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Last three years:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

In 2010 - Gain of 8.8 lbs.
In 2011 - Gain of 2.2 lbs.
In 2012 - Loss of 3.2 lbs.

A loss of 3.2 pounds in an entire year is pretty pathetic, particularly viewed next to the 30 - 60 lb. losses you see all over Spark People, but that halting of an upward progress makes me feel that I've accomplished something.

Desserts and traveling are still my biggest challenges, and I'm sure they'll continue to be.

New Year's Day traditions:

Starting again in Genesis, reading the whole bible. This year I have a chronological bible with a lot of additional material interspersed throughout, so I'm taking two years this time. It means a much more doable short reading that'll make it easier to do every day, rather than have several catchup days through the year. I just finished a really wonderful study with an entire class, with questions for every day and great discussions and lectures throughout the year. The best class ever, thoroughly enjoyable, with a teacher passionate about pleasing God.

Renewing my amaryllis, which I supposedly stop watering in October. (Almost never happens)

Getting out the Franklin Planner and delving into a new year. A office supply store groupy, I love this ritual. It's like opening your new notebooks on the first day of school.

Today, this year.... it means doing SOME crazy quilt stitching. This is going to be my year of getting back into regular stitching. I've been doing mostly easy pick up knitting this past year, and I miss the more beautiful and soul satisfying work of crazy quilting.

Doing some organizing some where in the house. This year it'll be my sewing room. My husband is gone so much, I've sort of taken up the whole house for my creativity. Both sewing and my crazy quilting area had to be dismantled and stored to become sleeping areas for the family Christmas. We had 12 additional people here for several days of Xmas... both joy and confusion involved.

Today also will be taking care of a sick husband. He's sicker than I've ever seen him, caused by too much stress and too little sleep. He's a guy that needs 9 or 10 hours a night, cause his days are "full speed ahead" kind of days.

Hope everyone is having a great time today, doing whatever you want to do, and that the coming year brings good times and a healthy lifestyle.

Addendum: Still haven't started my Amaryllis, and it's January 6. I'm afraid they might have been damaged by the hard freeze we had here and don't want to face my neglect.
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    Yay!! Good on you for stopping the upward trend! That is awesome! It sounds like you have some wonderful goals for the year. I've started working on reading the Bible through this year. I've done it before but it's not a tradition for me. The chronological Bible sounds interesting.

    Be blessed, my friend!!!
    1963 days ago
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    Everyone is different. My cardiologist wants me to loose .5 pound a month (that's only 6 pounds a year), so you are certainly on track. Me? I ended the year right where I started. I figure 0 is better than a gain.
    1964 days ago
    As you say, you have accomplished something by stopping the weight gain and turning it into a loss. This is a really good positive. Whilst we all tend to compare ourselves to others, I agree with Bradia in that you should not compare yourself to others but focus on you and your journey/needs.
    Hope your husband is feeling better soon.
    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and positive 2013.
    1964 days ago
    You do not have to compare to others´accomplishments but our own. The two previous years you had gaine and this last one you lost, that is the important thing.
    I would suggest you watch your dessert intakes and lower it down to half of what you usually eat if cannot avoid it. That is a simple but good start.
    God bless you
    1964 days ago
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