, England, France, Czech Republic and Panama. I love to travel and 2011 was an amazing year for travel for me. I took classes and improved my Spanish. I learned a few words of French and Czech. I had duck for the first time. I played poker in Ceaser's Palace. I met an incredible woman. I saw a bunch of friends that I hadn't seen in over 10-15 years. All in all it was a really great year.

One of the things I am most grateful for that happened this past year is joining Spark! The tools and people here have been instrumental in all that I accomplished in the last year. The love and support I have received from my spark friends here has been phenomenal. You know so much is made of the downfalls of social media that the positive impact they can have is often overlooked. Spark has had an incredibly positive impact on my life. Each on of the people here who have taken the time to like a daily feed, comment on my page or blog, send me a goodie every single instance of it has meant a great deal to me. It has helped me stay on track. It has inspired me when I though I couldn't do it any more. I appreciate each and everyone of you so much. I hope that in 2012 I can pay forward a 10th of what I have received from all the great people here. A special thanks goes out to Korina, Colleen, Helene (sorry don't know how to do the accents), Ken, Russell, Julie, Jen, Shinju, SRHALLIN, Dusty, GODS_CHILD2_2011, Blundergirl and REEBADABEEBOOS for all the support and encouragement you all have given me. I appreciate every positive word and comment and I wouldn't have been able to do this without them and all the others here on spark. I feel so blessed to have met and received the encouragement from so many positive people this year. All my spark friends have had a very big impact on me. I wish all of you guys the best in 2012 and that you reach whatever goals you set for yourself. Like SRHALLIN told me when you shoot for the stars even if you just hit the moon you have accomplished so much and come so far. My message to all of you for 2012 is BE HAPPY!! Let that happiness shine through and invest in yourself because you are so worth it!!!

Happy New Year Every one!!! Here is to an AMAZING 2012!!!! emoticon
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    U ROCK!!!!
    2607 days ago
    I love that you aren't waiting to be happy "when" - when I lose weight, when I get in shape, when I get more money - you are being happy along the way, and living from the inside out. It obviously works! Many congratulations :)
    2629 days ago
    I hope you have a FANTASTIC 2012! May we both reach our goals :)
    2630 days ago
    wow, this is amazing! You're an inspiration and an example for everyone who does not or can not believe in themselves. I hope 2012 is all this -- and more! Congrats!
    2631 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Amazing how the successes build up isn't it. Another great year like that, and you will be at your original goals, and inventing new ones that you didn't think possible before.

    2631 days ago
    You know that I am so proud of you!!! You definitely keep me on my toes and push me to do better!! I am so blessed to have you in my life and to continue this journey with you! 2012 will be AMAZING...I know it :)
    2631 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011

    I'm sooooo truly happy and proud of you and your accomplishment in 2011. I want to say to you that you have motivated me as well. Every time I would visit your Sparkpage and get an opportunity to read one of your many wonderful blogs and follow your fitness progress, it always motivated me to just go a little bit further. emoticon I have to agree with you that SparkPeople and the great people we're sharing this journey with is truly the BEST.

    I'm glad to know that everything is falling in place for you and I have no doubt that even greater things awaits you in 2012.

    emoticon to you and thanks for the shout out!

    2631 days ago
    Chris, you have once again awed and inspired me. Whatever kindness I have given, the debt has certainly been repaid a dozen-fold, my friend. You accomplished as much as I in 2011, I think. And you've managed to do things in the course of the last year which remain on my own personal bucket list. You are a very impressive, intelligent, articulate, and amazing man. Hold on tightly to the happiness you have more than earned. You deserve it, and much much more!

    Thanks for the shout out! I wish you and your family continued success, happiness, and great health in the coming year.

    - Soul
    2631 days ago
    Your goals and accomplishments are fantastic. I need to be more methodical and goal-oriented like you. I kind of fly by the seat of my pants when I walk into the gym. I pick whatever machine I feel like and then decide how long I'll stick with it while I'm doing it. But, at the same time, I haven't been dissatisfied with the results yet. I am realizing that I'll need to kick it up a notch to keep up my momentum.

    Your success and your attitude is amazing. I'm happy for you and can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2012. And thank you for the shout-out, it's much appreciated, as is the support you give me as well!

    Happy new year!
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    2631 days ago
    Wow! That's a fantastic list of accomplishments! Congratulations -- especially on being happy. That's the biggest of all.
    2631 days ago
    Doesn't it feel just extra good to share all the accomplishments?! emoticon

    Sounds like you had a fab year!! I'm jealous of all the traveling! Sounds like a lot of fun- I love to travel, too :)

    2631 days ago
    It's been a great year, congratulations on all of your success. 2012 will only be better!
    2631 days ago
    Oh Chris, you just have me cryin all over the place!!! I'm so happy for you! A positive attitude and being happy and at peace is my number one priority as well! Im looking to have your kind of year THIS year!!
    Love ya bud!!!
    2631 days ago
    What a great year! Congratulations.
    2631 days ago
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