2011- My Year in Review

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It has been a while since I have blogged and I thought it would be good for me to put down the things that I learned over the course of 2011.

1. You Can't Be Lazy Without Repercussions- the last 2 months of the year, I slowly got lazy and allowed myself to overindulge. The results.....20 pounds. When I looked back over my notes and blogs, it took me over 3 months to lose that last 20 pounds and I re-gained it in less time! So my lesson is an occasional treat is fine....not 8 weeks worth! ( I loss 4 of that 20 so far :))

2. Not Everyone is Going to be Your Cheerleader- this lesson was at times surprising and difficult to comprehend. One would like to think that their love ones, friends, and heck even many of the co-workers would wish them well and encourage them in their journey. That is NOT always the case and many times not the case long term. I had folks who initially seemed supportive, that down the road were not. Almost like they thought after a couple months I'd get over myself ?!? I had love ones that were annoyed that the meals I served at MY house only contained healthy choices. What I learned- screw them! If those near and dear cannot want what is best for you.....tell them to eat at McDonalds BEFORE they come over!

3. I Must Have NOT Looked That Great Before- when I think back to 2010, was anyone telling me how great I looked or notice an improvement in my personality? Uhhhhhhhhhh, no. Now I admit, when you lose a lot of weight, people may notice. But now I get compliments on my hair, my clothes....gosh everything. Which tells me....I must look better, if and that isn't true, then it is that I feel better and that is reflected in my appearance and manner.

4. Exercise is NOT Only for the Young- in my 20's I was always active. I walked, went to aerobic classes, the gym, swimastics, etc... My 30's and most of my 40's I was a lump. I felt that an overweight, middle aged chick wasn't really athletic. I was wrong! This past year I have walked ( as much as 6 miles a day), hiked ( for hours!), and biked (that was a sight lololol). I went to Zumba and the gym. And if I looked outta place, I was sweating too much to notice :)

I could blather on forever, but the above comments encompass what I have gleaned from 2011. I am looking forward to accomplishing goals in 2012 and perhaps trying some new activities :)
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    The photos of you in your old pants are great. There's room for another person in there. You have made such great progress. Keep up the healthy eating. I gained a few pounds too since Thanksgiving and the Food Frolics that continue till New Years Day. We only fail when we stop trying. Don't give up! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/8/2012 10:22:22 AM
    You have learned so much on your journey to a healthier and fitter you and it looks like you are off to a great start in 2012!! Keep going! emoticon emoticon
    3281 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Sounds like a lot of learning went on in 2011. Take those lessons and keep moving forward.
    3293 days ago
    I also have been floundering the last couple of months, but I'm sure that 2012 will bring wonderful things our way! Thanks for the awesome insights, Penny. I can totally relate! emoticon
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  • FITB4-40
    Great reflections! You have learned a lot on your journey and I wish you the very best as you move forward in 2012! Congratulations on all you have accomplished! emoticon
    3293 days ago
    From this cornerstone you will build your BRICK HOUSE!

    3294 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your insights. I see similarities in my own life. I like what you said about letting those that aren't on board with the health stuff "go to McD's..." LOL I also liked the fact that when we feel better about ourself we care about how we look.

    I got lazy and allowed some lbs back on at the end of 2011, too. We have to remember that good feeling we have when meet out goals. Also, that this is for the rest of our lives. Try to remember that you did keep a lot of weight off. That is fantastic.

    Now is the time to start fresh. One day at a time.
    3294 days ago
  • AMBER281
    What a great look back at 2011! It looks like you are staring off 2012 just right!
    Good luck this year. I know you can do anything you set your mind too!
    3294 days ago
    I see you are off to a great start for the new year! I am with you on looking forward to accomplishing goals this year and trying new activities as I gain strength and lose weight.
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  • UNICORN212
    I think the laziness was wide spread. It hit here in AZ, too! This will be our year of progress!
    3294 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9725500
    2012 will be a great year!! It's funny how one comes to reality on all sorts of things when they start transforming for the better. I know I've made alot of realizations. Good luck this year, although I know you will do great!!
    3294 days ago
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